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on 28 July 2008
This is a real 'bible' for knitters. It's perhaps not as exciting as some of the modern knitting books which are a great way to get going, but the Vogue Kitting book is far more informative, covering a vast range of techniques and stitches in plenty of detail and in a clear, straightforward style. The techniques are listed together with all the alternatives and variations in one place- for example all the increases are listed with instructions and a photo of the results next to each one, so you can see at a glance which one you are using or choose one according to your requirements, with all the relevant information in one place. It's the same with decreases and other techniques, I found this really made a difference- you feel like you are looking something up quickly from a list, rather than searching through random pages thinking 'I'm sure I saw that decrease explained in this book somewhere...'
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.
The diagrams and really clear and the photos are impeccable, often showing the active stitches in a different colour yarn so you can really see what's happening. There's loads of stuff in there I won't use for a while until I get more comfortable with knitting, but even as a beginner I'm finding it very informative. Not a book I want to sit down and read from cover to cover, but a reference manual I will turn to again and again.