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Ultimate Knitting Bible: A Complete Reference with Step-by-step Techniques Hardcover – 18 Aug 2008

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Collins & Brown (18 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843404508
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843404507
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2.5 x 27.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Whether you're a complete novice or an experienced knitter, you'll be able to get plenty out of this fantastic book... You'll enjoy your knitting so much more after reading it!" --Simply Knitting magazine

About the Author

Sharon Brant spent ten years as a Design Consultant and now works as a Retail Manager for Rowan Yarns. She has worked closely with prominent knitwear designers such as Kaffe Fassett and Brandon Mably, and often teaches workshops and provides technical support for up-and-coming designers. Her work has been seen in films including Harry Potter and Phantom of the Opera. Sharon lives in Hertfordshire with her husband, two children and noisy cat. Sharon Brant is also the author of Finishing Techniques for Hand Knitters (9781843404910).


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I have been knitting for years and I have a lot of knitting books. This is by far the best for starting with the basics (even great cast on and cast off techniques depending on the type of stitch you are knitting - which is a revelation to me) and then working through to more complicated stitch techniques, using more than one colour, finishing techniques, crochet for knitting etc. It is clear and concise and has lots of photos and illustrations. It even shows you how to alter knitted garments, which is great when your child's lovely knitted things are suddenly too short in the arm or body for them.

Please be aware, however, that there is not a complete knitting pattern anywhere in this book, for example for a jumper. But what is does give you is the know how, or the reference you need, to be able to tackle just about any knitting project.
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The first knitting book I ever used was Claire Montgomerie's Easy Kids Knits. From that book, I knitted up a big teddy bear for my daughter - however that book has very clear, well-laid-out, easy to follow instructions - nothing like the very abbreviated, shortened descriptions one normally finds in many knitting patterns.

When I bought my first pattern from Sirdar, I realised that I'd need a knitting bible of some sort to make sense of the pattern instructions. I was very wary of purchasing one before trying though, as there seems to be negative reviews for almost every knitting bible book out there (surprisingly this one hasn't gotten one yet, but that could be because it has 9 reviews so far, which doesn't seem a lot compared to other knitting bibles on Amazon). This was the only knitting bible I found in my local library and I'm very glad I stumbled upon this in the library because now I know I'd definitely buy it once I return it to the library.

It has a wealth of information, all presented very matter-of-factly, succinctly and clearly.
For every common knitting technique there is that you can find in most patterns, this will explain and teach it to you.
The one other thing I love about this book are the "sampler" projects for some key chapters of the book, which if you have the time and patience to try out, will certainly ground you in all the basics (and intermediates) of knitting before you even attempt to knit a proper item using those very techniques.

There's also a short chapter at the back which teaches you the essential basics of crochet (because crochet techniques are sometimes really useful to enhance a knitted piece of work) and includes a sampler project so you can familiarise yourself with the crochet techniques.
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Coming back to knitting garmets after quite a break, this book inspires as well as gives clear and accurate instructions on 'How To....'
After hunting through various titles, this book appeared the clearest, most uncluttered and useful book on all aspects of knitting, from simple to complicated. Well named and extremely useful. This single book has all you'll need to know to help create a wide range of projects - in one attractive volume. This is not 'Knitting 101' but starts at this level and takes you through to 'complex' and 'advanced' as your own skills and inclination progess. Recommended.
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Complete Home reference Knitting and crotchet Manual.Clear instructions and good illustrations.You can learn to knit and crochet as a complete beginner following step by step clear guidance.If wished progress to more complex techniques.This is a good reference book for both beginners and more advanced knitters. Highly recommend.
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this book is great either for beginners or for people trying to remember whats what with knitting techniques. i myself bought it as a reminder to my previous knitting knowledge and find its a great book :) it shows you how to construct garments, different stitches, knitting terms and is an all round great book.
images are clear unlike some other books and the stages are simple to follow. hope u find this book as useful as i have :) yay for knitting!
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This is almost the perfect knitting reference book, everything well illustrated with easy to use diagrams and photographs. The writing style is gentle and direct, never didactic or berating, presenting alternatives in an easy to read style. It covers all the information you need both to get started and for more complicated kitting techniques, including:

equipment
yarns including how to read a wool ball band
a variety of cast ons and offs
knit and purl stitch including variations such as continentals and left handed knitting
simple stitches such as moss and rib
edge stitches
joining in yarn
shaping, increases, decreases, sizing, corners, pleats, tucks, bias and socks
reading patterns and charts, abbreviations and terminology
texture, including cables, crossed stitches, twists, bobbles and lace knitting
colour, including stripes, intarsia, charts and fair isle
embellishments, including beading, sequins, fringing, cords, pom poms, felting, crochet and embroidery
finishing techniques, including grafting, seams, bands, hems, facings, buttonholes, buttons, zips and linings
troubleshooting, including dropped stitches, unravelling work, uneven knitting, mending, correcting colour and cables
designing and adapting patterns, including calculating stitches and rows, graphing, altering and designing
glossary and index

My only slight complaint would be the size, it's quite big and I would like a little portable version, maybe spiral bound, but I do understand that big and clear would also be a distinct advantage.
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