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Boutique Knits 20+ Must Have Accessories

If you love showing your personal style with the "it" handbag, funky scarf, or the hat that makes heads turn, then this book is for you.

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With Boutique Knits, you can make your very own knockout accessories. If you love showing your personal style with the "it" handbag, funky scarf, or the hat that makes heads turn, then this book is for you.

Author Laura Irwin designs knitted accessories for the trendsetting indie designer fashion boutique Seaplane in Portland, Oregon, and is particularly known for her felted hats and stylish bags. In Boutique Knits, Laura presents designs for knitted accessories that stand out from the crowd.

Boutique Knits includes:
  • Patterns that cover a variety of knitting techniques in varying degrees, including felting, intarsia, Fair Isle, lacework, and cables
  • Advice on incorporating non-knitting tools and techniques to transform your knitting to achieve that one-of-a-kind boutique feel: pliers, hammers, a sewing machine, use of millinery techniques, and handsewing techniques.
  • Unique adornment inspiration, such as buckles and bolts borrowed from leatherwork close an intricately cabled belt, a chain handle finishes a felted bag with circle pockets, leather lacing dresses up a knitted bag, and grommets finish a half-felted handbag.
  • Inspiration from vintage lace, beads, ribbon, and fabric-covered buttons!
  • Knitting and felting techniques to create effects like ruffles, shibori-style pleats, and clever shaping.
  • And more!

This collection of modern, stylish patterns will inspire beginning and intermediate knitters with its uncommon techniques and materials. Transform your knitting with Boutique Knits!

Reviews: "The patterns in this book are really cute and have a classic feel with a modern look. A project from this book (or the book itself) would be great for any woman who likes to keep up with fashion." Guide to Knitting

"Unique, pretty, clever. There’s a reason that–even though I rarely make accessories–I felt compelled to buy this book out of all the many new knitting books."

"A very pretty book. Laura has created a collection of accessories and sweater accents that use classic influences long past and mix them with a modern functionality and appeal."

"Some creative and truly innovative techniques... the photography perfectly captures the dreamy, romantic yet urban feel of Irwin's designs."-knotions online magazine

"The clever, pretty patterns in Laura's book are full of interesting twists."-The Oregonian KT2OG blog

Table of Contents

Introduction: Uncommon Inspiration

Pseudo shibori scarf
Fawn earflap hat
Best felted collar
Felt and Form
Softly pleated sleeves
Silky wool vest
Sunshine instarsia bag
Chicago screws and zippers
Side slip cloche
Alpaca silk bow scarf
Half-felted bag
Working with chain and d-rings
Sideways grande hat
Raglan wrap
Argyle lace hat
Custom buttons
Teak bittersweet gauntlets
Hoodie devoted
sewing for knitters
Heather headband
Big brown bag
Horseshoe hooks and grommets
Braided cable belt
Plain talk ruffled mittens
Whiskey felted cap
Custom labels
Ruffled neck kerchief
Bamboo diamond shell
Pleated denim purse
Jewlery for your knitting
Soft kid bubble
Beaded fair isle hat

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About the Author

For the last five years Laura Irwin has designed the hand-knit ready-to-wear line Precious, which is sold at Seaplane, an independent designer boutique in Portland, Oregon. In addition to her ongoing apprenticeship at Pinkham Millinery, she also teaches knitting classes at Lint, a local yarn store in Portland. She has been a guest on Knitting Daily TV on PBS and on HGTV’s That’s Clever, demonstrating her felted hats and bags. She has also had projects in Knitscene and Interweave Knits, and her “Formal Boot Bag” was featured on the cover of Bag Style by Pam Allena and Ann Budd. She lives in Portland, Oregon.


"I could go on and on about how much I love the Side Slip Cloche hat featured in Boutique Knits, by Laura Irwin (the hat on the cover). I made one a couple years ago, out of gray baby alpaca yarn, and I get a compliment pretty much every time I wear it. I'm a slow knitter, and haven't made any of the other patterns yet, but one of these days (... if I don't make another Side Slip Cloche first!)." --

SKU: 08KN8

Author/Speaker/Editor: Laura Irwin

Format: Paperback

ISBN 13: 9781596680739

Number Of Pages: 144

Customer Reviews

Vintage 20s and 30s look Review by Denise Davis

I love cloche hats and this book has some gorgeous ones. The styles in this book look just like the great unique clothes you can only get at a boutique. If you like vintage this book is a great resource!

(Posted on 6/9/12)

Great Looking Patterns! Review by Catherine Parlow

I really like this book. There are gorgeous patterns in here, and I can't wait to make several of them. I love to knit hats, and there are many great ones in here. I have already knit one of the hats twice. I thought the pattern was very interesting. I like that there are little details that help you embellish your projects, and the author explains how to do them (such as fabric covered buttons and use of D-rings).

(Posted on 12/16/11)

pretty pretty details Review by Fawn Pea

Laura Irwin has a wonderful eye for details, and it really shines in this fun little pattern book, full of lovely accessories for the girly-girl in your life. The construction is simple, but with plenty of fresh takes and creative twists to make the projects interesting for everyone from advanced beginners on up. I love how she works in new tools and adornments you might not have thought to try with your knitting, like grommet setters and jewelry chain. This book is FUN for fashionista knitters.

(Posted on 11/16/11)

Boutique knits Review by Laura Cosse

I was extremely disappointed in this book. I wish I had seen the projects before ordering the book. I will probably only knit the hat on the cover and one pair of gloves. When the models can't make the item look good, you know it's bad.

(Posted on 6/23/11)