Ultimate Knitting Bible: A Complete Reference with Step-by-step Techniques Hardcover – 18 Aug 2008
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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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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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!
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
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Had not done any knitting for many years and had forgotten most of what I had learned! This book has proved invaluable with clear instructions for even the most complicated... Read morePublished 25 days ago by H R Danposh
a few years old but still very useful book. very comprehensive and a welcome addition to my library.Published 6 months ago by Susan Nicholls
This is my third purchase of a 'complete' reference book and so far it has indeed answered all my questions/offered useful hints. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Book-lover 11
Great reference book, from basics to intermediate. Good illustrations.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Fantastic, easy to read, chunky sized book! Highly recommend for the beginner knitter!Published 10 months ago by smartypants
I have been knitting for at least 40 something years and have found many things in the book I did not know.Published 14 months ago by P
This was a christmas present which they are very pleased with as it shows how to do different stitches and many other knitting tips.Published 16 months ago by Mrs S Atkinson
This book provides clear guidance, with excellent photographs and helpful tips on the skills you will need to learn to complete most knitting patterns. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Happyfeet56