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Silky Little Knits: Luxurious Designs and Accessories in Mohair-Silk Yarns Paperback – October 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Trafalgar Square Books (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570764417
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570764417
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #668,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It’s uncommon that a knitting book deliberately chooses to concentrate on one type of yarn (not to mention one very specific brand), which is exactly what instructor-author Crowther-Smith espouses. The material featured is a combination of mohair and silk, admittedly not the cheapest or easiest wool to work with because of its airy fibery-tendril characteristics. Yet mastering its use is relatively painless, asserts the author; to ensure success, she not only provides upfront tips for the mohair mix—how best to handle and unravel the yarn, for example—but also embeds techniques throughout her twentysomething patterns. And, oh, what a selection! These deceptively delicate offerings—many accompanied by gift bags—range from a sturdy flower trellis scarf, using mohair as accents against a knitted worsted weight yarn, to glamour-drenched shawls with beads and/or sequins. Advanced or beginning knitters will welcome easy-to-understand directions, great romantically styled color photographs, indicated level of difficulty, and specific cast-on instructions, so critical in the finished look of a piece. --Barbara Jacobs

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The 20 accessories Crowther-Smith froths up would be persuasive samples to help move any of the terrific mohairs on the market, especially as the small-scale size of most of the pieces calls for just a taste of the expensive stuff."  —Yarn Market News

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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 12, 2009
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This book is the same as Little Luxury Knits by the same author. It's a lovely lovely book and I highly recommend it but I was fooled by the title and thought it was a sequel to Little Luxury Knits and was eager to have it and so I was hughely dissapointed when I discovered I ordered a book I already have with a different title.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kathy VINE VOICE on April 28, 2010
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I love Kidsilk Haze and when I saw there was a book devoted to patterns for it and for Kidsilk Aura (a medium weight version of the yarn), I had to have it. I know there are patterns all over the internet for these yarns, but I love knitting books and I really like books that are made for one type of yarn. It kinds of takes the stress out of finding something to make with a type of yarn I know I want to use.

The patterns in this book are not overly complicated, which I'm really glad about. I find Kidsilk Haze a little tricky to work with and haven't had much luck with fixing mistakes, so I'm more than happy to keep it simple. Quite a few of the pieces have beads knitted into them and there is a whole page on how to do it. There are a few things where they use a "colorwash" technique where similar colors are striped and I love those. The fuzziness of the yarn really makes it look like the colors just blend from one to the other. There are a couple fingerless mitten patterns that I'm sure would be super warm and comfortable. There is a sock pattern that seems kind of impractical, but it only takes 4 balls (you use two different colors held together) and I can only imagine how comfortable it will be wearing those while laying around reading or knitting. I'm definitely going to make them. There are a couple pillow patterns which would also be super soft to relax on. You knit the pillow top in stockinette stitch and they suggest Amy Butler fabrics for the backing, which looks gorgeous. I'm working on the cape that is on the cover and so far it's been very easy to do and it only uses three balls. I can't wait to finish it because it will be perfect for when the air conditioning is on or on a chilly evening.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bernie HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 18, 2010
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And that is just what I'm doing having fun trying out different types of yarn different types of patterns in different types of skills and being able to produce not so much clothing items as designs of shawls pillows and a like.

There is just something tactful and funs about having the book in your hand were sitting nearby as you are attempting to produce what you see. I already have material in the tools just needed the inspiration and the direction that this book supplies.

My real target is the gallery of luxury - mohair samples shown on page 8 to 9. If something useful comes from this that is all right also.

For the technically inclined I must say that the pictures are very descriptive and there are diagrams of how to do some of the most fundamental basics as the thumb cast on method. You will not catch me doing it but there also details on how to include things like sequins and beads.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 13, 2009
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SILKY LITTLE KNITS: LUXURIOUS DESIGNS AND ACCESSORIES IN MOHAIR-SILK YARNS is a top pick for any needlework collection. It provides patterns and options for using the thin mohair to its best advantage, offering stylings and 20 unique projects to take advantage of knitted lace, colorwash effects, texture blends and more. Any knitter will find this packed with delicious options not available elsewhere.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DeborahDarling on August 28, 2010
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I am delighted with this book - there are many truly unique and unusual patterns along with some simple straightforward but elegant knits using lovely yarns. This book will become my "go to" for patterns for a long time!
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