From the Bookcase: Arm & Finger Knitting by Laura Strutt

arm and finger knitting


Arm & Finger Knitting is designer and maker Laura Strutt’s newest offering to the crafting world. Forget needles – all you need are fingers and arms and you too can create any of the 35 fabulous projects packed into this book!

Opening with an encouraging welcome from Laura, she then goes on to cover the tools and materials to work with as well as terms and abbreviations that you will come across. A photographic, step-by-step guide to the techniques is accompanied with well-explained yet uncomplicated instructions. All the basic techniques you will need to know are covered including casting on and off, increasing and decreasing, working with multiple strands, seaming and also how to create a range of patterned stitches.

Laura also shows you how you can create your own T-shirt yarn – a great way of upcycling those old shirts you have accumulated!

Arm & Finger Knitting covers a wide range of projects both for you and your home. From fabulous cushion covers, lamp shades and the most superb blankets that look as though they’ll cushion you snugly as you wrap yourself in them, to scarves, capelets and shawls, you will find it hard to decide which project to undertake first!

The thing we absolutely loved most about these projects – apart from the fact that they were, after a little practise, actually quite easy to do, was the speed at which patterns were completed, making them ideal for quick projects to squeeze into a spare hour or two here and there. Should you need to stop at all Laura explains how using a belt as a stitch holder can free your arms until you are ready to resume once more, so no need to worry about becoming all tied up!

Want to know more about the person behind the book? Read Make It Shabby’s interview with Laura Strutt here.

Arm & Finger Knitting (CICO Books) is available from all good book sellers including Amazon now (rrp. £12.99).


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