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Lily Chin's Knitting Tips and Tricks: Shortcuts and Techniques Every Knitter Should Know [Kindle Edition]

Lily Chin
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Toss Lily into your project bag and bring her stitching savvy, troubleshooting techniques, and no-frills know-how wherever your knitting takes you!

Are you one of the thousands of Lily Chin converts who swear by her legendary Tips & Tricks classes? Or are you an avid knitter in search of a portable, accessible technique guide?

Knitters of every level will love Lily Chin's Knitting Tips & Tricks for its simple solutions to everyday knitting problems. Covering everything from knitting standards and conventions to working with various types of yarns to fixing stitch mistakes, Lily's book is a comprehensive distillation of her decades of experience, and by the end of it she will have answered knitting questions that you didn't even know you had. 

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About the Author

Lily Chin, named a "Master Knitter" by Vogue Knitting International, has designed knitwear for magazines and yarn companies for nearly 25 years and she has worked with designers Ralph Lauren and Vera Wang. Her work has been on the backs of celebrities and super models, such as Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell. She is the author of four books.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3421 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft (January 12, 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004I6DFRC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #325,303 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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206 of 211 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lily gives jewels to knitters October 17, 2009
Knitters who have been around for a while know that Lily Chin is a prolific technical innovator and has a gift for expressing information exceptionally clearly. And so I am thrilled to see what I hope are the first of Lily's technique-sharing books (she has written Crochet Tips & Tricks as well).

I am a very advanced knitter; I write knitting books and teach unusual knitting techniques to hundreds of clever knitters every year, but I knew I would learn something new and valuable when I opened Lily's book. And I did. Not to give away Lily's secrets, but I want to make my point:

Page 74: A 6-inch square swatch will not behave like a 6-inch section of a garment, because the swatch weighs so little that gravity doesn't tug at it. But that same 6-inch section of a garment has the entire garment's weight pulling at it, lengthening and narrowing the gauge. What's a knitter to do? Lily has you weigh the 6-inch swatch, then use a scale (at the grocery if need be) to weigh out 3 times the swatch's weight in clothespins, brooches, or earrings. Attach these as weights to the bottom edge of the swatch, pin the swatch up by the top edge, and let it sit for a few hours. Then measure the gauge of the swatch, which now reveals how a 24-inch (sweater length) garment will really behave. Practical, ingenious, and life-saving.

page 115: I am very fond of spit-splicing, a roll-in-your-palm technique that can be used on any yarns that will felt, but what if you are using a yarn that doesn't felt? There are various methods (and Lily shares several in this section) but here's one I had never heard of nor had any idea could be done: needle-felting non-animal fibers as a splicing technique. I can't wait to try it.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
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I have a lot of knitting books, but I haven't finished a lot of projects because I am clueless about a lot of things. I had no idea you should reel out some extra yarn when you cast on in order to give you yardage to seam things! I was so delighted to be able to start a center pull skein without pulling out a big chunk using her hints. Totally worth the small expense for the book. I'd like to see more techique books by Lily.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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This is one of those books that is deceptively simple. Oh, yes, knitting tips and tricks, sure. Gee, look, she talks about casting-on, casting off, and the fan-favorite, right-leaning decreases....


Because, yes, you would be forgiven for thinking that everything in here has been done and said already, somewhere else. How many basic knitting references does one person need, anyway?

Except ... this is Lily Chin, a woman whose hobby apparently is to rethink everything about basic knitting. "Knitters do it this way, but what if they did this instead? Is there a better way? Faster? Different? Do we have to do this at all?"

I'll tell you, I have a nice collection of books of knitting techniques, suggestions, tips, advice, and guidance, but reading through this one, I still learned things I didn't know before, or had concepts presented to me that I hadn't expected.

Was every tip or explanation an unheard-of gem? Well, no. There's definitely some overlap between this and other books. And Lily Chin definitely has her own opinions about the way things should be done. It's possible you won't always agree with them. However, since she gives you her reasons for them, you can make an educated decision. "I don't like to do decreases that way, but I'll file that away for future reference."

The book is thorough. It covers a lot of material, from basic knowledge about yarn weights and terminology to the best buttonholes. Like I said, there are definitely techniques in here that I did not already know, and even if I had, visiting with Lily Chin's way of thinking for a while can only be beneficial. There's a reason she has a reputation of being a master, after all.
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35 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem of a little book October 18, 2009
By A. Bish
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I consider myself a very well read knitter. And my bookshelf will attest to that proclamation. There are many tips and tricks in this book that I have never seen written anywhere else. Some of them I already knew from personal experience, but many many more were new to me. I'm really glad Lily wrote this book. I think it is useful for knitters at a lot of different levels.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Tips and Tricks December 17, 2009
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I was expecting this to be a book for knitters with experience and have more tips and tricks. For anyone who is not a novice knitter too much time was spent on the basics: yarns, needles, etc. There were some good tips - just not enough of them. Is she saving them for her classes or another book?
Also, page numbers are tiny and buried in little flower designs - cute, but really hard to read. This is supposed to be a practical book and clever graphics should be last on the list of what's important.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what I was hoping for December 20, 2010
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My first problem with this little book is probably really my own problem. A number of people said that the book would have been easier to use had it been bound differently. But I said to myself "how bad can it really be. It's a knitting book after all." Well, it's pretty bad. It WILL NOT STAY OPEN. I finally resorted to putting heavy rubber bands over each side of the book and then holding it with a special book holder that I have. THIS IS NOT CONVENIENT WHEN YOU ARE SITTING IN YOUR EASY CHAIR TRYING TO KNIT AND READ A TIP OR SET OF INSTRUCTIONS AT THE SAME TIME.

My second problem is also probably my own fault. I was hoping for some good ideas on fixing problems after the fact. If that is what you are looking for, this is not your book.

However, the book does have a number of useful tips and tricks (see title which says it all). I already knew about a good number of them but there were some new ones for me too. I'm sort of an intermediate type of knitter and am always looking for ways to improve my skills. I think I would have liked a different book better.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars IT'S A KEEPER
Published 2 months ago by Gigi's Mom
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good reference go to book
Published 2 months ago by Suzanne Nelson
4.0 out of 5 stars learned a lot!
I am a long time knitter that never learned the little professional tricks that make all the difference in the knit project. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jeano
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent - I find I return to check out how to do things all the time. Highly recommend it.
Published 2 months ago by Valerie
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting
Very interesting book with pics to explain techniques. I really enjoyed it and would buy other books by this author.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Something for everyone here GREAT book for beginners and advanced knitters as well. Highly recommended! Excellent book. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Marie Mccullough
5.0 out of 5 stars A book for all knitters of all levels
I was at a convention and took a class by Lily Chin entitled the same. Of course the book is not as good as as being in person with her! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mary
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for every knitter
Lilly pairs her knitting knowledge with her quick wit and humor to give the knitter an abundance of shortcuts and practical time saving tips. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Darlene Matthews
1.0 out of 5 stars Next to useless for an experienced knitter
I enjoy Chin's video on reversible cables and thought I'd find this useful but no. Very little new info for anyone whose been knitting for awhile.
Published 9 months ago by AbbyArts
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Help!
This book is a wonderful help. It has excellent tips for adding new colors when knitting. I was making a scarf and was unsure of how to change colors. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Betty Coleman
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LILY CHIN was named a "Master Knitter" by Vogue Knitting International and has designed knitwear for magazines and yarn companies for more than 25 years. She has worked alongside several of the world's most accomplished fashion designers. She is the author of four previous books. Visit her online at


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