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350+ Knitting Tips, Techniques, and Trade Secrets

350+ Knitting Tips, Techniques, and Trade Secrets
$22.99

Betty Barnden's updated edition of 350+ Knitting Tips, Techniques, and Trade Secrets is a perfect gift for creative crafters.

Give a stylish finish to your knitted garments and accessories with this essential compendium of knitting know-how. Over 350 tips, techniques, and secrets are explained and illustrated with clear step-by-step photographs and diagrams. Discover how to read patterns and charts, choose color and yarns, mix and match stitch patterns, and adapt designs for the perfect fit.

All kinds of stitches abound, from stockinette stitch and ribbing, to lace, Fair Isle, cables, and intarsia work. This book explains all the techniques you'll need in the order you'll need them, from casting on and joining in yarns, to shaping, and adding buttonholes, pockets, and embellishments. Plus, "Try It" and "Fix It" panels suggest ways of practicing and developing new skills and avoiding or correcting common knitting errors.

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9781250125125
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500 Handmade Books Volume 2

500 Handmade Books Volume 2
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Everyone who loved the original 500 Handmade Books will eagerly dip into this visually dynamic follow-up. Offering 500 stunning new creations by an international roster of artists, it showcases the unlimited creative possibilities of books as objects and as sculptural pieces. Along with traditional, richly embellished volumes, boundary-pushing works unfurl, scroll, and flip; feature improbable materials like metal, fabric, wood, and glass; and include lush, handcrafted papers.
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9781454707530
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Block by Block Crochet

Block by Block Crochet
$17.95
With 49 fabulous blocks to make this all-skill-level book will be adored equally by yarn lovers who are interested in pattern and by quilters who are drawn to yarn.

Using patchwork as her inspiration, this is a brand new, specially designed crochet block collection from the wonderfully talented Leonie Morgan. In these 49 patterns, Leonie explores visual illusion, contrast in light and shade, and beautiful geometry with designs such as Flying Geese, Hourglass, Tumbling Blocks and Log Cabin - and all of them can be put together into larger designs. Whether you are building up patterns with leftover yarn or setting out with a specific colour scheme in mind, this is a wonderfully creative process of creating a larger design from lots of smaller units.

There are four beautiful projects to make: a shoulder bag, a baby blanket, a geometric cushion and a beautiful lap blanket. A useful crochet techniques section describes the various stitches used, notes on colorwork and reading patterns and charts, and there is also advice on assembling the blocks and edging them. And, once you've got to grips with all of this, you can use the lovely blocks as inspiration to create your own lovely, crocheted block pieces.

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9781782219255
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Colorful Crochet

Colorful Crochet
$19.99
Bring more color into your crochet with these 35 bright and beautiful patterns.

Imagine you are in the yarn store or searching for supplies online--do you instinctively go for the reds and pinks, naturally veer towards soft blues and greens, or head to the dark side of grays and blacks? The relationship between colors and our state of mind is well established, but we don't often consciously notice how much different colors affect us or understand why we favor some over others. Emma Leith is known for her colorful crochet, and has designed 35 projects that will bring you the psychological benefits of working with different shades, along with the enjoyment of creating beautiful items for the home and to wear. There is a chapter for each season, to reflect the colours of nature in spring, summer, fall, and winter, and then a chapter of four seasons designs, showing you how to mix shades from different times of the year. With notes on the color therapy benefits of different patterns, and suggestions for switching shades to suit your own preferences, you will soon be crocheting in full color.

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9781782498926
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Craftsman's Legacy: Why Working with Our Hands Gives Us Meaning

Craftsman's Legacy: Why Working with Our Hands Gives Us Meaning
$24.95
A book for makers, for seekers of all kinds, an exhilarating look into the heart and soul of artisans--and how their collective wisdom can inspire us all. "Despite our technological advances, we're busier than ever, our lives more frazzled. That's why the handmade object, created with care and detail, embodying a history and a tradition, is enormously powerful. It can cut through so much and speak in ways that we don't often hear, or that we've forgotten." --Eric Gorges, from A Craftsman's Legacy In this joyful celebration of skilled craftsmen, Eric Gorges, a corporate-refugee-turned-metal-shaper, taps into a growing hunger to get back to what's real. Through visits with fellow artisans--calligraphers, potters, stone carvers, glassblowers, engravers, woodworkers, and more--many of whom he's profiled for his popular television program, Gorges identifies values that are useful for all of us: taking time to slow down and enjoy the process, embracing failure, knowing when to stop and when to push through, and accepting that perfection is an illusion. Most of all, A Craftsman's Legacy shows how all of us can embrace a more creative and authentic life and learn to focus on doing what we love.
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9781616208363
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Cute Amigurumi Animals

$14.95
Make 16 beautiful crocheted animals with Liberty fabric additions in calming pastel colours.

Enter into the whimsical, crocheted world of Aleksandra, from the site Eleonore & Maurice. She is a talented designer who blends pastel yarns with Liberty fabric to make truly adorable creations: plush animals with little accessories, as well as sweet cushions. The combination of the calming pastel cotton yarn and the delicate Liberty designs give very pleasing results. These crisp creations include a cat cushion, a bird family, a hedgehog, a rabbit and a reindeer.

The crochet patterns are clear and easy to follow and the sewing element is minimal, including items such as fabric bows, belts, ears, tails and collars. Make them for yourself or as gifts for family and friends. Everyone is sure to love these beautiful crocheted creatures. The soft colours and splashes of Liberty fabric make them perfect companions that children will love.

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9781782217404
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Encyclopedia of Country Living, 50th Anniversary Edition

$29.95
The definitive manual of basic skills and country wisdom for living off the land, being prepared, and doing it yourself--whether it's a farm or homestead, suburb, or city.

From homesteaders to urban farmers, and everyone in between, there is a desire for a simpler way of life--a healthier, greener, more self-sustaining, and holistic approach to modern life.

With its origins in the back-to-the-land movement of the late 1960s, Carla Emery's landmark book has grown into a comprehensive guide to living a sustainable lifestyle, while lowering your carbon footprint in the process. Find inspiration and know-how to live independently in this comprehensive guide, including how to:

* Can, dry and preserve food
* Plan your garden
* Grow your own food
* Forage for wild food * Make your own natural skincare products
* Spin wool into yarn
* Mill your own flour
* Bake bread
* Cook on a wood stove
* Learn beekeeping
* Raise chickens, goats, and pigs
* Create natural skincare products
* Make organic bug spray
* Treat your family with homemade remedies
* Make fruit leather
* Make 20-minute chees
* Tap a maple tree

And more!

Basic, thorough, and reliable, this book deserves a place in urban and rural homes alike.

This 50th anniversary edition includes updated resources.

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9781632172891
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Field Guide to American Houses (Revised)

Field Guide to American Houses (Revised)
$35.00
Now in paperback: the fully expanded, updated, and freshly designed second edition of the most comprehensive and widely acclaimed guide to domestic architecture: in print since its original publication in 1984, and acknowledged everywhere as the unmatched, essential guide to American houses.

This revised edition includes a section on neighborhoods; expanded and completely new categories of house styles with photos and descriptions of each; an appendix on Approaches to Construction in the 20th and 21st Centuries; an expanded bibliography; and 600 new photographs and line drawings.

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9780375710827
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Get Up & Gouache

$14.99
From tennis shoes to framed canvas, get your gouache on!

Although gouache goes back about 600 years, it is enjoying a renaissance with modern artists. Falling between watercolor and acrylic, gouache is generally diluted before being applied, but it's opaque and contains a high amount of pigment. The texture isn't delicate, so it's a good medium for canvas or coated surfaces. New and experienced painters alike will enjoy lessons on color theory, mixing, and the innovative techniques offered in this book--there are thirty guided projects so you can practice what you learn.

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9781645170587
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Horrorgami

Horrorgami
$13.00

If you thought origami was just about making peaceful cranes, flowers, and sailboats, you're in for a wicked treat. Horrorgami is a new and dark way to look at the once gentle art of paper folding.

Follow simple step-by-step instructions for creating 25 creepy creatures like evil witches, ghoulish goblins, sinister skulls, fearsome fangs, Frankenstein's Monster, and more. Also included is level of difficulty for each project, a glossary of fiendish folds and tips, paper-sourcing ideas, twelve 6x6-inch origami papers, how-to illustrations, and a fun full-color design throughout.

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9780762445394
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Miller's Collectibles Handbook & Price Guide 2021-2022

Miller's Collectibles Handbook & Price Guide 2021-2022
$29.99

The brand new, up-to-date guide to the collectibles market for 2021-2022. Whether you're buying or selling, this is the book you need.
All images new for this edition.

Miller's Collectibles Handbook & Price Guide 2021-2022 is the up-to-date guide to the collectables market no dealer, collector or auctioneer should be without. Featuring more than 4,000 objects in full color, each with a detailed description and price range, the book also shows you how to spot that rare example that may be worth twenty times more than another piece.

In-depth features explain why one piece is worth more than another, show how to value an item and teach you to be your own expert when appraising everything from 20th-century glass to costume jewelry.

Comprehensive sections cover a wide range of objects, with additional pages on pencils, toys, vintage handbags, trunks and costume jewelry for this edition.

Every image is changed for every edition to keep the book up-to-date with collecting and buying trends. Miller's Collectibles Handbook & Price Guide 2021-2022 is the only full-color, fully-illustrated collectables price guide in the world.

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9781784726706
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Natural Cleaning Handbook

Natural Cleaning Handbook
$17.99
Make sanitizers, soaps, and all your personal hygiene needs to kill germs and keep you virus-free!

These days, dangerous viruses can suddenly become rampant, and bacteria can adapt to become antibiotic-resistant, so we must be extra-vigilant about our health. The Natural Cleaning Handbook keeps you clean, naturally, with homemade products that are healthy for you and your family. Start with the basics and work your way into every corner of your home . . . from tile grout to shower mold, how to clean lampshades to how to clean water bottles.

Germ-killing recipes for cleaning nearly every surface in your home from the carpet to stuffed animals include:

  • Hand sanitizing spray, gel, and foam
  • Antibacterial hand and surface wipes
  • Air purifying spray
  • Liquid hand soap
  • And so much more!
  • You'll also learn storage and organization secrets to keep your home clutter-free, how to manage your time and budget, and why some old-fashioned remedies are still the modern organic ways to keep home. Now is the time to get started.

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    9781680996937
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    Needle Felting for Beginners

    $16.95
    At last, a book that tells you everything you need to know about needle felting!

    This is the book authors Roz Dace and Judy Balchin wish they had been given when they started out on their felting journey. A complete course for the absolute beginner, it is packed full of useful tips and techniques to help you on your own felting adventures.

    Learn how to sculpt miniature teacup worlds, animals and birds, and even your friends and family. There are 12 varied projects, starting with the easiest and progressing in difficulty. Master the basics, then learn how to use wire, embellishments and armatures in your work, and even how to capture expression in faces. You can use the techniques you have been shown to create your own variations.

    Pick up that felting needle and you are guaranteed to have fun with this much-needed book.

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    9781782217343
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    Restoring Your Historic House

    Restoring Your Historic House
    $49.95

    Although there are other books about renovating old houses, this is the first that prioritizes the identification and preservation of the historic, character-defining features of a house as a starting point in the process. That is the purpose of this book: to describe and illustrate a best-practices approach for updating historic homes for modern life in ways that do not attempt to turn an old house into a new one. The book also suggests many ways to save money in the process, without settling for cheap or inappropriate solutions.

    Scott Hanson is a historic-building preservation professional and has 40 years' experience rehabilitating historic houses. He has illustrated this authoritative book with hundreds of step-by-step photos, illustrations, charts, and decision-making guides. Interspersed throughout are photo essays of 13 restored historic houses representing a range of periods and architectural styles: Italianate, Victorian, Queen Anne, Federal, Colonial, Colonial Revival, Greek Revival, Ranch, Adobe, Craftsman, Shingle, and Rustic. With interior and exterior photography by David Clough, these multi-page features show what can be achieved when a historic home is renovated with a desire to preserve or restore as much historic character as possible.

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    9780884484905
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    Scented Candle Workshop

    Scented Candle Workshop
    $24.99
    A stylish yet practical guide to creating unique scented candles at home for the modern reader.

    In this beautiful book, Paul and Niko of Earl of East London share the secrets behind the gorgeously scented candles they create at their studio. As well as the basic steps to preparing and pouring candles at home, the book includes a fascinating exploration of the art of building scent, so that the reader can create their own signature fragrances. Paul and Niko are devoted to capturing memories and feelings in scent, and in this book you can learn how to combine different essential oils to trigger different emotions and memories, whether that is the recollection of a childhood holiday conjured up by a hint of mandarin and seaweed, or an imagined walk in your grandparents' garden scented with basil and parsley.

    Not only is candle making and scent development a wonderfully relaxing craft, it is also a unique way to create personalized gifts or to create a signature scent for your own home or special event.

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    9780857836748
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    SEWING KIT

    $31.49
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    706098195658
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    Simply Living Well: A Guide to Creating a Natural, Low-Waste Home

    Simply Living Well: A Guide to Creating a Natural, Low-Waste Home
    $24.00
    Recipes, DIY projects, and inspiration for a beautiful and low-waste life, from the creator of @simply.living.well on Instagram

    In this timely and motivational guide, author Julia Watkins shares rituals, recipes, and projects for living simply and sustainably at home. For every area of your household--kitchen, cleaning, wellness, bath, and garden--Julia shows you how to eliminate wasteful packaging, harmful ingredients, and disposable items. Practical checklists outline easy swaps (instead of disposable sponges, opt for biodegradable sponges or Swedish dishcloths; choose a bamboo toothbrush over a plastic one) and sustainable upgrades for common household tools and products. Projects include scrap apple cider vinegar, wool dryer balls, kitchen bowl covers and cloth produce bags, non-toxic dryer sheets, all-purpose citrus cleaner, herbal tinctures and balms, and more, plus recipes for package-free essentials like homemade nut milk, hummus, ketchup, salad dressings, and veggie stock.

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    9780358202189
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    Star Wars: Knitting the Galaxy

    Star Wars: Knitting the Galaxy
    $29.99
    Featuring 28 projects based on George Lucas's epic film saga, Star Wars: Knitting the Galaxy is the ultimate guide to creating stunning projects inspired by Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Rey, and a whole host of droids, ships, and aliens from a galaxy far, far away.

    Bring the power of the Force to your needles with the first official Star Wars knitting pattern book. Featuring 28 knits pictured in gorgeous full-color photography, Star Wars: Knitting the Galaxy includes patterns for toys, apparel, and home decor inspired by your favorite movie moments, characters (both human and alien), droids, ships, and more. Projects range from simple patterns like the Ewok Hood (sized for both children and adults!) to more complex projects like the Darth Vader Pullover. It even includes patterns for knitted replicas of a few iconic costume pieces, such as Luke Skywalker's cropped flight vest from Episode IV A New Hope and Rey's vest and arm warmers from Episode VIII The Last Jedi. With projects for knitters at all levels and a variety of techniques to practice--including stranded colorwork, double-knitting, and lace knitting--Star Wars: Knitting the Galaxy is the perfect book for knitting fans across the galaxy.

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    9781683839873
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    Threads of Life: A History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle

    Threads of Life: A History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle
    $26.00
    A globe-spanning history of sewing, embroidery, and the people who have used a needle and thread to make their voices heard

    In 1970s Argentina, mothers marched in headscarves embroidered with the names of their "disappeared" children. In Tudor, England, when Mary, Queen of Scots, was under house arrest, her needlework carried her messages to the outside world. From the political propaganda of the Bayeux Tapestry, World War I soldiers coping with PTSD, and the maps sewn by schoolgirls in the New World, to the AIDS quilt, Hmong story clothes, and pink pussyhats, women and men have used the language of sewing to make their voices heard, even in the most desperate of circumstances.

    Threads of Life is a chronicle of identity, protest, memory, power, and politics told through the stories of needlework. Clare Hunter, master of the craft, threads her own narrative as she takes us over centuries and across continents--from medieval France to contemporary Mexico and the United States, and from a POW camp in Singapore to a family attic in Scotland--to celebrate the age-old, universal, and underexplored beauty and power of sewing. Threads of Life is an evocative and moving book about the need we have to tell our story.
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    9781419739538
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    Traditional Dutch Ganseys for Children

    Traditional Dutch Ganseys for Children
    $29.95
    Over 40 adaptable sweaters to knit for your littles ones, based on the classic, minimal and quietly stunning jumpers of Dutch fishermen.

    Based on the original designs shared by families and discovered in archives, Stella has created recreations of these historically important garments for our contemporary life that ooze classic style with modern minimalism. With these designs, you are offered not only a chance to pay homage to the women who lovingly knitted the jumpers and to share in a beautiful Dutch tradition, but also give something for your child to treasure for years to come.

    The sizes of the ganseys run from 2- to 14-years old, but can easily be adjusted to any child's size by following Stella's straightforward measuring instructions in her chapter on knitting know-how. With a wealth of fascinating background information and historical photos of the original designs alongside every design, this is a unique and inspiring book for the ambitious knitter looking for unique, classic knitwear, and a brilliant read for anyone interested in craft, culture and heritage.

    Between approximately 1875 and 1950, Dutch fishermen wore sweaters with characteristic knit and purl stitch patterns, sometimes cable. These jerseys, known as ganseys, became an intrinsic part of the identity of the Dutchmen who wore them. Many of the children in these fishing families wore ganseys too, and numerous photos have been discovered in recent years of schoolchildren dressed in the knitwear seen on their fishermen fathers.

    Now, based on her popular Dutch Traditional Ganseys (2013) and More Traditional Dutch Ganseys (2017), Stella Ruhe returns with over 40 sweaters to knit from 30 different Dutch villages - this time, for your little ones to wear and ramble in.

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    9781782217527
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    Tudor Roses

    Tudor Roses
    $40.00
    Part fashion, part photography, part English history, and all knitting, this splendid new edition was created by Alice Starmore, one of the top names in the craft. A stunning collection of hand-knitted designs inspired by members of the Tudor dynasty, this volume features charts and instructions as well as a fascinating historical background on the royal family. Glorious full-color photography spotlights the completed works as well as the jewelry created especially for Starmore's most ambitious book yet.
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    9781606600474
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    Vanishing Fleece: Adventures in American Wool

    Vanishing Fleece: Adventures in American Wool
    $23.00
    A fast-paced account of the year Clara Parkes spent transforming a 676-pound bale of fleece into saleable yarn, and the people and vanishing industry she discovered along the way

    Join Clara Parkes on a cross-country adventure and meet a cast of characters that includes the shepherds, dyers, and countless workers without whom our knitting needles would be empty, our mills idle, and our feet woefully cold. Travel the country with her as she meets a flock of Saxon Merino sheep in upstate New York, tours a scouring plant in Texas, visits a steamy Maine dyehouse, helps sort freshly shorn wool on a working farm, and learns how wool fleece is measured, baled, shipped, and turned into skeins.

    In pursuit of the perfect yarn, Parkes describes a brush with the dangers of opening a bale (they can explode), and her adventures from Maine to Wisconsin ("the most knitterly state") and back again; along the way, she presents a behind-the-scenes look at the spinners, scourers, genius inventors, and crazy-complex mill machines that populate the yarn-making industry. By the end of the book, you'll be ready to set aside the backyard chickens and add a flock of sheep instead. Simply put, no other book exists that explores American culture through the lens of wool.
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    9781419735318
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    Woodworking Projects for Your Garden and Porch

    Woodworking Projects for Your Garden and Porch
    $16.99
    Give your garden a unique, do-it-yourself charm with practical and decorative woodworking projects.

    Do you have a bare, uninspired garden or porch? Instead of overhauling and reconstructing the entire design, simply transform it with any of this book's twenty-six essential and practical woodworking projects that will provide your home with a dash of DIY, rustic charm.

    These easy, fun, and attractive wood creations are accompanied by clear, step-by-step instructions and are divided into projects for planting, growing, socializing, and relaxing, as well as fun items for children. Woodworking Projects for Your Garden and Porch will have you making elegant, yet functional, pieces, such as:

    - Benches and long tables
    - Swings and trellises
    - Flower boxes and driftwood shelves
    - A mini outdoor kitchen and greenhouse
    - And many more!

    Invest energy and love into your garden and porch and turn it into a personal oasis where you can unwind with a cup of coffee and a book, work on your gardening, or play games with the kids using the wooden pieces you have constructed with your own hands.

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    9781510758995
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    You Will Be Able to Crochet by the End of This Book

    You Will Be Able to Crochet by the End of This Book
    $16.99
    Take the first step toward becoming an expert crocheter!

    Master the craft of crochet with the help of this comprehensive book. Illustrated step-by-step instructions demonstrate the stitches and techniques, while 15 easy projects allow you to practice your skills and build your confidence. By the end of the book, you will be able to crochet beautiful items to gift or keep--from a colorful plant pot cover to a chic blanket and a cute cuddly toy.

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    9781645172741
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    You Will Be Able to Knit by the End of This Book

    You Will Be Able to Knit by the End of This Book
    $19.99
    This simple guide will inspire you to pick up a pair of knitting needles and learn to create beautiful accessories, homewares and gifts.
    You want to learn to knit, but somehow you always end up in a tangle of knotted yarn and baffled by complicated and conflicting advice. This beginner's handbook goes back to basics, with clear step-by-step illustrations demonstrating how to cast on and how to ace a range of stitches, 15 easy projects allow you to practise your skills and build your confidence.
    You Will Be Able to Knit by the End of This Book provides a simple guide to picking up your knitting needles and getting started, and it helps to build your confidence slowly, as you practise and perfect skills and techniques. By the end of the book, you will be able to knit a range of projects including a simple headband, tablet case and even a doorstop. So take some time for yourself, learn a new skill, and enjoy crafting gifts for your friends, family and home with this beautiful book by your side.
    Projects include: -- Super chunky scarf- Mittens- Blanket- Baby booties- Cushion- Hot water bottle case- Teddy- Triangle shawl
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    9781781577967
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