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The Knitting Answer Book: Solutions to Every Problem You'll Ever Face; Answers to Every Question You'll Ever Ask Paperback – October 1, 2005

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Editorial Reviews


“Absent a live-in grandma or an all-night craft store, it can be hard to get solutions to your knitting and crocheting problems when you need them.  That’s where The Knitting Answer Book…comes in.   Th[is] handy volume addresses myriad issues that can arise in the middle of a needlework project.”  – McClatchy Tribune wire service


“Crafty consumers who have a knack for …knitting…should consider…The Knitting Answer Book.  The pocket-sized book touts ‘solutions to every problem you’ll ever face and answers to every question you’ll ever ask’.  Author Margaret Radcliffe, an experienced knitter and knitting teacher provides the answers.” – San Diego Family magazine


“[an] excellent solution-oriented ‘Answer Book’ guide goes beyond most craft titles, providing answers to common questions and problems.  Margaret Radcliffe’s The Knitting Answer Book covers problem-solving techniques for knitting tangles, from handling twisted knitting and increase/decrease directions to controlling fabric qualities.  …[H]ighly recommended pick.” – Library Bookwatch


“What avid knitter hasn’t come across a problem or question – usually at the most inconvenient time—at some point in their knitting?  With its clear, detailed answers to hundreds of knitting quandaries, this book will come to the rescue.”

n  Lewiston (ME) Sun-Journal


“Margaret Radcliffe’s The Knitting Answer Book seek[s] to take the place of [a] helpful friends by anticipating and answering some of the most common questions crafters have.  The book covers the basics of forming stitches, shaping and blocking, as well as more advanced techniques.  One … should be on every fiber lovers bookshelf.”  -- BookPage


About the Author

Margaret Radcliffe is the author of The Essential Guide to Color Knitting Techniques, The Knowledgeable Knitter, and the bestsellers The Knitting Answer Book and Circular Knitting Workshop. She regularly teaches throughout the country about everything from beginner’s basics to knitting design. She is particularly interested in promoting creativity and independence in all knitters and maintains the website www.maggiesrags.com.

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Product Details

  • Series: Answer Book (Storey)
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; 1St Edition edition (October 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580175996
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580175999
  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 1 x 6.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (350 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

A knitter for 50 years, a designer for 30, and a teacher for 25, Margaret Radcliffe is the author of the bestselling Knitting Answer Book (Storey Publishing, 2005), The Essential Guide to Color Knitting Techniques (Storey Publishing, 2008), Circular Knitting Workshop (Storey Publishing, 2012), and The Knowledgeable Knitter (Storey Publishing, 2014). In 1997, Margaret founded Maggie's Rags and publishes a line of knitting patterns under that name.

Margaret's books explore knitting techniques in a depth well beyond what's usually presented and do so in a way that makes both the techniques and their appropriate uses clear to readers. As a designer, her specialty is rewarding garments that look complicated but rely on the simplest knitting techniques. As a publisher, she focuses on patterns that help knitters learn new techniques and improve their skills. As a teacher, Margaret enthusiastically teaches everything from beginning knitting to garment design, and is acclaimed for her ability to help all knitters to become independent and creative.

Margaret's many teaching venues include the John C. Campbell Folk School, The Knitting Guild Association (TKGA), The National Needlearts Association (TNNA), The Madrona Fiberarts Winter Retreat, Webs, cruise ships and windjammers, and shops and fiber guilds across the U.S. and occasionally in Canada.

For more information on events and knitting patterns visit www.maggiesrags.com

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I have been waiting for someone to finally review this book, but I gave up and ordered it. So here I go with a quick review. I was looking for something to throw in my knitting bag, and since I have the big Vouge knitting book I decided to go with a completely different type of book. The Knitting Answer Book fits the bill. It has a Q & A formatting, a bit unusual, but some of the questions are straight out of my own mouth. The book is divided into the following 13 chapters: Casting On, The Basics, Binding Off, Tools, Yarn, Reading Patterns, Pattern Stitches, Circular Knitting, Color, Shaping, Fitting, Finishing, and Embellishments. I was mostly interested in the Finishing chapter, it has helpful hints on blocking and sewing, which are my problem areas.

Most of the info probably won't be new to a well seasoned knitter, but if you like reading about knitting in general, and like to learn little new tricks, this might be the book for you. The only thing I don't like about the book is that the binding is a bit rigid, and hard to prop open. 4.5 stars.
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Even though I am a seasoned knitter, I love this book. It is easy to slip into any bag and the solutions are very easy to understand with diagrams. It is almost like having an expert right in your pocket. Casting on, binding off, pattern reading, colors, shaping, basics and more all packed into this 386 page book. Be sure to add this one to your knitting library.
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I am an experienced knitter and somewhat questioned whether this book would be worthwhile for me. I am delighted! Its small enough to fit in anyone's knitting bag. It has a very durable binding that you can open all the way without cracking the book's spine. It has a lot of information and easily read diagrams. There is enough basic information for beginners, but I learned a few things the first time I read. For example, it explains and diagrams how to pick up a dropped stitch in the cast on row whether you use long tail or cable cast on. I always thought I had to start all over. If you're knitting with 200 or 300 stitches, it saves a lot of time. Highly recommeded.
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I was so excited when I first saw this book that I snapped it up right away, and like most of the people who have already reviewed it, I keep it in my knitting bag. You know, for emergencies. I am, however, sad to say that this book has disappointed me time and again when I've turned to it for help and guidance. I believe this book is meant to be a reference book, that is, something you pick up and flip to the appropriate topic, rather than reading it cover to cover. The problem is that with most reference books a great deal of care and thought has been put into the book's format, organization, and indexing, the better to help the reader find what they need fast. The organization of this book is haphazard, which may or may not stem from the fact that the format is Q and A, which is not always the most straightforward way to get at a problem. The index is likewise very poor, leading me to wonder whether Ms. Radcliffe wrote it herself or whether she allowed the publisher to provide her with a professional indexer, with the latter being common and prefered practice. Every time I've tried to look something up in the index I either haven't found it or, after sheer guessing, have found it hidden under some other entry. For example, if you are new to knitting and your pattern calls for you to knit into front and back, how are you to know that looking for that topic in the index under K for Knit will yield nothing, and that you must instead look under I for Increase? Cross-referencing would help you find it faster, but there are very, very few cross-references in this index.

Perhaps a second and revised edition would be better.
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I admit that I carry this book in my knitting bag, and use it often, but I find it very frustrating to do so. I'm surprised at how highly it is rated by so many knitters. I bought it to be a reference quide that would be informative and thorough--more than a glossary, but still small enough to be carried in my knitting bag. It is thorough, informative, and compact, but as a reference guide it is lacking. For me, as a reference guide, the question and answer format is clumsy and gets in the way of finding information. That's not a big deal and I would overlook that if the index was robust and enabled me to look things up quickly, but that's the frustrating thing about this book. I'm not a novice, but I'm not always sure exactly what an abbreviation means or maybe I need to brush up on a technique I haven't used in 6 months or I wonder if there is a better way to do something. So I go to the index with a keyword in mind, but too often, it's not there; I have to think about what broader topic would include the information I'm looking for and work backwards. Given the way the information is organized, that isn't always easy and I've found myself skimming chapter after chapter to find something that should be an easy thing to look up.

As I said, I wanted more than just a glossary and when I do find what I am looking for I appreciate the detailed instructions and clear illustrations. I'm impressed with the amount of info in such a small book and there are lots of answers here. The problem is that most of the answers will only be found if you sit down and read the book chapter by chapter. If you have a specific question in mind, it will be hit or miss trying to find the answer.
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