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Finishing Techniques for Hand Knitters: Give Your Knitting that Professional Look Hardcover – October 1, 2006
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- Item Weight : 1.6 pounds
- Hardcover : 112 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1570763364
- ISBN-13 : 978-1570763366
- Product Dimensions : 8.5 x 0.9 x 11 inches
- Publisher : Trafalgar Square Books (October 1, 2006)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,396,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book itself consists of 110 pages, of which only about half deal directly with any technique that could be categorized as actual finishing. 40 pages actually gave instructions on all things done before getting to the finishing.
For example, the book gives three steps for sewing in a zipper, which might be enough if they told you whether to use thread or yarn for the backstitching into place (the picture seems to show them using yarn but it's not really clear), whether or not to remove the backstitching (the picture of the finished garment appears to show the (rather sloppy)backstitching still in place. The third step is to slip stitch the edge of the zipper into place...again, no mention of whether to use the yarn or matching thread, though it would appear to be embroidery floss.
Kitchenering is shown briefly (and not explained very well) but is called "Grafting by Sewing," so a newcomer to knitting wouldn't know what to look for in this book when confronted with the term "Kitchener" in a pattern and, alternatively, when faced with the term "Kitchener" in a pattern wouldn't know that this was the method they might have seen in this book called "Grafting by Sewing."
I'm sure there are better books on finishing techniques than this one.
Also, the last page contains a large chart titled "circular knitting needles," which, as far as I can tell, makes no sense whatsoever. It's only usefulness seems to be to fill the page.
Not only will I never recommend this book - I will be highly unlikely in the future to purchase a publication of any kind by this author.
This book is divided into chapters based on category of technique - pattern altering, knitting techniques, garment assembly, altering garments, and embellishments. It makes it easy to check different possible techniques with each other, such as different seams, or different neckline choices.
What I particularly liked about this book was the excellent photography. Photos of her knitting at every stage were very clear and I could see the effect of for example different decreases, or the difference between increasing at the ends of rows or inside an edge. This is one main reason why I found it useful to buy this book in addition to the Encyclopedia book.
This book is quite slim and does not have a huge amount of information in it. This seems to me the only real problem with it. It is a great reference book but not to be your only technique book.
I'm ordering the Nancy Wiseman book today.
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Personnellement, je n'y ai rien trouvé de plus que dans les explications des modèles que l'on trouve dans les revues, sur le net, etc.
Mais, c'est tout de même un joli livre, bien illustré.
C'est la raison pour laquelle je lui donne deux étoiles.