Autumn is here, and it’s time to embrace the cooler weather; warm up with a blanket, quilt, or some knitted sweaters and socks! This week’s #FridayReads features some of our new textile how-to guides so you can personalize the season with color and warmth.
Add warmth to your body, soul, and home with eighteen new designs for crocheted blankets, afghans, and throws. Featuring a variety of techniques and stitches including lacework, textured cables, and colorwork, there’s something for practical crafters to sophisticated crocheters. For example, the Happy Hexagons throw incorporates bold, colorful graphic motifs while the Starfish pattern utilizes an unusual construction of aquatic-inspired lacework. The Granny sofa blanket is a classic, colorful creation while the breezy, luxurious Exploded Pineapple afghan doubles as a lightweight shawl. If you’re looking to personalize your life with a touch of homemade coziness, Classic Crochet Blankets is the book for you!
Debbie Bliss’ new book, The Knitter’s Book of Knowledge, is the ultimate guide for beginner and expert knitters. Covering the basics from yarn, needles, and equipment to more advanced topics such as shaping, knitting texture, and color knitting, Bliss touches on core techniques while providing time saving tips. From casting on and casting off to creating a buttonhole and adding a zipper, Bliss’ directions are clear and comprehensive, complete with ample illustrations. Discover the joys of knitting in this one-stop reference guide.
Self-taught quilter and blogger Nancy Purvis shares sixteen modern quilting pattern perfect for easy to advanced levels of quilters. Focusing on placement, scale, solid colors, and negative space, Purvis offers new interpretations of shapes, utilizing squares, rectangles, and triangles. For example, Purvis’ Stones pattern is a small, improvisational piece that encourages the use of scrap material while her more complex Citrus pattern features an abstract, colorful adaptation of cut citrus fruits sure to capture visual interest. Motivating quilters to embrace their own creative and design process, Purvis invites readers to envelop their own style and personality.