Novice knitters will discover the delights of working up quick-knit ideas with Alison's clear, practical approach. Starting with materials, she shows how different yarns can be used - from wool and cotton to mohair and ribbon. Experimenting is fun too. String, raffia and fabric can be used to create wonderful textured textiles. Stitches, techniques and patterns follow with clear photographs showing how to start. Casting on, increasing, decreasing, shaping, joining in colours and more, are all illustrated in easy sequences, with a range of beautiful, practical ideas - from scarves, hats and cushions,to cardigans, sweaters and throws. This book is for anyone who is interested in textiles and the joy of working with different textures, colours and natural materials. It is for anyone who wants to give something handmade as a gift, and it is for anyone who wants to experience the pleasure of knitting something special by hand.