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Cast On, Bind Off: 54 Step-by-Step Methods; Find the perfect start and finish for every knitting project Spiral-bound

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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; Spi edition (June 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603427244
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603427241
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (242 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


“Knitting teacher and fiber artist Bestor turns this deceptively simple topic into a fascinating read… This is a great reference for the knitter looking to customize her own projects, and is an ideal companion for anyone who dares to try her own hand at design.”

(Publisher's Weekly)

“In the era of YouTube, how useful is a print guide to knitting cast-ons and bind-offs? Very, especially if you’re designing your own knits, looking for alternate cast-ons or bind-offs to change an existing pattern, or trying to choose among a variety of options in a pattern. [Leslie Ann Bestor’s] collection is comprehensive and well organized, and the directions are easy to follow.”

(Library Journal)

“This spiral-bound book is a gem, chock-full of techniques to improve your knitting projects from start to finish. I love the organization of the book ...In addition to the handy spiral binding - so great when you’re trying to follow along - there are photos of every step of the techniques, plus photos of projects using the techniques. Paws up!" — Austin American Statesman's knitting blog, Knittin' Kitten

(Austin American Statesman)

“The very best knitting books are the ones that educate, inspire and open up new knitting worlds. As so it is with "Cast On, Bind Off," a terrific new reference book that walks knitters through more than 50 -- I'll repeat that, because it merits it -- more than 50 ways to start and end your projects. … And that, folks, is why every blessed one of us needs this book. Like, now. … I've seen a number of these techniques elsewhere, but never all of them together, and absolutely never in such a clear, easy-to-use format. This is a must for any knitter's library. You'll go back to it time and again, and you'll never again have a glorious project wrecked by the wrong technique. (Anyone who's ended up with a too-tight bind off on a sweater neck knows what I'm talking about.) Buy the book. Your knitting will thank you, and you'll thank Leslie Ann Bestor for writing "Cast On, Bind Off."” —The Oregonian’s knitting blog,

(The Oregonian)

“Step-by-step instructions and accompanying close-up photographs are the perfect format for this go-to guide. You’ll be amazed at what you’ve been missing!”

(Creative Knitting)


"All knitters need a variety of starts and finishes in their knitting tool belt, but sometimes it’s hard to know which to use. Cast On, Bind Off is the perfect reference to any of these techniques that are likely to be needed—including some of the newer and less well known methods. With beautiful photographs, clear instructions, and helpful illustrations, Leslie Ann provides not only the how-to, but the why and where as well! Cast On, Bind Off should be part of every knitter’s library."

(Judy Becker, Author of Beyond Toes: Knitting Adventures with Judy’s Magic Cast-On)

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Photos are clear and instructions easy to follow.
I highly recommend this book for knitters of any experience level.
Just what I needed to help with cast ons and bind offs.

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125 of 128 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Brody TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 5, 2012
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Cast On Bind Off includes 54 step-by-step methods for casting on and binding off. It begins with cast ons and ends with bind offs. The information is wonderful for every knitter's library. As most knitters, I tend to use a single type of cast on and bind off and tend to stick with these techniques. As the author states, this is usual. The author discusses how she realized that different projects call for different types of cast ons and bind offs and that "different situations call for different techniques, and that using the right one has a huge impact on the finished garment." Most of us learned a particular type of cast on or bind off from the person who taught us how to knit and we tend to stick with that. "My hope is that this book opens a new world of possibilities and expands your horizons for beginning and ending a knitted project." This book can be used to learn new techniques, offers ways to experiment with different techniques and opens us up to a whole world of casting on and binding off that we didn't even know existed.

"In this book you'll find 33 different cast ons and 21 different bind offs. Each technique features photographs illustrating every step". The book is small enough to take with you when working on a project and includes tips on what technique is best for certain types of projects.

The cast ons are divided into basic ones, stretchy, decorative, circular, double-sided, multicolor, provisional, tubular and mobius. The bind offs include basic, stretchy, decorative, and sewn. The photographs, drawings and diagrams are excellent and show in detail how to do each type of cast on and bind off.

As a relatively experienced knitter I thought I knew quite a bit about casting on and binding off.
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146 of 152 people found the following review helpful By Cheeke Maroo on July 30, 2012
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I was excited when I saw this book coming out and pre-ordered it. I am sort of glad to have it in my library, but only as a quick-glance reference list. I do not think it is at all good for *learning* specific cast-ons/bind-offs, though it touts itself as a step-by-step guide.

- Spiral bound
- Each CO/BO has a list of "Characteristics" (i.e., invisible beginning, can be a little loose and sloppy), and a list of "Good For"s (i.e., toe up socks, bags, top-down hats and mittens)
- Each CO/BO has a few close-up "finished" photos that show you what it's supposed to look like.
- The CO/BOs are categorized for quick reference; for example, the CO categories and number of COs referenced:
--- All Purpose (8)
--- Ribbing (moderate stretch) (4)
--- Ribbing (a lot of stretch) (8)
--- End-of-Row (5)
--- Super Stretchy (10)
--- Decorative (9)
--- Temporary & Hems (5)
--- Toe-Up Socks (3)
--- Circular (2)
--- (Note, the BOs are far fewer, 22 total)
- The book is designed pretty well & has an index

As I said, this book is not, IMO, good for learning any of the CO/BOs referenced in it. Perhaps I am spoiled by YouTube and TECHKnitter's blog (and many other *free* online resources that have set the standard, in my mind, for exceptional explanations of knitting methods), but for every CO/BO I have referenced in this book, I had to look it up on YouTube to understand how its done. Here's why:

- The instructions are very sparsely worded and quite a few times haven't made sense to me
- The photos are RIDICULOUSLY small and waaay too zoomed-out to see what the needles/yarn-strands are doing.
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102 of 112 people found the following review helpful By TinkerKnits on June 17, 2012
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I've given this three stars for two reasons:

1 - It's not as comprehensive as Montse Stanley's coverage of cast-ons and cast-offs.
2 - The format of this book is TOO small, making the rather limited "step-by-step" illustrations and the dark yarn colors nearly useless.

Stick to the Reader's Digest handbook by Montse Stanley ... It's far better in terms of pure technique (though the drawn illustrations are rather dated).
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By CL on June 5, 2012
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Wow! I'm impressed! This handy-sized book is loaded with ways to begin and end your knitting. To be precise, there are 33 ways to cast on and 21 ways to bind off. The inner covers conveniently list techniques by category - all-purpose, decorative, stretchy, ribbing, circular, toe-up socks, provisional, etc. There's also a good index that references applications such as "gloves, binding off fingerless" and "shoulders, binding off" as well as techniques. The first pages of each section show side-by-side examples of each method, all knitted in the same yarn for easy comparison.

Each technique includes a description, characteristics, suggestions for use, good photos and instructions for working, and hints for "getting it right." I like the lay-flat binding and the size is perfect to tuck into your knitting bag. This is an excellent reference book for any knitter, novice to experienced.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By C. R. Countryman on December 7, 2012
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First, a health and safety warning: be VERY careful about the metal spiral binding! They put two disconnnected sections of wide spiral binding inside. This gives you four stiff, sharp metal ends. Two of the sliced ends face the middle, leaving a space between them that's only a little smaller than the width of my hand. With the book turned back to the info on the back cover page in my knitting bag, I reached in and caught my hand in this 'trap'. I scratched myself badly as the book hung from my hand by by the wickedly sharp cut ends. It then raked me open on both sides of my hand as it fell off me. Ouch! It also managed to snag my very nice merino/silk knitting. The book doesn't have a recessed edge on top and bottom so the outside cut ends are right at the edge of the book. If you're reading in bed, they can snag your clothes or yarn or--again--you. Be careful.

I can't recommend this book because it's mainly a photo tutorial book. As such it lives and dies based on the quality of the tutorials. Some of the explanations I found to be lacking in some of the cast ons that I know how to do.. I'm not sure I could've gotten from point A to point B by the text alone, if I didn't already know how to do it. I guess they assumed the photos speak for themselves. They don't always--partly because of the size and partly because of how they chose to show which steps, when. It needed lines or pointers or something, the way they did it, to sometimes make clear what concept went with what step. I'd urge beginners especially to steer clear of this book.

The deal breaker for me, however, is the photo size relative to the content's scale in the tutorial step-by-step shots.

I preordered this book. I was excited to get it. I love a good reference book.
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