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Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Book Hardcover – August 1, 2002


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Sixth&Spring Books; Updated edition (August 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193154316X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931543163
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 10.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The first and last word on knitting. Includes the history of knitting, knitting supplies, basic techniques, a stitch dictionary, correction of errors and much, much more. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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First published in 1932, then relaunched in 1982, Vogue Knitting have been the most trusted authority on fashion knitting, delivering expert information about knitting techniques, an insider's take on the latest trends and happenings in the knitting world and up-to-the-minute designs from the top names both in the hand-knitting industry and on Seventh Avenue. The best-selling Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Book has been the go-to reference for over 20 years, and volumes such as Vogue Knitting Shawls & Wraps, Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Sock Book, and Vogue Knitting Very Easy Sweaters, have distilled their expertise for knitters of all skill levels.

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It has clear, easy to understand written directions as well as clear illustrations.
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I highly recommend this book for anyone who's reasonably serious about knitting--beginners and experienced knitters alike.
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For anyone who knits, or is just learning to knit, Vogue Knitting is the ultimate reference book.
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463 of 467 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Dickinson on April 25, 2001
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While this is the definitive reference book for everything about knitting, I think you could actually teach yourself from this book. The illustrations and diagrams are virtually self-explanatory. When I taught myself to knit, I used Debbie Bliss' "How to Knit," but also relied on this as a supplement. While Bliss' book is extremely helpful, I found Vogue's illustrations and descriptions to be a little more precise. For example, I had been confused about how to bind off, until I referred to this book. In that case, Vogue's diagram was more clear, and I proceeded with confidence.
The layout of this book is amazing, as well. The Editors seem to instinctively place all the information you need at your fingertips. Cross references on each page and color-coding of each chapter help you flip instantly to what you need to know.
This is not just another bland reference book. There is a lot of inspiration to be found here, in addition to unparalleled advice, and the last word on any technique you can imagine. One of the best features of this book is the design workshop at the back. Nowhere have I seen a simpler, more straightforward "how-to" for design. I never imagined designing until I saw their simple chart, diagrams, calculations, and advice on the subject. Debbie Bliss' "How to Knit" has a design workshop, but it is more of an introduction/afterthought and doesn't really get you there as Vogue does.
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136 of 138 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Daneman #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 9, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is a great knitting reference because it has most techniques, from circular knitting on double point or circular needles, to fair isle color, to mosaic knitting (colorwork on garter stitch--very pretty textural color.) There is attention to measurements, style, how to do your own garments.
The pictures are large and lavish--Vogue has great photographers and artists contributing to this book. It's attractive, and encylopedic. If you are new to knitting or want to advance your skill, this is really a great reference book.
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134 of 138 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 24, 2000
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I love this book! I started knitting about a year ago, and essentially taught myself to knit using it. It is very comprehensive, from the most basic techniques to the most advanced. It has color photographs, excellent how-to diagrams, and a number of projects as well. It is a reference book that I know I will treasure for many years.It has a wealth of information, and I can't imagine myself outgrowing it. It is well worth the price.
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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful By OSG on August 22, 2001
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If you can only afford to get one knitting reference manual, let this be it! Of course, it's a good idea to have at least two manuals on the subject, however, be sure that this is one of them.
Vogue's Ultimate Knitting book is my third reference book and I wish I had come across it sooner. The diagrams and illustrations are very clear and concise, showing exactly where to put the needles and where the yarn strand goes.
It shows not just two or three ways to bind off, but several. Also, several different ways to cast-on, decrease, increase and the English and Continental method of holding the needles. As well as a left-hand way.
When I gain more courage, I hope to try the designing section. The way everything is spelled out takes away some of the fear of attempting to design your own sweater. At the back of the book there are two pages of graph paper that you can copy and use for designing or just to map out a particular tricky pattern. Helped me immensly when I was plotting out decreases on a cable pattern, helped me to see exactly what it would look like.
Also, if you are looking at a particular page and you come across a term you're not familiar with, such as "yarn-overs", at the bottom of that page the term "yarn-over" and the page number on where it can be found is right there. No more going constantly to the back of the book to look up page numbers. I found that a time-saver.
This book is just chock-full of useful information that you will surely use again and again. Buy it and happy knitting!
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130 of 138 people found the following review helpful By Rob on August 24, 2002
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this book is visually striking, with excellent photos and illustrations. content is quite comprehensive and i value the book for that alone, despite the frustration i experienced with charting typos and the difficulty of finding information.
BEWARE: there are a lot of typos in the stitch dictionary !
the indexing is poor: instead of one master index at the back of the book, there are "mini-indices" at the bottom of many pages. this is an interesting and potentially useful technique, but not a substitute for a good master index. likewise, the table of contents is anemic, supplying only the chapter titles. you have to go to the chapter in question to find a listing of the topics covered there. finally, the organization is rather odd, something i might not have noticed so much had the indexing or table of contents been better.
this is a reference for people who already have an idea of what they're doing, not really an instruction manual. for better charted patterns and stitch dictionaries, try one of barbara walker's books. begining knitters might have more positive experiences with other books.
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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Soggyinseattle on October 2, 2004
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Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Book is definitely an important reference for the beginning to intermediate knitter to have on hand, but tread carefully into the more advanced areas of the book, such as the section on designing your own sweater. I'm currently knitting a sweater of my own creation and have been using the designing section for determining the increases and decreases throughout my project. I find the instructions very confusing and somewhat lacking whereas better clarification is needed to determine the appropriate increases and decreases; try reading the instructions for determining the increases and decreases when you really need it, and you too, will be confused. Making things a bit more complicated, are the couple of typos in the designing section, and when you design your own, every calculation is important to get right. In the end, when things just get a bit too confusing, I just end-up relying on my knitting experience to get the portion of the sweater I'm working on to work out fine.

Aside from the questionable designing section, the rest of the book (most of it) has much to offer those new to knitting, especially with clear graphics and lots (hundreds?) of color photos to instruct and encourage creativity. Some of the questions it answers are: What is blocking and how do I do it? What do the international care symbols found on yarn labels mean? What do knitting abreviations mean? Why make a swatch for stitch gauge? What are some of the different methods of knitting? How do I add color? What are some stitch patterns? How do I correct dropped stitches? How is a buttonhole made? How do I cast on and bind off?
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