Bag Style

Bag Style : 20 Inspirational Handbags, Totes, and Carry-Alls to Knit and Crochet

By (author) Pam Allen , By (author) Ann Budd

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Custom handbags and handcrafted purses are hotter than ever - bags have become the trendy way to show off personal style. As knitters move away from the scarf, bags are replacing them as the most popular small project to make. Whether knitted, crocheted, or felted, there are endless ways to personalize and customize a bag. Following the success of Scarf Style, Wrap Style, and Lace Style - with more than 100,000 copies sold - the editors of Interweave Knits have selected signature bag designs by top knitwear designers sure to be a hit with beginner and experienced knitters alike! From a tiny pouch to carry an iPod to a generous tote based on nineteenth-century carpet bags to a felted messenger-style bag to a delicate purse with handles made of bracelets, knitters and crocheters will find loads of practical projects and inventive inspiration from twenty top knitwear designers, including Veronik Avery, Norah Gaughan, Mags Kandis, and Kristin Nicholas. Each project features gorgeous photographs and step-by-step instructions, and all techniques are explained in easy-to-understand detail. In addition to 22 innovative patterns (19 knit and 3 crochet), the Design Notebook chapter examines the essence of the knitted bag and how to create a bag of your own. Learn ways to give a knitted or crocheted bag shape, depth, stability, handles, closures, and fasteners. Whether you're an avid bag knitter (or crocheter) or you're creating one for the first time, Bag Style has all the inspiration, technique, and details you need.

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  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 224 x 226 x 14mm | 421.84g
  • 01 Nov 2007
  • Interweave Press Inc
  • Loveland, CO
  • English
  • 100 illustrations, colour
  • 1596680431
  • 9781596680432
  • 95,281

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Ann Budd first learned to knit in 1968 when living in Switzerland for a year with her family. At the time, knitting was part of the curriculum for all schoolgirls. Back in the United States, Ann continued to knit through her high-school, college, and graduate years, when she earned a master's degree in Geology. In 1989, Ann decided to forego the sciences and pursue her passion for knitting and fiber-related crafts when she began working as an editorial assistant for Handwoven magazine. Through the years, Ann worked as a book editor and managing editor of Interweave Knits magazine. Since 2002, Ann has authored or co-authored more than eight books, including the popular Knitter's Handy Book series, Getting Started Knitting Socks, and several books in the Style series. Ann continues to edit craft books for Interweave as well as author her own books. Pam Allen has been part of the hand-knitting industry since 1985, and joined Classic Elite Yarns in May 2007. Until 2003, when she was hired as editor of Interweave Knits, her designs were published regularly in Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, and Knitters. Her work was also featured in general interest magazines-Family Circle, Better Homes and Gardens, and Woman's Day-and in Melanie Falick's book Knitting in America (1996) and Vogue Knitting/American Collection (2000). She is the author of Knitting for Dummies and Scarf Style, and the co-author of 4 other titles in the Style series published by Interweave Press. As editor of Interweave Knits, Pam worked with established hand-knitwear designers such as Norah Gaughan, Mari Lynn Patrick, and Deborah Newton, and she also encouraged new-generation designers such as Veronik Avery and Kate Gilbert. As creative director at CEY, Pam continues to work with these and other talented and well-known hand-knitwear designers, including up-and-coming blogger and designer Jared Flood. She also continues to be published not only in CEY's semi-annual collection of best selling pattern booklets, but also in major knitting magazines, and e-zines, such as Twist Collective and knitty.com.

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"[The patterns] are unique, functional, and, as all things from the world of Interweave, interesting to knit." - Knitty.com"There are plenty of patterns here to satisfy a knitter looking for a break from the 'will it fit?' grind." - McClatchy-Tribune information services"This book gives knitting and crochet even more of an artful edge. Projects are as fresh as they are functional." - "Arizona Republic""Fab designers." - "The Oregonian""There are lots of interesting purse designs in this book, more than in many other handbag books on the market." - "Knitting News""Some really innovative styles...some are knitted, some crocheted, some felted. I want to make them all." - "The News & Observer""If you love to knit bags, this book is a must-have." - About.com Guide to Knitting"Innovative patterns for all skill levels." - KLIATT

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