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“Next time a customer brings a skein to the counter wanting to know how the fiber knits up, break out a copy of The Handknitter's Yarn Guide. Using quick-hit stats and swatch phtoos, New Zealand-based knitwear and textile designer Gabriel summarizes how a given yarn should act in use.” ―Yarn Market News

About the Author

NIKKI GABRIEL is an Australian knitwear and textile designer based in New Zealand. She also has her own line of handknitting yarns and knitting patterns called Construction which is featured on her website www.nikkigabriel.com, plus an active following on her blog. Her designs are featured extensively in magazines such as Marie Claire, Inside Out, Fashion Quarterly, Vogue Fashion, and Vogue Living.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; First Edition edition (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781250003072
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250003072
  • ASIN: 1250003075
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #932,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By L. Grimm on October 10, 2012
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I felt I already had a good understanding of the commonly used fibers but this is a fantastic resource for both choosing and caring for the newer blends and cellulose fibers including bamboo and Tencel. This is my go-to guide when I see a great sale on yarns.
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When description said 'most commonly available yarns' i thought it was by manufacturer not type of yarn. Good review though of types but nothing you cant find for free on the web. I was hoping for info and reviews of specific yarns available
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By Glassgalore on November 13, 2012
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I thought I would purchase this book so I could understand the different gauge wools etc.. It definitely does that for me in one place rather then having to google it with each new project. I had hoped it would give more info as to substitung one yarn for another etc. and choosing the right needles, but you can't have everything!
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This is a wonderful book to have in anyone's library of books. I learned about fibers I did not even know exist. It is also includes how to test fiber (yarns) that may not have a label on them anymore with a burn test. Although, for some (like myself), depending on the fiber, it may still be journey. Not everyone knows what certain burnt things smell like to use as a reference like burnt grass or plastic. I don't know about you but I have never burned grass ha ha or touched certain fibers or other materials after they were burned. It is a very good resource. It even tells you the pros and cons to working with the yarn like how may not felt and another can split easily or if you are making a garment for someone, it is good to know if it can retain heat or not and fire resistant. This book contains all this useful information and more!

The seller was great too. I got it very quickly (less than two weeks).
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Love this book. It has a list of the pros and the cons of the different yarns and of yarn blends. It is a great reference book for every knitter whether a beginner or an experienced one.
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This book is nicely constructed. It's written so one can understand the various yarns types, what they are made of and their weights etc. Great reference book!
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