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Knit One Knit All Hardcover – May 5, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Schoolhouse Press; First edition (May 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0942018354
  • ISBN-13: 978-0942018356
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 9 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Elizabeth Zimmermann was a British-born masterknitter who, after immigrating to the United States, wanted to supply handknitters with pure wool and circular needles (both a rarity in those days), as well as books, tools, and original designs. Elizabeth's humor and unique approach to seamless garment construction gradually attracted followers through her semi-annual Newsletter, a steady stream of designs in magazines, two television series taped for PBS-TV, the annual summer Knitting Camp and publication of her books, Knitting Without Tears, Knitting Around, Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knitting Workshop, Knitter's Almanac (now in two editions). The book The Opinionated Knitter was published posthumously, as was Knit One Knit All. Elizabeth's philosophy was received with glad cries by knitters who were eager to think for themselves and, through EPS (Elizabeth's Percentage System) were able to achieve perfectly-fitted garments while applying their own ideas to their knitting.

Customer Reviews

The sweater patterns are simple but will appeal to modern tastes.
Megan Ellinger
EZ fans will definitely want to add it to their existing collection of her books.
Lynne E.
As with all other Elizabeth Zimmermann books, this one has expanded my mind!
Susinok

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190 of 190 people found the following review helpful By Lynne E. TOP 100 REVIEWER on May 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
As the Introduction says, Elizabeth Zimmermann "was a designer who stressed independent thinking," who became famous for her creative garment construction. Probably the most famous example is her oft-knit "Baby Surprise Jacket", to be found in Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knitting Workshop or The Opinionated Knitter.

This brand-new collection of previously unpublished EZ garter stitch patterns includes many examples of EZ's "try anything" approach to knitting. To name a few: the Add-a-Booties (worn-out adult slipper socks become liners for their newly-knitted replacements); the Sideways Gloves (start at one side, go around the hand, fingers, and thumb, and finish back where you started), the Chambered Nautilus Tam (short rows and built-in I-cord make a lovely spiral-design hat), and the Striped Blouse (eye-popping narrow stripes run from one shoulder to the other, after forming a V in the center front of the blouse).

A special bonus for knitting history buffs are the full-color reproductions of (1) EZ's handwritten notes and sketches for selected designs, and (2) a few of her delicate watercolors of landscapes and flowers. Most of the included patterns are accompanied by EZ's original schematic drawings (and charts, if appropriate). All of the patterns are illustrated with excellent full-color photos that show how the finished garments will look when actually worn. Many of the photo captions describe the historical context of the particular designs, sometimes in EZ's own words.
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93 of 93 people found the following review helpful By Megan Ellinger VINE VOICE on June 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I preordered this book from Schoolhouse Press and was thrilled when it arrived. The patterns inside are classic EZ--simple stitches with amazing construction. The sweater patterns are simple but will appeal to modern tastes.

A warning...while garter stitch is a beginner friendly stitch, this book is probably not your best choice if you are learning to knit. The writing style is conversational in places and there is not a wealth of handholding/baby-stepping through a pattern. If you are looking to learn, Knitting Without Tears (by the same author) is probably a much better choice.
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79 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Lucille Harrington on June 22, 2011
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Okay, I've been a fan of Elizabeth Zimmerman's for years. BUT! in my humble opinion, she's the quintessential cross between an engineer and a knitter. This book of undiscovered gems is a pure delight ~ enough interesting structure and technique to keep my knitting mind intrigued, but comfortable and wonderfully wearable garments that will be reached for again and again. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves to knit, and would enjoy a peek into a mind that has reached far beyond the usual pattern design. There are no repeats here, if like me, you have a library of EZ books. All new, all interesting, all garter stitch. I can hardly wait to get knitting.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Susinok on August 29, 2011
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As with all other Elizabeth Zimmermann books, this one has expanded my mind! There are at least half a dozen patterns in here I want to make RIGHT AWAY, and many more that will give me lots to ponder as I figure out how they go together.

There are no duplicates from her other pattern books. These are new and fascinating.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By E. K. Miller on August 20, 2011
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I have all of Elizabeth Zimmerman and Meg Swansen's works. I found Zimmerman's works in the mid 90s when I was coming back to knitting after a decade of doing other crafts and have been using her books ever since. I found the Schoolhouse Press single copy patterns around then, and have done some things are similar to some of these designs using those, but I am an advanced knitter and not afraid to cast on and work at it until I "get" it. From experience teaching, I also know that the three dimensional construction techniques that distinguish Zimmerman's brilliance are not always apparent to everyone.
Meg Swansen's genius has been to expand on the "blind follower", as her mom would have put it, form of directions for her mom's work, and this book is an excellent example of sometimes complex work that has been made more accessible by careful re-writing and writing of detailed directions. I have several I can't wait to get to!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Donna M. Boelens on July 20, 2011
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If you are just beginning to knit this is a great book to start with - I am an intermediate knitter and I found several very nice patterns and I am pleased to own the book. A beginner will gain confidence and speed using this book. I've made several brimmed hats now and people are asking for more. It is an easy pattern and makes a cute hat!!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By a reader on August 23, 2011
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The book goes into the details of each pattern and I thought gave you insight into the logic of the design. I've made the Baby Surprise at least 4 times over the years and so was very interested in her style. Many might find some of the patterns 'out of date' compared to current. I still find Zimmerman timeless for the most part. Her book on opinionated knitting just pushed me right along. However, you should check around before you purchase as the book was more than $10 higher at Amazon.
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