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The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns Spiral-bound – June 14, 2002
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Have you seen those advertisements that say "this is the only book you'll ever need on this subject"? This new volume by Budd isn't the only knitting book you'll ever need, but one could knit hundreds of different mittens, gloves, socks, sweaters, vests, hats, and scarves from just the patterns found here. Budd is managing editor of the popular magazine Interweave Knits, and this is the book she wished she had when she worked in a yarn store and customers requested patterns made for their size with yarns available in the shop. The patterns allow the knitter to create garments in any size from toddler to extra-large adult in any weight of yarn, from fingering to bulky. The knitter has only to knit a generous swatch with yarn and needles of her/his choice and plug the resulting gauge information into the charted instructions and schematics provided. Highly recommended for all knitting collections.
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"By giving us instructions... Ann Budd frees a knitter to pick up any yarn and create a custom garment." - Knitter's
"Everyone should carry a copy of this wonderful collection of basic knitting designs with them at all times!" - The Soundview Knitting Guild
"If you are looking for simple patterns in a certain size at a specific gauge, this book is for you." - Knitting at What You Need to Know About
"Pair it with a stitch pattern guide and a good technique book and you'll be set for life." - Knitter's Review
"The effect is one of a functional notebook you'll use, rather than a coffee-table book to be handled carefully." - Knitter's Review
"This book is an excellent resource...an idea that every knitter and spinner of handspun yarns has been waiting for!" - Spin2Knit
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Things I like about this book:
* the "What you'll need" section at the start of each pattern, detailing the yarn, needles, and notions you will need for the project.
* the "basic anatomy" section at the beginning of each chapter, describing the construction of the piece. I found this especially helpful in the socks chapter.
* the "quick tips" and "personal touches" in the chapters -- encouraging me to experiment!
I recommend this for those knitters who have a bit of experience, but are looking for simple, versatile, easy-to-read patterns.
It does a nice job of explaining gauge while trying to design a pattern for more complicated pieces such as gloves, vests, sweaters, etc. it's a nice way to cover the basics, particularly when trying to understand the basics of most knitting patterns. Definitely helped me understand how knitting patterns are designed and helped me to try to develop my own ability to adjust other patterns I've found when I want to use a yarn that is heavier or lighter than the original one called for.