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Try new knit­ting meth­ods and en­hance your skills with this en­joy­able book of tech­niques and pat­terns

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A YEAR OF TECH­NIQUES by Ar­nall-Cul­li­ford Knitwear (£20)

THIS IN­FOR­MA­TIVE, ac­ces­si­ble book is the cul­mi­na­tion of a project from the Ar­nall-Cul­li­ford Knitwear team, where on­line sub­scribers re­ceived a knit­ting tu­to­rial each month plus a pat­tern from a pop­u­lar de­signer. The idea be­hind the project was “there’s al­ways some­thing new to learn,” whether you’ve been knit­ting for just a few months or for many decades.

A Year of Tech­niques is an ex­cel­lent way to try dif­fer­ent meth­ods and im­prove your skills. The 12 chap­ters cover a wide range of tech­niques, and con­tain in-depth pho­to­graphic tu­to­ri­als. (Ac­com­pa­ny­ing video tu­to­ri­als can be viewed on the Ma­son-Dixon Knit­ting web­site at www.ma­sondixonknit­ting.com.)

There are two cast-ons in the book to try. Judy’s Magic Cast-On is demon­strated by a pretty blan­ket de­signed by Tin Can Knits, and is writ­ten in four sizes from baby to big. The pin­hole cast-on method, mean­while, is ac­com­pa­nied by a sweet mouse toy with stranded colour­work de­tails from Ella Austin.

Knit­ted-on edg­ings are ex­plored, and the tech­nique is used on a chic cloche hat by Romi Hill. Another hat, ‘Ruschia’ by Woolly Worm­head, in­cor­po­rates short­row shap­ing in garter stitch. Garter stitch graft­ing, mean­while, is used to cre­ate the ‘Wood War­bler’ cowl by Martina Behm.

For those look­ing to im­prove their Fair Isle skills, there is a chap­ter on yarn dom­i­nance, with the chance to try out strand­ing on a lovely pair of two-colour mit­tens from Shet­land de­signer Ella Gordon. Steek­ing, another use­ful Fair Isle tech­nique, is cov­ered in de­tail, and is used on Mary Jane Muck­le­stone’s de­light­ful ‘Oorik’ colour­work tank top for ba­bies.

The mys­ter­ies of in­tar­sia are made clear in chap­ter 2, where Bris­tol Ivy presents a strik­ing, shaped colour­block shawl. Af­ter­thought heels and thumbs are ex­plored, as are heel turns - per­fect for knit­ters who’ve never tried mak­ing their own socks. Rachel Coopey con­trib­utes a mod­ern sock de­sign us­ing sim­ple lace to great ef­fect. There’s also a chap­ter on fol­low­ing charted ca­ble sym­bols, plus a cosy ca­bled scarf de­sign by Sarah Hat­ton.

Even if you con­sider your­self as an ex­pe­ri­enced knit­ter, the chances are you will find more than one in­ter­est­ing tech­nique in this book which you’ve yet to mas­ter - and the chance to own 12 stylish pat­terns from top de­sign­ers makes this book even more ap­peal­ing.

Each tech­nique is ac­com­pa­nied by a pat­tern for an ac­ces­sory

A Year of Tech­niques is pub­lished by Ar­nall-Cul­li­ford Knitwear, priced £20 for the print book plus com­pli­men­tary e-book. To or­der, visit www.ack­nitwear.co.uk

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