Cast On, Bind Off: 211 Ways to Begin and End Your Knitting Hardcover-spiral – 15 Oct 2012
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Cap Sease is a weaver, quilter, and basket maker as well as a successful knitter.
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What I don't like about this book:
- step-by-step drawings have no arrows to show direction of movements. You cannot guess what to do just following the pictures. You have to read and the text as well, every time, and it is slow.
- I would prefer much deeper information about the individual COs and BOs. I wish the book included at least the "right" side and "wrong" side photos. It includes only the "right" side view. For example, if I use my favorite CO with stockinette, it curls more if I CO and purl the first row (WS) than if I CO and knit the first row (RS).
I like the three tables at the beginning of the book. What I miss are the page references. Let's say I search for a CO that prevents curling. The table offers several ones but I have to look them up in the index at the end of the book to get their page numbers.
I am not an experienced knitter but I really like to know how things work and I enjoy books that are well organized and are written by authors who have lots to say about the subject, technically. And if the book is to be an overview, a time-saver, then it should have really clear step-by-step drawings, be smaller in size and if spiral-bound then better quality so that you can turn pages easily. The layout could be more compact to save pages and arranged so that even if the book was smaller the drawings remained the same size.
The book is split into 2 sections; cast on and bind off, which is further split into different groups of these methods such as long-tail cast ons, decorative cast ons, sock cast ons etc.
Each method is given the most common name for it, with further familiar names in italics below. They are well described with good illustrations and the author also gives suggestions for when you should use them and also provides the matching bind off.
I'm sure I'll be using it for many years to come.
In summary, a good solid book for an essential oart of the knitting process which is so often left out.
I'm really pleased with it, and would recommend to any knitter, both beginner and experienced.
There are good clear illustrations.
I have looked at this book on an e-reader and my Kindle Fire and I have to say the pictures and illustrations are clearer on the Kindle Fire.
It showed a Picot hem but not the one I learnt on my knitting machine and do on my hand knitting - with a thinner yarn the same colour as the main yarn on the back of the picot hem. This means the picot hem does not kink upwards at front or back.
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