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Knitting Handbook: An Instructional Guide to Knitting Spiral-bound – September 28, 2004
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This is a unique guide to knitting of the most well known knitting stitches.
I would recommend it to anyone who would like to learn to knit or already does.
Sheila : )
BUT... it has a down side. The patterns are so vile and disgusting that when I first saw them, I almost put the book back on the shelf. Heck! I even gagged!!!! The patterns include a sweater that's emblazoned with a large fair isle knight on horseback amongst other even more ugly items (like those tacky fair isle/norweigan style deer sweaters!)
I'll never EVER use the patterns in this book as they're so ugly that even my grandmother would have never even worn them... or even considered making. It's patterns like this that make knitting look bad! Knitters are fashionable and I wish that instructional book authors would realize this! (For fashionable patterns check out the Stitch'n Bitch series by Debbie Stoller... her books are popular for that reason)
Despite the horrible patterns, this book offers something I haven't seen in any other instructional book: a large listing of cable and lace patterns (well, charts), as well as a large listing of knitted stitches. This book is worth buying just for that.
So I definitely recommend this book as an instructional guide... just rip out and burn the patterns as they're so ugly they're not worth taking the time to make