Packed with ideas to get you going, this clever directory is split into three main chapters entitled Motifs, The Projects, and The Techniques. The first chapter, Motifs, is divided into five sections that cover everything from the simplest crosses and spirals to geometric shapes, pictures, lacy patterns, and bold, beautiful flowers. Use them to make up your own bags, throws, scarves, and pillows, designed just as you choose, or follow one of Melody’s foolproof patterns in The Projects. With over 50 projects to choose from there’ll be something for everyone to make, whether that is a butterfly brooch, holly greetings cards, an openwork afghan, cat pillow, button baby blanket, tie belt, cherry border cardigan or something entirely different. Each motif is displayed as a color photograph next to easy-to-follow instructions, with stitch diagrams for more complex motifs. Melody also advises on the type of yarn to use, the tension and the size of the motif, and gives tips on how to achieve the best result. There is also advice for designing your own makes, so you can treat the motifs as a jumping-off point. Finally, The Techniques offers further explanation and guidance so that no stitch is beyond your ability.
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