Knitting Patterns That WOW!

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All knitters already have the ingredients they need to succeed with stranded knitting: a few colors they love, a set of needles, and the courage to give it a try—plus, of course, a quick, fun pattern they just can’t put down!

WILD MITTENS & UNRULY SOCKS by Lumi Karmitsa is as fun as the title suggests. It is full of WOW-worthy patterns, including fierce tigers, brilliant peonies, looming giraffes, cute Chihuahuas, and creeping jellyfish. With over twenty different stranded patterns for socks and mittens, the book is positively bursting with inspiration.

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“All Finnish children used to learn the basics of knitting at school, and so did I,” says Karmitsa. “However, I was never into knitting, until one day, out of the blue, I decided to knit a pair of stranded mittens for a friend. I found a nice pattern and followed it. The end result was pleasing enough, and this first introduction to colorwork knitting made me realize that I could design my own patterns.

“My firm belief is that with some patience anyone can do stranded knitting. That is the whole message of WILD MITTENS & UNRULY SOCKS, since I myself started to design its contents with only the experience of just one pair of stranded mittens!”

WILD MITTENS & UNRULY SOCKS is available now from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is FREE. (It’s the most fun you’ve ever had with your knitting needles!)

CLICK HERE form more information or to order.

Trafalgar Square Books, publisher of fine craft and equestrian books, is a small business based on a farm in rural Vermont.

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5 Amazing Crochet Tips

 

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All of us benefit from those who have a touch more experience or a tad more exposure to a specific technique—that is, we do when they share their knowledge! And that, of course, is what is so fabulous about crochet and knitting technique books: They not only collect cool ideas and patterns in one place, they usually include some hard-won tips, tricks, and sage advice, to boot.

Here are 5 amazing crochet tips you might not have heard yet, gathered from books we are proud to have published.

CROCHET TIP 1
Working in the round? Whether you’re crocheting or knitting, make it easy for yourself by placing a marker of yarn in a contrast color every few rounds—not just one in the first round, or one you have to keep moving up for each new round! Tip from CROCHET IN BLACK & WHITE by Constanze Diehl-Hupfer and Magdalena Melzer.

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From Crochet in Black & White by Constanze Diehl-Hupfer and Magdalena Melzer

 

Crochet Tip 2
When you’re crocheting granny squares in multiple colors, it’s a good idea to begin a new color at a corner—and to begin the next new color at a different corner, so the square’s as even as possible. Catching the old color and covering it as you go means you won’t have to weave in ends later! Tip from KNIT-AND-CROCHET GARDEN by Arne & Carlos.

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From Knit-and-Crochet Garden by Arne & Carlos.

 

Crochet Tip 3
Working slip stitch through some eyelets? If you’re having trouble seeing the holes where your slip stitches need to go, try sliding a knitting needle into the holes to open them up and help you find them. Tip from CLASSIC CROCHET THE MODERN WAY by Tove Fevang.

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From Classic Crochet the Modern Way by Tove Fevang.

 

CROCHET TIP 4 
It’s easy to work a crochet edging onto just about any piece of knitting or loosely woven fabric! You can even work onto something more closely woven—either by embroidering a base of blanket stitch at the edge and then crocheting along that, or by using fine yarn and a small hook with a pointy head to pierce holes along the edge. Tip from CROCHET WORKSHOP by Emma Seddon and Sharon Brant.

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From Crochet Workshop by Emma Seddon and Sharon Brant

 

CROCHET TIP 5
It’s easy to starch things that need to hold their shape—and to unstarch them, if they end up too stiff! 2 cups of confectioner’s sugar, boiled in 2/3 of a cup of water until transparent, can be swiped onto a completed piece of knitting or crochet with a pastry brush; and if you put too much on, you can always rinse a little starch back out with running water. Tip from TAPESTRY CROCHET AND MORE by Maria Gullberg.

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From Tapestry Crochet and More by Maria Gullberg

 

You can visit the entire TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is FREE, by CLICKING HERE.

Trafalgar Square Books, publisher of fine craft and equestrian books, is a small business based on a farm in rural Vermont.

Want to Weave Like an Expert?

Want to Weave Like an Expert?

Tina Ignell is a journalist who trained as a handcraft consultant and spent many years as director of a handicraft center. She is also editor of Vävmagasinet, Scandinavian weaving magazine, which she and her husband, a photographer, run together.

Ignell knows that many of us not only want to be surrounded by gorgeous handwoven textiles…we want to weave them ourselves! That is why she chose 45 designs from her popular magazine and compiled them in her book FAVORITE SCANDINAVIAN PROJECTS TO WEAVE, which is now available from TSB in paperback. Behind each one-of-a-kind pattern is an expert designer and weaver to guide you, providing straightforward, step-by-step instruction as well as how-to and troubleshooting tips. Materials are easy to find and fun to use, and many can be woven on a loom with four shafts and four treadles.

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Ignell’s book includes:

  • Almost 50 unique projects developed and tested by professional weavers.
  • Step-by-step instructions, charts, illustrations, and color photos.
  • Most projects use 4 or 8 shafts; some are plain weaves.
  • Work with linen, half-linen, cottolin, wool, paper, and piassava.
  • Versatile ideas for pillows, throws, rugs, curtains, table linens, and more.

As an added bonus, Ignell includes a special section on the care and handling of textiles, with guidelines and hints about featured fibers.

FAVORITE SCANDINAVIAN PROJECTS TO WEAVE is available now from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is FREE.

CLICK HERE for more information or to order.

Trafalgar Square Books, publisher of fine craft and equestrian books, is a small business based on a farm in rural Vermont.

Free Band of Stars Crochet Pattern

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We just love this crocheted band, resembling those used with some traditionally styled winter coats. Those bands were quite long and wide enough to hold together big fur coats made of wolf, goat, sheep, or dog skin. The bands went over the coat, around the neck, crossed over the chest, and then were tied at the stomach.

Maybe you’d like to make one to add a unique touch to a tunic, long sweater, or trench coat? We want to help! Check out this FREE PATTERN from the book TAPESTRY CROCHET AND MORE by Maria Gullberg and published by TSB.

CLICK HERE to download your FREE PATTERN.

 

Did you know?

TSB has published fine craft books since 1992, releasing a few select, highly illustrated instructional titles for fans of knitting, crochet, spinning and weaving, sewing, embroidery, and mosaic each year. We are proud to publish the work of top names in the design and craft industries, including the wildly popular duo Arne & Carlos; spinning and weaving expert, the late Anne Field; knitting and cabling innovator Elsebeth Lavold; bestselling crochet veteran Tove Fevang; internationally beloved colorwork master Martin Storey; and Scandinavian pattern specialists like Mette Handberg and Jorid Linvik, to name just a few. It is our goal to provide inspiration and how-to that can make any and every home a place where beautiful crafts begin.

Trafalgar Square Books, publisher of fine craft and equestrian books, is a small business based on a farm in rural Vermont.

 

Arne & Carlos On Tour!

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We at TSB are so excited that our knitting rockstars Arne & Carlos have a fall teaching and speaking tour planned in the United States, October 18 to November 11, 2018!

Arne Nerjordet and Carlos Zachrison launched their Arne & Carlos knitwear line in 2007, gaining notice with their witty reworkings of classic Scandinavian motifs—for example, sweaters festooned with space invaders rather than reindeer. Their brand hit big when Rei Kawakubo of cult fashion house Commes des Garҫon saw the Arne & Carlos “holiday balls” they’d knitted for family and friends, and immediately placed an order for 400. Arne and Carlos thought they were to be used for storefront decoration, but went to the boutique in Paris and found them for sale for €100 each.

“We laughed at the price,” claims Carlos, “but it was provocation, too. We felt nobody should pay so much for something anybody can make. So we thought, let’s write a book giving people all they need to do it themselves.”

ArneCarlosFavoriteDesignsThe association with Commes des Garҫon led to a holiday mini-collection of garments studded with Swarovski crystals in 2008, and a line of sweaters, hats, and scarves for Urban Outfitters in 2009. Perhaps more importantly, the Parisian “provocation” inspired Arne and Carlos’ first book, 55 CHRISTMAS BALLS TO KNIT, an international bestseller, now translated into seven languages, and published in English by TSB. One how-to knit book begat seven more, including their newest—ARNE & CARLOS FAVORITE DESIGNS: GREATEST HITS AND NEW INSPIRATIONS, released in April of 2018.

Arne and Carlos are teaching classes and speaking at shops, guilds, and retreats across the country, beginning in October. Register for classes near you now, as many are already sold out!


Greater Boston Knitting Guild, Boston, MA .
Oct. 18. Lecture: The World of ARNE & CARLOS.
Oct. 18. Class: Selbu Wrist Warmers. SOLD OUT!

Webs, Northampton, MA.
Oct. 20. Class: Christmas Balls.
Oct. 20: Class Crochet Primrose Throw.
Oct 21. Class: Solveig Hat.

String Yarns, New York, NY. 
Oct. 22. Lecture: The World of ARNE & CARLOS. SOLD OUT!

Knit One Quilt Too, Barrington, RI.
Oct. 27. Class: Sock Master Class.
Oct. 27. Lecture: Using Old Knitting to Inspire the New.
Oct 28. Class: An Introduction to Norwegian Colour Work. SOLD OUT!
Oct 28. Class: Christmas Balls.

Colorful Stitches, Lenox, MA.
Oct. 30. Class: An Introduction to Colour Work. SOLD OUT!
Oct. 30. Class: Knitted Birds.

Yarn Cupboard, Jamesville, NY.
Oct 31. Class: Lille-Tuva wrist warmers.
Oct 31. Class: Knitted Birds.
Oct 31. Lecture: The World of ARNE & CARLOS.

Another Yarn @ the Haraseeket Inn, Freeport, ME.
Nov. 2. Lecture: The World of ARNE & CARLOS. SOLD OUT!
Nov. 3. Class: An Introduction to Norwegian Colour Work. SOLD OUT!
Nov 3.  Class: Aslaug Mittens part 1. SOLD OUT!
Nov. 4. Class: Aslaug Mittens part 2. SOLD OUT!

Three Bags Full, Northbrook, IL.
Nov. 5. Class: An Introduction to Norwegian Colour Work.
Nov. 5. Class: Primrose Crochet Throw.
Nov 5. Lecture: The World of ARNE & CARLOS. SOLD OUT!

The Sows Ear, Verona, WI.
Nov. 6. Lecture: The World of ARNE & CARLOS.

The Yarnery, St. Paul, MN.
Nov. 7. Lecture: Using Old Knitting to Inspire the New.

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Nov. 9. Opening Speech.
Nov. 9. Class: Solveig Hat. SOLD OUT!
Nov. 10. Class: An Introduction to Norwegian Colour Work. SOLD OUT!
Nov. 10. Class: Knitted Birds. SOLD OUT!
Nov. 11. Class: Sock Master Class. SOLD OUT!

Books by Arne & Carlos will be available for sale at their tour stops. You can also find their fabulous instructional titles on the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is FREE.

CLICK HERE to find out more about Arne & Carlos books.

Trafalgar Square Books, publisher of fine craft and equestrian books, is a small business based on a farm in rural Vermont.

Need-to-Know Knitting: The 3 Must-Have Pattern Techniques

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Hats, mittens, slippers, jackets, vests—everything’s better with patterning! Internationally recognized knitting expert Ann-Mari Nilsson’s comprehensive pattern treasury THE BIG 3 KNITTING TECHNIQUES covers the patterns you need to know. The book includes basic templates for a wide variety of garments; mix and match with whatever catches your eye from the library of over 80 charts, working your choice of accessory with whichever design you like best.

“I’ve chosen three methods of patterning that range from easy to more difficult,” says Nilsson. “Relief-stitch patterns (also called surface or structure patterns), designs with slipped stitches, and two-color stranded knitting.”

Big 3 Knitting Techniques1  Relief-stitch patterns produce a fine and supple garment and consist of knit and purl stitches in a single color. You must knit firmly so the pattern is clearly visible—usually after you have soaked and blocked it.

2  Slip-stitch patterns are worked with two or more colors, but only one color per row. On the row with Color 1, slip the Color 2 stitches to the right needle without knitting them; on the row knitted with Color 2, slip the stitches of Color 1 to the right needle. It’s easy and fun and the result looks much more complicated than it actually is.

3  Classic two-color stranded knitting produces warm and sturdy garments. It’s worked in stockinette stitch with two strands of yarn in different colors that run parallel as you work. If there are long color sections in the design, you have to twist the two yarns around each other on the back (wrong side) of the fabric at least every third stitch, or sometimes every other stitch to catch the yarn not in use.

With these skills in hand, you can follow designs with fabulous results, or combine motifs and knit your own unique creations!

THE BIG 3 KNITTING TECHNIQUES is available now from TSB’s online bookstore, where shipping in the US is FREE.

 

CLICK HERE for more information or to order.

Trafalgar Square Books, publisher of fine craft and equestrian books, is a small business based on a farm in rural Vermont.

 

 

5 Hot Knitting & Crochet Books for the Fall

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Are your hands ready to put down the trowel and spade and pick up the knitting needles and crochet hooks? We have some HOT books chock full of knitting and crochet patterns to keep your fingers busy as the seasons change.

ArneCarlosFavoriteDesigns1  ARNE & CARLOS FAVORITE DESIGNS
They’re coming to the US this fall! Over 15 years and 7 uniquely beautiful instructional books, Arne & Carlos have built their brand. Now they’ve gathered the “best of the best”—70 of their favorite techniques and patterns from their previous books and pet projects, including balls, dolls, birds, slippers, sweaters, scarves, mittens, and more—plus 15 brand-new creations, for 85 masterful designs in total. For details of their book tour, visit arnecarlos.com (and watch this space for more information, too!)

BigBookSocks2  JORID LINVIK’S BIG BOOK OF KNITTED SOCKS
Popular knitwear designer Jorid Linvik, author of the bestselling BIG BOOK OF KNITTED MITTENS, is back with 45 distinctive sock designs in a rainbow of colors and brilliant patterns, featuring everything from stripes to flowers, animals to instruments. Want to know more about Jorid Linvik? CLICK HERE to read our post that tells her story.

AfghanKnits3  AFGHAN KNITS
Renowned knit designer Martin Storey has put together an all-new collection of 18 throws, runners, and pillows, all marked with his trademark contemporary flair. Modern stripes, creative cables, lacy openwork; textured stitches, eye-catching colorways, and undeniable style—embrace the flexibility and endless possibilities offered by these  designs. (For 5 reasons why we love knitting afghans, CLICK HERE.)

Faroe Island Knits4  FAROE ISLAND KNITS
The Faroe Islands, a far-flung archipelago lying halfway between Norway and Iceland, have a rich and longstanding knitting tradition. Now, inspired by this bountiful heritage, knit designer Svanhild Strøm and her mother Marjun Biskopstø have brought contemporary style and classic Faroese motifs together in a unique and inspiring trove for any knitter with an interest in the twists, turns, and hidden treasures of Nordic knitting history. (For more about the book and a peek inside, CLICK HERE.)

Crochet Gifts for Baby5  CROCHETED GIFTS FOR BABY
Whether clothes, toys, or ideas for the nursery, the projects in this sweet crochet collection for babies and toddlers up to 24 months make the perfect custom gifts. Dive into this charming mix of ideas—they make the perfect gifts!

Trafalgar Square Books, publisher of fine craft and equestrian books, is a small business based on a farm in rural Vermont.