First Time Stranded Knitting teaches knitters a stunning technique that creates professional-looking work!
Stranded knitting involves knitting with two or more colors of yarn in the same row of stitches. The yarn colors change often, creating gorgeous results, but without guidance, stranded knitting can be a complicated undertaking! Fortunately, First Time Stranded Knitting offers step-by-step instructions for beginners, tips on technique, and photos to ensure that readers are successful with their stranded knitting creations.
The book demonstrates how to hold the needles and yarn correctly, how to work yarn from both hands, and how to follow charts and switch yarn colors while carrying yarn across the back of the work. It also includes tips for achieving professional results and offers samples of various stranded knitting patterns. Beginners are encouraged to start with hats, knitted in-the-round, or a small purse, knitted flat and in-the-round. Sharpen your knitting needles, and take it to the next level with stranded knitting!
Lori Ihnen is a professional fashion designer of both hand-knit and sewn clothes. She holds a degree in clothing design from the University of Minnesota, and she specializes in creating intricate stranded designs, often inspired by nature. Her handwork is so intricate and precise that it is often mistaken for machine-produced knitting.
Ihnen's designs have been featured in other books, including Top-Notch Knits; Bags: a Knitter's Dozen; A Garden Stroll: Knits Inspired by Nature; and the how-to knitting video, "Fair Isle Without Fear." She also designs for magazines, including Vogue Knitting, Family Circle Easy Knits, and Knitter's Magazine. An additional creative project included Ihnen being commissioned by the Minnesota Historical Society Museum to design a cardigan sweater for their permanent collection, Minnesota Female Fiber Artist.