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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (June 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931499047
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931499040
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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Have you seen those advertisements that say "this is the only book you'll ever need on this subject"? This new volume by Budd isn't the only knitting book you'll ever need, but one could knit hundreds of different mittens, gloves, socks, sweaters, vests, hats, and scarves from just the patterns found here. Budd is managing editor of the popular magazine Interweave Knits, and this is the book she wished she had when she worked in a yarn store and customers requested patterns made for their size with yarns available in the shop. The patterns allow the knitter to create garments in any size from toddler to extra-large adult in any weight of yarn, from fingering to bulky. The knitter has only to knit a generous swatch with yarn and needles of her/his choice and plug the resulting gauge information into the charted instructions and schematics provided. Highly recommended for all knitting collections.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

Review

"By giving us instructions... Ann Budd frees a knitter to pick up any yarn and create a custom garment." - Knitter's

"Everyone should carry a copy of this wonderful collection of basic knitting designs with them at all times!" - The Soundview Knitting Guild

"If you are looking for simple patterns in a certain size at a specific gauge, this book is for you." - Knitting at What You Need to Know About

"Pair it with a stitch pattern guide and a good technique book and you'll be set for life." - Knitter's Review

"The effect is one of a functional notebook you'll use, rather than a coffee-table book to be handled carefully." - Knitter's Review

"This book is an excellent resource...an idea that every knitter and spinner of handspun yarns has been waiting for!" - Spin2Knit


More About the Author

Ann Budd is a book editor and the former senior editor of Interweave Knits magazine. She is the author of Best of Interweave Knits, Getting Started Knitting Socks, The Knitter's Handy Book series, Simple Style, Interweave Presents Knitted Gifts, Knitting Green, and a coauthor of Bag Style, Color Style, Lace Style, and Wrap Style, all published by Interweave Press. Ann lives in Boulder, Colorado. Visit her website and blog at www.annbuddknits.com.

Customer Reviews

This is one of the most useful knitting books I have bought, and I have found the patterns to come out very well with shaping and fit.
Kindle Customer
This book allows me to do both: I can follow the blueprints here to make the basic garments or I can use them as a template for embellishments of my own.
Joanna Daneman
You will use it over and over again and you will not be sorry you spent the money on yet another knitting book that just sits on the shelf.
Sheri Smith

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281 of 282 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Daneman #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 19, 2002
Format: Spiral-bound
I have been knitting for 35 years and make everything from socks to afghans. I like to design my own patterns, but when in a hurry I like to follow a pattern "recipe." This book allows me to do both: I can follow the blueprints here to make the basic garments or I can use them as a template for embellishments of my own. Now, that is supremely useful, so right away, "The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns" got my vote as "most useful knitting book of the year." In particular, this book is great for grabbing any yarn from your (embarrassingly large) yarn stash and knitting a quick gift for someone, making a charity project or replacing yet another hat or set of mittens left on the schoolbus (one author recommends you just knit mittens in sets of three and bow to the inevitable.)
The patterns include mittens, gloves, scarves and hats to vests, pullovers and cardigans. They can be knit in yarns ranging from the lightest fingering and baby weight to chunky and bulky. Each pattern has a table, on which the vertical axis shows gauge and the horizontal the size. So it is a simple matter to take a yarn in your stash and use it for any of these patterns. (And that's good for reducing the huge pile of yarn collected over the years you may be hiding in the trunk of the car or the unused fridge in the basement.) There are also helpful technical tip sections on adding embellishments like colorwork, texture or edgings, and nice drawings of the techniques used. And there is a glossary of techniques and terms used.
This is a "handy" book, but you would still need some kind of sweater design book that gives a schematic for raglan and yoke style sweater designs. These are NOT included in this book.
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148 of 148 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 3, 2002
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I have been knitting for a year and a half and consider myself to be intermediate. How I wish this book had been available when I was first learning! Like most new knitters, I had very definate ideas on what I was going to knit but patterns do not always match imagination so I was sometimes stuck knitting from patterns that were not quite what I wanted.
In the introduction to the book, the author voices the exact same feelings, there is a need for just plain patterns. They are needed by beginners, fans of novelty yarns and for gifts when the recipient is conservative. For the most part, this book delivers.
It should be noted that other books have been written on multi-sizes/gauges for sweaters but this is the first book I have seen that is also dedicated to hats, scarves, gloves, mittens and socks. I particularly liked the basic tam pattern (something I searched high and low for as a beginner) There is a breakdown of how different decreasing methods will change the look of the tam and various ways to make the hatband. This is just one example of how useful this book is.
Now for the not so good bits. The sweater section is skimpier than I had hoped. There is only one sleeve option (set-in, I believe) and the sweater does not offer many shaping options. However, it is a marvelous canvas for color or cables though I do not suggest this tweaking for an absolute beginner. Be sure to read through the author's suggestions before undertaking a color/cable project.
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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Sheri Smith on September 8, 2002
Format: Spiral-bound
This book is another excellent resource to use with Handspun Yarns or Stash Yarns!
In this book--which will most likely revolutionize pattern writing for knitting books, Ann Budd has created a very useful tool/book for a wide variety of basic patterns which use multi-sizing and multi-gauge charts. This is an idea that every knitter and spinner of handspun yarns has been waiting for!
For many years, I've heard requests from knitters, handspinners, and yarn stash collectors asking for this very format. We WANT books that let us create! We WANT books that let us use any yarn we want! We WANT books that let us use Hand Spun Yarns!
This one is it.
Again, as seems to be one of really good trends lately , this book allows the user to choose their yarn, size, pattern, needle and gauge to create their own personal work of art. The patterns for mittens, gloves, hats, tams, scarves, socks, vests, and sweaters each include extensive size and gauge charts, accurate diagrams with measurements for each section in all sizes, quick tips which feature design alterations for each pattern, yarn suggestions, needle suggestions, and notion suggestions.
Other than the author do the actual knitting for you, Budd has given the knitting world one of the most valuable tools created in book form yet.
These are not elaborate patterns. Instead, good solid bases for the knitter to use their own creativity and imagination to create a personalized masterpiece... or just a simple basic.
As a handspinner, knitter, and stash enhancement enabler, I say "Buy This Book!". You will use it over and over again and you will not be sorry you spent the money on yet another knitting book that just sits on the shelf.
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