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Reader's Digest Knitter's Handbook Paperback – September 6, 1999
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'Possibly the most comprehensive manual of handknitting techniques ever published... just about everything there is to know about practical handknitting' Vogue Knitting --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Born in Spain, much of Montse Stanley's life was absorbed by her passion for handknitting. She contributed to many publications and had a regular column in the trade magazine, the Knitting and Haberdashery Review. She became a household name in the knitting world, known for her flair, technical mastery and innovation in design. Sadly, Montse died in 1999. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I must have more than a hundred knitting books, judging by shelf footage alone. More often than not, they are reference books rather than pattern compendia. This, along with the Barbara Walker Treasuries, is what I turn to most often, and with the most hope of finding what I need. The organization is a bit strange until you learn to work with it. The names of many techniques don't match what other experts call them. But who cares? Stanley's comments are so sensible and personal that any quirks are easily forgiven. For new and experienced knitters alike, this book is indispensable. The other one is Vogue Knitting, which is clearer and prettier but not as packed information, basic and esoteric. To me, the difference is: I respect Vogue Knitting (which is written by a committee) but I love Montse Stanley's book.
I have never seen most of these interesting methods shown in this book. For example, she showed so many different ways to cast on & bind off, including even "Picot point bind off" , or "Frilled bind off", which I found very pretty. Other areas such as cast on, edges and selvedges, seams and joins ..... also comes with variety, and she annotates which selvedge is a good match to which bind off, and etc. Simple summaries are also given to show which meets what purposes. ex; crochet joints for recycling- expected project. Overall, this book is more like a textbook from school. However, I like that style when I am seriously want to learn something.
I was looking for a clever way to bind off my sweater. I knit this with a super bulky fancy yarn which is so irregular in width. None of the binding method I knew did not look good, I was so disappointed. All the books I purchased all in my life (I start knitting since 9.)were very good, but usually show only a limited number of ways to do the things. But, in this book I found many ways that I would like to experiment with.
The other thing which is wonderful about this book is the price. To me, it gave me so much more than I paid. I think this is a very good book if you are, like me, trying to get out of the beginner level at a least amount of budget
Lastly, this may be not for beginners, so many methods shown will probably confuse her/him. I would buy a more basic books, and use this one for extra reference. And all the methods are not necessary explained in details. Intermediate to advanced knitting experience may be needed to understand the instructions.