- Series: Dover Knitting, Crochet, Tatting, Lace
- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Dover Publications; Dover ed edition (October 1, 1981)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0486241785
- ISBN-13: 978-0486241784
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 230 customer reviews
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Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knitter's Almanac (Dover Knitting, Crochet, Tatting, Lace) Paperback – October 1, 1981
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"One of America's most ingenious and creative knitters."--Barbara G. Walker, author of "Treasury of Knitting Patterns.
"Elizabeth Zimmerman once wrote, "So please bear with me, and put up with my opinionated, nay, sometimes cantankerous attitude. I feel strongly about knitting." Perhaps her passionate opinions, as well as her love of wool craft and her delightful style, hark back to her English upbringing or long residence in the Wisconsin woods; in any case, the "Busy Knitter," as she calls herself, is one of the most charming and informative, as well as "un"ventive (her word) knitter-authors anywhere. This book gives full scope to her tireless imagination through a year's worth of projects, fitted to the seasons, moods, and needs of knitters who would like to design their own work.
The year begins with an Aran sweater and proceeds to February baby things, a March Shetland, April blanket, May mittens, and so on through the months, completing the zodiac with November moccasin socks and a December last-minute wishbone sweater. Projects are completed in the midst of canoe trips, fishing expeditions, travel, and snowstorms. The author continuously comments on the project, its history, other ancient and modern customs, and personal beliefs.
Mrs. Zimmerman works step by step with the reader, suggesting alternative methods and ideas as she goes. Her patterns are "classic," historically suited to wool, thus remaining ever-fashionable as well as tasteful and attractive. The knitter may easily adapt the designs at will, creating new, individual projects. Mrs. Zimmerman's hints (such as how to measure gauge when working a pattern and tips for baby's items) help ease the way and will instruct even the most experienced knitter. This corrected edition of the "Knitter's Almanac" will provide at the very least a year's worth of knitting pleasure to intermediate and advanced knitters and may even help stimulate a knitting passion.
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Top customer reviews
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee writes the new introduction and EZ's daughter adds some relevant clarifications here and there. Otherwise, its the same EZ instructions we've come to know and love, the long written out version and the "pithy" version. The charts are still hand-drawn, I'm surprised they didn't update those too.
Zimmerman's style of writing is more "discussion-like," instead of a step-by-step pattern approach, so it may not appeal to some readers. However, it is a useful book to have in the Knitter's Library.
The plan of the book is that there's a knitting project for every month, taking into account the seasons, and possibilities for how the item will be used. The cover of the book shows finished products for the patterns in the book.
I first used this book to find the pattern for the "Pi Shawl", and was immediately hooked on Elizabeth Zimmerman's writing, knitting, and her philosophy of knitting, which seems to be to relax, and knit, don't worry about it, and you can make it work! (I've made the Pi Shawl in two versions, and will probably make a third shawl soon!)
There are patterns for sweaters, shawls, baby clothing, mittens, and much more. If you had to choose one book to take with you on vacation, consider this book, and choose a pattern from what Elizabeth Zimmerman offers. You'll become hooked too!
1) I would be lost if I did not also own E Zimmerman's Knitting Without Tears. Her instructions in the Almanac are somewhat abbreviated, and I need the other book as a cross-reference. Knitting Without Tears has the pictures and the more elaborate descriptions to help me understand what she means in the Almanac.
2) The binding of this book is extremely flimsy and cheap. I purchased my book new in October, and, by December, pages were already falling out! It is now not even four months old and it is full of tape (I used clear packing tape to bind the pages in so that I did not lose any of the precious instruction!)
I crochet far more than knit, and I dearly wish the crochet world had books like this.