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Big Book of Knitting Paperback – Bargain Price, June 30, 2001
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Knitting is such a fun hobby! I have enjoyed the patterns and designs in this book. It has helped me relax and enjoy my surroundings. Read morePublished 15 days ago by LAUNA STOUT- Children'sBooks.BellaOnline
Have not had time to use it yet. The pictures are fun to look at.Published 6 months ago by LongingForPeace
I really love this book. I am still a beginner with knitting and there are a lot of techniques I still need to learn. Read morePublished 11 months ago by The Holmesian TimeLady
Possibly really helpful to many people, but I just got the Hiatt book and that one has me really impressed.Published 14 months ago by Jean