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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. This actually pisses me off because there is TONS of space around the photos for more photos or larger photos. Also, these photos clumsily attempt to "line up" with the steps they are associated with; however, there are no notations in the photos to reference back to the step in which they belong. It's also not readily apparent which part of the corresponding step the photo belongs to as some of the steps have many comma-delimited parts.
In summary, I see this publication as a glorified reference book, and not a terribly bad one, but it, for me, is not at all a how-to. On the cover it states the book has 54 "step-by-step" methods, but the step-by-steps feel lacking and lazy, especially compared to the decent work done on organizing its content. Interestingly, the book references specific YouTube videos in its Resources appendix. It would have been nice to have those inline with their corresponding CO/BO, however. If half-stars were permitted, I would give it 2.5 stars.
I've got more knitting pattern books than is rational for anyone to have, and more yarn than many knit shops.
So when I buy a knitting book, it has to be really, really useful. And this one is. Really, really useful.
First - the reviewers who say they can't see or use the charts should likely have their cataracts removed. I did and this book is totally useable. Don't know what they're talking about!
Second - You've gotta love a book that fits in your knitting bag. I take it with me to knit gatherings and have used it dozens of times to help someone solve a cast on or bind off dilemma.
3rd - I like the fact that each type is in it's own category, and that there are several choices within each category.
4th - There are other, perhaps more comprehensive tomes on cast on, bind offs...but really...who wants to drag a 5 lb book along with you whenever you go to your knit group, shop, seminar etc.
Each technique includes a description, characteristics, suggestions for use, good photos and instructions for working, and hints for "getting it right." I like the lay-flat binding and the size is perfect to tuck into your knitting bag. This is an excellent reference book for any knitter, novice to experienced.
A lot of my issues had to do with how I cast on and bound off. This book has been a real eye-opener and a wonderful instruction guide. There are 54 different methods with written instructions and photographs. It is a smaller size so it is easy to carry in my “to-go” bag. It is spiral bound which makes it easier to keep the book open to the way you are looking at.
It is a great resource and one that I will be buying for my younger daughter who has recently taught herself to knit as well.