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Knit One, Bead Too: Essential Techniques for Knitting with Beads Hardcover-spiral – June 12, 2009
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Embellish your knitted projects with eye-catching beauty of beads. Using five easy-to-learn beading techniques, you can turn designs for simple bags and wearables into stunning special-occasion creations. And it's all done right on your knitting needles!
Judith Durant offers step-by-step instructions for mastering the techniques as well as sixteen original patterns that feature beadwork. What's more, after you have learned how to knit with beads, you can apply the techniques to any pattern. The possiblities for beaded knitting are endless!
Praise for the book:
"An inspiring, in-depth, and accesible guide to knitting with beads. With excellent instructions, Judith not only answers the questions about these tantalizing techniques, she also presents a world of possibilities for knitters of all levels. In this knitter's opinion, Knit One Bead Too is destined to become a definitive and very welcome addition to the world of knitting."
- Cheryl Oberle, Author of Knitted Jackets, Folk Vests, and Folk Shawls
"Spectacular, highly appealing projects - gloves, pillow, shawl, sweaters, and more - using nearly forgotten bead knitting techniques...a fresh twist on the craft, with subtle, understated colors and designs." - Diane Fitzgerald, Internationally known bead artist and author of several books, including Shaped Beadwork
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Top Customer Reviews
It is well written, well edited, and well illustrated.
The author has a BFA and it shows in the lovely designs. I can see making every one of them. And the alternate design colors suggested are lovely.
The author knows how to write an instructional book that is easy to use, entertaining, and tempting. Starting from a pictorial overview of the five established techniques for incorporating beads into your knitting, to the last project where you can try out every one of them on one small beaded bag, everything is there to make you learn and internalize the crafts of bead and beaded knitting. Yes there is a difference. Also the essential trick about using Eastern knitting to prevent bead knitting from warping is clearly illustrated in photos.
The best part is how the beads are an integral part of the designs from the choice of color and placement of the beads inside cables, or other appropriate knitting stitches to how they add beauty to the garments and accessories. They are not added on for the ride. The lovely scarf is designed to be knit from the center out for symmetry, but with a smart provisional cast on so you do not need to fuss with weaving the two halves and possibly ruining the scarf on the last step. I love how thoughtful all the designs are in preventing problems before you get there.
As a final bonus, the book is hardcover but also ring bound so it lies perfectly flat as you follow the row by row instructions when you need to. It is small so you can take it with you in a bag. And she tells you how to store the strung yarn so you do not get those devilish slip knots in your work.
If you want to buy one knitting book for learning how to use beads and yarn, make it this one. You won't need another beaded knitting book. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
Thsi book is the answer to my needs. it very clearly outlines the how-tos of knitting with bead and shows techniques that take the mystery out of "small bead/big yarn" dilemmas. The patterns are lovely and timeless. I can't tell you how many times I've had "aha!" moments with this book. If you want to knit with beads/paillettes in any way,this is the book for you!
The patterns in this book are decent--some more to my taste than others but that is purely personal. Each of the patterns also includes notes on an alternative design (different beads, different yarn, etc) to give you ideas on how to modify each pattern.
The sizing is excellent with sizes for the (few) sweaters extending well into both the small and large sizes.
I don't knit with beads often but that was mostly due to frustration--now that I have read this book, I'm reading to give it another go!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It gave me the information I need to start adding beads to some of my projects. Now I just need to figure out how to write out a chart!Published 1 month ago by Kathy
This book just came yesterday- I LOVE IT!! The description of the technique is so clear, I have no fears that I cannot add this to my knitting projects. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Buford
This book is a great overview of ways to include beads into your knitting. I am a long time knitter but new to beading. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Grandma
I liked very much this book because the images and the explanations it gives are realy clear and easy to followPublished 17 months ago by PALMIRA PEï¿½A SALAZAR
I thought that the explanations were simple and described thoroughly how to go to the next step, allowing your imagination to take over. There was a section on correcting mistakes. Read morePublished 20 months ago by mmdunphy