64 of 65 people found the following review helpful
Doesn't quite live up to the subtitle,
This review is from: Knitter's Book of Yarn, The (Hardcover)
When I bought this I was hoping for a comprehensive guide to choosing and substituting yarn, and understanding the effects different yarns would have on different finished projects. Unfortunately, that's not quite what I got. Although the book's much thicker than I expected (and printed on lovely quality paper, incidentally), a huge chunk of it is taken up with patterns. These are quite heavily slanted towards accessories: think plenty of shawls, gloves, hats and socks, with couple of bags and a handful of women's tops thrown in for good measure. The patterns themselves are nice enough but not exceptional, and schematics are not provided for several of the garments.
As for the actual information on different yarns, it's not as thorough as it could be. The author runs through the origins and characteristics of the various fibres available but often doesn't go into as much depth as I'd have liked: there's only half a page on linen, for example, and less than 150 words on bamboo. Much of the information which she does provide is genuinely useful, but there's simply not enough of it in the areas which would have been of the most use.