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Homespun, Handknit [Paperback]

Linda Ligon
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Dec 1 1987
With designs, hints, and techniques from 50 experienced spinners and knitters, this guide offers instructions for handspun yarn and commercial substitutes.

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Linda Ligon is the author of This Is How I Go When I Go Like This.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth it! Oct. 17 2003
Format:Paperback
I hate buying knitting books! You spend 20 bucks on an entire book because you're in love with 1 or 2 patterns. This book was different. I did buy it for 1 or 2 patterns, but have made a bunch of them now. The patterns are not at all difficult, and are easy to vary a little with color or size so not all projects look the same. They are also pretty easily personalized.
I use this book as a way to use up my leftover yarn from other projects, and it works out great! I especially love the mushroom cap and mittens. There is a nice balance between single color patterns and multi-color patterns; easy and difficult; small needle/thin yarn and bulky with big needles. You use this if you are a beginner, and still find a challenge in it when you are experienced.
I've had to photocopy some of the pages to keep in my knitting bags because, like most knitters I usually have 4-5 projects going at once. 2 or 3 of them are from this book! Plus, I used the book so much it's getting a little worn.
Don't be hesitant to invest in this book, because the variety of patterns will keep you going back to it again and again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bang for the Buck for Beginners Feb. 3 2003
Format:Paperback
This book is great because the projects are simple, useful, classic, and practical. Beginner knitters can tackle many of the projects, but there are plenty of complicated designs to keep more advanced knitters busy.
The designs are classics that won't go out of style, which is important for a knitting book. I've also found that I've been inspired by the projects in this book to experiment with new methods and yarns. The photos are also very nice and very helpful in choosing a design.
The finished products will appeal almost anyone; I've also made a lot of gifts using this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bang for the Buck for Beginners Feb. 3 2003
Format:Paperback
This book is great because the projects are simple, useful, classic, and practical. Beginner knitters can tackle many of the projects, but there are plenty of complicated designs to keep more advanced knitters busy.
The designs are classics that won't go out of style, which is important for a knitting book. I've also found that I've been inspired by the projects in this book to experiment with new methods and yarns. The photos are also very nice and very helpful in choosing a design.
The finished products will appeal almost anyone; I've also made a lot of gifts using this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hooked on Socks Aug. 1 2002
Format:Paperback
Using this book helped really seal my addiction to knitting socks and mittens. It is an excellent book, well written, with clear directions which are easy for the novice to follow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Basics! March 26 2002
Format:Paperback
As a novice knitter, I found this book to be right on target with my abilities and interests. Many knitting books that I've seen have had one or two patterns that I would consider trying, but this book has about a dozen that I can't wait to get started on! Contains simple directions for basics and some variations (swirl pattern mittens that could be made as tube socks, for example). The directions include the weight of the yarn so that you can substitute what you find locally, you don't need to buy specific (expensive!) yarn to do these projects. Directions are clear and concise, easy to follow. Plenty of clear photographs of finished items, charts, etc. Also has plenty of "tips" on how to do certain techniques (like sock heels) and extras for finishing your items. If you're looking for a book that has great basic patterns as well as projects using more advanced techniques, this book will fit the bill!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for knitters and designers Jan. 16 2002
Format:Paperback
This book contains basic directions for tams, other hats, gloves, mittens, socks, and scarves. I made my first hat from the "Basic Mohair Tam" pattern in this book, and it was gorgeous. There's also a design for a ski-mask sort of item, and patterns for them are hard to find!
Designers can overlay their ideas for color or texture on these simple shapes very easily. This book was written to inspire, not to overwhelm.
I think this book belongs in the library (or knitting bag) of every knitter who wants to knit any of these items. If you only knit sweaters or afghans, this book is not for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, practical designs Feb. 26 2001
Format:Paperback
One of my favorite knitting books. It has practical, classic designs which are interesting, though simple enough for a beginner. I find the projects to be truly "portable" ie, not just small enough to tuck into your bag and carry with you, but uncomplicated enough to take out and knit a few rows waiting in line at the supermarket or the bank. Great source for small gifts that can be made up in a short time as the occasion demands.
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