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The Knitter's Book of Finishing Techniques Spiral-bound – October 22, 2002
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I actually heard about this book on the Webs podcast awhile back before I obtained a copy. I remember hearing on the podcast that this book was essential for all knitters. And, I have to say, they were right! For me, who is someone who learned to knit out of some flimsy little 12 page book from a big box craft store, I still (even almost six years later) feel like I am missing some of the skills that could make my knitting look incredible. This book covers almost everything I would want to know about those finishing techniques. The book covers all kinds of things: cast ons, increases, decreases, selvages, bind offs, seams, picking up stitches, borders and button holes. While the first few sections were a review for me, the material in seams, picking up stitches, and button holes I found particularly useful.
Each section includes descriptions on the technique, written out steps on how to execute the technique, a pro/con list, and a couple diagram/pictures. The photos of the actual knitting were very clear and I found it nice to have those pics in there. The next time I make a buttonhole, you can bet I will be referring to this book and then checking to see if my knitting looks like the picture!
I seriously mean it when I say that I think just about every knitter can benefit from having this book. It will fit in most knitting bags, and it covers lots of stuff that you might not have memorized if you aren't doing it in your knitting all the time. --Jennifer Hansen, Knitting Like Crazy
Starting at the very beginning of this book, we get a page full of finishing "secrets" like, "Never trim an end until you're sure you're not going to use it somewhere for a seam." Then, we move to cast-ons... Just looking at the Table of Contents should pretty much reinforce that this book on finishing techniques is covering pretty much everything you could hope for. I can't honestly say that I can think of something obvious that was left out. There are some other ways of casting-on, for example, but the 7 most common are here (Long-tail, Knitted-on, Cable, Picot, Chained, Tubular, and Provisional). So, instead of giving you a page-by-page recap of what's included, how about a nice overview? With each tip or technique, the author provides the following:
* A brief description.
* A photo of the technique. These are consistently clear, with contrasting colors when necessary to make it easier to see--like, white yarn to illustrate the picked-up stitches around a red neckline.
* A contrasting list of "Benefits" and "Drawbacks" for the technique. I like an author who gives you all the reasons you might or might not want to use something, rather than just saying something like "This is the best one, use this."
* "To Work"--the step-by step instructions on how to put the technique into action.
That all sounds pretty thorough, doesn't it? Well, it IS. Barring some magical way to embed video into a paper book, it seems hard to imagine a book full of instructions that would be clearer. The author explains things clearly and is fair about expressing opinions about "this technique is better for this problem, but that one would be better for that." I particularly liked that the how-to illustrations are color-matched to the photographs heading each technique--so, if the photo was of a white pocket sewn onto a purple sweater, the drawing illustrating additional details is also of a white pocket and a purple background. It's just a nice little touch that shows the attention to detail that makes this book work.
It is an excellent book of its kind, with good, helpful detail, logically laid out and clearly expressed.
My Gush: Basically, that if you're looking for a finishing technique, this is the place to come. It's great and a fabulous --SewCalGal
Take your knitting to the next level with this guide of finishing techniques from Nancie M. Wiseman. Learn the benefits and drawbacks of each technique with clear, concise instructions accompanied by detailed photographs and illustrations. With over fifty techniques covering blocking, decreases, decorative finishes, increases, seams, and more, your knitted garments will look polished and professional every time. Also included are handy worksheets to help plan your knitting from start to finish, as well as determine increases, decreases, and buttonhole placement.
--Knit-n-Style, April 13
The Knitter's Book of Finishing Techniques, by Nancy M. Wiseman is a "must have" book for any knitter that is wanting to learn/improve their skills for finishing projects. This book is packed full of amazing tips and techniques that include great visuals! I'm truly delighted to see this book available and am confident it will become a best seller! --SewCalGal
From the Inside Flap
By popular demand, this best seller is now in paperback! Find more than 50 expert techniques for finishing knitted garments. Get the gorgeous, polished results you want. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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It not only tells how to do something but tells you why one would and even more importantly, why one would not want to use this technique.
The spiral binding lets it lay flat on a table while you try to come to grips with a procedure. but the cover keeps it from tangling with your yarn if carried in you knitting bag.
Altogether, if you want to become an experienced and good knitter, not only buy this book, but read and use this book.
large and can be tucked into your knitting bag. Most of my questions were easily answered without having to read the
entire book through text. I recommend it as an alternative for people who don't want to spend the top dollars for the
The book includes Cast-ons and Bind offs as well as all kinds of increases, decreases, seams, picking up stitches, borders and bands. It even has about 8 different kinds of buttonholes. Then there's the techniques that I had never heard of before: I-cord, and knitted shoulder pads, and a very unbiased discussion on the different uses of flat knitting versus circular knitting. And finally, the worksheets help get you on the right path to keeping track of what you plan on doing. An index is the only thing missing from this book.
This book is also flat and easy to use with the spiral binding. Definitely portable.