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Knit Scarves! [Hardcover]

Candi Jensen
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Sept. 15 2004 Knit
Beginners love knitting scarves because they're easy; experienced knitters love them because the projects are fast.

Continuing Storey's popular die-cut Knit! series, Knit Scarves! features 16 unique scarf patterns that range from the toasty warm to the way cool to the tres chic. Candi Jensen--a craft and needlework designer with 25 years of experience--discusses everything from choosing the proper needles to avoiding such gaffs as mixing acrylic yarn with mohair yarn (acrylic needs a dryer to keep its shape, while mohair should never see the inside of a dryer).

The friendly, step-by-step instructions and color-coded charts make Knit Scarves! perfect for knitters of all skill levels.


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“Fun patterns…” –Northwest Herald

 

About the Author

Candi Jensen has been a craft and needlepoint designer for more than 25 years. She is widely published in national magazines including Vogue Knitting and Better Homes and Gardens. She is the author of Crochet Scarves!, Crochet Bags! and Hooked on Crochet. Candi lives in the San Francisco Bay area.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Hardcover
I am a beginning knitter, who really enjoys this little book on scarves and gets a lot of inspirations and ideas from it.
This book has 16 project ideas for the beginning to intermediate knitters. It teaches me, a beginning knitter, several new stitch patterns, such as seed stitch, mock rib stitch, cable stitch, slip stitch, border stitch, open stitch, drop stitch, traveling vine stitch, feather and fan stitch, and Fare Isle stitch.
Although the book starts with some useful tips on how to cast on, cast off, carry a second colour yarn and join a new yarn, this is not a book you can use to learn knitting. You will have to know the knit stitch, purl stitch, rib stitch and perhap yarn over before you can follow the patterns in this book.
Having said that, I have to stress the instructions and tips to make each scarf are simple and easy to follow. When more advanced skills are required, the book has clear illustrations showing how the steps are being done with the yarn and needles.
Each scarf is beautifully photographed and sometimes with an additional zoomed-in picture showing the pattern in details. For each pattern, the book also suggests additional 1 to 3 different yarns to try and even shows pictures of the same pattern in the suggested yarns.
All the scarves in the book are really pretty and stylish, something a teenager would not mind (and probably would love) wearing. Although I have only tried one pattern in the book, I would love to try almost all the projects.
Although I really like this little book, I still have two small complaints about it. First, the book is comparatively expensive since it only has 16 projects and 90 pages but costs about the same as other bigger pattern books. Second, although the book suggests different yarns to try, most yarns suggested in the book are a bit pricy to my liking.
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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great for beginners Nov. 11 2004
By M. Poller - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
There are 16 scarf patterns and lots of advice especially for beginners so this would be a great book to start out with. My favorite scarf is the final one using a double decrease technique to form diamonds and it is explained very well. Lots of different yarns plus alternate yarns listed as well for many of the patterns. I'm docking her one star because she suggests beading as an embellishment and has a photo of it but nowhere does she tell how to do it. And on another lacey pattern which she admits can be difficult, she should have put in a chart to make it easier. But the pictures are great and the format and price are just right.
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars inspiring and good Jan. 3 2005
By Anne Leland - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Very good book. 16 patterns, as the cover states, but the pattern stitches inspire you a lot to design your own scarves. All of them look nice, except the last one consists of many, many mohair squares that must be knit separately then attached later. That thought doesnt exactly excite me, so i think ill skip that one...

not a knitting instruction book, either--the knitting instructions in the beginning are meant more for review than teaching. get this book if you already know how to knit and dont depend on it to teach you.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I needed March 7 2005
By Jennifer C. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
My friend and I are starting a little side business where we are selling custom designed scarves. This book was perfect for that. It gives great basic patterns for scarves and shows the stitches in various fancy yarns. If you are not a creative type who likes your end product to look exactly like the picture, don't buy this. If you like to try different yarns and be a little creative in your knitting, this is the perfect book for you.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars worthwhile Oct. 25 2006
By Linda Pagliuco - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I have a pretty large collection of knitting books and knit almost every day. By now, I've found that no single book provides 100% of what I look for, but most contain some new ideas and some interesting patters. A scarf is a very basic garment, just a long strip of cloth, really, but there are endless variations. Knit Scarves contains some lovely patterns, as well as clear instructions and diagrams covering how to accomplish the various techniques and stitches. Each pattern has a little supplement attached suggesting yarns to try in addition to the one shown. A good stimulus for creativity. This one has found a place in my permenant library.
24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars For the Extremely New Knitter June 24 2005
By Allison Linehan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book is only for the beginner. It's full of garter-stitch, drop stitch, rib and other basic stitch pattern scarves. The only thing I found interesting, that would be nice to see in other pattern books, is that for each pattern, she has a section called "Another Yarn to Try" where 1-3 other yarns of different fibers and/or weights are swatched in pattern. It's a good jumping off point for for beginners who are afraid of straying from exactly what the pattern calls for.
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