Synopses & Reviews
The word "finery" is often associated with jewels, silk, and lace. Hip knitwear designer Mel Clark says it means something else to her, something infinitely more practical and more accessible: clothes or accessories that you can wear or use every day, even though they are packed with enough "wow factor" to grab the eyes of othersand inspire their envy! You'll feel and look fabulous when you don one of Mel's designs, just like you do when you "dress your best." Projects in this easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructional book include much of "what's hot" and even "what could be" in the seasons to come. Theres a little something for everyonefrom the ever useful giant cowl to a "heroine hood" and "strawberry beret"; from cuffs and mitts to short-shorts and tangerine-colored tights; from purses and totes to shawls and slippers. With sections dedicated to going out, dressing up, and staying home, knitters are certain to find each of these projects a joy to make and immensely satisfying to keep or give.
"At last, a new book from the amazing Mel, a knitting goddess. She continues to inspire me with her stylish, sexy, and fashionable designs. I cannot wait to check my gauge and cast on." —Tracy Ullman
"I have been a fan of Mel Clark for years and her new book . . . doesn't disappoint. In [Knitting] Everyday Finery you will find thoughtfully designed garments and accessories that take 'finery' to a new level of beautiful and elegant practicality." —Susan B. Anderson, author, Itty Bitty Hats, Itty Bitty Toys, and Spud and Chloe at the Farm
"Mel has created a quietly passionate collection of knits which will pique the curiosity of any knitter, and crosses many skill levels. My fingers itched to knit up many of these lovely, utilitarian designs. I cannot wait to cast on the Lulu scarf!"—Annie Modesitt, knitting designer and author of 1,000 Fabulous Knit Hats
"Each easy-to-understand pattern is accompanied by full-page color photographs. . . . Knitters of all skill levels will find something stylish to cast on to make their everyday wear pop." —Knit 'n Style (October 2012)
Quick-to-finish projects are always popular with knitters and this collection of patterns features beautiful finery to wear and for the home. Modern and inventive yet inspired by traditional techniques, the designs presented here include elements of style and whimsy but are always practical and achievable for all levels of knitting ability. A clutch made of multicolored wool with the entrelac technique, a double-layered beanie with inspired color work, a quilt-sampler tam with Fair Isle patterning, and a pencil case for kids in the shape of a small dog are just some of the finery that can be created. Elegant items for women, several projects for men, and ideas for the whole family are included and are achievable for all levels of knitting ability.
The word finery” is often associated with jewels, silk, and lace. Knitwear designer Mel Clark says it means something different to her: clothes or accessories you can wear or use every day, packed with enough wow” factor to catch the eyes of others. And thats exactly what this fashionable selection of projects provides! With sections dedicated to going out, dressing up, and staying in, knitters are sure to find each of these patterns a joy to make.
About the Author
is a knitwear designer with her own label whose designs have been licensed to L.L. Bean, among others. She is a coauthor of Knit 2 Together
and her designs have been published in Interweave Knits
, the Knitter
, the L.L. Bean catalog, Vogue Knitting
magazine, Yarn Magazine
, and Your Home and Garden
magazine. She has appeared on the Martha Stewart Show
and is the author of the blog slipslipknit.com.