|Digital List Price:||$17.99|
|Print List Price:||$17.95|
Save $12.82 (71%)
Knitspeak: An A to Z Guide to the Language of Knitting Patterns Kindle Edition
|New from||Used from|
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
More About the Author
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
Realizing that knitting books are usually aimed either at rank beginners or at experienced knitters, but rarely at the knitter-in-between, Price set out to remedy this lack. Knitspeak: An A to Z Guide to the Language of Knitting Patterns is exactly what its title implies, and more. The introductory section discusses how to read a pattern (including conventions such as directions for different sizes, and common assumptions), tips on how to keep track of where you are, and even copyright rules as applied to knitting patterns. The main portion of the book is an alphabetical glossary/dictionary of common knitting terms, symbols, and abbreviations. In this section you will find explanations, instructions, and diagrams for everything from pattern abbreviations (k1f&b) to cast-on methods to a variety of knitting tools. The appendix includes helpful information about yarn (substitution guidelines, reading labels, estimating how much you need), tips on dealing with mistakes (picking up dropped stitches, ripping back), charts for needle sizes and metric/imperial conversions, and some useful sample worksheets.
As an intermediate knitter who is firmly in the target audience, I love this book, and only wish I had discovered it sooner. It would have saved me a great deal of frustration! In short, it's like having a knitting tutor or mentor you can stash in your project bag and take wherever you go. I highly recommend Knitspeak to all knitters of advanced-beginner to advanced-intermediate experience.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I could not knit without this book! So many patterns assume you know what all those crazy abbreviations are, and that can stop you dead in your tracks before you even get... Read morePublished 20 days ago by R. Moreland
My mom bought this on my Prime Account, and now I'm embarrassed to see knitting books in my purchase history. Ugggh.Published 2 months ago by Jason F. Cleck
This book not only explains HOW to, it explains the reason behind WHY you use a certain stitch. It translates all those maddening abbreviations for you. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Spruce Lake
Knitspeak is a A to Z guide to the language of knitting patterns for knitters that gives them confidence to take on new projects. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Artisticpens
I am a self taught knitter who has been attempting progressively harder patterns and techniques for a handful of years now. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Unforgettable Fire
Great reference guide. Well written and illustrated. Have purchased several for gifts for my knitting friends. Would definitely recommend buying!Published 19 months ago by Jana
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 24 months ago by J. Collins
Look for Similar Items by Category
- Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Crafts & Hobbies > Needlecrafts & Textile Crafts > Knitting
- Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Crafts & Hobbies > Needlecrafts & Textile Crafts > Needlework
- Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Crafts & Hobbies > Reference
- Books > Reference
- Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Crafts & Hobbies > Knitting
- Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Crafts & Hobbies > Needlework
- Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Crafts & Hobbies > Reference