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Big Book of Knitting Paperback – Bargain Price, June 30, 2001

4.2 out of 5 stars 103 customer reviews

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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling; 1st Pbk. Ed edition (June 30, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806963174
  • ASIN: B004KABJJM
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,596,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jennifer Dickinson on May 17, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I know you're thinking that, since you already own Vogue Knitting, you don't need this. I thought so, too, until I picked it up. Just like Vogue Knitting, this is a comprehensive encyclopedia of knitting techniques. It will also give you a lot of good ideas for your own designs, or to adapt existing patterns (even making sizes that aren't in the pattern).
While both books are equally good, The Big Book is probably a little more user-friendly (i.e., less like a textbook), especially for those who don't like/need color coding or cross references. Buss groups topics logically, and the book is *full* of color illustrations as well as photographs. She also shows techniques (such as kitchener ribbing) that are not included in Vogue Knitting.
One of the best features of this book is Buss' detailed discussion of making gloves and mittens. If you have never made them before, read this before starting your pattern. Buss gives you a breakdown of measurements, techniques and tips that will help you decipher a pattern or design your own. She goes into similar detail for finishing techniques and designer touches (more ways to make a bobble than you can shake a stick at), which will help you make your projects look truly professional - or better.
I also liked Buss' explanation of the Entrelac technique. I think her descriptions and illustrations were easier to understand than in Debbie Bliss' "How to Knit." Buss uses photographs to show you how to create the woven look, which provided a clearer explanation than Bliss' diagrams.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
If you own this book, you'll probably never have to seek counsel at a yarn shop again. Clear, pictorial, step-by-step directions for all the shaping, finishing, fixing, patterning, edging, facing, hemming, embellishing, casting on/off, increasing, decreasing techniques one could ever want are presented impeccably. The simple, secret tips that would have made your last piece look professional, that would have turned your last project into a finished garment instead of a bundle of front-back-plus-a-sleeve-and-a-half are all here. How I wish I had had this book before now. An amazingly compendious collection of intricate stitch patterns is included, but don't expect a gallery of sweaters to copy, that's not the purpose of this book.
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Format: Hardcover
This is definitely a more advanced book. If you are looking to expand your repertoire of knitting skills, then this book is for you. I wish I'd had this book years ago. Until I purchased this book, I had never tried pockets or different collar styles. I had always wanted to try these things but didn't have a reference book that really explained these techniques well. Thanks to this book, I'm now on my way to some more professional designs and techniques. It's opened up endless design possiblities for me!
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Format: Paperback
The list of basic reference books for knitters is pretty short. I've owned and used Vogue Knitting for years. Montese Stanley's book never quite worked for me. And, sure, I'd love a copy of Hiatt's Principles of Knitting (but not at the three figure prices asked on e-bay). So it's good that Katharina Buss has added a solid alternative in this category. It's even better that it's now out in trade paperback for those on a budget (or trying to justify buying another basic reference book).
First, let me join the other reviewers in saying that this is NOT a book for novices or beginners. There are some pages that are applicable but most of the information is complicated enough to create a risk of scaring a new knitter away from knitting forever. This is a very good book for knitters who are ready to add polish to their knitting or want to alter existing patterns. Even this thirty year knitter found some new tricks in this book.
Thumbing through the book, here are some highlights (and things I don't recall being in my copy of Vogue Knitting): 1. A list of cleaning symbols and other good tips on caring for finished garments. 2. A detailed section on edges and hems - now that styles allow for looks other than plain ribbing. 3. Several alternatives for facing - definately for the experts but facings create a great look. 4. Fifteen pages on necklines - great for the knitter with a pattern with an ugly neckline. 5. A section on putting in zippers. 6. Sections on shaker stitch, intarsia, and entrelac. 7. A big section on short rows. 8. A section on embossed ribs (think Coogi sweaters).
Bottom-line: I'll certainly get my money's worth out of this book over time. Vogue Knitting will probably stay my primary reference just because it's such an old friend. This book was originally written in German and the main complaint I've heard about it is that some of the written instructions suffer in the translation.
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By A Customer on January 29, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book would be great for someone who already knits well enough to not need it. As a beginner to intermediate knitter, ( one sweater, hats, mittens and doll clothing), I bought this book because it was recommended for beginners, and I still don't know much beyond the basics. I found the written instructions difficult or impossible to follow, and the illustrations seem to jump from step one to step four, leaving you to wonder how they got there. I spent 2 hours, with yarn and kneedles, trying to guess how to do the various forms of selvedge, with no luck. I really tried to like this book, but it was extremely frustrating. If you already knit well and would like to learn more advanced techniques, and improve your finishing and design skills, this is a good book. If you are a beginner, save this book until you gain more skills.
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