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Carla Scott lives in McKinney, Texas; Leanne Smith lives in Tempe, Arizona. This is their first AQS book.

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Product Details

  • Series: Vogue Knitting
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Sixth&Spring Books (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933027614
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933027616
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.9 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #990,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Lynne E. TOP 100 REVIEWER on February 11, 2011
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No doubt many knitters will receive this handsome, oversized coffee-table book as a birthday or Christmas gift from a nonknitting friend or relative. More of a dictionary than an encyclopedia, this "complete knitting reference" consists of an A-Z list of knitting terms (purl stitch, guerilla knitting, jacquard, storing yarn, etc.), knitting luminaries (Ann Budd, Emma Jacobsson, Jane Slicer-Smith, etc.), knitting magazines (Knitter's, Knitscene, McCall's Needlework & Crafts, etc.), and knitting events (Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, etc.).

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.
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I leafed through the book it a couple of times and read some articles to get a general impression. This is basically a book that you can pick up time and time again and just read in it. At the same time it serves as a reference book and is of course particularly helpful for us, the German knitters, when being confronted with English terms which we have never heard of before.

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.
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Vogue/Sixth&Spring must have rushed to get the book out in time for Vogue Knitting Live - where I received a copy. Had I not been handed it for free (or rather as part of paying a large sum of money to attend VKL), I doubt I would have spent money on a copy for myself. Neither pure technique book, nor history book, nor treatise on the state of modern knitting in the 21st century - the Knitopedia tries to be all three - less than completely successfully. The book feels arbitrarily edited - with many prominent modern designers and yarn companies left out, while inches of text are devoted to others. A cynical person could see it as a who's who of Vogue advertisers and people who have appeared in the magazine. There are also several factual and basic errors I found just in the first glance-through of the book - the illustration of the saddle shoulder is one that sticks with me.

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.
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I just got my copy of this book and am loving it. I have been knitting for 5+ years now and have a small collection of books. I am not regretting this purchase for a minute. I am finding it to be an interesting cover-to-cover read...taking time on information I'm not familiar with and skimming over information I am. I know this is going to be one of those..."I know I saw that somewhere, ah here it is!" books I go back to over and over again.

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.
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