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

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

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by Leslie Ann Bestor
     
 

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Discover the perfect beginning and ending for every knitting project! This one-of-a-kind reference guide presents more than 50 ways to cast on and bind off, creating edges that are tighter, looser, stretchier, or lacier — whatever your project needs. Detailed instructions for each technique are combined with step-by-step photography so that you’ll be

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Discover the perfect beginning and ending for every knitting project! This one-of-a-kind reference guide presents more than 50 ways to cast on and bind off, creating edges that are tighter, looser, stretchier, or lacier — whatever your project needs. Detailed instructions for each technique are combined with step-by-step photography so that you’ll be sure not to miss a stitch. No matter what you’re knitting, Leslie Ann Bestor has the cast on and bind off that will give your project the perfect edge. 

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781603427241
Publisher:
Storey Books
Publication date:
06/19/2012
Pages:
216
Sales rank:
82,633
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.60(d)

What People are saying about this

Lucy Neatby
"At lastCast On and Bind-Off techniques are being given pride of place.This tempting array of Cast On and Bind-Off techniques, carefully organized in families, will inspire the knitter to try something new, with enriching results."

Margaret Radcliffe
"Cast off your old techniques and embark on a voyage of cast-on and bind-off discoveries! Leslie Ann Bestor has produced a clear, concise, definitive reference that will be cherished by all knitters. There’s something for everyone, from introductions to the most basic cast ons and bind offs to detailed discussions of some that even advanced knitters may never have encountered. The clear close-up photos of the front, back and edge of every single cast on and bind off will be invaluable to every knitter in selecting the best cast on for each and every project."

Author of Beyond Toes: Knitting Adventures wit Judy Becker
"All knitters need a variety of starts and finishes in their knitting tool belt, but sometimes it’s hard to know which to use. Cast On, Bind Off is the perfect reference to any of these techniques that are likely to be needed—including some of the newer and less well known methods. With beautiful photographs, clear instructions, and helpful illustrations, Leslie Ann provides not only the how-to, but the why and where as well! Cast On, Bind Off should be part of every knitter’s library."

Judy Becker
"All knitters need a variety of starts and finishes in their knitting tool belt, but sometimes it’s hard to know which to use. Cast On, Bind Off is the perfect reference to any of these techniques that are likely to be needed—including some of the newer and less well known methods. With beautiful photographs, clear instructions, and helpful illustrations, Leslie Ann provides not only the how-to, but the why and where as well! Cast On, Bind Off should be part of every knitter’s library.

Meet the Author

Leslie Ann Bestor is the author of How to Knit and the best-selling book, Cast On, Bind Off. She is a knitting teacher and store manager at WEBS, America’s Yarn Store, and her designs have been featured in books and magazines. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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Cast On, Bind Off: 54 Step-by-Step Methods; Find the Perfect Start and Finish for Every Knitting Project 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
DianeM More than 1 year ago
Love this book. Great for beginner as well as the experienced knitter. The printed book is a really small. Nook format is perfect.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
KimKNJ More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Ginks More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
LittlePig More than 1 year ago
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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sue_nyc More than 1 year ago
I already learned a new binding techniques! Seemed complicated but then turned out so easy and effective! Can't wait to try others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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I enjoy this book