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Circular Knitting Workshop: Essential Techniques to Master Knitting in the Round Paperback – March 13, 2012
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From the Back Cover
Round out your knitting skills
Circular knitting is efficient, convenient, and fascinating to learn with Margaret Radcliffe's detailed, step-by-step instructions. A master teacher with a knack for demystifying complex techniques, Radcliffe uses 35 mini sample projects to demonstrate classic techniques such as lace and stranding knit in the round, as well as helix knitting, invisible joins, and ideal cast ons for all your circular knitting. From adapting flat patterns to circular and converting bottom-up projects to top-down, here is everything you need to know to master knitting in the round.
More About the Author
Margaret's books explore knitting techniques in a depth well beyond what's usually presented and do so in a way that makes both the techniques and their appropriate uses clear to readers. As a designer, her specialty is rewarding garments that look complicated but rely on the simplest knitting techniques. As a publisher, she focuses on patterns that help knitters learn new techniques and improve their skills. As a teacher, Margaret enthusiastically teaches everything from beginning knitting to garment design, and is acclaimed for her ability to help all knitters to become independent and creative.
Margaret's many teaching venues include the John C. Campbell Folk School, The Knitting Guild Association (TKGA), The National Needlearts Association (TNNA), The Madrona Fiberarts Winter Retreat, Webs, cruise ships and windjammers, and shops and fiber guilds across the U.S. and occasionally in Canada.
For more information on events and knitting patterns visit www.maggiesrags.com
Top Customer Reviews
Here's my take on "Circular Knitting Workshop."
1. This is a book about techniques - lots and lots of techniques that will boost the quality of your finished products. Of course, there are patterns, many of which are very cute, but their main function is to demonstrate how to use a specific technique. Most are quick and/or small, so you can try them out immediately.
I've already learned several techniques to get rid of that pesky "jog" that shows where a round starts anew. That's always bothered me, and I am so pleased to learn how to avoid it.
2. Knitting with double-pointed needles has never been a favorite with me, but sometimes it cannot be avoided. You'll find a good section on using double-points that will be invaluable when, for example, you want to make seamless sleeves or flat round objects. The color photographs take you through each step so you'll come out with excellent results.
3. Binding off is covered in depth. There are many instances where a tight bind-off detracts from the quality of your finished garment, but now you can choose from a number of stretchy bind-offs that will enhance quality and making wearing the garment a pleasure rather than a trial.Read more ›
The projects are versatile and useful but the main strength of this book is the encyclopedic information it provides for knitting in the round. Whether you're new to knitting in the round or you are an old-timer, there will likely be information in this book that will be helpful to you. I recommend the book based on this information rather than on the patterns which are basic and can be found most anywhere.
The author discusses TUBES (handy for gloves), working bottom up, top down and how to handle the "jog" which is the unfortunate issue that circular tubes have; the beginning of the new round stacks on top of the old round (you are really knitting up in a spiral) so the new round "jogs" over the old one. You'll see this in stripes; instead of rings of color stacked one on another, you get a jog at the beginning of the new stripe that shows up rather annoyingly. However, the author shows you ways to disguise this.
A number of ways to cast on are demonstrated in good photographs.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you have knitting experience but would like to improve you technique, this is the one of the books you should have to reference.Published 20 days ago by jstsayin4u
A Very In-Depth book on circular knitting that isn't for new knitters. This one was so much more than I thought it was going to be. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Yvonne
I've been knitting circularly for many years, but there's always something new to learn from Margaret Radcliffe. Read morePublished 1 month ago by CatBookMom
Super informative. A really great knitting book. I reccomend itPublished 1 month ago by Morgan Bellwether
The book is huge with a lot of information. It is definitely not for people who have only a few years of knitting. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jackie Rowles
Nice to have a book solely for circular knitting that unravels its mystery.Published 3 months ago by Slconfidential
This is Jerry's wife, (P), writing.This is a wonderful knitting technique book written by Margaret Radcliffe, one of my favorite knitting and crochet masters. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jerry