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
Over 650 practical two-colour drawings illustrate the clear step-by-step instructions, which cover everything from casting on right through to adding the finishing touches, while many specially commissioned detailed and informative colour photographs have been added to this edition. There is a section devoted to beginners; a guide to choosing the best technique for a particular purpose; and practical advice on what to do when things go wrong. The book is thoroughly cross-referenced, helping to make it the most comprehensive volume on knitting techniques ever published. It's already a proven success and is now available for a new generation of handknitters.See all Product description
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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!