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Vogue® Knitting Knitopedia: The Ultimate A to Z for Knitters Hardcover – March 1, 2011
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Wendy Williams is the host of The Wendy Williams Show and The Wendy Williams Experience, her top-rated daily radio show. Her books include the New York Times bestseller The Wendy Williams Experience, and she writes a weekly column for Life & Style magazine.
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Each alphabetical entry is described or explained in one or more short paragraphs; many entries are accompanied by drawings, illustrations, or full-color photographs. Some entries are comprised of brief essays presented in boxed text (e.g., "Arctic Gold" by Linda Cortright, about qiviut; "Designing Knitted Lace" by Margaret Stove; "Knitting in Media" by Vickie Howell). Although long-time knitters will recognize many of the how-to drawings as drawings originally published in the publisher's excellent but venerable reference, Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Book, KNITOPEDIA offers a lot of new and different material.
KNITOPEDIA will be a welcome gift to any knitter, but it is definitely not a must-have technical reference for the serious knitter. It is interesting to dip into, but its size and weight make it impractical for carry-along or bedtime reading, and the text is generally lacking in depth. The book does include an excellent index.Read more ›
Trisha Malcolm says in the editorial that working on the book took five years as it had been revised several times during this long period. The composition of the content is based on Vogue Knitting's perspective and archives (from the 30's to 60's and since re-launch of the magazine in 1982).
The book is structured like a dictionary from A to Z over all the topics which means that the pages represent a "potpourri" of subjects. For example, next to a designer portrait you can find an article on a technique - such as on page 202 where Alice Starmore is presented, and in the next column "steeks" are explained. This does not bother me, as this is one of the points that make this reference book entertaining to read.
Common knitting abbreviations are listed in the front section of the book, further on you will find tables on needle sizes (U.S. / metric), the Standard Yarn Weight System, fit / ease and international care symbols.
The overall content is indexed in the back section - alphabetically ordered per category. Unfortunately, the book lacks a list of keywords from A to Z, you thus have to look up the desired subject within the book.
The texts are arranged in three columns with at least one illustration or color photograph per page.Read more ›
It is a pretty book, surely one a beginning knitter can use to further their knowledge and it makes for fun idle reading - but there are many books out there that are better for learning about different techniques, and there is too much information that is incomplete, erroneous or just plain missing for it to be considered any kind of 'Ultimate A to Z' reference book on the subject.
As far as instructional, it's not and I don't think it was intended to be...it's really a compendium of many facets of knitting...history, people, technical, anecdotal, etc. The pictures that are included are beautiful...especially the historical ones.
I ordered two copies today for my sister and a friend who both knit and who I know will treasure this book for it's content and beauty.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book has too little for the beginner, not enough for the experienced knitter. The dictionary style A-Z topics will be outdated before too long. Read morePublished on May 2, 2014 by eileen-s
Sorry, but Vogue Knitting has previously published stitch dictionaries and knitting guides that are actually useful as references for techniques and projects. Read morePublished on December 24, 2013 by Mary Pranica
I really did not expected to read about the history of certain patterns and ways of knitting in several regions all around the world. Read morePublished on October 27, 2013 by cristina varlaki-atzmon
I have used the original Vogue Knitting Book as resource, and it is good. But this new Knitopedia is great! Read morePublished on April 30, 2013 by Melodi Miller
It has helped me figure out many a knitting abbrevations. Some I know and some are invented by the people that designed the pattern. I am so pleased.Published on March 13, 2013 by Janell
I always love guide books that have every little detail. As always Vogue provides a lovely book with fantastic index and easy to find terms and patterns.Published on January 31, 2013 by Annamarie Lubow