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The Principles of Knitting [Kindle Edition]

June Hemmons Hiatt
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)

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Now featuring new instructions, new illustrations, and new information, The Principles of Knitting—beloved by knitters everywhere and one of the most requested out-of-print books for years—finally gets the revision that fans have been clamoring for!

A treasured guide beloved by knitters everywhere, the classic book The Principles of Knitting is finally available again in a fully revised and updated edition. This is the definitive book on knitting techniques, with valuable information for everyone from beginners to experienced knitters. June Hiatt presents not only a thorough, thoughtful approach to the craft, but also a passion for carrying on the art of knitting to future generations. She has repeatedly tested the various techniques and presents them with clear, easy-to-follow instructions—as well as an explanation of what each one can contribute to your knitting. Informed by decades of experience and thousands of hours of practice, this comprehensive resource offers a variety of ways to approach every skill and technique and offers solutions that can help solve the most challenging aspects of any knitting project.

The Principles of Knitting has been totally rewritten—new instructions, new illustrations, and new information. While the basics of knitting have not changed much, June’s understanding of the material has deepened over the last twenty-five years, and she’s eager to share what she has learned with the knitting world. In addition, the book has been reorganized to make it easier to use and has a gorgeous new design.

Reading The Principles of Knitting is like having a knitting mentor by your side who can answer any knitting question you have in an honest, intelligent, informed manner.


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About the Author

June Hiatt is a reknowned knitting teacher and the author of the classic book THE PRINCIPLES OF KNITTING, considered the "bible" of knitting instruction books. She lives in San Francisco with her husband.

Product Details

  • File Size: 15787 KB
  • Print Length: 738 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1416535179
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Revised edition (February 14, 2012)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006YDG100
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160 of 163 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and Worth the Wait February 14, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have been eyeing very expensive used copies of this classic of knitting technique for years. I was overjoyed to learn that it was going to be re-issued and immediately pre-ordered this item. I was stunned when the book arrived. Complete and comprehensive doesn't even begin to describe the contents of this book it is that overwhelming.

Beginning with self-teaching methods and all of the different cast-ons and knitting techniques it progresses to stitch patterns, decreases, increases, making adjustments in fit and design based on stitch patterns, finishing techniques - just everything. Circular knitting, knitting with beads, double-knitting, making allowances for patterns with a slant or an unusual shape are just a few of the techniques and problems surveyed. Solving problems to knitting in general and specific techniques is a part of each section. Color knitting is extensively covered, not only the usual stranded and intarsia knitting but all of the different Nordic and other methods of color knitting. It is all here and more. Lavishly illustrated in clear line drawings that demonstrate the techniques this book encompasses a lifetime of knitting expertise. For every knitter who has struggled to master a new technique or fix a seemingly insoluble problem or who has created a garment or item that bore no resemblance to the photograph on the pattern, this book shows you how to troubleshoot and fix.

Principles of Knitting covers all of the technical information without which the finished product is not what was intended or envisioned. Other books cover patterns, projects and stitches, this book ensures that the patterns are completed as intended. Other books show the knitter inspriational photos of lovely garments and items, this book ensures that those projects become a reality. A must for any knitter's library and a wonderful gift for the novice knitter. Highest possible recommendation.
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99 of 101 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Knitters Rejoice! February 16, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Those of us who are "dyed in the wool" knitters have been offered a treasure trove of spectacular books within the last 12 months, but this one, "The Principles of Knitting" tops my list of must-have volumes. Here's my take on June Hemmons Hiat's revised foundational volume:

PROS:

1. "Principles" starts at the beginning (e.g., how-tos, including knitting methods, cast-on, cast-off, selvages, and more basics) and proceeds to the most complex. She has included all the basics every knitter needs to understand.

2. Many knitting writers stress the importance of starting each project with a gauge swatch, but this volume includes a series of photos of swatches made with different yarns and weights. We know (from being told so often) we should always make the swatch, but often we are so ready to get going that we skip this most important step with sometimes sorry results. Now you can see why you must do this before plunging right into your pattern.

What was news to me is simple common sense that I have been woefully lacking - dress the swatch. Of course! It makes perfect sense that your swatch should reflect the same finishing that you'll apply to the finished garment. And that would explain why, sometimes, my garments do not exactly mirror my swatches.

3. I've recently had a bear of a time picking up stitches to finish a hemmed neckline and hemmed armholes. My problem? Getting the picked up stitches exactly even on each side. Now I can do it with ease by picking up all stitches and decreasing as necessary - perfect! Why didn't I think of that before.

4. Not everyone becomes an avid knitter, but, for those who do, the time inevitably arrives when they want to knit their own original designs.
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74 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommend February 15, 2012
By Erika
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The original edition of "The Principles of Knitting" had been the most useful and understandable knitting guide that I ever found. I checked it out of the library several times (when I lived in a town where the library had a copy). I've been wanting my own copy of the book for something like 15 years, but used copies have been *very* expensive. Now not only is this great book back in print, it's an updated 2nd edition.

If you haven't seen the first edition: What you should know is that it's a big, thorough reference book (check out the Amazon "Look Inside" preview, where you can see the table of contents) with clear instructions and good drawings and photographs (there are 900+ illustrations, mostly fairly small). The photographs are black-and-white, and the drawings are black-and-white or black-and-white with added detail in a third tone (rust). It doesn't have the stunning color pictures that a lot of knitting books have, but aside from having an experienced knitter show you a technique in person, it's the best knitting help I've found.

If you're familiar with the first edition, here's what's different: The author (as she tells in the introduction) rewrote and refined the content throughout the book and also added new material. The book is 100 pages longer than before. There's some show-through of the printing on the opposite sides of the pages---it's not especially distracting but it's not ideal. I don't have the first edition to compare it to, so I can't say whether the paper quality is actually worse.

The binding of my copy seems fine, by the way. (I noticed another reviewer said that theirs didn't appear to be very sturdy.)

I've never posted a review before, but I had to for this book because I think it's so outstanding.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
bought as refence
Published 1 hour ago by ds
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you want to know and a lot you don't even need!
There isn't anything knitting related that you can't find in this book. It is clear, concise, and a must-have resource.
Published 13 days ago by Laurie W
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must!
I own the original, and even though I would never get rid of it, there is a lot of new information and worth the price. Read more
Published 28 days ago by klc
5.0 out of 5 stars everything you need for knitting if you are not a ...
everything you need for knitting if you are not a beginner and even if you are this is the book to get
Published 1 month ago by ELizabeth Bennethum
5.0 out of 5 stars so you might as well buy the best, and the original
it's not the same as the original, but you can buy a used copy NOW for $30-35...

that said, this has a TON of new stuff, and is THE encyclopedia of doom, if you are a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kindling
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Superb resource. Well written, thoroughly researched, a classic knitter's reference book.
Published 1 month ago by River Weaver
3.0 out of 5 stars Jury out on this one
Not sure about this book yet. not a lot of pictures and tI get tired of trying to figure out what she is saying and how to do the technique. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cheryl Booton
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite knitting reference book
My favorite knitting reference book. Too dry to read through but an awesome resource for looking up individual tips and tricks.
Published 1 month ago by A. Endicott
3.0 out of 5 stars It's Alright for a Textbook
This book is a text book. You must go into it knowing that or be disappointed. The terminology eschews the more colloquial terms, and while the author goes out of her way to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. Eiland
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great beginner book and a great reference for experienced knitters. Very easy to follow.
Published 2 months ago by Brenda A. Keller
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