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Big Book of Knitting Paperback – June 30, 2001
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From Library Journal
Originally published in Germany in 1996, this is a lavishly illustrated knitting reference particularly strong in its coverage of both basic techniques like increasing and decreasing and more advanced techniques like knitting cables without a cable needle, working with charts, and placing sleeve increases in openwork patterns. Garments illustrating techniques covered in the book and a section of stitch patterns round out the content of this excellent knitting reference that should find a place on the shelves of all public library knitting collections.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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English speaking knitter.
The vocabulary and phraseology used by German knitters is apparently so different form that used by American's that some
things just make no sense. For example on page 26 it says "I recommend selvedge stitches that are knit twice,
that is, in every row rather than selvedge stitches that are knit once." What in the world does "knit twice" mean here.
I can knit twice into one stitch. I can knit a row twice. I can knit twice as many stitches. But 'knit twice'
must mean something different to a German knitter.
However the pictures and diagrams almost make up for the prose. Once you wade though the words and figure out what the author
meant, and maybe add your own notes in the margins, this book could become a valuable reference. There is a lot of information
and ideas in this book. The picture are beautiful and I want to try knitting more of the stitches and patterns shown
than I will ever have time for... after translating the directions into American knitting jargon.
The pictures are clear as well. I was VERY pleasantly surprised that I could actually use the book for techniques I was unsure of such as the Kitchener cast on.
The book is old but old is not a handicap for a craft such as knitting.
I have had this book a long time, and I, too, thought it was too advanced for me -- until today.
Then, something clicked while reading this book and looking at Buss's plentiful photos. And I have just completed my first "meaningful" knitting project.
It was simple. It was just a hat, but it's a hat that fits ME! That I like, that I designed (simply) for myself, and actually, also for my neighbor who works in a nearby factory that has no heat in the shipping room.
Things I never understood about knitting -- because my aunt lived in Oklahoma City and I lived out here in New Mexico -- suddenly were explained.
It's like she's filling in the gaps of things I never knew... right down to how to make one of those big fluffy thick pom-poms!
So I say, my E-Z (Elizabeth Zimmerman) knitting moment turned out to be a K-B (Katharine Buss) knitting moment while reading The Big Book of Knitting.
I know I don't know everything yet, but the door has cracked open, and I'm on my way.
I DON'T recommend this book for beginners (unless you're willing to hang onto this book for as long as 20 or more years... ) BUT it has helped me, and I'm very happy and excited and I know I'll never knit the same again!
This book was a bit on the expensive side, however I will be adding it to my library because knitting is a renewed interest for me. I have been crocheting for years and decided I wanted to knit socks when I began having trouble finding socks to fit my extra large size feet. Womans socks are pretty, and pretty small, too.
I have ordered 5 or 6 more books to see if I can find one that can teach me how to knit better so I can be proud of my projects. I am looking for a book that offers visual instruction, pattern adjusting and lots of projects for circular needles.
I gave this 4 stars because it is a beautiful book to look at and I hope I understand it better someday soon. Good luck to all who find their way to the world of string.