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The Principles of Knitting Hardcover – February 14, 2012
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About the Author
June Hiatt is a reknowned knitting teacher and the author of the classic book THE PRINCIPLES OF KNITTING, considered the "bible" of knitting instruction books. She lives in San Francisco with her husband.
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Beginning with self-teaching methods and all of the different cast-ons and knitting techniques it progresses to stitch patterns, decreases, increases, making adjustments in fit and design based on stitch patterns, finishing techniques - just everything. Circular knitting, knitting with beads, double-knitting, making allowances for patterns with a slant or an unusual shape are just a few of the techniques and problems surveyed. Solving problems to knitting in general and specific techniques is a part of each section. Color knitting is extensively covered, not only the usual stranded and intarsia knitting but all of the different Nordic and other methods of color knitting. It is all here and more. Lavishly illustrated in clear line drawings that demonstrate the techniques this book encompasses a lifetime of knitting expertise. For every knitter who has struggled to master a new technique or fix a seemingly insoluble problem or who has created a garment or item that bore no resemblance to the photograph on the pattern, this book shows you how to troubleshoot and fix.
Principles of Knitting covers all of the technical information without which the finished product is not what was intended or envisioned. Other books cover patterns, projects and stitches, this book ensures that the patterns are completed as intended. Other books show the knitter inspriational photos of lovely garments and items, this book ensures that those projects become a reality. A must for any knitter's library and a wonderful gift for the novice knitter. Highest possible recommendation.
If you're looking to academically expand your knowledge of knitting technique, this is a solid resource. But if you're looking for a reference text as a guide, stick to Vogue Knitting, whose explanations and pictures are clearer.
I have two criticisms that keep me from giving it 5 stars. 1) In the second edition Ms Hiatt decided to "clarify" the subject by using language that isn't standard in other knitting books or classes. (At least not books or classes I've come across.) For example it's standard to refer to how the stitches are mounted on the needle as eastern mount or western mount, but she chooses to call it standard mount and turned mount with no mention of the traditional terms. I consider myself an advanced-intermediate to intermediate-advanced knitter and I am confused at times. My digital edition is peppered with notes like "x term = y term" I'm afraid that a beginning knitter will be left adrift if using this book and then tries to speak with other knitters or teachers, or just looked at another reference book. It seems her efforts at clarification in some areas may have just muddled the matter more.
Also, for a reference book the cross referencing is poor, especially for the digital edition (hello links are a reader's friend). Through out the book Ms. Hiatt refers to material that she has already covered or material she will cover in greater detail later. However, there are no page numbers within the text for quick reference. I'm constantly going back to the index or table of contents or using the search function which can be a bit unrefined to find what it is she's talking about. What links there are will get you in the general vicinity of the text. This just doesnt' seem efficient.
Despite these drawbacks, I'd highly recommend this book for intermediate - advanced knitter who really want to delve deeper into the craft. And I love having it on my tablet so I don't have to carry around the tome as I find myself referring back to it for this or that.