If you are clever with needles and yarn (or want to be), here is a new book to help you cozy up your home for autumn. The Knitted Home: hand-knitted projects room by room presents charming knits for nine different rooms and the garden.
For the kitchen, a tea cozy topped with a sweet posy of roses will keep the brew warm while adding a pretty touch to the tea tray. You can see it pictured on the cover of the book.
A knitted cover for a hot-water bottle sports a textured pattern. Although it’s featured with accessories for a bedroom, I think this would make a nifty gift for someone who likes to go camping.
Butterflies and flowers are attached to long cords to decorate a window. A butterfly is the large central motif on a cushion cover bordered with three-dimensional flowers.
The seaweed door curtain makes imaginative use of crochet which twists and twirls in long strands made from varying hues of mercerized cotton.
For the nursery, the characters from traditional rhymes and tales inspire playful accessories. Humpty Dumpty sits on the knitted wall of a storage bag for small toys. He can also be detached for play. Three little polka-dot pigs hang on a mobile that includes a knitted hut where they all tuck in for bedtime.
Each project includes clear instructions. At the back of the book, basic techniques for knitting and crochet outline the skills needed to get things started. Special methods, such as felting, embroidery and intarsia are illustrated there as well.