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69 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So useful, a bit of everything for the kntiter
These patterns by the late, British-born American Mrs Zimmermann are sometimes plain-looking, but always clever in design and absolutely useful. Using the idea of a calendar, the author presents designs for each month of the year, from a round "Pi" shawl with options to add your own lace designs, to several baby items such as longies and a sweater, to hats, Christmas...
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3.0 out of 5 stars American style products
This is a book for people who enjoy reading about other's knitting experiences, the needle gauges and wool gauges are American so unless you are good at working out swatches for your work, I would not advise the patterns are used by British knitters, but otherwise a good read for a winter's eveningKnitter's Almanac: Projects for Each Month of the Year
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69 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So useful, a bit of everything for the kntiter, 1 Jun 2004
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Joanna Daneman (USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Knitter's Almanac: Projects for Each Month of the Year (Dover Knitting, Crochet, Tatting, Lace) (Paperback)
These patterns by the late, British-born American Mrs Zimmermann are sometimes plain-looking, but always clever in design and absolutely useful. Using the idea of a calendar, the author presents designs for each month of the year, from a round "Pi" shawl with options to add your own lace designs, to several baby items such as longies and a sweater, to hats, Christmas ornaments, a chain-mail patterned pullover and more.
I've made most of the models in this book, and I constantly refer to it for creating my own patterns. The writing is amusing and talks a bit about the author's life in rural Wisconsin. Charming and useful, this is one of my favorite knitting books.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun for knitters and non-knitters alike!, 24 May 1996
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This review is from: Knitter's Almanac: Projects for Each Month of the Year (Dover Knitting, Crochet, Tatting, Lace) (Paperback)
Elizabeth Zimmerman is not only the guru of knitting, she's a witty and charming writer as well. I've given this Zimmerman book as a gift (an inexpensive one, I might add) to beginning and advanced knitters alike. (And I've read passages aloud to non-knitters, who've appreciated Elizabeth's humor and ability to relate knitting to almost any other subject.) Probably one of the most interesting parts of the book is Elizabeth's description of knitting in the car even when it's dark out (at least she's not driving, too -- although I believe she probably could). The best thing about this book is that Elizabeth presents knitting as a practical matter, not as something that you must follow stitch-by-stitch from a pattern someone else has written. She explains knitting so that you can create sweaters and other items from your own heart.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Tao of Knitting, 25 Nov 2003
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This review is from: Knitter's Almanac: Projects for Each Month of the Year (Dover Knitting, Crochet, Tatting, Lace) (Paperback)
This book is a must for those who want to get away from counting stitches in a pattern and rather learn how to knit so that you have it all in your head. With projects for every month of the year and shortcuts for those with no patience this book reveals the age-old secrets of knitting. Even if you find the knitted tights slightly wacky there are enough projects to make the book worth having.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You _need_ this book., 30 Sep 1997
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This review is from: Knitter's Almanac: Projects for Each Month of the Year (Dover Knitting, Crochet, Tatting, Lace) (Paperback)
I don't want to duplicate the other reviews, so I'll keep this short. My favorite thing about this book is that EZ's instructions include the _reasons_ behind each step of knitting each garment, so you can either modify them according to your own inspiration or (if you're feeling lazy : D ) follow them exactly.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars American style products, 20 Mar 2010
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This is a book for people who enjoy reading about other's knitting experiences, the needle gauges and wool gauges are American so unless you are good at working out swatches for your work, I would not advise the patterns are used by British knitters, but otherwise a good read for a winter's eveningKnitter's Almanac: Projects for Each Month of the Year
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for anyone who wants to become a better knitter., 19 May 1997
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This review is from: Knitter's Almanac: Projects for Each Month of the Year (Dover Knitting, Crochet, Tatting, Lace) (Paperback)
I'd rate this book as a must have for anyone who wants to become a better knitter. Elizabeth Zimmerman inspires knitters to look at yarn in a whole new way...to envision what the yarn can become....and not be worried about what pattern leaflets are available.

I'm a large-size person, and have always been limited to the few patterns available which were written to include sizes large enough. At the same time, I have short arms, and the available patterns were never quite right. I'd learned how to "make do," by modifying the patterns which were available in large enough sizes, but this book helped me find a better approach. With Elizabeth's insights, I was able to design a sweater that was based on MY measurements, and on what I wanted. It freed me from limitations and opened up a whole new world of knitting.

It's also a great book for a new knitter (although it doesn't teach how to knit). The humor is contagious, and innoculates the beginner against taking knitting too seriously.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for every knitter, 28 Dec 2009
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This review is from: Knitter's Almanac: Projects for Each Month of the Year (Dover Knitting, Crochet, Tatting, Lace) (Paperback)
Zimmermann's friendly, conversational style works well in all her books. Patterns are almost conversations between friends with a concise pattern at the end of each chapter for those who feel happier following clear directions.

There's a project for every month with lots of little fillers, ideas to customise or change an item to suit either your size, yarn or style.
As a knitter I've leaned so much from her books, without realising how much information I'd absorbed. If you love to knit, you'll love this book. If you're new to knitting, this book will save you from making so many mistakes. Buy it!
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The All-Time Number One Classic for Knitters!, 20 Jan 1998
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This review is from: Knitter's Almanac: Projects for Each Month of the Year (Dover Knitting, Crochet, Tatting, Lace) (Paperback)
I wish your ratings went higher than 10. Many years ago, armed only with this book, I taught myself to knit. Elizabeth Zimmermann became my mentor, my inspiration, my Hero. This book, and all of her books are a MUST for knitters. The size is another plus.....fits in your purse or knitting bag so you never have to be without it. Sharon
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A little book with a BIG impact, 12 Nov 1998
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This review is from: Knitter's Almanac: Projects for Each Month of the Year (Dover Knitting, Crochet, Tatting, Lace) (Paperback)
As others have written, this is a great book for all knitters. As I worked to transform from a "blind follower" to an independent thinker, I really appereciated both the longer explanations of the projects as well as the "pithy derections." My favorite pattern is the "Longies." I've made "Longies" in all sizes and in yarns from sport wt. to super bulky -- from baby doll to larger children's sizes -- and am always receiving compliments on my work. Of course, I always give EZ her props!
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't knit without Elizabeth by my side!, 20 Jan 1998
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This review is from: Knitter's Almanac: Projects for Each Month of the Year (Dover Knitting, Crochet, Tatting, Lace) (Paperback)
If you want to knit a different project every month of the year, this is the only book to have! Elizabeth Zimmerman is the Master to learn from. She's warm, cozy and oh, so funny in her style of writing! I've done most of the projects in this wonderful book... Can you imagine what our little ones in the family said when I knitted each a 'Ganomy Hat'? Especially, in this neck of the woods?
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