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Cast On, Bind Off: 54 Step-by-Step Methods; Find the perfect start and finish for every knitting project Spiral-bound – June 19, 2012
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“Knitting teacher and fiber artist Bestor turns this deceptively simple topic into a fascinating read… This is a great reference for the knitter looking to customize her own projects, and is an ideal companion for anyone who dares to try her own hand at design.”
“In the era of YouTube, how useful is a print guide to knitting cast-ons and bind-offs? Very, especially if you’re designing your own knits, looking for alternate cast-ons or bind-offs to change an existing pattern, or trying to choose among a variety of options in a pattern. [Leslie Ann Bestor’s] collection is comprehensive and well organized, and the directions are easy to follow.”
“This spiral-bound book is a gem, chock-full of techniques to improve your knitting projects from start to finish. I love the organization of the book ...In addition to the handy spiral binding - so great when you’re trying to follow along - there are photos of every step of the techniques, plus photos of projects using the techniques. Paws up!" ― Austin American Statesman's knitting blog, Knittin' Kitten
“The very best knitting books are the ones that educate, inspire and open up new knitting worlds. As so it is with "Cast On, Bind Off," a terrific new reference book that walks knitters through more than 50 -- I'll repeat that, because it merits it -- more than 50 ways to start and end your projects. … And that, folks, is why every blessed one of us needs this book. Like, now. … I've seen a number of these techniques elsewhere, but never all of them together, and absolutely never in such a clear, easy-to-use format. This is a must for any knitter's library. You'll go back to it time and again, and you'll never again have a glorious project wrecked by the wrong technique. (Anyone who's ended up with a too-tight bind off on a sweater neck knows what I'm talking about.) Buy the book. Your knitting will thank you, and you'll thank Leslie Ann Bestor for writing "Cast On, Bind Off."” ―The Oregonian’s knitting blog, OregonLive.com
“Step-by-step instructions and accompanying close-up photographs are the perfect format for this go-to guide. You’ll be amazed at what you’ve been missing!”
From the Back Cover
If you're still using the cast-on and bind-off methods you learned when you began knitting, it's time to explore new possibilities! Leslie Ann Bestor's creative edges are just what you need to begin and end every project with flair.
Choose from among 33 cast ons and 21 bind offs to give your next project the perfect edge.
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- Spiral bound
- Each CO/BO has a list of "Characteristics" (i.e., invisible beginning, can be a little loose and sloppy), and a list of "Good For"s (i.e., toe up socks, bags, top-down hats and mittens)
- Each CO/BO has a few close-up "finished" photos that show you what it's supposed to look like.
- The CO/BOs are categorized for quick reference; for example, the CO categories and number of COs referenced:
--- All Purpose (8)
--- Ribbing (moderate stretch) (4)
--- Ribbing (a lot of stretch) (8)
--- End-of-Row (5)
--- Super Stretchy (10)
--- Decorative (9)
--- Temporary & Hems (5)
--- Toe-Up Socks (3)
--- Circular (2)
--- (Note, the BOs are far fewer, 22 total)
- The book is designed pretty well & has an index
As I said, this book is not, IMO, good for learning any of the CO/BOs referenced in it. Perhaps I am spoiled by YouTube and TECHKnitter's blog (and many other *free* online resources that have set the standard, in my mind, for exceptional explanations of knitting methods), but for every CO/BO I have referenced in this book, I had to look it up on YouTube to understand how its done. Here's why:
- The instructions are very sparsely worded and quite a few times haven't made sense to me
- The photos are RIDICULOUSLY small and waaay too zoomed-out to see what the needles/yarn-strands are doing.Read more ›
"In this book you'll find 33 different cast ons and 21 different bind offs. Each technique features photographs illustrating every step". The book is small enough to take with you when working on a project and includes tips on what technique is best for certain types of projects.
The cast ons are divided into basic ones, stretchy, decorative, circular, double-sided, multicolor, provisional, tubular and mobius. The bind offs include basic, stretchy, decorative, and sewn. The photographs, drawings and diagrams are excellent and show in detail how to do each type of cast on and bind off.
As a relatively experienced knitter I thought I knew quite a bit about casting on and binding off.Read more ›
I can't recommend this book because it's mainly a photo tutorial book. As such it lives and dies based on the quality of the tutorials. Some of the explanations I found to be lacking in some of the cast ons that I know how to do.. I'm not sure I could've gotten from point A to point B by the text alone, if I didn't already know how to do it. I guess they assumed the photos speak for themselves. They don't always--partly because of the size and partly because of how they chose to show which steps, when. It needed lines or pointers or something, the way they did it, to sometimes make clear what concept went with what step. I'd urge beginners especially to steer clear of this book.
The deal breaker for me, however, is the photo size relative to the content's scale in the tutorial step-by-step shots.
I preordered this book. I was excited to get it. I love a good reference book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just what I needed! This book gives clear instructions on starting and finishing knitting projects. It was helpful to me immediately with a stretchy bind off on a sweater neck. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Jane Richards
Love love love this book. I enjoy the illustrations and the fact that it teaches you so many different ways to both cast on And bind off a project. Read morePublished 18 days ago by MomofUnicorns718
Very happy to have one book on this topic. Finishing a project is so important. I can only speak from the point of a beginner.Published 24 days ago by Carol Marciniszyn
I am still trying to get comfortable with knitting. I can do well with crochet, but have always had trouble with the Cast on in knitting. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jane
Nice to have for a quick reference. Small enough to travel yet comprehensive, covering many of the standard techniques; well organized.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Bought the kindle version. Pictures are so small, that I can't tell what any of the CO/BO edges look like. Descriptions are not enough to visualize what's to be done. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Francesca Vance
I'm a knitter and wish I had this book a long time ago. The author has done a wonderful job of organizing, illustrating, and clearly describing each step of dozens of casting on... Read morePublished 2 months ago by S. Wallace
It's a very important reference for knitters and I find it very useful having it on kindle.Published 2 months ago by Lyndal Estherby