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Fabulous Books – #11 hand-Knit Your Home

August 4, 2013

2013 is for reading and enjoying fabulous books.

Decor-Art is happy to announce that our cooperation with Cico Books and their sister company Ryland Peters and Small (RPS) has opened up brilliant opportunities to introduce you to their new publications on crafting, gardening and interior design. Every month we will be reviewing amazing books that inspire to create and to recycle, books that encourage to discover and to shape beautiful surroundings.

All reviews can be found on this Blog under the category called “Fabulous Books” (right hand side).

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It is rightly said that “home is the nicest word there is” (Laura Ingalls Wilder), as home is the place where you can feel safe, where you can relax and hide from all of the problems and worries. This place has to be extremely cozy and very unique – the only way this can be achieved is if you add something that is truly “you“. Whatever you’re passionate about, it can be turned into the warmest artifacts that will witness your everyday life.


This time I’m going to recommend a book for a keen knitter (and for someone who likes handmade, hand-knitted things for that matter). But you know what, even if you can’t knit, I think you should learn to! After you see some of the projects for a modern home… well, you’ll simply fall in love with these hand-knitted things and, I’m sure, you will decide to add them to your living space.

Hand-Knit Your Home by Melanie Porter offers 30 contemporary hand-knitted designs, that will inject colour and style into your interiors. The author presents three main colour pallets, well known (for e.g. wool and mohair) and sometimes quite unexpected (for e.g. rope or bamboo) materials and projects of a different scale. You can of course start with the smallest ones – flower vase cozy or bolster pillow cover and, once you get hooked on knitting, you can move to making chunky rugs and covers for your furniture!


All you have to do is follow simple instructions, that have been written in a very easy to understand style. You will find out everything you need to know about equipment, yarn, knitting and even some crochet techniques. Be attentive and patient and soon you’ll be able to celebrate the birth of your first hand-knitted creation.


By the way, even if you don’t want to make any of the designs offered by Melanie, you will find this book extremely useful when you decide to make up your own designs, as the author of this book has provided information on how to measure furniture, how to calculate patterns, how to substitute yarn and even how to felt the knitting.


Anyway, I don’t know about you, but I think I’ve already decided what I’ll be doing in the next few weeks…

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Hand-Knit Your Home by Melanie Porter is published by Cico Books at £12.99 and is available from

3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 5, 2013 1:48 pm

    I love the lampshade!

    • August 5, 2013 7:01 pm

      Oh, yes, it’s very nice! You should make one for your home. K.

      • August 5, 2013 8:10 pm

        I do more crocheting than knitting, but I could try over the winter months, since that is when I spend more time doing crafts.

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