Knit Accessories: Essentials and Variations

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About the Book

Have you ever wanted to be that knitter who can just pick up a skein of yarn and knit it into a great, quick accessory? Whether you’re a beginner or a more experienced knitter seeking quick gifts, Kate Atherley gives you all the tools you need to transform a favorite skein into a hat, cowl, scarf, socks, mitts, or legwarmers.

Just the Facts

13 essential patterns, plus instructions for infinite variations
64 pages
ISBN 978-1937513177
This book is available in both print and digital format.

Meet the Author

Kate is‘s lead Technical Editor, and a seasoned designer and teacher in her own right. Her book Beyond Knit Purl has been praised as the 21st-century Knitting for Anarchists. Her Basic Ribbed Sock is in the top-ten most popular socks on Ravelry, and her Bigger on the Inside shawl caused a minor sensation this spring. She taught five sold-out classes at Sock Summit 2011, and she regularly teaches at stores and events across North America, including Vogue Knitting Live and Interweave KnitLab. Her work has appeared in Knitty, Interweave Sockupied, Creative Knitting, the UK magazine Knit, and a wide range of books. See more of her work at


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Featured review

This book is destined to be dog-eared and bedraggled; it’s the knitting equivalent of that butter and flour-stained recipe book that holds all the family’s favourites. Knit Accessories offers excellent patterns for those items that are the staples in most knitters’ repertoire, including scarves, cowls, legwarmers, hats, mitts and socks.

Every accessory in the collection has instructions for at least two weights of yarn, and some offer more. Socks go from the top-down AND the toe-up in two weights and in five sizes! And even beyond that, Atherley leads the knitter through the jazz variations on accessories with plenty of tips on designing your own and customizing the patterns she’s provided. In fact, I’m going to go ahead and make a prediction right now: the page on “Designing Your Own” scarf that gives yarn requirements for four weights of yarn in multiple lengths and stitch counts will be nominated for “Most Needs To Be Permanently Laminated” by every knitter who owns the book. (Hint: there’s another one in the chapter on Cowls!) — Knitty, Winter 2012

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Bite sized knitting projects with exactly the information you need in variable sizes and gauges plus a framework to fly free with your own design ideas. Need excellent patterns for hats, mitts, scarves, cowls and socks plus knitting tips and design advice? Kate Atherley waves her magic wand and gives you exactly what you’re looking for. — Jillian Moreno, co-author of Big Girl Knits and More Big Girl Knits

Kate Atherley has her pulse on how modern knitters think about their knitting. Her patterns, are clear, concise, and don’t leave you in the dark. If you are looking for a “go-to” basic pattern resource this is it! — Laura Nelkin of Nelkin Designs

With Kate, it’s always the details. No stone is unturned in this book. From preparation (choosing the right yarn and sneaky ways of getting measurements for gift knitting) to process (variations and designing your own), Kate covers it all. Including tricks and tips for managing all the niggling details that we all run into in our knitting. Put this one on your shelf. You’ll reach for it every fall and winter to keep yourself, family and friends warm. — Kim McBrien, indigodragonfly