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All New Homespun Handknit

Similar to the original, Homespun, Handknit, this book offers a variety of projects for beginner and advanced knitters and spinners (or fans of handspun yarns). Packed with spinning knowledge and over 25 adorable projects, crafters can create unique gifts and wearables.

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Liven up your knitting with handspun yarns

Make the most of your handspun!

All New Homespun Handknit: 25 Small Projects to Knit with Handspun Yarn features beautiful quick-to-knit projects that use just a few hundred yards of handspun. Whether you’re a handspinner or simply a handspun yarn collector, show off the unique colors and textures only found in yarn created by hand.

Transform small amounts of handspun into fantastic wearables with All New Homespun Handknit. Choose from colorful caps and bags, cozy self-striping socks, comfortable and beautiful mittens, airy ponchos, warm scarves and shawls, and adorable sweaters and hats for babies and kids.

Top knitwear designers including Kathryn Alexander, Amy King, Faina Letoutchaia, Kathleen Taylor, Sara Lamb, Nancy Bush, Judith MacKenzie McCuin share patterns, tips and tricks, and the inspiration behind their handspun designs.

Create your own one-of-a-kind garments with the help of All New Homespun Handknit.  Knit original, adorable small projects with all your favorite handspun.

All New Homespun Handknit

Homespun Projects

Select projects from All New Homespun Handknit: Zipped Baby Hoodie (design by Lisa Shroyer, yarn by Nancy Shroyer); Spider Hat (Nancy Roberts); Wisteria Lace Shawl (Diane Mulholland); Nomad Bag (Sara Lamb); Nordic Child’s Cardigan and Hat (Sarah Anderson); Self-Striping Socks (Kathleen Taylor.)

Interweave would like to express our gratitude to Lion Brand Yarns for graciously granting us permission to use the term "Homespun" in this book. “Homespun” is a registered trademark of Lion Brand Yarn.

About the Author

Kathleen Cubley, editor of Knitting Daily, discusses All New Homespun Handknit

all new Homespun HandknitsI have our new book All New Homespun Handbook in front of me, and I'm really appreciating the blend of community and tradition this book embodies. How's this for knitting tradition: the original Homespun Handknit, edited by Interweave Press founder Linda Ligon, was in print for twenty years, and the editor of All New Homespun Handknit, Amy Clarke Moore, discovered it when she was in college. Amy is now the editor of Spin Off magazine and she was thrilled to put this new collection together.

As for community, there are twenty-three designers represented in this book, all of whom are accomplished spinners, too, and twenty-five designs that span the knitting spectrum from hats to bags to shawls. These designers really understand how yarn works and they've put their precious handspun into the most fabulous patterns.

Old Garden ScarfFor the experienced knitter, Faina Letoutchaia presents the Old Garden Scarf, a stunning piece that expertly combines a lace pattern with shaping to create a piece that actually fits around the shoulders without bunching up at the neck. I love it when brilliance meets beauty and they fall in love.

Spider HatI also love the Spider Hat by Nancy Roberts (photo at right). Nancy designed this hat based on traditional Peruvian weaving patterns depicting spiders. This pattern uses the Fair Isle technique with a twist: you only use two colors of yarn at any one time, but one of the yarns is a variegated yarn, so the color changes are really impressive without being difficult to achieve. The top of the hat is a fabulous web—another beauty + brilliance match-up!

One thing to note is that you don't have to be a spinner to use this book to its fullest potential. Yarn weights are given for each project, which makes it easy for non-spinners to use yarn from their stashes or from their favorite yarn shops. One of my favorite features is a photo that shows each yarn used in the book, which is a great tool to use if you need to substitute yarns.

But if you've never used handspun yarn before, please try it! You'll see what all the fuss is about when you knit up something with handspun—that extra something is the love and care that the spinner put into the yarn as it was being spun and dyed and packaged just for you. The book also provides a nice list of sources for handspun yarn. (Added bonus: most projects use small amounts of yarn, so this is a good source of designs for those super-special-single-skeins of handspun yarn.)

This book has that same feeling as that beautiful skein of handspun: the feeling that Amy put it together just for you.



(Interweave would like to express our gratitude to Lion Brand Yarns for graciously granting us permission to use the term "Homespun" in this book. "Homespun" is a registered trademark of Lion Brand Yarns.)

'Knitting spinners rejoice! This project has been whispered about for years in spinning circles. 25 knitting projects using handspun yarn, and all of the projects request that you please engage your brain.'

'5 out of 5 stars. Great designs for those of you who want to knit with homespun yarn, either your own or purchased yarn.'--Knitting News

"Staff Pick - Best book for small items."--Knit Today Magazine, January 2010

SKU: 09KN10

Author/Speaker/Editor: Amy Clarke Moore

Format: Paperback

ISBN 13: 9781596681446

Number Of Pages: 144

Customer Reviews

great book ! Review by Mariejose

I have a wonderful Knitting library, this is the only book I will knit each pattern.

(Posted on 5/24/14)

Uninspiring Review by Mary

I have found this book to have ugly pictures, spelling mistakes, and using expensive yarns for patterns that will neither last nor pass the grade as givable git. A few charts are wrong. The written overviews of how to work a specific portion of the pattern and confusing. I consider myself an experienced knitter, for I have knitted for nearly 50 years. There isn't anything in this book I would either make or suggest to a less experience knitter to to try. I am going to donate this book to the library. I have no need to refer to it in the future.

(Posted on 4/28/14)

Adding to my handspun collection Review by Sue

Just placed my order and I am looking forward to this newer edition as I already have the first Homespun Handknit and have used it to make many things. As for the shipping problem that Patricia had - you use the "estimate shipping" tool to find out what your shipping options are. When you choose one your shopping cart automatically updates and you can see what your total will be, well before you place your order. Also, with the current sale I don't see how you could get the book at your LYS at a competitive price. However, I do believe it is important to support your LYS always.

(Posted on 3/30/14)

Very disappointed because shipping price not shown until check out complete Review by Patricia

It is hard to enjoy a book on sale when the checkout price does not show up until after the transaction is completed.
I will purchase only from my local yarn store in the future.
The patterns alone are rather so so.

(Posted on 2/2/14)

All New Homespun Handknit Review by Patti Van Gorden

After using the original "Homespun Handknit" for many years, I was pleasantly surprised to see the updated book. After flipping through the book in the bookstore, I saw several patterns I would knit, so I bought the book. The original book contains basic, simple, and rustic patterns. This new, updated book contains several lace projects and the patterns are sophisticated and fun. Many gift potential projects - I love it. I''ll update as I use the patterns.

(Posted on 10/28/09)