Louisa Harding is all about designing knits using her beautiful yarns to full advantage in projects that today's woman will love. Her book Knitting Little Luxuries: Beautiful Accessories to Knit is both inspired by women and written for women who love to be creative and customize their knitting projects.
"The projects are unashamedly feminine and have been designed to unleash creative talents and excite an appreciation of wonderful yarns as well as the craft of knitting," Harding writes.
Styles for Any Woman
While the book is decidedly feminine in feel, there are options here that will please women of almost any taste. Projects are divided up into four different "moods": eclectic and quirky, textured and modern, pretty and feminine, and traditional and folk.
Even traditional patterns are handled in a modern way, using bright colors or cool pastels. And many patterns give knitters options for personalization, from adding buttons and embroidery to knitting stripes or solid colors.
The book focuses on texture (there are many patterns with cables or lace) and embellishment (buttons, tassels, trim, embroidery, knit flowers, etc.) as well as using interesting yarns for different effects and doing classic things in different ways, such as turning a cable pattern on its side to make a purse.
The book includes 21 patterns for hats, wraps, bags, mittens and scarves. There's a beautiful cardigan, a tunic with a cable panel that flows diagonally across the front and a light-as-air lacy angora scarf.
The projects are relatively straightforward, but all of the lace and cables might intimidate very new knitters. For the rest of us, there are many beautiful projects in this book that would be great as gifts to special friends or as a treat for ourselves.
As I mentioned earlier, a lot of the book is about customization and personalization of knitting projects. The first project in the book is a simple flat-knit beanie that is embellished with a collection of buttons or pom-poms. Other patterns are embellished with flowers, bows and tassels, and Harding provides suggestions for how you might make a pattern your own by changing the color or knitting a project all in one color instead of knitting stripes.
This book provides a lot of information and inspiration on how to embellish knitting projects that you can use even if you never make any of the projects out of the book. But once you start flipping through this lovely book, you're sure to see a few patterns you want to try out.
Publication date: November 2007.