The time-honored craft of knitting meets today?s colorful and funky styles in Easy Knitted Accessories. 25 projects for scarves, hats, bags, gloves and socks have a fun, contemporary look and are fast and easy to knit. Readers are first led through the basics of the techniques (including knitting with color, knitting with beads, changing colorways and embroidery) and then the book moves on to step-by-step instructions, photos and illustrations for each project. Readers will enjoy creating accessories like baby booties, hats with earflaps, gloves with beads, funky beach bags, snuggly leg warmers and much more. Complete instruction on techniques allows the reader to learn from scratch or brush up on their skills. Full-color photos of each finished project inspire knitters to create and enjoy these great accessories. The craft of knitting is enjoying a well-deserved revival and fashion accessories such as bags, scarves and hats have never been more popular. Whether new to the craft or a more experienced knitter, this book gives you the opportunity to combine creativity and style to make fun. funky, individual accessories. At the beginning of the book you will find a summary of all the bask skills you will need to start making your own accessories - holding the needles, casting on. knit and purl stitches, and simple shaping techniques. From here, the real fun starts, with 30 easy-to-follow projects. The photographs show what your finished project should look like, while new skills explained within the layout ol the projects allow you to learn or brush up on a relevant technique without having to flick back to the beginning of the book. The 30 projects vary in size and the purpose of this book is to encourage you to use all types of yarn, from basic wools to cashmere blends, and /,-ply to chunky weight. There is something for all levels of skill. For the new knitter, there are projects In chunky yarns that require no shaping and can be finished in a weekend. For the more experienced knitter, there are fully fashioned, lace and intarsia projects to get to grips with. In between, allow yourself to enjoy working wilh an assortment of colour, texture and embellishment that will help you to produce accessories that are as enjoyable to create as they will be to use. Some of the projects in this book use luxury yarns such as silk or cashmere - don't be discouraged. You can substitute a less expensive yarn to allow yourself to get a feel for the technique and then use luxury yarns as you become more confident. Whatever you decide to knit first, relax, take your time and indulge in one project at a time.