I read this at the beginning of the year. I was able to get this book for free at that time and found many patterns that I decided I would enjoy making. Many other patterns that I wouldn't enjoy, but that is how I am with many patterns. I recommend this book to many who know how to crochet. There are many levels of patterns from beginner to a little more advanced.
Knitting in the Round: 10 Knit Sock Patterns and Knitted Slipper Patterns
Starts out with links to go see the photos and popup ads to join mailing list. The pictures are there. Instructions and list of materials needed are included along with the photo so I'm not sure why you'd click on the link to see the photos.
Also pictures of knitting new techniques are shown and described on how to do them.
Socks and coverings for all ages. Charts are included with patterns Fair Isle patterns.
Tips along the way to make it
easier for you to use needles.
Boy band One Direction are turning into publishing as well as singing sensations. For the second year running their annual has been a bestseller (only pipped to the post by Minecraft in 2013) and there are lots of books about them.
And here’s another brilliant one. A book of knitting patterns so you can create your own Harry, Liam, Zayn, Louis and Niall and take them wherever you go! Or for your daughter or son, sister or brother, granddaughter, grandson, nephew or niece, or maybe even your mum or dad!
Band member Harry likes knitting so this book is great encouragement for boys to emulate their hero.
Knitting is cool these days, thanks to celebs taking up the pastime and to yarn bombers giving it a subversive element with their knitted graffiti, and so tweens and teens are OK to pick up needles and yarns. And with this book you won’t need to wrestle their tablet and phones out of their hands first. They’ll happily put them down to knit up a Zayn I’m quite sure.
The patterns are very straightforward and well explained. There’s a clear, concise ‘how to’ section and a list of the all-important abbreviations. The patterns use two-needle knitting, but more experienced knitters and fellow knitting-in-the-round junkies like me will quickly see how they can adapt the patterns to four needles if they wish.
The legs double as the trousers for each of the boys, and the shoes are the feet, but each band member has an add-on separate jacket or jumpers. There’s a hoodie, a jumper and a cardi for three of the lads and a template to make a felt jacket for the other two. This pattern again is very well explained. And the individual hairstyles are inspired! So often hair has been the downfall of knitted toys, and hand sewn ones too, usually a bit thin and ratty. Well, Carol Meldrum has it cracked for her little popstars. These are really a great touch.
The patterns use fingering yarn (sock yarn) which is ideal for their size as the small stitches aren’t too clumpy and clumsy for the figures. They also provide a good opportunity for you to use up any small balls of leftover wool in your stash.
Each boy takes a few hours to make (from a couple for a speed knitter to around four or so I’d estimate for a newbie) which makes this an easily achievable, morale-boosting project. And if you make one, then you just have to make the others so this will mean young knitters will see the project through, learn some skills, get a great sense of achievement and a fun end result that their non-knitting buddies will be envious of. This book is a great thing for not just One Direction fans but also for knitting’s street cred.