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Editorial Reviews


A gold mine, chock-full of information presented with style, wit & humor. A great addition to your library! -- Wendyknits Knitting Blog, May 2004

Assuming her readers are intelligent, Annie doesn't dumb down her instructions ... a subtle, refreshing difference that left me totally engaged -- Knitters Review, May 2004

I enjoyed the essays & was happy to see the 'I-Bobble' - at last a good looking knit-side bobble! -- Anna Zilboorg, Author, Knitting for Anarchists

From the Publisher

This is a self published book. After shopping the idea around to several knitting and craft publishing houses, I found that they felt there was no market for this book.

In it's first 10 weeks it has sold more than 2,000 copies, which is amazing for any knitting book, let alone a self published one.

It is true that the quality of this book is not the glossy, coffee table book standard. The pages are printed in black and white and a few of them could be clearer.

Having said that, I find that many of my customers are returning to purchase extra copies for sisters, friends, cousins - folks they want to sway toward the heretical thought that There Is NO Wrong Way To Knit!


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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 218 pages
  • Publisher: ModeKnit Press; Perfect Bound Edition edition (April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0975421999
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975421994
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #747,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

A native of Ohio, Annie called the New York area her home for almost 20 years. Now she resides in St. Paul, MN where there is PLENTY of time for knitting, designing and writing while she cares for her husband and children and variously changing pets.

Annie's work has appeared in every major knitting magazine and knitting website, she has written 8 knit technique & pattern books, and has edited several volumes of essays on fiber and craft.

Annie teaches her unique style of knitting across the US and Europe. Her online classes are accessible via

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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By anon-new-yorker on December 12, 2004
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
Ms. Modesitt, a master knitter, writes a book from the perspective of a natural problem-solver with innate talent. Intermediate to advanced knitters will find a wealth of information in her book, from cabling without a cable needle, slip-stitch color knitting, and even knitting with wire. However, although Modesitt is adamant about not "dumbing down" her excellent and innovative material, beginning knitters or those who learn more slowly may need a bit more guidance than is offered in this book. Perhaps a later edition will provide more photos and explanations.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Robin MacAskill on July 24, 2004
Format: Spiral-bound
I felt as though I had made a new friend after reading this book. There are two aspects of this book that have helped me. One is the technical explanations, the other the essays.

I'm rather reclusive and knit quietly at home. I have lots of beautifully illustrated books to which I refer if, say, I want to knit a cable. The explanations are technical, precise, well illustrated. The explanation I'm going to remember, however, appears in the black & white pages of Modesitt's book wherein appear little faces on the stitches. Oh. I see, Annie. Knit the wallflower first!

There is no shortage of perfectionists in my family. Perfectionists and proud of it. I, on the other hand, leave a mistake in my knitting on the theory that "Pride goeth before a fall."

Modesitt's essay on valuing one's work yet not being a perfectionist put this conflict into perspective for me beautifully. After reading her book, I got out a Raggedy Ann doll I had made 40 years ago. It's not perfect, but it's pretty good. It certainly shows evidence of having been well loved.

Moreover, Modesitt's ideas came in very handy elsewhere: when visiting a hospitalized friend; when talking to members of a bereavement support group. We are none of us perfect.

I'm in debt to the experienced knitter who said she learned to purl better through reading this book.

If you like beautifully colored images to pop off a glossy page and grab your attention, you may be disappointed initially. It's a book to read quietly and savor. A book to pick up when you wonder about a new technique. A book to ponder.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on November 11, 2004
Format: Spiral-bound
Confessions Of A Knitting Heretic offers original tips, techniques, and projects for intermediate to advanced knitters. A quite unorthodox and self-proclaimed "knitting heathen", Annie Modesitt dares to break conventions in this spiral bound volume, which uses black-and-white photographs, diagrams combined with a clearly delineated text to expand the limits of imagination and creativity when crafting with threads. The guidelines and suggestions include row-by-row details for truly amazing creations. Confessions Of A Knitting Heretic is a superbly unique resource for anyone with enough experience in knitting to tire of the "same old, same old", and who yearns to try a dazzling, brand-new technique with their knitting projects and practices.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Michelle on September 18, 2005
Format: Spiral-bound
Annie has rocked my knitting world. I was and am inspired by her own knitting journey and moved to start knitting in, what was for me, a whole new way. I have never turned back. I now knit almost twice as fast as before, and I can enjoy my knitting more now that I can actually finish things at a pace that is encouraging. I have also abandoned my cable needles about 80% of the time. This might not be a book for beginners, but there are already literally dozens of beginning books. This is one of the rare books for people who have the basics down and want to improve their skills and challenge themselves. I do think this could be helpful to some who are just starting out, especially if they want to begin knitting "continental" rather than mastering "english" and trying to change later. Hopefully there will be more books like this.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 6, 2004
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Annie Modesitt is a truly gifted knitter who is doubly gifted by the ability to describe what her fingers are doing in a way that makes it clear to those reading the book. Probably not for someone who's never picked up knitting needles at all before, just about any knitter anywhere beyond this first step can get something from Ms. Modesitt's book, even if it's just inspiration. Her essays describe her own experiences with knitting, and show her sense of humor that just shines. The technical descriptions are clear, and the projects that she's done are so well explained, one feels as though she was right there teaching over one's shoulder.
Any knitter will learn a fascinating technique which blends the best of the two more known styles of knitting, and become a speedy, even, and most importantly, intuitive and creative knitter. The beginner will have sound foundation on which to develop skills, and learn to conquer knitting insecurities which may prevent project development. The intermediate knitter will appreciate Modesitt's contageous enthusiasm, and likely rediscover a passion for knitting that may have faded after doing one too many sweaters or pairs of socks in the same way. The advanced knitter will be find knitting time spent on knitting projects neverbefore dreamed of - an expanded range of hats, jewelry, and even FURNITURE!!!
As Modesitt says, we don't unlearn past knowlege, we build upon it, and whether this book is a basic foundation or one more brick in the wall reaching to the top, it is a strong and solid addition to the construction of a well-rounded knitter.
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