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Essential Crochet

20th August 2015

essentialcrochetsoftCrochet is cool again. Currently a favourite with both leading fashion and interior designers, the traditional craft of crochet is back in vogue. Spearheading the revival is leading designer Erika Knight, with this collection of 30 homeware and accessory projects. Get hooked!

  • packed with 30 projects from cosy rugs and rustic throws to delicate lace cushions and beaded jewellery
  • embraces both traditional and modern designs, such as a classic patchwork blanket and an asymmetrical table runner
  • uses an array of materials, including the familiar wools and cottons and the more unusual leather, string and wire
  • begins with a chapter on basic techniques to teach the beginner how to crochet and provide a welcome refresher for those returning to the craft
  • each project is clearly explained and the instructions are devised so the minimum number of steps provides the maximum results

Published by Quadrille. Photography Graham Atkins Hughes. RRP UK £14.99.


Round rose cushion (Paperback edition)

p.92 Round 25, should read:

Round 25: 4 chain, * miss 1 dc and 1 half treble, 12 tr, miss 1 half treble and 1 dc, 1 double treble between petals, repeat from * to end, slip stitch to top of 4 chain.


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Simple Crochet

20th August 2015


Simple Crochet is a modern twist on traditional craft, using a stunning range of natural materials. Raffia, leather and string are juts a few of the yarn with which you can crochet, producing a range of elegant textiles for the home. What is more, you need no previous experience! Erika Knight, one of our foremost textile designers, uses only a couple of basic stitches with which to create an innovative range of twenty brilliantly simple projects.

Her appealing and original designs are created in a contemporary colour palette, based on neutrals, with touches of vibrant colour. They fit easily into modern interiors as well as more traditional homes, and range from the most inexpensive round cushion in parcel string to a luxurious leather floor cushion.

The wonderful collection of projects includes cushions in many different guises, as well as rugs and throws in which traditional techniques are given a modern twist – from traditional afghans in cool monochromes to pieced crochet patchworks. Storage boxes, little Turkish slippers, a cover for a cafetiere and a table runner are just some of the more unusual designs in this book.

A short, fully illustrated section shows you how to master the basics of crochet as well as the principal stitches used in the book.

Simple Crochet is a must for anyone who wants to create a simple but beautiful textiles for their home.

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Simple Knitting

20th August 2015


Simple Knitting is a unique workshop-based, how-to-knit book that will teach you the key techniques whilst creating an enviable collection of knitted items. Each of the 20 projects in the book teaches a new skill, as well as building upon and consolidating those knitting techniques already learnt through preceding projects. With a series of workshop-style masterclasses Erika Knight explains all the essential information – from achieving a perfect tension and substituting yarns or stitch textures, to more advanced cables and shaping – alongside broader design principles, such as building a colour palette.

Providing a unique opportunity to learn the design secrets of one of the world’s most highly respected knitwear designers, Erika shares her special tricks of the trade within the book. Erika’s signature style, for which she has become renowned worldwide, is her sophisticated simplicity. Simple Knitting is the embodiment of that elegant reductivism. Her designs proved that you can make wonderful, original items for your home and yourself at the same time as mastering a repertoire of skills. Likewise, her preference for a refined natural palette of earthy shades with the odd highlight hue is perfectly in tune with the current mood for relaxed, homely interiors.

With inspiring photography by Yuki Sugiura that showcases each of the beautiful designs, supported with clear charts and artworks, Simple Knitting is the ultimate learn-to-knit book.

Published by Quadrille. Photography Yuki Sugiura. RRP UK £16.99.

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Men’s Knits

20th August 2015


A capsule collection of 20 hand-knit projects for men of all ages, from 17 to 71. Offering sweaters, cardigans, vests and accessories; Erika knows exactly what knitwear men want to wear: practical and comfortable yet also distinctive and stylish. The first section, Basics, presents strong, classic shapes, from the definitive v-neck sweater to an easy-wear cardigan. In New Classics, Erika has reworked many of the basic menswear shapes to give them a contemporary edge. So the basic v-neck sweater becomes a slimmer fit whilst a cardigan is patterned in oversized cables. The Items section includes one-off garments for men who aren’t afraid of making a statement whilst Accessories complete the look with a selection of hats and scarves.

Yarns are all natural – wools, cottons, bamboo and hemp – and the palette is neutral, stone, grey and basic black, along with some stronger fashion colours such as teal and chocolate. Each garment comes in a range of five sizes – from small to xxl – and schematics are given to detail the key measurements. Stunning photography shows the garments in alternative colour ways, different moods, and worn by men of all ages.

Published by Quadrille. Photography Chris Terry. RRP UK £14.99.


Shawl Collar Cardigan (First edition)

p. 36, column 2, line 15:

Should read: K and inc 1 st at beg of next and 5 foll RS rows. 16 sts.

Page 36, column 2, line 18:

Should read: Dec 1 st at beg of next and 5 foll RS rows. 10sts rem.

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Natural Nursery Knits

20th August 2015



In Natural Nursery Knits Erika Knight has combined the purest yarns with irresistible designs to create a collection of 20 hand knits for the newborn baby. Ranging from practical first garments, cosy blankets and delightful toys to heirloom pieces, all the designs are made from organic or sustainable fibres. With Natural Nursery Knits you can make your own keepsake hand knits to be treasured in baby’s room for years to come.

Published by Quadrille. Photography Kristin Perers. RRP UK £16.99.

The following patterns will work well knitted in British Blue wool:

  • Classic Cardigan p. 88-89
  • Rabbit Rattle p.96-97
  • Hat and Boots p.98-99
  • Fairisle Papoose p.10-101
  • First Blanket p.102-103
  • Sweater and Trousers p.110-113
  • Soaker Pants p.122-123
  • Spotty Giraffe p.128-129
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Crochet Workshop

20th August 2015


Crochet Workshop is the perfect book for the beginner. Under Erika Knight’s guidance even those who have never picked up a crochet hook before will soon be making gorgeous projects and all the while learning new techniques and adding to their skills. Each of the 20 projects in the book will teach you a new stitch, technique or trick, and will build on and consolidate crochet techniques already learnt in the preceding projects, until you have mastered a wide repertoire of skills and completed an enviable collection of crocheted items.

With Erika’s stunning designs, crochet is no longer the kitsch retro craft that saw the endless crocheted bikinis and shawls of the seventies. Crochet Workshop showcases the incredible variety of finished that different crochet techniques can produce. Erika begins with simple cushions and throws that are chic homewards as well as being the perfect items to practise basic stitches. She takes you through the dense textures of double and treble crochet – which make excellent bags, slippers and even a laptop cover – and then maces on to the more intricate, delicate lace and cluster stitches – perfect for heirloom shawls and antique style blankets. Meshing together random motifs takes the craft to a more demanding level and projects like the asymmetrical cardigan, knitted in maxi wool, will provide a new challenge for all creative crocheters.

With exquisite photography by Yuki Sugiura that perfectly shows each of the beautiful designs, and supported with clear diagrams and artworks, Erika Knight has created the ultimate book for all enthusiasts of this remarkable craft.

Published by Quadrille. Photography Yuki Sugiura. RRP UK £16.99.


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Junior Colour Knits

19th August 2015


Junior Color Knits spread

Junior Colour Knits is a pattern book of 12 jumpers, jackets, pinafores and vests, hats and leggings and even a little ‘scrap bandit’ toy, all knitted in simple stitches and using colour techniques including striping, stranding and Swiss embroidery.

The process of putting this book together has been very hands-on and hand-made combining digital media with real drawings and cut and paste, providing a ‘sneak-peek’ into the creative process and the very personal journey of making a garment for a loved little one. This book is all about having fun with your knitting, inspiring you to be confident with colour and create projects that kids will want to wear again and again.

Made and photographed by Mums and Dads and worn by real kids from our extended urban family to inspire you to re-knit, re-colour and re-work these fresh, contemporary classics for the next hand-me down generation.

Projects featuring British blue, fur and maxi wools from the erika knight yarn collection.

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Pocket – Make One, should read:

Using 3.75mm / US 5 needles cast on 5(5:5) sts.