Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Knit One Bead Too: Essential Techniques for Knitting with Beads by Judith Durant


I think Judith Durant introduces her topic best in the introduction to Knit One Bead Too;

“If there’s any such thing as ‘the best of both worlds,’ I’d have to say this is it. Many of us who love to knit are also drawn to beads and beadwork, and now we can do beadwork on our knitting needles!”

Knit One Bead Too: Essential Techniques for Knitting with Beads is an easy to follow introduction to incorporating these two crafts into one beautiful final project. The book begins with a list of the different tools and techniques, including a detailed list of different types of bead shapes, sizes and colors. This section also includes a very helpful instruction to “pre-stringing beads”, “determining how many beads to string”, and “taming strung beads”. With beautiful color photographs and step-by-step instructions you will be itching to begin one of the 16 patterns today. Patterns include carpet coasters, assorted purses and handbags, gloves, a scarf, a cardigan, beret, socks, pullover, pillow, vest, shell, and a wedding stole.

Knit One Bead Too is a strong instructional knitting book because it answers even the most basic of questions with a helpful list of abbreviations, a pictorial glossary of stitches, bibliography and resource list.

I would recommend this book to experienced knitters who are looking to add a little flair to their work. I myself am a beginner, and used the book as a resource for how to incorporate beading into my knitting, but the patterns were slightly too advanced for my skill level.
Check out Knit One Bead Too: Essential Techniques for Knitting with Beads at VBPL today.

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