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Knitting in Plain English Paperback – April 17, 2007
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“A wonderfully down-to-earth, humorous, practical, and realistic book for the beginner and intermediate knitter...Recommended for all craft collections.” ―Library Journal
“Clearly written and answers some of your most-asked questions.” ―Family Circle
“An eminently practical compendium of knitting advice...written in an enjoyable conversational tone...A solid how-to.” ―Booklist
About the Author
Maggie Righetti, a certified knitting and crochet instructor, is the author of Crocheting in Plain English and Sweater Design in Plain English. She lives in Southern California.
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I've decided to start again, but this time, I'm taking the craft a little more seriously. I still consider myself a novice to novice-intermediate knitter. Knitting in Plain English is just what I need for this stretch of my knitting career. The title definitely fits. The language is down to earth and there's not a lot of jargon. I'm learning a lot and after reading the first few chapters, I feel much more knowledgable and confident in making decisions about my yarn and pattern decisions. I'm glad I bought the book and would definitely recommend it to others.
There are zero color photos; there are black and white photos, and lots of black and white line drawing, using shading to show you which yarn is which. Lots of words words words in paragraphs, making it really hard to follow along as a beginner. I don’t disagree it is plain English, but formatted in a less helpful way, for my learning style, at least. I’ll pony up for the Vogue book, perhaps.
After using the little booklet I got in the local crafts store, I was able to make the basic knit/purl stitch, but I had no idea how to keep track of where I was in a pattern. I had no idea how to look at a stich and tell whether it had been knit or purled. And although my stitches were quite even and attractive, I was getting extremely discouraged in trying to keep various patterns straight in my head: was that the sixth stitch after the yarn-over, or the seventh? Is this a purl row or a knit row? And when I tried to do a seed stitch, I often ended up making a rib by accident, simply because my eyes weren't educated; I didn't know how to look at the stitches I had just made.
How happy was I to get my copy of /Knitting in Plain English/ by Maggie Righetti! If you're a beginning knitter who has mastered the simple art of knit and purl stitches, but you need common sense advice on how to keep track of your knitting... if you want a clear illustration of the visual difference between knit and purl stiches as they lay on the needle... if you want a great reference for various simple techniques like I-cord... and if you need a troubleshooting guide with a wonderful index (a well-organized and thorough index is a key difference, I might add, between a good book and a great one) then this is the book for you. I can't recommend it highly enough. What's more, it's well-written and a fun read.
In fact, if you know any beginning knitters, you couldn't do any better than to make a gift of this book to them.
When I needed a back up reference for how to do a 2 strand cast on (my instructions weren't great) Maggie's book was there to help me. When I wanted to know whether or not to block my finished items - Maggie's book came through.
Can't speak for long time knitters - but any beginner or intermediate should own this book! Start demystifying reading patters and stitches.