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laura IRWIN boutique knits 1

2 boutique knits
alpaca silk
bow scarf
It’s not only about
wearing a beautiful
scarf, but how you wear
it. This scarf was
designed specifically to
be tied in a bow, always
one of my favorite ways finished size notions
to wear a scarf. 9½' (2.9 m) long, 4" (10 cm)
wide in ribbed sections, and 6¼"
3 bobbins; tapestry needle.

(16 cm) wide at widest point. gauge

22 sts and 28 rows = 4" (10 cm)
yarn in St st; 39 sts and 28 rows = 4"
DK weight (Light #3). (10 cm) in rib patt.
Shown here: Blue Sky Alpacas
Alpaca Silk (50% alpaca, 50% note
silk; 146 yd [134 m]/50 g): For the intarsia section, use
#128 plum (dark purple), 4 separate lengths of yarn for each
skeins, and #129 amethyst (light color section and twist the yarns
purple), 1 skein. together at color changes to avoid
leaving holes. Wind each length
needles of yarn into a small yarn butterfly
U.S. size 5 (3.75 mm). Adjust or onto a bobbin to manage
needle size if necessary to obtain them easily.
the correct gauge.

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4 boutique knits
A sleeve to rest your head
upon while daydreaming in the
colder months. Victorian-style
trim is appliquéd after sleeve
is completed.
finished size needles
10" (25.5 cm) long and 7" U.S. size 6 (4 mm) and U.S.
(18 cm) hand circumference. size 7 (4.5 mm): set of 5 double-
To fit woman’s size small to pointed (dpn). Adjust needle
medium. size if necessary to obtain the
correct gauge.
DK weight (Light #3). notions
Shown here: Blue Sky Alpacas Marker (m); ½ yd (.5 m) beaded
Brushed Suri (67% baby suri trim (see Sources); sewing
alpaca, 22% merino wool, 11% needle and thread to match trim;
bamboo; 142 yd [130 m]/50 g): tapestry needle.
#905 Earl Grey, 1 skein.
20½ sts and 31 rnds = 4"
(10 cm) in St st on smaller

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hood devoteé

bamboo diamond shell

sideways grande hat

6 boutique knits
table of
Knitting with
a Toolbox: Tools
sunshine oval bag & Inspiration
Pseudo Shibori Scarf
Fawn Earflap Hat
Best Felted Collar
Softly Pleated Sleeves
Silky Tweed Vest
Sunshine Oval Bag
{zippers &
chicago screws }
Side Slip Cloche
Alpaca Silk Bow Scarf
Felted Silver Bag
{working with
chain & d-rings}
Sideways Grande Hat
Wool Cotton Raglan Cape
Whiskey Felted Cap
{Custom Labels}
Teak Bittersweet Gauntlets
pseudo shibori scarf Beaded Fair Isle Hat
teak bittersweet gauntlets Big Brown Bag
{Grommets &
Horseshoe Hooks}
Heather Headband
Plain Talk Mittens
Argyle Lace Hat
Ruffled Neck Kerchief
Bamboo Diamond Shell
Pleated Denim Purse
{Jewelry Techniques
for Knitters}
Braided Cable Belt
Hood Devotée
{Sewn linings}
Soft Kid Bubble
braided cable belt

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make must-have
knits that show off
your personal style
Make your very own knockout accessories with Boutique Knits. If you
love making heads turn with the “it” handbag, funky scarf, or pre-
cious hat, then this book is for you. Innovative knitwear designer
Laura Irwin presents designs for all kinds of knitted accessories
that stand out from the crowd.

The patterns in Boutique Knits feature a variety of knitting techniques

including felting, colorwork, lace, and cables. But the showstop-
ping details in this collection come from incorporating non-knit-
ting tools and techniques to transform craft into couture.

Buckles and bolts borrowed from leatherwork close an intricately

cabled belt. A chain handle and leather lacking finish a half-felted
purse. Metal rings and a silky ribbon top off a stylish cap. And
leather lacing and grommets dress up a felted knitted bag. Vintage
details like lace, beads, ribbon, and fabric-covered buttons em-
brace the softer side of cutting-edge design. Then borrow sewing
and millinery techniques to finish your knits to perfection.

This collection of modern, stylish patterns will inspire knitters of

all levels with its uncommon techniques and materials. The next
time someone stops you on the street to ask where you got that
perfect knitted piece, tell them it’s from Boutique Knits!

Paperbound, 8½ x 9, 144 pages

70 photographs, 20 illustrations
ISBN 978-1-59668-073-9
October 2008

laura irwin began her ready-to-wear handknits line in 2002 and is a

featured designer at Seaplane, an independent designer boutique in Portland, Oregon.
Her knitwear patterns have appeared in Knitscene and Interweave Knits, and
she has been featured on HGTV’s That’s Clever. She lives in Portland, Oregon.