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Step It Up Knits: Take Your Skills to the Next Level with 25 Quick and Stylish Projects Hardcover – September 26, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (September 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452106630
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452106632
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 7.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #889,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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" Designed for knitters who want to learn new techniques, but lead lives where time is at a premium."
-Diane Gilleland, CraftyPod

"This book is wonderful for both beginner knitters who want to improve their skills, and also not-so-beginner knitters who want to indulge in Vickie's amazing design sensibility!"
-The Crochet Dude

"There comes a time in every knitter's life when she ought to step it up a bit... Vickie Howell has taken it upon herself to help teach the masses of knitters stuck in the 'easy' skill level patterns to move on up the scale."
-About.com

"...fast, challenging knits that will get you pushing your knitting knowledge to the next level."
-The Sweatshop of Love Knitting Blog

About the Author

Vickie Howell is an expert knitter, craft author, and the host of 8 seasons of the HGTV show Knitty Gritty. Her designs and projects appear in hundreds of publications worldwide and she has a signature yarn line with Caron Yarns. She lives in Austin, Texas.

More About the Author

Vickie Howell is a mother, self-taught designer, writer, spokesperson, viral marketing consultant and DIY Lifestyles expert with a focus on the Needle Arts and environmentally conscious crafting.

Vickie is most well-known as the Host and Creative Consultant of 8 seasons of DIY Network & HGTV's show, Knitty Gritty. She was also the co-host of DIY's Stylelicious, Lifetime Television's web series, CRAFTED, and several craft-based TV specials.

Vickie has been featured internationally in numerous televisions shows, radio broadcasts and publications including: NBC's The Today Show, BBC Radio Scotland, E! Entertainment's Singled Out, and Real Simple Magazine.

Vickie's designs and projects have been included in over 100 publications worldwide including her celebrity column for Knit.1 Magazine, the Eco-Craft column she wrote for 3 years for Kiwi Magazine, the 2009 Lands' End FeelGood Campaign (of which she was the spokesperson for), her blog column Craft Apparent for PBS Parents and weekly articles for iLovetoCreate.com. She's also Caron's Celebrity Spokesperson.

Vickie is the best-selling author of several craft books: the 2005 Craft Trends Award Finalist, New Knits on the Block: A Guide to Knitting What Kids Really Want (Oct. '05), Not Another Teen Knitting Book (June '06), Knit Aid: A Learn It, Fix It, Finish It Guide for the Stitcher on the Go (May '08), Pop Goes Crochet (May '09) and, AwareKnits: Knit & Crochet Projects for the Eco-Conscious Stitcher (Oct. '09), co-written with activist, Adrienne Armstrong.


The book behind Vickie's community-driven project, Craft Corps hits shelves in May '10. Until then, she's encouraging artists, crafters and creative types of all kinds to join "The Corps" by telling their stories through profiles on the Craft Corps website: http://www.craftcorps.org

All of Vickie's creative endeavors along with her husband Dave Campbell's movie news site, Smells Like Screen Spirit, are housed under their company Craft.Rock.Love Media, LLC. For more information on Vickie and all of her projects, go to: http://www.vickiehowell.com

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By mary leary on March 14, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I had to write because I disagree with the negative review. I first saw this book at the
library and decided to purchase it for myself because it offers just what the title suggests:
a way to step up your knitting to the next level. There are small projects to practice a new
skill, challenge yourself and have a nice gift to give to a friend. Knitting should be fun
and this book helps you remember why you wanted to learn the craft in the first place. Now
I am going to give it to a friend who seems to be stuck in a knitting rut. I am no kid; I am 70
years old and have been knitting for many years but I like to look for the fun and Vickie Howell
knows how to help us have fun with our knitting!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 4, 2013
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clear and bright pictures on my iPad. Clear instructions on techniques and on patterns.
Patterns include:
1) Cabled Hand Warmers
2)Bobble stitch mittens [they look a little bulky]
3)Mosaic Wrist Warmers
4)Baby booties [they're actually really cute]
5)Seed Rib Boot Socks
6)Herringbone Rib Leg Warmers [I want these ones]
7)Lace Cuff Baby Leggings
8)Lace Cuff Ankle Socks
9)Little Zebra Leg Cozies
10)Twisted Rib Cadet Cap
11)Cable and eyelet Cap [Sloucher beanie]
12)Spiral top Beanie
13)Toddler's Mitered square beanie
14)Lacy headband
15)Eternity scarf with cables
16)Fair Isle Ponchette
17)Double-Sided rib scarf
18)Dropped-Stitch cabled cowl
19)Triangle Lace Shawl
20)Kid's Capelet [super cute; my daughters both want one]
21)Cozy Hooded Shrug
22)Sparkly Vest
23)Berry Stitch Purse [Really cute]
24)Lacy iPad Sleeve
25)Felted Zippy Bag

hope this is helpful. I normally like my knitting pattern books in actual book form but this one has good pictures with it; so it kind of makes up for it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By LESLIE MAYO on January 14, 2013
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Love Vickie Howell and everything she does! This book is no different. Her style, patterns, and easy instruction make the book a real treat.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carol Mandracchia on January 1, 2013
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Vickie Howells books are great. There is something in there for everyone. Well worth a look at. Many items to make.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By LLB on October 21, 2012
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Lots of fun projects to make and to share with friends. Good and easy to follow instructions. Great gift for the lovers of knitting. Talented lady, that Vickie Howell.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Joseph on April 16, 2013
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I bought this because it seemed like a good stepping stone from being a beginner. The reason the rating is so low is because the pictures are so small that I can't even tell what it is supposed to be showing. If I had seen that before I bought it, I wouldn't have.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 28, 2013
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Not the greatest knitting book to have.........it is on my kindle and hard to see the pictures.............eh----------look for a better book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carol J. Eldridge on April 27, 2013
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Well presented, but a bit elementary for me and projects not what interest me. What else can I say. Thank you.
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