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Reader's Digest Knitter's Handbook Paperback – September 6, 1999
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So I'll cut to the chase and put it this way: if the house was on fire and I was told I could grab one knitting book, it'd be my Montose Stanley. That's a very strong recommendation that I'd like to back up.
There isn't one single question that you have about knitting that would not be covered in this book. It is unparalled for its historical coverage of knitting through the centuries and fascinating bits about knitting in different cultures, it's easy to follow diagrams, and it's seemingly endless bits of useful information.
With all knitting books, I suggest you take it home from your library first. But if you are past beginner and feel that you need to build a knitting library, this book is the one for you. Unfortunately, it is not as well known as some of the other books that are carried in book clubs, such as the almost useless Big Book of Knitting, which has techniques but then no diagrams or instructions, or the Ultimate Guide To Knitting which is a very lovely book to look at, but doesn't deserve the title "Ultimate" by any silly-putty stretch of the imagination because it includes very few techniques, tricks, or tips. This modestly wonderful book has languished unknown because so many people would see the much more flashier, newer books and grab them instead. This was written long before our current knitting revival, but still remains the most comprehensive book on the market. I thank the good Lord above the Memphis library was across from the knitting shop, or I'd never have seen it. I promptly went out and bought it.Read more ›
This book is comprehensive alright, but I think it would absolutely snow under most beginners.
It is reminiscent of Military Specification Manual writing style with a chapter numbering system that sends you to figures 1.29, 2.301. And it shares a lot with old computer manuals in how generous it is in telling you all the things you can do in general definitions and not telling you how you do them in steps.
If you already know how to do something, this is great.
I wanted to design a chevron stitch sweater. So I went to this book for various chevrons. The index gives you dozens of reference pages for chevron stitch, and page 124 is in boldface to indicate this is the main reference. This is what I read on page 124 in disbelief:
Two diagonal fabrics side by side moving in opposite directions. Figures 2.172 and 2.173 show row directions and shaping on a square. Work progress is at right angles to row direction--horizontal stripes emphasize the effect, while vertical lines will appear perpendicular to the rows. Experiment freely with overall shape, away from squares and rectangles. (pp 100,251)
Page 100 has a photo of a project where it is hard to tell what is a chevron stitch even if you know what it looks like. Page 251 is another photo of a knit top by the author illustrating a drop stitch boat neck top. I did not see any chevrons on that page, there is an inset of the model's huge wire wrap earring!
If you read the quote above, you might think you are reading a comprehensive English dictionary rather than a knitting how-to book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Might have been printed a while ago, but what a reference book. Read about it in Stich n Bitch, glad I ordered. Great delivery.Published 9 months ago by Jim K
Great Book! I have a lot of knitting books, but this one has some excellent techniques that are new to me. I would recommend this to fellow knitters.Published 10 months ago by Judy L. Noonon
I've been knitting for many years and still come across a stitch now and then with which I'm not familiar. This book will solve your problem quickly and you'll be stitching again. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Carole
My wife says it is a good guide to how to do the odd things like pockeets and sleeves and collars, and would be a great guide for beginner knitters - not so useful for advanced... Read morePublished 17 months ago by LCD
Wonderful book especially for beginers as well as intermediate knitters.. A staple for knittersPublished 17 months ago by Lucy June