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Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Book Hardcover – August 1, 2002
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This large-size hardcover book has been used so much that I’ve added wide, clear tape to reinforce the dust cover spine area and the outer cover edges. (I have had my book for a long time, and the tape reinforcement keeps it in great condition!)
This book has 280 semi-glossy thick pages, with color photos or graphics on almost every page. Every page has adequate margin spaces for affixing sticky notes to add clarifying information and for scribbling in other ideas.
There are 14 chapters in this book: Chapter 1. “History of Knitting”; Chapter 2. “Knitting Supplies: Yarns and Tools”; Chapter 3. “Basic Techniques”; Chapter 4. “Understanding Knitting Instructions”; Chapter 5. “Correcting Errors”; Chapter 6. “Circular Double-Pointed Knitting”; Chapter 7. “Color Knitting”; Chapter 8. “Blocking, Assembling and Finishing”; Chapter 9. “Care of Knitwear”; Chapter 10. “Stitch Dictionary”; Chapter 11. “Designing”; Chapter 12. “Embellishments”; Chapter 13. “Modular Knitting Patterns”; and Chapter 14. “Traditional Knitting Patterns”.
(Note that Chapters 13 and 14 [pages 239-270] contain knitting patterns: modular and traditional; thus, knitting items using these sections should be the culmination of a knitter working his/her way through the entire book, systemically.)
This is the ultimate in knitting books and should be in every hand-knitter’s library!
To get more scope and sequence in looking at and buying knitting books:
Compare this Vogue book with my review of: “Knitting Tips and Trade Secrets”:https://www.amazon.com/Knitting-Tips-Trade-Secrets-Crocheting/dp/1561581569/ref=cm_cr_srp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8 Knitting Tips & Trade Secrets: Clever Solutions for Better Hand Knitting, Machine Knitting and Crocheting (Threads On) .
Also, compare this Vogue book with a quartet of Elizabeth Zimmermann books, beginning with: “Knitting Around” (the links for the other reviews are found inside of it): https://www.amazon.com/Knitting-Around-Elizabeth-Zimmermann/dp/0942018036/ref=cm_cr_srp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8 Knitting Around .
I'm currently using a separate beginner's knitting book for their cute pet sweater pattern and using the Vogue Knitting book to help me read between the lines. If you want a great reference book for knitting, this book should be in your library.
Additionally, the book also has a few knitting patterns at the end - a basic sweater that is modular and can be adjusted to many styles and then designer sweaters from DKNY and Oscar de la Renta noting their difficulty levels from intermediate to experienced.
with it. I have four other knitting books, and every time I tried to look up something, your couldn't find it. This book has everything that I've questioned.
As far as the company that sold the book, they're excellent. The book description said it was read but still looked like new. Boy, did it. The book looked like it was brand new and I couldn't be happier. Delivery was good as was the whole transaction
First, let me say that this is in no way a how-to book for beginners, although it does start right at the beginning--with how to make a knit stitch and a purl stitch--the techniques extend well into the advanced level, so unless you're Elizabeth Zimmerman, you will find plenty in this book that you didn't already know.
Second, the illustrations are wonderful. Techniques are shown via detailed drawings and photos. The photos of stitches are well lit and close up, so you can see them easily.
Except for a few new cast-on and bind-off techniques (invented after this book was published), the basics of knitting are all here: an explanation of fibers and knitting tools, casting on, binding off, English and Continental knitting styles (would have liked to see Portuguese included), increases, decreases, joining yarns, gauge, knitting charts and symbols, knitting in the round, fixing mistakes, and finishing techniques.
The more advanced techniques include Fair Isle knitting, intarsia, striping, mosaic knitting, and embellishments such as embroidery and knitting with beads.
The stitch dictionary alone is about 40 pages long. Each stitch is illustrated with a color photo and is nice and close up so you can really see what's going on. Similar stitches are grouped together, e.g., ribs, embossed stitches, cables, lace.
The design section of the book covers sweaters only, but it does cover just about any type of sweater you could think of, including different necklines, sleeves, and so on. I would have liked sections on designing other garments, too, but I can understand their reasoning: sweaters would be the most difficult to design (you don't necessarily need a book to teach you how to design a triangular shawl), and the techniques could be applied to other designs. Still, a short section on hats, mittens, and socks would've been nice, especially given the sudden popularity of sock knitting.
The index is 8 pages and reasonably detailed, far more than I'm used to seeing in knitting books.
The subtitle of the book is The Ultimate Knitting Book, which is not really an exaggeration. At the very least, it's a very fine knitting reference book.