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Weekend Knitting: 50 Unique Projects and Ideas [Kindle Edition]

Melanie Falick , Ericka McConnell
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Book Description

When Weekend Knitting was first published in hardcover in 2003, a modern generation of knitters was just starting to discover this "hot new hobby." Since then, knitting has grown wildly popular and Melanie Falick’s book has gone on to become a knitting classic and a huge bestseller.

Weekend Knitting brings together unique, innovative, and still-fresh projects for beginning and more-experienced knitters, many of which can be completed in a weekend or less. Every project is presented with clear instructions and in beautiful photographs that celebrate idyllic weekend settings.

Quotes from diverse sources about knitting, creativity, and balanced living—along with favorite recipes, lists of books and movies with knitting scenes, and other extras—complete the weekend knitting experience.

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About the Author

Melanie Falick, editorial director of STC Craft, is the author of Handknit Holidays, Knit: A Personal Handbook, and Knitting for Baby (with Kristin Nicholas) (all STC), plus Kids Knitting and Knitting in America—with more than 400,000 books in print. She lives in Dutchess County, NY.

Product Details

  • File Size: 5589 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: STC Craft | Melanie Falick Books (September 13, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005HY8NQW
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,162 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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155 of 155 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Knit, read and enjoy! October 29, 2003
By Kathy M
I purchased this book two weeks ago. This is not only a good knitting book it is also a good reading book. With the holidays approaching this is an excellent book for a few homemade gifts that work up quickly. So far I have made six pair of the Super Mittens with another pair on the needles. A pair can be made in a day. The butter cookie recipe is good with many variations (just like the knitting patterns). There are also wonderful knitting suggestions for decorating with yarn as well as suggestions for knitting gifts. The only complaint (if one could call it that) is the yardage on the Super Mittens. It calls for 75 yards for all sizes but I found it takes approximately 95-125 yards for the sizes woman's S-man's L. Otherwise it is an excellent book!
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136 of 140 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the perfect knitting book July 8, 2004
i adore this book. i'm a relatively experienced knitter and i've had no problems with any of the patterns so far. i've knit several of the flower washcloths, some turtleneck egg cozies, the super mittens, the felted stash accessories bag, and am currently in the midst of knitting the union square poncho. and i'll probably use this excellent book for many of the other patterns. i think the instructions are quite clear, especially the notes included in each pattern that explain any difficult parts of the project. also, as many other reviewers have noted, the pictures are quite beautiful. it's the perfect book for us younger(ish) knitters who want simple and hip (but not too hip) patterns--with a great range in level of difficulty--that inspire us to knit more.
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116 of 121 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pretty pictures but poor instructions March 8, 2004
By A Customer
I am an experienced knitter and was very excited about getting this book as a gift. The pictures are beautiful and there were several projects that looked challenging enough for me to learn a few new things. I started by making the gloves. After getting confused by the instructions and having to rip out the first glove several times I consulted other patterns and found several errors in this book. In order to finish these I had to completely revise the pattern and ignore the book. Even after this I felt that one bad pattern wasn't worth dismissing the entire book, so I tried the brioche scarf. Once again the pattern was confusing and I had to chart my own waters to complete the scarf. Unless you are using the book merely as inspiration to develop your own projects I would not recommend it.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A book to make you crazy, in a good way. December 11, 2004
I can't stop looking at this book, I love it. However, when I tried to make the lopi scarf I had to use needles three sizes bigger than they indicated. When I was asking a question about the pattern at my very hip knitting store in Portland, Oregon the whole store got into a disscussion about this book. Everyone had problems with the patterns, the pancho turned out huge and with tons of yarn left over, a very experienced knitter couldn't figure out the brioche hat. At least I feel better now about my struggle with the silly lopi scarf! In spite of the problems with the patterns, I do recommend the book. It is beautifully done, and a great inspiration for projects, but be prepared to improvise.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Knews from knew knitter October 9, 2005
This was the first knitting book I bought, and the flower washcloth the second pattern I ever knitted. I taught myself to knit with a DVD I bought (with the first pattern). I tend to jump into things quickly and learn the best I can as I go along, but unless you're a quick study, this should NOT be the first knitting book you pick up. There were so many wonderful patterns in it that I couldn't resist, but if this is the only knitting book you've ever read, you get the impression that all knitters have unlimited money to spend on their knitting (I calculated--knitting the cashmere sweater will run you about $600 at least), can knit at the speed of light, and are extensively knowledgeable about every yarn in the world.

Nevertheless, the book did force me to grow into a pretty good knitter in an extremely short space of time. I also learned about the folly of substituting yarns without testing and careful reading. I have made several of the flower washcloths--they make simply wonderful gifts, no matter what age or gender you are--the berkshire sweater, which was sort of a disaster because I changed both needles and yarn and basically doubled the numbers in the pattern (it's wearable but sort of strange-looking), the pillow, with a cheap cotton instead of silk/cashmere (!) as suggested, the lap blanket, the mohair camisole, and a few pairs of the fingerless mitts.

The book is good if, like I said, you have unlimited time and money to spend on knitting, or are a good substituter, and if you like the unique projects in the book. Some of the projects seem unnecessarily complicated (brioche in the round? for an ordinary hat?), and some are just silly (a hemp cardigan? for a baby?), but it has lovely pictures, and if you knit the projects correctly, they come out exactly as picture-perfect as the ones in the photos.

-Six-month knitter
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and inspiring knitting November 9, 2004
When I read some of the reviews for this book, I had second thoughts about purchasing it. I am so glad that I did. Looking through the book at the photographs and the patterns is an inspiration. I have only tried out a few of the patterns (Union square poncho, Lopi lace scarf, and the chunky knit mittens) and had no problems. What I also enjoyed in addition to the patterns and photos were the bits of information, such as the recipes, books with knitting, etc. If this is your first pattern book, don't be surprised if you need to use a reference book. I have been knitting for 5+ years and still need to use a reference book at times. This is a fun book and I would recommend this to knitters of all levels of experience.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth getting used
I'd be willing to get this if amazon offered it for one cent because I know I'd have to rip out a number of pages that are offensive to me such as the Harry Potter quotes and so... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Joomi Lee
1.0 out of 5 stars hardly 50 real projects
Finger puppets and fingerless mitts are hardly worth the price for this book. I took it out at the library and still felt cheated.
Published 3 months ago by Luther-sMom
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
easy to read patterns for intermediate knitter.. awesome pictures and best mitten pattern ever..
Published 4 months ago by Nick Nickerson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it!
Published 7 months ago by Nonijane
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift for my daugher
Daughter loved it
Published 10 months ago by Lorene Rowland
5.0 out of 5 stars Purchased when first starting knitting
Glad I saw this review, forgot I had this book in my knitting library. Purchased this to find some easy and quick knitting projects, but honestly, I haven't used it yet. Read more
Published 12 months ago by gardennurse
4.0 out of 5 stars great book :)
I originally borrowed this book from the library; but I found there were too many good patterns in it. Read more
Published 12 months ago by T Kaaminii Stroh
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Variety
Ok, this is the second time I have owned this book. I want to make the Union Square Poncho, and I also purchased this book again for the finger puppet instructions! Read more
Published 14 months ago by rose thyme
5.0 out of 5 stars Weekend Knitting: 50 Unique Projects and Ideas
Cool knitting ideas--even for a relative newcomer to knitting! I want to make so many of the patterns in this book, and therefore it was a good purchase.
Published 15 months ago by Traut
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
A book for your library at home especially when you need suggestions for a project to keep you busy.
Fun knitting.
Published 16 months ago by Jolie Jeanne
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Melanie Falick is the publishing director of STC Craft / Melanie Falick Books, an imprint of Stewart, Tabori & Chang and Abrams Books.

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