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Lily Chin's Knitting Tips & Tricks: Shortcuts and Techniques Every Knitter Should Know Hardcover – October 13, 2009
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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.Read more ›
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.
While there was a lot of information in there I already knew, in almost every section, there was at least one method of doing something or resolving a problem that was new to me.
I normally check knitting books out at the library to determine if I want to buy them. I don't typically buy crafting books if I'm not going to use them repeatedly. Frankly, even if I never crack this book again as I've now read through the whole thing, I'm happy to have bought it as Chin deserves the royalties.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Must know how to knit to use this guide. If so, if is very helpfulPublished 5 months ago by Bargain lover
Not enough pictures, just a bit of drawing. I was not pleased with this book. I took my time and ordered another, same size, but with better pictures and description.Published 6 months ago by R Nelson
Just took a class from her. Everything she taught was in the book. A great teacher and a wonderful book.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Was able to see Lily in prson and thought this would be a good addition to my library.Published 8 months ago by Wendy Hagman