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Knitting in Plain English [Paperback]

Maggie Righetti
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Book Description

5 April 2007
Whether you've been handling knitting needles for years, or just thinking about picking them up, "Knitting in Plain English" should be your Bible. Drawing on twenty years of experience as "the knitting lady" in various yarn stores, Maggie Righetti provides sound instructions for beginners and sensible solutions for experienced knitters. Topics and techniques include: picking a pattern that's right for you, determining gauge, how to knit and purl plus instructions for fifteen additional pattern stitches, how to make invisible increases and decreases, five different methods of buttonholing, how to short-row for a perfect fit, working with more than one colour of yarn, how to weave invisible seams, picking up dropped stitches, how to hand-wash and block your finished garment, plus much, much more. From equipping your knitting bag to knitting a sweater, Maggie Righetti explains it all simply and clearly. Each technique is illustrated with easy-to-follow, step-by-step drawings. Complete with a detailed glossary of knitting terms and six learning patterns on which to practice, "Knitting in Plain English" is an invaluable sourcebook no knitter will outgrow. Author's previous books include: "Crocheting in Plain English".

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Saint Martin's Griffin,U.S.; 2nd edition (5 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312353537
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312353537
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 19.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 528,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A wonderfully down-to-earth, humorous, practical, and realistic book for the beginner and intermediate knitter...Recommended for all craft collections.""- Library Journal""" "Clearly written and answers some of your most-asked questions." "- Family Circle""An eminently practical compendium of knitting advice...written in an enjoyable conversational tone...A solid how-to." "- Booklist"""

About the Author

Maggie Righetti, a certified knitting and crochet instructor, is the author of" Crocheting in Plain English "and" Sweater Design in Plain English." She lives in Southern California.

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
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I first read this book years ago when I was just beginning to learn to knit. Although I now design and knit garments professionally, I STILL turn to this book for inspiration and information. Reading this book is like sitting down with your own grandmother for a private lesson. Her folksy, easy to read style warms the heart, and her explanation of the basics of knitting is thorough and understandable. Once you've read this book, you will fear no set of knitting instructions ever written. When people ask me to recommend a book on the basics of knitting, this is always the one I tell them to buy.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This book belongs on your knitting shelf. 8 Jun 1999
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I very much enjoyed the author's tone and sense of humor, and her words of wisdom are a must-read for any knitter, expecially a beginner. I needed, however, to clarify some of the directions by looking at my massive Vogue knitting--they complement eachother well; Righetti is like having an instructor at your side, and Vogue (or the new Debbie Bliss, for that matter) provides the clear photos that you might need. Righetti's illustrations didn't always do it for me--I need to see a photo in living color.
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This book is the best -- any beginner and most experienced knitters will find a wealth of helpful techniques and ideas, clearly presented. I particularly like the author's no-nonsense attitude, advocating that we do what makes sense in practice, not just what is written in books. She admits her own prejudices, but never insists that there is only one "right way."
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5.0 out of 5 stars I should have had it 30 years ago! 17 Sep 1998
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I love this book! I'm just sorry it took me so long to discover it. Reading Maggie's book is like visiting an old friend (who's also a great knitter). The advice is straight forward and practical. I've accomplished things I never would have tackled before. I put down the book and adapted a complex Aran pattern for seamless, one-piece construction. It turned out great, and Maggie made it easy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 15 Nov 1998
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I learned to knit by reading this book! I read a few others which, despite their title, brought me to tears. Then I read Maggie Righetti and I think her book is the best by far.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful introduction to knitting. 13 April 1999
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Maggie Rigehtti's book is a must for anyone interested in learning how to knit. It is clearly written and illustrated, two facts much appreciated by this novice. Best of all, drawing upon her broad experience as a knitting instructor, Maggie writes with a wit and warmth for the subject which conveys the joy and excitement of knitting. I suspect even experienced knitter's will find KNITTING IN PLAIN ENGLISH invaluable.
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