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Knitspeak: An A to Z Guide to the Language of Knitting Patterns [Kindle Edition]

Andrea Berman Price , Patti Pierce Stone
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Knitting can be a challenging craft, but even more challenging than knitting itself is the cryptic language—a mix of abbreviations, numbers, jargon, punctuation marks, and other symbols—in which patterns are usually written. It’s no wonder so many beginners (and even some whose skills are quite advanced) are intimidated by the bewildering code—or that so many yarn-shop owners grow frustrated by the amount of time they must spend deciphering patterns for the uninitiated.

Enter Knitspeak, a knitter’s dictionary that disentangles the mysteries of pattern language and translates it into plain English, helping knitters to easily transition from confused to confident. Andrea Berman Price’s essential guide—written in a friendly, reassuring tone and formatted for quick reference—begins with an overview of how knitting patterns are organized. It then offers a comprehensive alphabetical listing of all the abbreviations, words, phrases, and symbols typically encountered in patterns.

Knitspeak’s many easy-to-understand drawings clarify basic and not-so-basic needle techniques, and a series of sidebars deals with issues ranging from keeping track of simultaneous shaping to substituting yarns and reading a yarn label. The book’s appendix is filled with valuable tips, charts, and worksheets.


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About the Author

Andrea Berman Price is a Washington, D.C.–based project manager employed by government agencies and nonprofit organizations to organize complex programs. A lifelong knitter, she also teaches knitting workshops in the D.C. area. She holds a BA in anthropology from the University of Massachusetts and an EdM from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Product Details

  • File Size: 5282 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: STC Craft | Melanie Falick Books (September 13, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005HY8NNK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #441,912 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.8 out of 5 stars
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beginner's help to know all about knitting October 29, 2007
Format:Hardcover
Knitspeak definition: "A combination of words, abbreviations, numbers, and punctuation that is unintelligible to the average human and - unfortunately - to the new knitter." - from Knitspeak

Like any group, culture or trade, knitting possesses its own languagee, one which can be is incomprehensible to the uninitiated. New knitters are often prohibited from stretching their knitting muscles by a pattern which makes as much sense as ancient Greek.

Andrea Berman Price rides to the rescue with her book Knitspeak: an A to Z guide to the language of knitting patterns, a handy volume which translates the symbols, abbreviations, and terms while explaining the logic and structure in which knitting patterns are written.

The first section of Knitspeak provides an overview "of how knitting patterns are organized and how to read them effectively." The second section is organized alphabetically beginning first with symbols. This section, which comprises most of the volume, is much more than just a dictionary. Scattered throughout are detailed illustrations, helpful tips such as choosing the correct decrease method, and longer entries on topics like measuring gauge or choosing a needle size.

The appendix is chock full of helpful information: fixing mistakes, estimating yardage requirements and an "abbreviations at a glance" table. Rounding out this handy volume are three worksheets which Price suggests photocopying and using to track knitting projects; for times so that when you put your knitting down, you have a record. A sound idea - especially for knitters like myself who have double digit UFOs (unfinished objects) that may, or may not, be stored with the required instructions.

Knitspeak's compact size means it easily fits into your knitting bag.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great on-the-go guide September 29, 2008
By Totoro
Format:Hardcover
I had a terrible time trying to decide between this and the Knitter's Companion (KC). I needed a handy little reference guide that would fit into my purse whenever I took my knitting somewhere. I'm not very familiar with reading patterns, but I'm also not new to knitting so all I really needed was a quick reference to remind me what "ssk" or "yo" means, or which cast on to use, etc., and keep me moving. My only other reference was Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Handbook, and that wasn't going to fit in my purse. I ended up buying both copies to bring home and compare carefully. Both the KC and Knitspeak were designed to be a pocket reference and both covered similar topics. The KC had the added advantate of spiral binding, but the paper did not slide easily along the rings and I could see the pages quickly becoming weak and bent, and eventually falling off. They also squeaked unpleasantly. In the end, I returned the KC and kept Knitspeak because I found the illustrations clearer and preferred the organization, but it was a close call. Both are great products.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Knitting translations September 27, 2007
By Fr Mae
Format:Hardcover
Great for when you are in the middle of a pattern and suddenly don't know what an abbreviation means.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great knitting language book September 27, 2007
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book is easy to understand, easy to use, and has valuable illustrations. It's the perfect size and book to have on hand.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I take it everywhere... August 20, 2008
Format:Hardcover
This book is permanently in my knitting bag, and I've probably opened it for every project I've knitted. I have a horrible memory for remembering even basic stitches (like kitcheners) and the illustrations are super clear.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm the author. July 5, 2009
Format:Hardcover
Amazon keeps writing to me, asking me to review this. So instead, since I wrote it and think it's the next best thing to indoor plumbing, I'll just ask YOU if you ever find yourself needing a simple, clear explanation for a word you find in a pattern. If so, this is handy book to have around. Also, it has a nifty ruler on the back and a picture that shows you where a GUSSET is. Isn't that worth the cost of the book??
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Drop it in your project bag August 9, 2009
Format:Hardcover
Like many of the other reviews mention, this is a great book for beginners. I have my (overdue) copy from my local library, but I plan on buying it soon.

The best thing about this book is that it's laid out dictionary-style: forget how to do a cable cast-on? Don't know what LLI means? You don't have to look to the index, or even the table-o-contents, just look it up alphabetically!

It's a great reference book, and small enough to fit in with your project.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners April 24, 2009
By Smiley
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I am a beginner knitter. I taught myself about a year ago. This book has helped me with numerous knitting projects!! I keep it in my knitting bag and probably use it with almost every new pattern, since I love to try new things all the time. It is easy to find information since it in an alphabet format. I recommend this book to all new knitters.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable!
I have personally used this for a long time. Recommend it all the time. This is a purchase for my mother who is a knitter. When she saw mine she loved it.
Published 2 months ago by J. Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most helpful knitting books EVER.
This book translates "knitspeak" into understandable, everyday language. It truly IS indispensable. If you knit, you've got to have it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by David Chapman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference for the novice knitter
If you're a beginner knitter this is a good resource book to have. If you have trouble reading instructions and understanding what they mean I think you will find this book... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Georgie Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars knitspeak review
Very complete book. Well organized. A must for the beginner or for discovering new ideas. My wife recommends it to everyone
Published 3 months ago by Richard E Henshaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference for beginner or infrequent knitter
This little book is big on information with good illustrations for the beginning knitter or someone who knits infrequently and needs a good reference source to re-familiarize... Read more
Published 8 months ago by SuzyQ
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
This book is very helpful and isn't complicated to figure out. I always have it close when I'm beginning a new project.
Published 9 months ago by K Coop
5.0 out of 5 stars A great quick reference
I have found this little book very helpful. If I have a question about an abbreviation I can look it up quickly, find it easy to understand, and then I am back to knitting.
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good clear definitions of terms
This book is good for a new knitter like me. what is assumed by some needs to be spelled out for others (like me)
Published 11 months ago by Cheryll Salzberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Always with me
I keep this little book in my knitting bag and on my iPad at all times. Small, organized alphabetically, clear descriptions of techniques and terms. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Andrea Graham
5.0 out of 5 stars Help and informative
Very helpful, descriptions with explanations and pictures. It contains all the abbreviations to get you started with reading knitting patterns.
Published 12 months ago by Donna
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