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The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns Spiral-bound – June 14, 2002
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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
- Publisher : Interweave (June 14, 2002)
- Language : English
- Spiral-bound : 96 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1931499047
- ISBN-13 : 978-1931499040
- Item Weight : 1.1 pounds
- Dimensions : 7.64 x 0.78 x 9.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #41,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By S. E. York on March 27, 2021
This book not only has basic mitten patterns -- it also has gloves, hats, tams, socks, and some basic sweaters (she now has a Handy Book of Sweater Patterns I bought as soon as I found it). At first, the charts seem daunting, but it's actually quite easy to use. Just knit a swatch using the yarn and needles you want to use for the project, then count your stitches per inch. That's the number on one side of the chart. The upper section of the chart is for the various sizes -- and she includes a wide variety of sizes to suit many needs. For example, the basic hats include sizes from premature infants to adult men's hats. Just follow the chart section for your gauge and the size, and you end up with something that's exactly what you expected.
I made two pairs of mittens, one for myself and one for my husband. I've made a preemie hat and a newborn hat so far, and plan to do an adult hat.
Each section also has a variety of ideas on how to personalize the item and make it to your tastes. For example, the hats include a variety of edge styles and hat toppers, with instructions on how to add these to your pattern.
For beginners to advanced knitters, this book is a must-have for foolproof basics.
In the introduction to the book, the author voices the exact same feelings, there is a need for just plain patterns. They are needed by beginners, fans of novelty yarns and for gifts when the recipient is conservative. For the most part, this book delivers.
It should be noted that other books have been written on multi-sizes/gauges for sweaters but this is the first book I have seen that is also dedicated to hats, scarves, gloves, mittens and socks. I particularly liked the basic tam pattern (something I searched high and low for as a beginner) There is a breakdown of how different decreasing methods will change the look of the tam and various ways to make the hatband. This is just one example of how useful this book is.
Now for the not so good bits. The sweater section is skimpier than I had hoped. There is only one sleeve option (set-in, I believe) and the sweater does not offer many shaping options. However, it is a marvelous canvas for color or cables though I do not suggest this tweaking for an absolute beginner. Be sure to read through the author's suggestions before undertaking a color/cable project.
(A quick suggestion to a beginner: read the charts very carefully and follow the authors advise to copy the page you are using and circle the numbers you will need, it makes life so much easier when knitting from number charts)
This is a great book for a beginner and great for a knitter with a large stash of "leftovers". (ahem, not me, honest) Armed with this book, I now plan to make matching hats, mittens and socks for my sweaters. This book is almost essential and I would recommend it to any knitter of any skill level.
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Maybe not for people who arent happy using anything other than a written detailed pattern but ideal if you want to try different stitches and have ideas in your head.
I love all of Ann Budds books and use little else now but if you've never used one you will find this a good introduction
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 16, 2020
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There are so many combinations from both books, I really feel that I don't need to buy much patterns ever again! (means more cash to spend on yarn!) Again, its great as you can use anything from (UK yarns) 4 ply to Chunky (ie Rowan Kidsilk Haze right up to Rowan Big Wool!!) As I am trying to design my own garments at the moment, these books are just what I need - basic pattern tables and I can work round them with my ideas and designs.
The only thing that was missing from this one that was in the sweater book is the yarn amounts, which is SO helpful - only a rough range guide here, so I am going to have to guess wildly. But this is the first book, so it was probably just thought up for the second one.