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The Knitter's Companion (The Companion Series) Spiral-bound – September 1, 1996

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"Small enough to stow in your bag, [this] compact spiral-bound guide offers on-the-spot answers to all of your stitching questions." -- Family Circle’s Easy Knitting

"The best of the latest crop…has the basics on casting on, casting off, seaming and things...you need to know." -- The News & Observer

About the Author

Vicki Square is the author of The Knitter’s Companion and Knit Great Basics. Her work has been featured in Spin-Off and Fashion Knitting magazines. She won the 1990 National Knitting Contest and has since shown her pieces in juried art shows in Colorado, Oregon, and Illinois. She regularly teaches knitting workshops and exhibits in galleries and juried shows. She lives in Fort Collins, Colorado.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Companion Series
  • Spiral-bound: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave Press (September 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883010136
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883010133
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #694,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Vicki Square is the author of The Knitter's Companion and Knit Great Basics. Her work has been featured in Spin-Off and Fashion Knitting magazines. She won the 1990 National Knitting Contest and has since shown her pieces in juried art shows in Colorado, Oregon, and Illinois. She regularly teaches knitting workshops and exhibits in galleries and juried shows. She lives in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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84 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Erica on January 9, 2002
Format: Spiral-bound
I love this book. I refer to this book for help on which way a decrease slants to easy-to-understand explanations for my beginning knitting class handouts. I never thought such a small knitting book could contain so much wonderful information. It's small enough to throw in your knitting bag, but it contains almost all of the information you would need from a bigger book. If the Knitter's Companion doesn't have what I'm looking for, it usually tides me over until I can get home and consult my Vogue Knitting book. I've only had to wait once, so it's definitely a very helpful little book. I love the gauge ruler and needle-size helper (can't think of the right word) in the back. If you want one book to help you with all of the little knitting things that you need to know to be a successful knitter or to consult for a quicker refresher -- this is your book.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Dianne Foster HALL OF FAME on January 17, 2005
Format: Spiral-bound
Add the KNITTER'S COMPANION and the CROCHETER'S COMPANION to your work basket and you will have most of the basics and then some at your finger tips wherever you go. The KC has a lovely gauge in the back that will help you determine the size of your knitting needle (if you don't know it) and the number of stitches you need to make per inch to reach a certain gauge. The book also includes all sorts of other information you might have determined before you left the house, such as `finished chest measurements' and `yarn choices'. The pages of this little book are heavy and covered with plastic, so it will add weight to your yarn bag.

The illustrations are a mixed bag. Some are clear and large so easy enough to see, but many of the more complex steps are small and hard to see (do I really need a large clear illustration of `slipping a stitch' and a small hard to see illustration of the `Purl Stitch-Continental Method?). Given the tradeoff between the weight of the book and likelihood I will use much of the material given my lack of knitting experience, I figure it's better to carry `Stitch and Bitch' with me on those excursions to the doctor's office. When I am more accomplished, I will bring this little book along.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 4, 1999
Format: Spiral-bound
I've been knitting for awhile but always have problems with correcting mistakes. This book shows with easy text and good diagrams how to take out stitches and pick up dropped stitches. I'm just learning socks and the diagram for Kitchener stitch is good too. I was never very good seaming but have improved dramatically because of these easy directions. This little book stays in my knitting bag no matter what I'm working on. Experienced knitter's would probably not find this book of much use.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By T. Bikerman on March 29, 2000
Format: Spiral-bound
I have recently started to knit, and had several books and patterns that supposedly showed what to do. This book has the clearest illustrations of what is actually going on with the yarn and needles I have come across. It also has everything I have needed so far. Need to increase? There are several methods shown. Want to try Continental knitting instead of American? This is where I learned it. I can't emphasize how great this book is. Just let me say it is ALWAYS in my bag, and is as cherished as my grandmother's crochet hook!
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 22, 2001
Format: Spiral-bound
This book is definitely in my shopping cart after using the library's copy. Why get it when you have the Vogue Knitting ref you may ask? I was starting to do paired decreases and increases in a sweater with shaping and it was just so much easier to flip the spiral bound pages in this 5"x7" compact book than having Vogue Knitting laying on my lap. Also, the instructions in this book are concise and clear accompanied by well-drawn illustrations. Besides increases and decreases, this book covers other topics that usually have me running to a full size knitting reference, e.g., kitchener, short-rowing, various seaming methods. It may not have an exhaustive explanation for each technique but it is enough to jog one's memory. Another plus: even though the pages are small, the type is large and dark enough to pose no strain for a middle aged person.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By lesa on June 27, 2004
Format: Spiral-bound
This wonderful little flipbook is the perfect thing to carry along in your knitting bag. It is the perfect thing for looking up that pattern stitch that you never heard of, or don't understand. The book can easily be propped up as a hands free reference while you are knitting.
There is a needle size tool and a ruler for helping you check your gauge as well.
All knitters should have a handy reference book, and this is a good one. New knitters, this book covers the basics, but it is not written as a learn to knit text. This is a reference only book.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca on September 22, 2005
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
This book has a lot of pros: small size-it's easy to carry around in your bag, binding- it's bound with a heavy duty spiral binding which makes it very easy to open to a page and leave it open for reference, gauge - in the back there is a heavy cardboard stich gauge and needle sizer (extremely helpful!), contents - cover a lot of basics and techniques that you may need to refer back to. The only con I would list for this book is that you would also need another guide for some techinques like different ways to drop or add stitches (the book only shows one). Overall, I would recommend this book for a knitter that may be just starting on one of their first projects, but an intermediate knitter looking for more advanced techniques should look elsewhere.
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