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Knitting in the Details: Charming Designs to Knit and Embellish Kindle Edition

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"24 appealing small patterns (which is nice - maybe you'll finish them before the warm weather!)and instructions on how to embellish each piece. Whether you add beads or buttons, create a knitted flower, or add personality with embroidery, there are all sorts of bewitching ideas in this book." -

"A little bit extra often makes something you knit truly an expression of yourself. In her latest book, Lousia Harding talks and teaches about just those little extras...use her advice to create knitwear with timeless romance and femininity." –

"There are 24 projects in all, and every one is a winner!" - Knit 'n Style, June 2011

"I was pleased to see that the designer incorporated beads into some of the projects. I'm always happy to see the cross-over between my most beloved hobby with knitting, sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, etc. The photos are marvelous." - Sara Hardin, Soft Flex Company

About the Author

Louisa Harding has been designing knitwear professionally for more than seventeen years. In 2005, she launched a signature line of yarns and design collections in the United States and the United Kingdom, distributed by Knitting Fever. Her designs have appeared in Rowan Knitting Magazine, Vogue Knitting, and Knitting Magazine. She has also worked as an in-house designer for Rowan Yarns and Jaeger Handknits. Harding's previous books include Knitting Little Luxuries and Natural Knits for Babies and Moms.

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  • File Size: 15039 KB
  • Print Length: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (February 1, 2013)
  • Publication Date: February 1, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DH40MJU
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Lynne E. TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 12, 2011
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Louisa Harding has always been one of my favorite Rowan designers, and Interweave Press is my favorite knitting book publisher, so I didn't hesitate to order this book sight unseen. However, the book is mildly disappointing, because the "details" are (1) beading; (2) embroidery (surface embroidery, duplicate stitch); and (3) "added elements" (pompoms, fringe, rosettes, applique, feathers, ribbons, sequins, buttons). Obviously, except for the beading, most of the details are not "knitted in" at all.

Basically this is just another book of knitting patterns, rather than the technical book (perhaps with interesting edgings) that I had hoped for. There are patterns for hats, drawstring bags, a purse, sweaters, mitts, shawls, and scarves. My personal favorites are "Bettine", a cute little beaded shrug that would make a fashionable, timeless, coverup for an evening dress; and "Amelia", the skimpy cover-design cardigan that has a buttonhole edge resembling a decorative crocheted edge.

Another interesting pattern is "Coral", a cropped jacket knit in stripes with duplicate stitch added later to give the impression of Fair Isle knitting. However, although the design is attractive, one wonders whether it might be easier to knit it as Fair Isle--given that one is already using multiple colors for stripes--rather than to go to the extra labor-intensive work of adding duplicate stitch to the finished fabric. Perhaps the same might be said of "Flora", which has an alphabet border added with duplicate stitch.

Additional, and possibly better, choices for Louisa Harding patterns include
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. Platt on February 20, 2011
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Louisa Harding is a well-loved, prolific and versatile producer of knitting patterns. True the embellishments are not knitted in - this is not textured knitting or edgings, it's things that are added on, so the publisher is inaccurate in its description of what the book is - which will inevitably lead to disappointment. However, the patterns, on the whole are very good. I'm 50+ and will knit quite a few of these, my son's girlfriend at 20, highlighted quite a few she liked too. There are however, one or two odd shapeless garments and a disjointed shawl that we would both avoid like the plague. On the whole we agreed this was a worthwhile purchase. If you don't want to fiddle with beads, the beaded items could be made without - you can always adapt a good pattern. Another bonus is that because the patterns are knitted in Louisa harding's yarn, even though this book is published in the USA, knitters in the UK and elsewhere will be able to knit without substituting yarn. I love the hats, the scarves, the bags, those little cardigan - shrug-type shorties - so sweet and quick to knit, the shawls. I think elegant describes the majority of the patterns. This review first appeared on Karen Platt's book review website.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DickensianKnitter on February 13, 2011
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I bought this book primarily because I wanted to learn different techniques to embellish and modify pre-existing patterns. This book contains a great selection of different techniques, lovely photography, and simply beautiful (and original) patterns. There's also a good variety of types of projects (e.g. hats, shawls, sweaters, etc.).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Bower (gladeslibrarian) on January 8, 2013
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Knitting in the Details offers patterns for hats, scarves, shrugs, berets, vests, cardigans and purses. The look is feminine, flattering and colorful. These 24 projects are small in size but big in possibilities. I like options. I like to see how a change in colorway alters the outcome. This book shows you options. For example, there is a vest pattern "Esme" that can change from casual to glamorous just by emphasizing a different part of the pattern when you knit. In one of the hat patterns, "Poppy", the author has drawn colors from an antique brooch. She knits the hat in subtle stripes, attaches the antique brooch on the side and further embellishes it with knitted flowers and sequins. Using the same pattern, the author goes simple but bold with a dark two-color hat. The crown is dark purple with a contrasting rosy pink edging. A large knitted flower in the same colors embellishes the side.

If you like to embellish your handmade projects, whether accessories or wearable, and you like to get new ideas from other crafters you will like this book. If you're new to embellishing, the author offers guidance to get you started.

I ordered this book from my library but found that there were too many patterns that I wanted to make so I decided to buy it. I'm glad I did.
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By ditchwitch on October 26, 2011
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When I first started knitting, I just wanted to get it done as quickly as possible. This book gives you a different perspective, in adding decorative elements to enhance your knit wear. There are sections on embroidering your finished knit, including cross stitch, different ways to add beading to your knit wear, as well as the attachment of other types of decorative elements. Each section has instructions, and beautiful photographs illustrate each technique. There is a glossary of terms and techniques. Each technique includes at least one complete pattern utilizing that technique. Patterns range from sweaters and boleros to handbags, hats and fingerless gloves. Sweater and bolero patterns include sizes from 34 to 46 inch finished size. You can modify these techniques to use them on other patterns, and there is a wide variety of "looks" you can achieve.
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