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  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Sixth and Spring Books; Updated edition (24 Mar 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193154316X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931543163
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 26 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It would take dozens of books to give you the information that you will find in this one! With contributions form over 50 knitting specialists, all with years of experience in the industry, no other book covers the field so comprehensively and with such authority. Every single technique has been meticulously researched and tested by Vogue Knitting's editors; every one of the more than 1000 swatches, photographs and illustrations was specifically created for this encyclopaedic manual. The comprehensive contents includes: - History of Knitting - Knitting Supplies, Yarns & Tools - Understanding Knitting Instructions - - Basic Techniques - Correcting Errors - Circular & Double-Pointed Knitting - - Colour Knitting - Blocking, Assembling & Knitting - Care For Knitwear - Stitch Dictionary - - Designing - Embellishments - Modular Knitting Patterns - Designer Knitting Patterns - * Vogue Sewing (The Vogue Sewing Book) is already established as the bible for fashion-conscious dressmakers; now, this sequel for knitters! * Sixth & Spring Books is the new imprint for publishing projects and patterns from the Vogue Knitting archives.

Vogue Knitting magazine is the world leader in knitting expertise, an internationally renowned brand name in the knitting market.


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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Reader from Belgium on 31 May 2009
Format: Hardcover
Having read the reviews of others, and having had a personal recommendation to buy this book, I'm afraid I'm a bit disappointed. It does indeed cover a wide range of knitting topics, some of which I'd never even heard of and will no doubt find useful, but I don't find the treatment of each topic anywhere near exhaustive, which is what the sub-title of the book had lead me to expect.

In some sections there seems to be the assumption that the reader is already quite a confident/accomplished knitter. I'm an intermediate-to-advanced knitter, I'd say, but I'm struggling with some of the explanations, for example, that for grafting two pieces of stockinette stitch together (pgs. 102-103, also known as Kitchener stitch). I eventually gave up and went to YouTube for the answer, where I found an excellent tutorial that brought the whole thing into focus for me. Having re-read the instructions in the book, there's no way I would have worked out the technique from that alone.

The book doesn't have as many step-by-step illustrations as some other knitting books I've seen, so if one is learning a completely new technique, it can be a bit confusing.

On balance, I'm glad I have the book, as it's already come in handy for one technique I was having trouble with, but unfortunately I can't give it my whole-hearted recommendation.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Z. L. Reynolds VINE VOICE on 28 July 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a real 'bible' for knitters. It's perhaps not as exciting as some of the modern knitting books which are a great way to get going, but the Vogue Kitting book is far more informative, covering a vast range of techniques and stitches in plenty of detail and in a clear, straightforward style. The techniques are listed together with all the alternatives and variations in one place- for example all the increases are listed with instructions and a photo of the results next to each one, so you can see at a glance which one you are using or choose one according to your requirements, with all the relevant information in one place. It's the same with decreases and other techniques, I found this really made a difference- you feel like you are looking something up quickly from a list, rather than searching through random pages thinking 'I'm sure I saw that decrease explained in this book somewhere...'

If you're scratching your head over something, or the instructions in a pattern seem unclear, this book can usually bail you out, but the joys of this book don't end there. I'm still only a beginning knitter, but I'm sure that this book will be useful for more advanced knitters and designers as it has extensive information regarding design and other advanced stuff, with charts and so on. It looked a little bit daunting at first, but I am starting to see a clear path to designing knits of my own one day and really making sense of the craft rather than blindly following patterns. I think many knitters eventually tire of this as there will usually be something we don't like in a pattern, particularly these days as there are so many patterns which deliberately make it difficult to substitute another yarn so that you have to buy their recommended brand.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Dec 1998
Format: Hardcover
Vogue Knitting is a very complete reference book. It is well worth the money because it includes different types of stitches, correcting mistakes, and even how to design your own pattern. It has lots of photographs and illustrations that make learning a new technique a breeze.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Mar 1998
Format: Hardcover
After kissing several toads I finally found the prince! This book contains everything you need to know about knitting that even a beginner can understand and follow. The illustrations are wonderful and complement the instructions beautifully. The layout is very organized and follows a logical order in the knitting scheme of things. The most important thing is that it is not so longwinded that you get bored after the first ten pages! All subjects are covered in a straightforward and succinct manner. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves to knit or who is thinking about getting started. My mother-in-law comes from Norway and has been knitting since she could hold the needles. I told her she needed a copy of this book!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Knitting Nellie on 11 May 2007
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An excellent resource for a knitter - whatever your level of proficiency. What makes this book unique is the clarity of the explanantions and the range of topic that it covers - just about everyting you can think of - and some that you couldn't. It's a large format book, sturdily constructed, using good quality paper. Its large format makes it more difficult to keep by your side as you knit, but the pages do open flat - you don't have to keep your hand on the page to stop it from closing again - a major consideration for a knitter.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Mar 1999
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This beautifully illustrated book -- it has photographs of EVERYTHING -- is the ultimate in how to design your first sweater. Countless styles of sweaters are charted and described, along with rules of thumb for going off on your own. This made my first sweater design, a set-in sleeve (!), a finalist in a recent contest. My only complaint with the book is that it doesn't cover double-knitting and a few other more specialized techniques. However, this is a knitting library must for intermediate knitters.
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