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The Knitter's Handbook: Essential Skills & Helpful Hints from Knitter's Magazine Spiral-bound – June 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Xrx Books (June 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1893762211
  • ISBN-13: 978-1893762213
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Knitter's Magazine is a 20-year-old magazine featuring articles and projects for today's knitters.

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Customer Reviews

Stitches are shown in a multiple step formula, which is very, very clear.
A. Niebruegge
I have taught myself how to knit this book has helped me out a lot with teaching myself how to knit.
Raegan R. Ruhnke
As a beginning to intermediate knitter, I have found this book to be invaluable.
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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 30, 2005
Format: Spiral-bound
I've purchased many books in the quest to find "the one" to keep in my knitting bag at all times, and for me, "The Knitter's Handbook" was more than adequate. This book is extremely helpful for those times when you are knitting away and the pattern dictates some technique vaguely familier or completely new. This book relays such techniques in an easy-to-understand precise manner.

Frequently our ability to understand things is as unique as our personalities, so it is good to investigate many different handbooks. For my knowledge as a beginner-going on-intermediate knitter, this book went just enough beyond "Vogue Knitting, Quick Reference", without all the fluff of "Stitch'n Bitch" or Debbie Bliss' "How to Knit" (each excellent, but far too large for a knitting bag).

Couple this book with "Stitch'n Bitch, A Knitter's Design Journal" and you will be good to go for current and future projects.
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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Purlwise on July 15, 2005
Format: Spiral-bound
It's true that you can find the information from various sources but that's not a reason to exclude this one from your library.

It's a portable reference that covers most of the useful techniques needed in a normal project. When I need more in-depth info I pull out "Principles of Knitting", but it's way too big and heavy to fit in my knitting bag for a trip.

I've been looking for a portable reference that covers the more innovative ways to cast-on, bind-off, increases and etc. This book cover those techinques, which Vogue's & Interweave's portable reference don't even touch. I had the Vogue one for a while but gladly gave it away to a beginning knitter and replaced it with this one.

The durable spiral binding and size works well for me. This one will definitely last much longer than Vogue's which has a flimsy cover and is an odd size. I also appreciate the table of contents and index (which is missing from Vogue's).

I just have one suggestion. How about a loose-leaf edition?
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A. Niebruegge on November 24, 2006
Format: Spiral-bound
Ah, the search for the good knitting book. I've perused many, and this one passed. This is not a comprehensive reference guide for the super experienced knitter. This is more geared towards the beginner or intermediate knitter. I'm just starting out knitting, and when looking through the available books, there was either too many long-winded paragraphs about stuff I didn't yet want to delve into (for the experience knitter), pictures where you couldn't tell where the needle was placed, etc. I wanted something that would easily tell me what k2tog meant and how it was done. For instance, I get to a stitch I don't know, I want to look it up and be able to do it. This is a great book for that.

So, here are the plusses:

1. Durability - nice little hardback, spiral bound, with the spine extending over the spiral (the spiral is not exposed). Pages are thick and well printed.

2. Pictures:

a. graphical representations of stitches - here is where this excels. They use both light and dark gray in showing which portion of yarn you are working with. There are clear, red arrows that start at the same place your needle starts, and guide you over or under the yarn, around the yarn, etc, so that there is never a question of where the needle goes or where your yarn should be. Stitches are shown in a multiple step formula, which is very, very clear.

b. for many of the stitches, you are also shown a picture of the actual yarn sample, so that you can see the end result and will know if what you are doing is correct.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A. Lai on August 5, 2005
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First, I have to say that I **love** Knitter's Magazine and all of their publications. I consider their patterns to be the most well-written patterns in print, especially with the way they specify the major characteristics of each pattern at the begininning (e.g., sizes, measurements, yarn and needle requirements, etc.)

Soooo - that being said -- this is the definitive reference book for Knitter's Magazine and its other publications. I like having the central reference to use whenever I make up one of their patterns, not to mention other patterns and publications.

I love books, especiall knitting books, and especially knitting reference books, so this is a fine and valuable addition to my knitting reference library.
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45 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Levis knitNmama on July 5, 2005
Format: Spiral-bound
then you don't need this one. I was disappointed when I browsed this at the local bookstore. Pictures are adequate but not as well done as in Vogue Knitting, Vogue Knitting Quick Reference, or Knitting for Dummies. The information is very basic and just about all of it can be found elsewhere and with better detail. For example, the section on blocking consisted of one sentence, maybe two. Given the variety of methods of blocking and the reasons for each, this should have been 1/2 a page at least. There are much better portable reference sources available.

The only positive thing I can really say about this book is that the binding (covered spiral) and size are good for just popping in your knitting bag. Despite the more durable cover, seriously consider VKQR or The Knitters Companion by Interweave over this book.
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