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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Trafalgar Square Books (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570765278
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570765278
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 7.5 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #450,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"At last, a new book from the amazing Mel, a knitting goddess. She continues to inspire me with her stylish, sexy, and fashionable designs. I cannot wait to check my gauge and cast on." —Tracy Ullman


"I have been a fan of Mel Clark for years and her new book . . . doesn't disappoint. In [Knitting] Everyday Finery you will find thoughtfully designed garments and accessories that take 'finery' to a new level of beautiful and elegant practicality." —Susan B. Anderson, author, Itty Bitty Hats, Itty Bitty Toys, and Spud and Chloe at the Farm


"Mel has created a quietly passionate collection of knits which will pique the curiosity of any knitter, and crosses many skill levels. My fingers itched to knit up many of these lovely, utilitarian designs. I cannot wait to cast on the Lulu scarf!" —Annie Modesitt, knitting designer and author, 1,000 Fabulous Knit Hats


"Each easy-to-understand pattern is accompanied by full-page color photographs. . . . Knitters of all skill levels will find something stylish to cast on to make their everyday wear pop." —Knit 'n Style (October 2012)

About the Author

Mel Clark is known to knitters for her book Knit 2 Together, co-written with Tracey Ullman. She is a lifelong crafter and knitter whose designs have been published in Interweave Knits, the Knitter, the L.L. Bean catalog, Vogue Knitting magazine, Yarn Magazine, and Your Home and Garden magazine. She has appeared on the Martha Stewart Show and is the author of the blog slipslipknit.com.

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Mel Clark studied economics and math and was a school teacher in New Zealand before moving to the USA with her husband and children. Settling in California, she started her own boutique label of hand knits. For several years she was the proprietor of a knitting shop in Santa Monica, where she shared her love of design with customers and wrote her first knitting book. Her designs have been published in Vogue Knitting magazine, Interweave Knits, Yarn Magazine (Australia), The Knitter (UK) and Koigu Wool Designs.

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Just looking at the pictures makes you want to knit every pattern.
Betty Nolan
I'm not an expert knitter, but the instructions look clear and I love the photography.
Alison E. D. Bonney
The Croissant Bag and the Quilt Sampler Tam are two favorites - and the Family Hood!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By jackie on March 14, 2012
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I want to knit almost everything in this perfectly titled book! The projects are little treasures, full of charmingly thought out details.
Photography is uncluttered and seductive and the patterns all look to be straightforward, most easy enough for beginners. I love that Ms. Clark choose to use readily available yarns for her designs and also included information about substitute yarns.
Some of my very favorite projects -
The Heroine Hood: The shape of this hood is super flattering, the pattern has sufficient detail to be interesting but easy enough to be a relaxing knit - especially in the suggested cashmere yarn. I want to make this for next winter to wear outdoors as a hood, then smoosh it down and wear indoors as a cowl.
The Tweed Hat and Scarf: The men I know really do want very simple knits - this is the perfect set. Also, who doesn't love a photo of a lovely young man holding a barnyard bird!
July Gloves: Adorable gloves - I want to knit these in the same bright yellow shown in the book.
Mrs. Lovechild Shawl: Love the backstory for the name of this design + love the shawl. Easy knitting, perfect size and shape - and a collar!
Shiraz Slippers: At long last, felted slippers with a sexy shape.
Everyday Cardigan: Totally flattering shape and length, I want to make a few in different colors.
Tangerine Tights: How fun! Perfect summer knitting to be ready for next fall.

I'm an experienced knitter with a bookcase full of knitting books - this is a welcome addition!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ally on June 14, 2012
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This book has some sweet little patterns. I bought it for the cowl pattern which I have now knitted twice and love. There are some cute socks, scarf and fair isle beret patterns. Easy for less advanced knitters. The shawl on the front cover will probably be my next project. There is even a pattern for knitting woollen tights. Nicely laid out and pretty pictures. This book puts paid to the impression that knitting books can be naff! The author is a New Zealander like me as I found out when I read the dust jacket. Go kiwi!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By LA Designer on March 15, 2012
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I Just received my book today, and what I see are some really good basics for many levels - and some patterning (like on the tams) that is fresh and unique.

The colors that Mel uses are neutral/warm - things you'd want to pick up and put on anytime - and they are flattering and soft in the right ways. I love the Everyday Cardigan - it has a wonderful trim that wraps around the piece - and I think I may try that one first. Her lace gloves are wonderful, and most of what I see in the book so far appears to have some very strong shapes/styles that could be dressed up or down, and should be able to be finished pretty fast for knitters with some experience.

Besides some of the basic hats, gloves and scarves, she has these Great shorts - what a great style for California - they are basic, but fresh and innocent - like the garments I see young women wearing in Paris in the parks in the Spring/Summer. The hoods are something I'd make too -- I'd wear them here - and will likely make them for gifts for friends and family living in colder climates - they look like they'll fit comfortably inside warm coats - and would not be too bulky. I may need one for myself in LA for those chilly foggy days!

The basket purse is lovely - a simple answer to that bag you want to grab and run out the door - and it has some texture and style. The gloves that are shown with the basket weave photo - have a similar pattern to that wonderful diamond sweater of Mels - I think that one was from a Vogue book - so I may need a pair of these gloves to match... Lace gloves -- Lulu Scarf -- A lot of wonderful choices - and with some advice and help on substitutions of yarns to make them your own. I'm looking forward to having a few more lovely and reliable pieces to work on. Thanks Mel for a wonderful new set of ideas!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Alison E. D. Bonney on March 19, 2012
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Overall, I like the modern, stylish feel of this book. I'm not an expert knitter, but the instructions look clear and I love the photography.

Mel starts with a bit of context about what 'finery' means to her, and some guidance about choosing yarns. (She notes that she favours natural fibres with an eye to affordability.) The book contains instructions for 26 items, divided into three broad categories: 'Out and About', 'Dressing Up', and 'At Home'. For each pattern, she provides a brief introduction, explains the yarns, needles, and so on, and provides clear details of construction.

The first things I'm looking forward to trying are the 'croissant bag', the 'Barcelona hood and scarf', the 'everyday cardigan', and the 'shiraz slippers'. Meanwhile, I keep going back and browsing through this charming book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Goudie on May 5, 2012
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Mel Clark has written a lovely collection of knitting patterns that will intrigue the newest to the most experienced knitter with a collection of fun and useful items. Hoods, tams, socks, shawls, handbags.... something for everyone! The photo layouts are stylish and whimsical - I confess I love the handsome fellow with the chicken! Her practical approach to suggested yarn choices make it easy for any knitter to walk into a good local yarn shop and find the right yarn for the project. My copy of Knitting Everyday Finery is readily opening to a few favorite projects - I have the Bird of Paradise Socks on my needles already. Buy the book, drool over the gorgeous pictures and happy knitting!
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