The Knitted Rug
Now available in hardcover and paperback!
Here's a fresh take on the crafts of rugmaking and knitting, as well as the very first book of its kind. These 21 stylish rug projects are so eye-catching that it's hard to believe that even novice knitters can create them. But they can, thanks to a thorough section on knitting basics, sumptuously illustrated with more than 60 how-to photographs; advice on embellishments, including embroidery, fringes, and tassels; and instruction on finishing touches, such as weaving ends, sewing seams, blocking, backing, and lining. Put this knowledge to work on a multicolored Big Needle Garter Stitch Rug, Knit and Purl Oval Rug, Thunderbird Wall Tapestry, and others. Every rug is beautifully photographed in a home setting, and includes patterns and ideas for modifying the design.
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Praise for The Knitted Rug
In this well-thought-out book, Donna Druchunas gives us more than an imaginative and diverse collection of knitted rugs to make. Her chapter on the history of knitted rugs, the photographs of contemporary examples, and the variety of techniques she uses in her own designs demonstrate the versatility and creative possibilities of this everyday craft. The how-to section is excellent and could stand by itself as a thorough knitting primer. Beginning knitter and expert alike will find this book a helpful guide to the practice of knitting as well as a rich source of inspiration.
-- Pam Allen, editor of Interweave Knits
Donna Druchunas has done an impressive amount of research and documentation to bring an ancient art form into the modern realm. No longer will knitted carpets be seen as an oddity; instead, they will become an artistic expression sure to appeal to all skill levels from the beginner to the highly experienced. The Knitted Rug is destined to be a winner that all knitters will want on their shelves.
-- Priscilla Gibson-Roberts, author of Knitting in the Old Wayand Simple Socks, Plain and Fancy
The Knitted Rug mesmerized me on several levels. I loved the historical background which introduces rugs as art pieces in both place and time for the contemporary knitter. The instructions are clear, concise and aimed for the beginner knitter, although knitters of any level will feel challenged by the array of color and texture Donna offers in this comprehensive book.
Here, the rug is presented as an innovative palette for exploiting various fibers without worrying about the shaping and sizing of a garment. This provides a wonderful forum for exploring new techniques which are detailed wonderfully in a special section and intended for use as needed by the rug knitter. This creative tome is the first of its kind and one I will turn to again and again.
-- Cheryl Potter, author of Handpaint Country, Lavish Lace, and Finger Paints and owner of Cherry Tree Hill Yarn
Projects in the book
Easy Garter Stitch Trio
Mitered Square Patchwork
Log Cabin Quilt
Knit and Purl
Coiled Cord Oval
Knit-and-purl Hearth Rug
Country Kitchen Moss Stitch
Pile and Shag Rugs
Toe Cozy Bathmat
Crayon Color Blocks
Easy Felted Rug
Entrelac Felted Runner
Rope Cable Runner
Celtic Knot Mat
128 full-color pages
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