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Big Subject, Fairly Good Coverage
on 22 February 2016
Considering that it essentially comprises a single stitch, it's hard to believe that knitting is just too large a subject for a single book. This one tries, and is a good get-you-started for most aspects of the craft but you will likely find yourself using trial-and-error to perfect the techniques explained here and then learning additional techniques elsewhere. Just three cast on methods are shown, and I know of (of, note, not actually know-how-to-do) at least seven others. Similarly for casting off, where a visible edge can be enhanced by the right choice of method (Russian and Icelandic cast off, q.v.). The stitch library is pretty comprehensive but there are many wonderfully decorative stitches involving two colours and weird stitching methods that simply can't be explained clearly by words and pictures alone - you need a good video (welcome, YouTube) or to have someone actually show you.
Where this book scores most as far as I'm concerned is that it is bilingual. The Americans have embraced knitting wholeheartedly and produce a wealth of patterns which they're happy to share with the world. However, they also have their own dialect that can sometimes lack clarity. This book explains what "yo" really means when increasing, with pictures to help you get it right. Priceless!
Normally I'd criticise the inclusion of a pile of projects in a book of technique but this time I'm more forgiving as they're grouped separately at the back of the book and actually produce some rather nice bits of yarnery to enhance your environment.
Oh, and for those who, like me, regard crochet as the work of a particularly twisted devil, let me point out that there is not an inch of space wasted on it, excepting the use a crochet hook as tool for picking up a dropped stitch (if you really must ...).