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Custom Knits Accessories: Unleash Your Inner Designer with Improvisational Techniques for Hats, Scarves, Gloves, Socks and More Hardcover – May 1, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584799552
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584799559
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #548,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Wendy Bernard is the author of Custom Knits and Custom Knits 2 (both published by STC Craft), and is the creator of KnitandTonic.net. Her work has been published in Interweave Knits, Knitscene, and Yarn Forward magazines, and in the book My Grandmother’s Knitting (STC Craft).


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This book is a great knitting book.
Gloria K. Derby
Great selection of patterns, easy and well written.
Lizbeth Linares Davern
I can't wait to get started with the patterns.
Bonnie Brody

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Brody TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 26, 2012
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Custom Knit Accessories is one of those knitting books that take you by surprise. It is a delight and filled with wonderful little projects, most of which don't take much yarn and are quick to finish. In the introduction, it says, "One of the first joyful rediscoveries I made about knitting accessories was this: time. How fun it is to design and knit something just a few hours after you cast on." All knitters know that we can spend months, and maybe even years, knitting projects such as complicated sweaters and shawls. This book does not have projects like these. The projects here are small, quick, and sometimes not much bigger than your swatch. Additionally, you can use wonderful yarn to make these accessories and, as a knitter, I know the joy of using great yarn.

Chapter One is on Preplanning Accessories. It discusses things such as converting a flat pattern to knitting in the round, figuring out how much yarn you'll need, swapping yarns, adding a stitch pattern to a plain knit and ways to knit seamless color changes. These are just a few of the very helpful items covered in this chapter. There is a section on different fibers and the ways that they stretch, drape and hold. There is an Approximate Yardage Requirements chart for each of the items in the book, for different ages and sizes, males and females. This chart also includes gauge differences. "Accessories tend to be small, so you can take them with you and work on them when you have downtime." I love that idea.

The second chapter is on hats, caps, bonnets and turbans. There are several wonderful patterns here including The Sand Dollar Slouch, The Jacquard Slouch and Patsy's Bonnet.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jessica on November 26, 2012
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I first checked this book out from the library, but when I had to return it because some one else reserved it I was disappointed that I wouldn't get to make any of the beautiful hats our other items in the book.I couldn't wait the two weeks until it was returned again so I went ahead and purchased it through Amazon. The pictures are lovely and the instructions are easy to read. I am currently working in a bonnet based on the pattern provided but sized down for a toddler.

For reference, I am a beginner/intermediate knitter and I found the patterns understandable, yet challenging. Just how I like it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gloria K. Derby on October 5, 2012
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This book is a great knitting book. Wonderful youthful patterns!! And great knitting tips and advice. Lots of how to advice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Colleen O'Neill Conlan on March 2, 2013
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I had the good fortune to learn how to knit from someone who was decidedly not a pattern follower. She showed me how to cast on, had me knit up a little swatch, helped me make some measurements and do a little math, and next thing you know, I had a simple vest.

This designer/author starts with a swatch and shows how to use any yarn for your project, even one that knits up at a different gauge. She discusses things to keep in mind when making substitutions: fabric drape, stretch, memory, and ability to retain shape after blocking (especially important for lace). There is a section on estimating your yarn needs, for those times when you are knitting from your stash and not adhering to a given pattern's suggested yarn, and she explains how to translate patterns from flat, back-and-forth knitting to knitting in the round, including converting intricate stitch patterns, in both written-out and charted form. Lots and lots of versitility.

There's such a wealth of information here, lots of tips and alternate methods, like two different ways to avoid that jog in stripes when knitting in the round, and three different ways to do thumbs for mittens. She includes an informative section on how to use a stitch dictionary to customize any given pattern. One of Bernard's preferences is to knit hats starting at the crown and increasing down to the brim so it can be tried on and custom-fit along the way. I've never done that, and should, as I've got a big head and big hair, and I'm always (mis)guessing how much longer to knit my traditionally knitted brim-first hats to try to make them fit..

There's a good bit of math here, too.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Keating on June 5, 2012
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I love this book. Great photos, easy patterns. I look forward to knitting several items as listed. For me, a simple easy to understand pattern is the most important.
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Great selection of patterns, easy and well written. As with most of Wendy's book, I've knit many items from the book.
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