NEW BOOKS

Our pick of the best pat­tern col­lec­tions and e-books

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LEAFY BRI­OCHE Nancy Marchant

The ‘Queen of Bri­oche’ brings us a new col­lec­tion of in­no­va­tive and beau­ti­ful stitch pat­terns. The eight de­signs for capes, cowls and scarves all use two-colour bri­oche pat­terns in­spired by leaves. They use a wealth of tech­niques that will stretch your bri­oche skills, such as by work­ing in the round, in­cor­po­rat­ing eye­let in­creases, or com­bin­ing bri­oche with other tex­tures such as dou­ble knit­ting, garter stitch and linen stitch. £21, www.ysolda.com

AD­VEN­TURES IN DYE­ING Donna Druchu­nas

Dye­ing yarn to use in your own knit­ting is so re­ward­ing. This new e-book from Donna Druchu­nas sets out all the ba­sics you need to know to get started, such as the sup­plies you’ll need, and the fun­da­men­tal tech­niques. She also looks at sourc­ing nat­u­ral dyes from your kitchen and gar­den, and of­fers a Kool-Aid project for you to try. $6.99, www.sheep­toshawl.com

CRAFT­ING THE RE­SIS­TANCE Heather Marano & Lara Neel

This book is aimed at “women’s rights ac­tivists on a DIY path to self-de­ter­mi­na­tion”. It of­fers 35 craft projects in­spired by the craftivism move­ment, of which 12 are knit­ting pat­terns suit­able for novices and ex­perts alike. Th­ese in­clude the Pussy­hat, which has be­come a world­wide sym­bol of sup­port for women’s rights, a Moe­bius cowl, a ‘Well Read’ book­mark, wash cloths and bath mitts, or­na­ments, slip­pers, and a ‘Black Lives Mat­ter’ hat de­sign. £12.99, www.ama­zon.co.uk

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