"Vogue Knitting": The Ultimate Knitting Book Hardcover – 24 Mar 2003
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In some sections there seems to be the assumption that the reader is already quite a confident/accomplished knitter. I'm an intermediate-to-advanced knitter, I'd say, but I'm struggling with some of the explanations, for example, that for grafting two pieces of stockinette stitch together (pgs. 102-103, also known as Kitchener stitch). I eventually gave up and went to YouTube for the answer, where I found an excellent tutorial that brought the whole thing into focus for me. Having re-read the instructions in the book, there's no way I would have worked out the technique from that alone.
The book doesn't have as many step-by-step illustrations as some other knitting books I've seen, so if one is learning a completely new technique, it can be a bit confusing.
On balance, I'm glad I have the book, as it's already come in handy for one technique I was having trouble with, but unfortunately I can't give it my whole-hearted recommendation.
If you're scratching your head over something, or the instructions in a pattern seem unclear, this book can usually bail you out, but the joys of this book don't end there. I'm still only a beginning knitter, but I'm sure that this book will be useful for more advanced knitters and designers as it has extensive information regarding design and other advanced stuff, with charts and so on. It looked a little bit daunting at first, but I am starting to see a clear path to designing knits of my own one day and really making sense of the craft rather than blindly following patterns. I think many knitters eventually tire of this as there will usually be something we don't like in a pattern, particularly these days as there are so many patterns which deliberately make it difficult to substitute another yarn so that you have to buy their recommended brand.Read more ›
What I found interesting was the two ways to hold needles, English and the continental. Now when I watch old movies I look at the way the needles are held. Naturally Aunt Jane Marple holds needles the English way.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book itself is terrific but I cannot claim the same for the providers, only 1* for them.Published 17 months ago by Starling
My mum loves it! She's really into knitting and this gives her new ideas and techniques.Published 19 months ago by Tusio
I had no idea on how to knit and learnt everything by reading this book!! I have done plenty of knitting projects since and they are all quite nice. Read morePublished on 30 Jan. 2014 by elen
Decided to treat myself! Have really enjoyed this book and I am so glad that I bought this - recommended.Published on 26 Dec. 2013 by Gilly McN.
There are things that I liked about this book but there are probably more things that I didn't like. Read morePublished on 30 May 2013 by Book Addict
A good learning guide for beginners as it introduces you to a great many techniques and stitch patterns and also fantastic reference book even if you are an experienced knitter. Read morePublished on 26 Mar. 2013 by Guadalupe Millaruelo
This book was a gift for an accomplished knitter. She praised the the thoroughness of the directions, explanations of stitches, and really liked the patterns.Published on 6 Mar. 2012 by Barbaranne Branca