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Donna Kooler's Encyclopedia of Knitting (Leisure Arts #15914) (Donna Kooler's Series) Paperback – March 1, 2004
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The Knitting Pattern Gallery shows pages and pages of various pattern swatches with instructions on how to make each of them. I find making a swatch a really good thing to do before I become immersed (and embroiled) in a larger project. Some of these patterns are quite complicated and definitely beyond the skills at hand of the new knitter. Others are doable. If you are working on a complex pattern and want a little guidance, Kooler's books are handy to have nearby. I refer to them all the time. Sometimes you just need to see a stitch up close to determine whether or not you can tackle it. ***** for patterns; **** for projects
I'll be knitting the a few of the patterns from it very soon: the fulled baby mary janes, the fulled hat, and the fulled sheep with my handspun yarns.
Buy it! You won't regret it.
That's my humble experienced knitter's opinion and I'm stickin' to it!
Unfortunately, almost every pattern I've tried so far has had at least one error in the instructions. I'm glad I didn't try the beaded scarf, as another reviewer did--I'm not sure I'm resourceful enough to recreate the pattern myself.
In addition to the huge number of errors I've found so far, I also feel like the book is rather poorly organized. It's hard to find the information your looking for, due to the way the book is set up.
If anyone can recommend something equally comprehensive that isn't full of mistakes, I'd be happy to hear about it.
The list of tips, instructions, and the stitch gallery are pretty exhaustive, though you might be able to find more complete books dedicated solely to one of the aforementioned topics. Nevertheless, Kooler's inclusion of all these things, and her coverage of each one, makes this a really good reference book to have on your shelf.
I definitely recommend this book as something every single knitter should have in their stash of patterns and reference books.
If you need instructions on how to learn to knit, I recommend the first "Stitch 'N Bitch" by Debbie Stoller or The Complete Idiot's Guide to Knitting and Crocheting. Kooler's covers a bit more advanced techniques but is a great review - just may not be what you're looking for if you're jumping into knitting for the first time. This book is more than worth what you'll pay for it.
Like the crochet version, the design is very nice and clear. It's not too big (240 pages); it's colorful and nice to handle. There is a history of knitting, and from there it goes into instruction, techniques, projects, and a stitch library.
Some of the projects that have caught my eye are the "Take it from the Top Pullover", "Elegant Beaded Scarf", "Sweet Baby of Mine" (easy and pretty cotton baby blanket), and especially, "Kaleidoscope", a gorgeous wrap done in Entrelac squares and Noro's Silk Garden yarn. I think "Kaleidoscope" will be my introduction to Entrelac. I also want to get into knitting with beads and colorwork, and the book has nice instructions and projects for those techniques.
This book has something for knitters of all levels--I straddle somewhere betweeen advanced beginner and intermediate. I already know that it will be one of my favorite knitting books and assist me in improving my knitting skills and knowledge for years to come.
The reason that I give it 4 stars instead of 5 is because I feel that some of the descriptions of techniques are hard to understand. I would consider myself an intermediate to advanced beginner, but even the things that I already knew how to do seemed confusing to me when explained in this book. Also, except for 1-2 patterns, the rest are all intermediated to advanced--though the sweater knit in tubes and then cut has peaked my curiosity!
So, for reference and stitch patterns, it's fine, but I wouldn't try to learn to knit from it. I learned to knit from an older lady, and then picked up Teach Me Visually Knitting to learn some of the things I didn't know. That is a great book to learn knitting from. In my opinion, if you get the Visual Knitting book, the Encyclopedia of Knitting, and The Knitting Answer Book, you should have all the bases covered!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent! Brand new, in perfect condition. Exactly as advertised. I'm happy as a pig in a puddle!Published 16 months ago by John
great resource but as a visual learner I always view you tube for further instructionPublished on July 19, 2014 by Yvonne Marie
With the chart system one doesn't need to understand the traditional knitters language.
I already have Donna Kooler's Crochet book and I love it . Read more
Loved this book so much, I bought another one for my knitting friend!!! It is awesome, and was in almost New condition!!! Thank you!!!Published on April 10, 2014 by Darla K. Kiefer
I gave this book a 4 star only because it wasn't clear that a more experienced knitter would benefit the most from it. Read morePublished on April 7, 2014 by happy gardener
Very helpful, easy directions. History was useful and insightful. Very happy with purchase. Would recommend book for all levels of knitters!Published on January 17, 2014 by Pretty Paula