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55 Christmas Balls to Knit: Colorful Festive Ornaments--Tree Decorations, Centerpieces, Wreaths, Window Dressings Hardcover – Bargain Price, July 1, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Trafalgar Square Books (July 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570764875
  • ASIN: B00D1G9BDM
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 7.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,705,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Arne and Carlos love Christmas and decorating their Norwegian home. The Christmas balls they designed are in the Scandinavian tradition. These are perfect to knit for gifts as they are fast and require small amounts of yarn. . . . A quirky and enjoyable book that works as a coffee table book." —www.examiner.com


"I'd never heard of them before, but I'm kind of in love with Arne & Carlos. . . . This book is worth a look just to see their amazing inspiration books, which clearly illustrate where the ideas for different motifs came from. [These range] from religious-themed ornaments to hearts, reindeer, Christmas trees, skiers, sledders, even a witch." —www.knitting.about.com


"Knitting holiday ornaments is a lot like eating potato chips: Betcha can't stop at just one! Arne & Carlos, well-known Scandinavian designers, have incorporated berries, snowflakes, animals, traditional motifs, and original patterns into Christmas ornaments that are sure to become cherished heirlooms." —Knit 'n Style (September 2011)


"The charted patterns for the motifs could easily be adapted to other projects such as mittens. Recommended for advanced beginners comfortable with Fair Isle up to expert knitters, especially those curious about holiday traditions in other countries." —www.LibraryJournal.com (September 15, 2011)


"Arne & Carlos have drawn on traditional Scandinavian influences to come up with Christmas balls incorporating classic holiday graphics such as snowflakes, berries, and angels as well as more ornate patterns found in Nordic knitwear. A delightful book to look through." —Debbie Bliss Knitting Magazine


"Speaking of gifts, you'll want to knit a few hundred of these ornaments for the holidays designed by Arne & Carlos. Use them to mark place settings, delight hostesses, create centerpieces, festoon wreaths or adorn your tree-or all of the above." —Vogue Knitting (October 15, 2011)


"In addition to the step-by-step instructions for making the Christmas ball and the 55 different designs, in this book you'll find many photographs of vintage ornaments and other sources of inspiration shared by the designers." —Living Crafts (November 2011)


"Featuring the unique designs of Scandinavian duo Arne and Carlos, this book features one basic pattern, instructions on how to knit a ball shape, and then 55 variations or designs pulled from traditional Scandinavian sweaters based on holiday themes. This book would make an excellent gift for a knitter, and the aesthetic fits perfectly into the current DYI trends." —Portland Book Review (November 2012)

From the Inside Flap

Since 2002, Scandinavian knitting sensations Arne and Carlos have used their unique style sense to translate traditional Scandinavian knitwear designs into individual patterns perfect for holiday décor. Here they share 55 hand-stitched knits on a super-small scale—projects that take little time to make and minimal effort to make well. The result? Knitting that’s fast and fun, whatever your skill level.

You’ll find bold ornament designs in red, white, green, black, blue, and multiple colors, some with a touch of silver or novelty yarn for visual texture. The array of knitted decorations feature classic holiday graphics such as snowflakes, berries, bows, angels, and animals, as well as more ornate patterns often found in Scandinavian sweaters, hats, and mittens.

Whether giving hand-made gifts or adding a touch of holiday cheer to your home or business, you’ll find the step-by-step instructions and fascinating mix of contemporary and vintage color photographs in 55 Christmas Balls to Knit the ideal learning tools—clear, descriptive, and quirky-cool.

With techniques, patterns, and sources of inspiration fondly shared by the designers, you’ll be outright charmed by Arne and Carlos. Their knitting antics are the perfect recipe for holiday décor that is colorful, festive, and delightful.
--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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I recommend using five inch needles instead of the usual seven inch needles.
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It's a beautiful book to read and the instructions are very clear.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By AnnieLou-who on July 16, 2011
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The book is charming! Lovely photography and cute little stories along with the designs. A nice variety of motifs. Overall a well done presentation of the theme, which is Christmas Ornaments! There is one basic ball pattern, and 55 patterned charts. I've been knitting similar ornaments for several years, and was about to begin adapting the same type of motifs to my pattern, but Arne & Carlos beat me to it! No sense in re-inventing the wheel.

The other reviewer is correct, there is very little technical instruction, but that is not the focus of the book. There are many well written books already in print on the subject of stranded knitting. I recommend Alice Starmore's "Fair Isle Knitting" or Ann Feitleson's book, or the Philosopher Wool book; they all have excellent technical advice.

The other reviewer is also correct that there are no patterns for anything other than the balls. I think something got lost in translation. My guess is "window dressings, centerpieces," etc was meant to describe ways to display the ornaments.

Anywho, I'm glad to add this delightful book to my collection and can't wait to start my Christmas knitting :)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By EVB on December 12, 2011
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This book is amazing! The patterns are well-written and easy even for a colorwork n00b like myself to understand. The the designs are gorgeous, drawing from all sorts of (presumably, I've never been there) Scandinavian traditional motifs. Plus, they include a blank template in the back of the book, so you can design your own Star Wars set and 8-bit Mario set and traditional yuletide creeping cyclopian horrors set.

And if that wasn't enough to sell you, did you see those guys on the front? They're so awesome it's painful. They've filled the book with little anecdotes about their holiday traditions and sweet suggestions like "Maybe you could hang all your reindeer balls on an antler above your table..." (Only their translated prose is infinitely better than this vapid drivel.) Hell, if it hadn't been for this book, I would never have learned either about the Christmas Pig, who gets his own spoon, or the Christmas Witch, who comes flying through on the 13th night. It's interesting, fun, AND educational.

Seriously, this book is so excellent, I've started carrying it around with me as a conversation piece. What am I knitting? Some Christmas Balls. What are Christmas Balls, you ask? Let me show you this badass book. BAM. Instant cool.

And by the way, I'm not being even remotely sarcastic about any of this. The book really is that great.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By TheRock on October 16, 2011
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This book is easy to follow. I have made one of the Christmas balls so far and found all the directions easy to use. This is a great way to practice Fair Ilse knitting without doing a big project.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dennis on November 22, 2011
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Okay, so it took me eight hours to knit a pair, but they turned out really cute. These patterns definitely require DPN experience. The first few rounds are very fiddly to knit. I recommend using five inch needles instead of the usual seven inch needles. The authors are delightfully campy and share many idyllic details of their lives together.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Teresa Hubbard on December 9, 2011
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I LOVE this book! It is an interesting book to read, but more to the point it is a great pattern book. The instructions are clear, enabling even a beginner to knit the ornaments. The graphs are large and easy to follow, but the basic pattern is also written for those who prefer. This book is great for people wanting to learn to knit in the round, knit with double points, or follow a chart. Experienced knitters will enjoy the variety of motifs and how quickly you can complete an ornament. I highly reccomend this book to anyone who wants to sample colorwork or any of the above techniques. I am so glad I purchased this book. I have used it everyday since it arrived!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Northern Wisconsin Reader on October 3, 2011
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I got this book and have done 3 of the balls so far and love it. Made one adjustment and use 2 circular needles instead of the 4 double points. I am going to be busy between now and Christmas. The reviewer above that gave it a 3.5 rating... just use your own colors that is the creative part of the book. LOVE IT!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ingse on October 15, 2011
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I got this book for Christmas last year, and by New Years Eve I had knitted 10 Christmas balls. I`m an experienced knitter, so this year all my friends will be given balls for X-mas.. But the good thing is that the book is now translated, so I can sent it to my English-speaking friends so thay can have the pleasure of making their own!
The patters are traditional; like you find them on Norwegian sweather and mittens.
Decorate your house with self- made knitting !

Ingse
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amy J on November 11, 2011
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I love the simple template for a ball and the casual charts. I wouldn't consider this a beginner book, but as an experienced knitter, I find these balls very addictive. I use my excess sock yarn and size 1 US dpns. These are fun little projects. Everyone will get an ornament from me this year.
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