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Increase, Decrease: 99 Step-by-Step Methods; Find the Perfect Technique for Shaping Every Knitting Project Spiral-bound – May 19, 2015
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“I adore technique books that help me understand the construction of my stitches. Judith demystifies increases and decreases, helping make us better, more educated knitters.” –Laura Nelkin, knitting designer and author of Knockout Knits
From the Back Cover
Increases and decreases bring shape and structure to your knitting, but many patterns offer only vague instruction on how to effectively use these techniques. Now you can improve all your knitted projects with dozens of increase and decrease possibilities that add the polished perfection you desire. Explore techniques that make your shaping invisible or decorative -- your choice!
- Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
- Spiral-bound : 256 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-1612123318
- Product Dimensions : 5.9 x 0.9 x 7 inches
- ISBN-10 : 1612123317
- Publisher : Storey Publishing, LLC; Spi Edition (May 19, 2015)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #71,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The short "Special Circumstances" section, on shaping cable, lace, and color patterns to best effect, is by itself worth the price of the book. The only increase/decrease that I could think of that is NOT shown, is the "nupp" used in Estonian lace knitting (lily of the valley pattern), which requires two rows. (Every time I pick up my lily-of-the-valley shawl project, I wonder whether any motif is pretty enough to be worth all the grief of picking up multiple yarnover loops in a single decrease.)
The photographs illustrate the techniques with the yarn held to the left in "continental" (pick) knitting style. This should not detract from the book's value for knitters who hold the yarn to the right in "English" (throw) knitting style. In either style, the yarn must be positioned on the needles in exactly the same way to get specific desired effects.
Another book that deals with increases and decreases as they are used in shaping garments (and includes how-to instructions with small photos) is The Shape of Knitting: A Master Class in Increases, Decreases, and Other Forms of Shaping . However, THE SHAPE OF KNITTING is project-oriented. INCREASE DECREASE is the book that belongs on the knitter's reference shelf or in his/her knitting bag.
Another terrific, comprehensive spiral-bound reference book, very similar in look and feel to INCREASE DECREASE, is Cast On, Bind Off: 54 Step-by-Step Methods , which deals with techniques for casting on and binding off.
I have a lot of fun with the process but really don't have anyone I can turn to to ask questions. Most of the yarn stores in my area have closed and there are only the generic large craft stores available. The employees there, while very nice, don't seem to have the advanced skills necessary to give me answers to the issues that I have encountered in knitting. I've tried taking some of the classes that they offer but they are extremely basic and still don't serve my purposes.
I generally have to try to search the internet to get my answers and that takes a lot of time and the answers are always clearly set forth.
One of the areas which has been most difficult for me has been in the area of increases and decreases. While the concept is similar to what I do in crochet, the application of how it is done is very different, and I now realize, can be done in different ways for different purposes. This book is such a valuable tool for me. I really needed to know how to accomplish increases and decreases so I could advance into making sweaters and other clothing and items which had more fit and form that simple scares, wraps, etc. The book has really been a godsend for me in this regard.
I really like that the book is smaller as it means that it is easy to keep in my knitting bag at all times. I look at it quite often and know that I will have the answer to my questions on increase and decrease stitches in moments.
For me, the pictures are perfect as they show a knitter using continental stitching. I had tried English style stitching and while I could do it, it didn't feel comfortable. Continental style is much closer to my crochet roots and makes knitting easier for me. I understand others frustration, though, as I experience it when illustrations are shown only in English style.
I received a advance reader digital copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. I've since purchased the actual book to carry along with me at all times.
Because the book was bought at discount price, I think it will be handy as a reference guide, but some missing information makes this a less than stellar guide for knitters.
I do wish that there was a chapter on the basic knit and purl stitch for people beginning knitting. The absence of such a chapter assumes you have basic knowledge of knitting, ie not for beginners.
Similarly, a chapter on how to read knitting instructions would have been helpful.
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I was a little disappointed in the contents. Don't get me wrong it's worth getting especially if you are fairly new to knitting.
A lot of these techniques listed as different technique I class as the same thing really.
I haven't found this as useful as it's sister book cast on bind off. I haven't learned much from this and got it because the other was so good.
That's why I gave it only four stars.