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Book - Japanese Wonder Knitting


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Japanese Wonder Knitting offers the perfect foray into the techniques and application of Japanese-style knitting.

Japanese knitting dictionaries have quickly become a favorite reference among experienced Western knitters, and Japanese Wonder Knitting takes those wonderful resources one step further, giving step-by-step lessons in executing classic stitches the Japanese way. Like its companion volume, Japanese Wonder Crochet, this book introduces needleworkers to a whole new approach to staples such as bubble stitches, herringbone, cockleshell, cables, smocking, entrelac and more.

A swatch pattern is provided for each stitch to help knitters learn the mechanics of the stitch before applying them to larger projects. The personal and home accessory projects included provide something for every level of time commitment.

A total of 23 projects are presented, including:

  • Cozy hats and neckwear
  • Head bands for warmth and style
  • Beautiful clutches and bags
  • An amazing entrelac stitch shawl
  • Clever bottine liners/ankle warmers
  • And so much more
An introduction by Japanese knitting expert Gayle Roehm explains the stitch charts as well as the differences and similarities between Japanese and Western styles of knitting. A guide to stitch symbols and extensive lessons provide visual guidance.

With this book and a little practice, knitters who love Japanese knitwear and patterns will be ready to try their hand at the many wonderful fashions and home goods so many Western knitters love to make.

About the Author

Nihon Vogue is Japan's preeminent publisher of books on handicrafts, with a long history and hundreds of titles on knitting, sewing, quilting, embroidery, paper crafts, tole painting and more. Many of their books have been translated into English and other languages include works by Hitomi Shida, Keiko Okamoto, Reiko Washizawa, Shizuko Kuroha, Yoko Saito and other internationally recognized needlecraft designers.


Industry Reviews

"'Wonder' is a much-deserved adjective here...[a] well-illustrated book from Nihon Vogue exploring the more unusual stitches possible, apart from the regular knits and purls...After viewing these elegant knits, crafters will emerge with a sense of delight and, perhaps, a resolve to try."
Booklist "Starred Review"