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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft (October 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030746105X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307461056
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

More About the Author

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 lilychinsignaturecollection.com.

Customer Reviews

I know I am going to refer to this book over and over again.
N. A. Horan
This is a great little book to have in your knitting bag for those times when you can't knit for whatever reason but still have the yearning.
Sarah R
Except ... this is Lily Chin, a woman whose hobby apparently is to rethink everything about basic knitting.
D. Boyken

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206 of 211 people found the following review helpful By Cat Bordhi on October 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
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 By Robbi Eklow on December 4, 2009
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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 By D. Boyken on June 19, 2011
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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....

(Yawn.)

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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Chandra Rogers on March 3, 2010
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I read this in one sitting. It's very easy to understand and it gives fixes for many mistakes that I always thought I would have to rip out and re-do to correct, such as incorrectly crossed cables. There were a lot of "why didn't I think of that?" tips as well, such as going and getting one skein only of the yarn you'd like to use for a project, then using a grid to figure out how many of your swatches it would take to make a sweater the size you want and using that information to figure out how much yarn to buy. Thus, you are able to get what you need all at once in one dye lot. You don't run short and you don't end up with skeins you don't need that you can't return because they've been wound into balls.

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.
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