Once again knitting is at the forefront of popular crafts and leisure time activities. Today, however, people turn to it not simply as a money-saving activity, but also as an opportunity to exercise their creativity, produce something original to wear or use, and do something relaxing and therapeutic away from the regular stresses and strains of modern life. Most patterns readily available to handknitters give instructions on how to knit the item, but not necessarily how to finish it. But the techniques involved in finishing a garment successfully, from choosing the appropriate methods of casting off to adding in a zipper, take a bit of time to master and achieve instinctively. In awareness of this, this book provides practical advice and step-by-step instructions for every sort of finishing technique. The reader can thus build up a store of effective methods with which to personalize and add flair to their work, whether it's embellishing a child's hat or inserting the right size button-holes for a chunky cardigan.The final section of the book enables you to put the techniques into practice using a few classic design projects to show the limitless potential and versatility of well executed finishing techniques.