Knitter's Handbook : A Comprehensive Guide to The Principles and Techniques of Handknitting Paperback – 30 Aug 2001
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'Possibly the most comprehensive manual of handknitting techniques ever published... just about everything there is to know about practical handknitting' Vogue Knitting
About the Author
Born in Spain, much of Montse Stanley's life was absorbed by her passion for handknitting. She contributed to many publications and had a regular column in the trade magazine, the Knitting and Haberdashery Review. She became a household name in the knitting world, known for her flair, technical mastery and innovation in design. Sadly, Montse died in 1999.
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I certainly do not regret buying this book and I reccomend it to everyone.
One: Basics - covering holding your work, how knitting works to hold the wool into a fabric and equipment
Two: Get Clicking - casting on and off, all types of stitches including turning, increases, decreases, slip stitches, cabling, buttonholes, beads, fair isle (stranding), intarsias, edges and hems.
Three: Final touches - making up, blocking, joining, fastenings, embroidery and cords
Four: Pattern instructions - how to read a commercial pattern
Five: Help! - coping with mishaps such as dropping stitches, and recycling
It is generally very good but a little dated and overly complicated, I couldn't for instance find an instruction for how to do a basic increase 1 stitch (make 1) and some things are a little difficult to find. Also, I found the tone of the book quite firm, as if you have to do it this exact way or your work will not work out well. For me, the best way forward is to try out a number of techniques and see which works best. All in all, an excellent resource, I never knew there were so many ways to cast on!
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