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Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knitter's Almanac: The Commemorative Edition (Dover Knitting, Crochet, Tatting, Lace) Hardcover – August 19, 2010


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Product Details

  • Series: Dover Knitting, Crochet, Tatting, Lace
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; The Commemorative Edition edition (September 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486479129
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486479125
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.8 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #300,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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103 of 103 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Carter on September 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I already have the older edition of the Almanac, so I was of two minds whether it was worthwhile to spend the money on the commemorative edition. I am so glad I did! Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's intro is exactly what I would want to say about Elizabeth Zimmermann, except that she says it so much better than I ever could. And the book itself is much better in many ways. The new color photos are gorgeous, and I love that they mimic the layout of the original photos. The samples are beautiful in themselves, and really show off what can be done with EZ's ideas with all of the wide variety of yarns we have available to us now. The larger format and larger print make the volume much more readable, and I find I am slowing down to actually enjoy EZ's writing and stories, instead of skipping from project to project.

I would recommend purchasing this book to anyone, even if they already own the earlier edition.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By goodfruit on October 23, 2010
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Its great to see this knitting classic updated in a larger hardback version, with larger print, color pictures, and some things re-knit in todays yarns. EZ fans everywhere will want to have this new version! The Almanac features lovely things to knit for each month of the year with accompanying story and instructions from Elizabeth. It feels like sitting around and knitting with your beloved grandmother.

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee writes the new introduction and EZ's daughter adds some relevant clarifications here and there. Otherwise, its the same EZ instructions we've come to know and love, the long written out version and the "pithy" version. The charts are still hand-drawn, I'm surprised they didn't update those too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Beth Adcock on January 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Elizabeth Zimmermann is loved by knitters everywhere who didn't have a knitting mother or grandmother to teach us, along with many who did. Thanks to EZ, we need not knit in a vacuum. She is delightful company, and lives on in her insights and lively dialogue with her readers. This almanac of a year's worth of projects is a knitting classic. Understand your knitting, and you need no longer be a "blind follower" of published patterns!
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41 of 57 people found the following review helpful By S. Shutts on September 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
EZ as she's called was a wonderful knitter who wrote books for people who didn't want to have everything in a pattern written out. She preferred to give an outline of what the pattern would end up as and a mathematical way of doing shawls and other items. I am one of many who just can't figure her methods out or make them work even after years of knitting and designing things myself.
This is a good book if you want to be freed to do whatever you want in making a knitted garment, but it isn't a roadmap of what you need to do to make it. She liked to be daring and this book has shown many people that they can be too.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Melanie L. Lietz on February 18, 2011
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I've had this book in paperback for years but couldn't resist it in hard cover. It looks and feels great. The photos are now in updated colors and look beautiful. The slightly larger font sure doesn't hurt! Also, there is a bonus pattern that I would like to make. EZ fans will love this book. If you want to learn to trust your knitting, this book is for you. Even if you're a brand-new knitter, buy this book and let it inspire you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PitselehFrog on May 9, 2011
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This book is the equivalent of having a long lost grandmother, whose treasures are the only thing left around, you sit down and share her secret techniques and tricks with you. Everything learned in this book can be used to create your own treasures in the future. It's also seasonally written and has enough to keep you busy for quite a while. Elizabeth Zimmerman is the "yarn whisperer" and the patterns and quality included within this very book are invaluable. Buy it, use it, love it. This is a classic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Johanna on April 21, 2012
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Don't let the size of this book fool you--it's small in some editions, yet filled with all the basics and then some!

The plan of the book is that there's a knitting project for every month, taking into account the seasons, and possibilities for how the item will be used. The cover of the book shows finished products for the patterns in the book.

I first used this book to find the pattern for the "Pi Shawl", and was immediately hooked on Elizabeth Zimmerman's writing, knitting, and her philosophy of knitting, which seems to be to relax, and knit, don't worry about it, and you can make it work! (I've made the Pi Shawl in two versions, and will probably make a third shawl soon!)

There are patterns for sweaters, shawls, baby clothing, mittens, and much more. If you had to choose one book to take with you on vacation, consider this book, and choose a pattern from what Elizabeth Zimmerman offers. You'll become hooked too!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Calypso on April 2, 2014
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5 stars because I totally love this elderly lady's account of her projects and life in the School House with her husband (the Old Man) as the year passes by, a fierce winter lingering, spring flowers, summer travelling and moving indoors in October. It's not a knitting book for the new knitter, basic skills are needed. Elizabeth Zimmermann describes her creative process - the unventing. Patterns for her unventions are found at the end of each chapter to make, basic items - Aran sweater, shawls, hats, mittens and socks, baby things and even a blanket.
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