Cast On, Bind Off: 54 Step-by-Step Methods; Find the Perfect Start and Finish for Every Knitting Project

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Elegant Edges for All Your Knitting Projects

If you're still using the cast-on and bind-off methods you learned when you began knitting, it's time to explore new possibilities! Leslie Ann Bestor's creative edges are just what you need to begin and end every project with flair.

Choose from among 33 cast ons and 21 bind offs to give your ...

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Overview

Elegant Edges for All Your Knitting Projects

If you're still using the cast-on and bind-off methods you learned when you began knitting, it's time to explore new possibilities! Leslie Ann Bestor's creative edges are just what you need to begin and end every project with flair.

Choose from among 33 cast ons and 21 bind offs to give your next project the perfect edge.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This excellent reference guide tackles two important parts of the knitting process: beginnings and endings. Knitting teacher and fiber artist Bestor turns this deceptively simple topic into a fascinating read. Full of clear instructions and copious color photographs, this book details 33 cast on and 21 cast off methods, and offers suggestions for matching technique to knitting project. The cast on techniques are divided into the useful categories of basic, stretchy, decorative, circular, double-sided, multicolor, provisional, tubular, and Möbius, and the bind offs are divided into basic, stretchy, decorative, and sewn. Each cast on and bind off technique has user-friendly bullet points that describe the technique’s “Characteristics,” as well as what it’s “Good For.” There are also clever sidebars throughout called “Getting It Right,” which offer great insider tips for finessing and perfecting each technique. This is a great reference for the knitter looking to customize her own projects, and is an ideal companion for anyone who dares to try her own hand at design. (June)
Creative Knitting
“Step-by-step instructions and accompanying close-up photographs are the perfect format for this go-to guide. You’ll be amazed at what you’ve been missing!”
Austin American Statesman
“This spiral-bound book is a gem, chock-full of techniques to improve your knitting projects from start to finish. I love the organization of the book ...In addition to the handy spiral binding - so great when you’re trying to follow along - there are photos of every step of the techniques, plus photos of projects using the techniques. Paws up!" — Austin American Statesman's knitting blog, Knittin' Kitten
The Oregonian
“In the era of YouTube, how useful is a print guide to knitting cast-ons and bind-offs? Very, especially if you’re designing your own knits, looking for alternate cast-ons or bind-offs to change an existing pattern, or trying to choose among a variety of options in a pattern. [Leslie Ann Bestor’s] collection is comprehensive and well organized, and the directions are easy to follow.”
Author of Beyond Toes: Knitting Adventures wit Judy Becker
“This spiral-bound book is a gem, chock-full of techniques to improve your knitting projects from start to finish. I love the organization of the book ...In addition to the handy spiral binding - so great when you’re trying to follow along - there are photos of every step of the techniques, plus photos of projects using the techniques. Paws up!" — Austin American Statesman's knitting blog, Knittin' Kitten
Margaret Radcliffe
“The very best knitting books are the ones that educate, inspire and open up new knitting worlds. As so it is with "Cast On, Bind Off," a terrific new reference book that walks knitters through more than 50 — I'll repeat that, because it merits it — more than 50 ways to start and end your projects. … And that, folks, is why every blessed one of us needs this book. Like, now. … I've seen a number of these techniques elsewhere, but never all of them together, and absolutely never in such a clear, easy-to-use format. This is a must for any knitter's library. You'll go back to it time and again, and you'll never again have a glorious project wrecked by the wrong technique. (Anyone who's ended up with a too-tight bind off on a sweater neck knows what I'm talking about.) Buy the book. Your knitting will thank you, and you'll thank Leslie Ann Bestor for writing "Cast On, Bind Off."” —The Oregonian’s knitting blog, OregonLive.com
From the Publisher
“Step-by-step instructions and accompanying close-up photographs are the perfect format for this go-to guide. You’ll be amazed at what you’ve been missing!”
Library Journal
Designer and knitting teacher Bestor covers a wide variety of ways to start and stop your knitting projects, from the tried-and-true to new favorites such as Judy's Magic Cast-On and Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off, along with specialty cast-ons and bind-offs designed for lace and color work. Her collection is comprehensive and well organized, and the directions are easy to follow. VERDICT In the era of YouTube, how useful is a print guide to knitting cast-ons and bind-offs? Very, especially if you're designing your own knits, looking for alternate cast-ons or bind-offs to change an existing pattern, or trying to choose among a variety of options in a pattern.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603427241
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 6/19/2012
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 114,582
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Leslie Ann Bestor is the author of the best-seller Cast On, Bind Off and a knitting teacher and store manager at WEBS, America's Yarn Store. Both positions give her important insights into what new knitters need in order to be successful. Her designs have been featured in books and magazines. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Beginnings and Endings
Quick Start Guide

Part One: Cast Ons
Basic
Stretchy
Decorative
Circular
Double-Sided
Multicolor
Provisional
Tubular
Mobius

Part Two: Bind Offs
Basic
Stretchy
Decorative
Sewn

Resources
Acknowledgments
Index

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  • Posted July 9, 2012

    Love this book. Great for beginner as well as the experienced k

    Love this book. Great for beginner as well as the experienced knitter. The printed book is a really small. Nook format is perfect.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2012

    Great Reference Book - Easy to Follow

    This book is well-written with clear, step-by-step pictures to accompany easy-to-follow written instructions. The author, Leslie Ann Bestor, describes each method, giving examples of its use as well as special tips for "Getting It Right". This is a wonderful reference book for both beginning and advanced knitters.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2012

    Easy to follow, lots of variety.

    While I have been knitting for a number of years now, I have never given much thought to the importance of different bind offs/cast ons. This book has changed that! It is an excellent resource for the beginning or advanced knitter (even if you don't realize it until after you read it!) It includes a cast on and bind off for every situation. Both the written directions and photos are clear, as well. A good investment, indeed!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2012

    Nice, complete collection of techniques

    I enjoyed the variety of cast on and bind off techniques in this book. The photographs are clear, and I am glad I can enjoy it on my Android device.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2012

    Handy size

    Provides some options for making your project a little different and special by easily customizing the cast-on and/or cast-off. Some really nice finishes for those sometimes "dull" edges around the hem or neckline. None of the options are difficult, and the book is such a handy size for fitting in your project bag.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2012

    This little book has really helped me expand my knitting experie

    This little book has really helped me expand my knitting experience. I now know that there are many different ways to cast on and bind off. I enjoy the simpke instructions, the photos, and the tips on when to use the different techniques. I also like the size, a perfect fit for my knitting bag. I highly recommend this resource.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2013

    Love,Love,Love

    This is a great book to have. I've heard of some of these, but was introduced to a lot of new ones. This book is especially helpful in giving the characterisics each caston/bindoff and giving examples of when to use them. Like cable cast on firm edge goo for one row button holes adding stitches at ends of rows.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2013

    I just think this book is very helpful. I am considering myself

    I just think this book is very helpful. I am considering myself as a beginner intermediate knitter and learning everyday something while knitting and fixing my mistakes...but this book brings more ways to start and end a knitting project (for the better). Have friends using this book as well. I am recommending this book to anyone interested in knitting (new or experienced) because it gives good tips and ways to vary your cast on and cast off on for specific projects.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2013

    Recommended for all knitters

    I did find this book to be very helpful and it would be great whether you are a new knitter or an older knitter. This is a good guide book and in fact I learned a few things from this book. This is a book that you need for your shelf!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2013

    A must have!

    Absolutely wonderful resource. Very clearly written, and with good photos/renderings. Even the size of the book makes it handy and easy to fit into a project bag. I am so glad I purchased this invaluable tool.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2013

    Valuable resource for knitters--highly recommended!

    This spiral-bound book has close-up photos and clear instructions for 33 cast ons and 21 bind offs. As a self-taught knitter of two years, I was looking for a stretchy bind off for the socks that I was knitting, and I found it in this compact book of 6 inches X 7 inches, which fits in my knitting bag. For a baby sweater that I'm knitting, I learned how to do a decorative picot bind off. I'm very happy with my purchase.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2013

    Wonderful

    Great book, some more clarity in the section headers would have been nice; I find myself struggling to remember if that cast on i was thinking of was in the Stretchy section, or the Basics section. May be just me.

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

    Perfect addition to knitting library

    While other books list more examples of cast on and bind off methods, I like the instructions in this volume and the explanations of when each should be used.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2012

    It is good

    I enjoy this book

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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