Knitter's Almanac: Projects for Each Month of the Year

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24178-5 Elizabeth Zimmerman's Knitter's Almanac
"One of America's most ingenious and creative knitters." — Barbara G. Walker, author of Treasury of Knitting Patterns.
Elizabeth Zimmerman once wrote, "So please bear with me, and put up with my opinionated, nay, sometimes cantankerous attitude. I feel strongly about knitting." Perhaps her passionate opinions, as well as her love of wool craft and her delightful style, hark back to her English ...

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Overview

24178-5 Elizabeth Zimmerman's Knitter's Almanac
"One of America's most ingenious and creative knitters." — Barbara G. Walker, author of Treasury of Knitting Patterns.
Elizabeth Zimmerman once wrote, "So please bear with me, and put up with my opinionated, nay, sometimes cantankerous attitude. I feel strongly about knitting." Perhaps her passionate opinions, as well as her love of wool craft and her delightful style, hark back to her English upbringing or long residence in the Wisconsin woods; in any case, the "Busy Knitter," as she calls herself, is one of the most charming and informative, as well as "un"ventive (her word) knitter-authors anywhere. This book gives full scope to her tireless imagination through a year's worth of projects, fitted to the seasons, moods, and needs of knitters who would like to design their own work.
The year begins with an Aran sweater and proceeds to February baby things, a March Shetland, April blanket, May mittens, and so on through the months, completing the zodiac with November moccasin socks and a December last-minute wishbone sweater. Projects are completed in the midst of canoe trips, fishing expeditions, travel, and snowstorms. The author continuously comments on the project, its history, other ancient and modern customs, and personal beliefs.
Mrs. Zimmerman works step by step with the reader, suggesting alternative methods and ideas as she goes. Her patterns are "classic," historically suited to wool, thus remaining ever-fashionable as well as tasteful and attractive. The knitter may easily adapt the designs at will, creating new, individual projects. Mrs. Zimmerman's hints (such as how to measure gauge when working a pattern and tips for baby's items) help ease the way and will instruct even the most experienced knitter. This corrected edition of the Knitter's Almanac will provide at the very least a year's worth of knitting pleasure to intermediate and advanced knitters and may even help stimulate a knitting passion.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486241784
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 10/1/1981
  • Series: Dover Knitting, Crochet, Tatting, Lace Series
  • Edition description: Dover ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 256,779
  • Product dimensions: 5.41 (w) x 7.95 (h) x 0.36 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2004

    BEST BOOK FOR (UNSURE) KNITTERS

    This book changed my knitting life. There is no book published today that covers what Mrs. Zimmerman does in this book. This book gives courage to the new knitters out there, while at the same time encouraging experienced knitters to keep it up. No knitter should be without it.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2000

    The best knitting book I've ever read

    This is an excellent book!!! Elizabeth Zimmermann does not merely provide knitting patterns. She guides you through the 'unvention' process of sweaters, shawls, baby clothes, hats, and more. And encourages you to come up with your own ideas. Mrs. Zimmermann has a wonderful sense of humor, and I think I would have enjoyed reading this book even if I didn't knit. Knitter's Almanac has completely eliminated the 'uptight' feeling I used to have when I knitted. Now I am relaxed and confident that I can cope with whatever comes up. I can't wait to start designing my own knitting!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 15, 2008

    Wow!

    What a creative and ingenious woman!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2007

    From the Knitting Guru

    I bought this book last night and it is wonderful. All the wit of the grand lady of knitting is evident in this little book. Patterns are a little dated but techniques are timeless.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2015

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    A wonderful book that is funny and informative. The patterns are

    A wonderful book that is funny and informative. The patterns are adaptable and lovely. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2014

    It was exactly what I was looking for

    I was looking for the Pi shawl. The chapter for July is entirely devoted to it!

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  • Posted March 1, 2012

    Classic Zimmermann, a MUST in any knitter's library

    She really does make creating one's own knitting patterns seem not only possible but *actually* do-able - there is a difference! One is daydreams, the other gets you started planning and measuring! Her personal warmth and humor and common sense shine through every page. I have to be honest - I haven't quite got to the skill level I want to be before starting one of her patterns, but oh boy do I have my eye on that pullover sweater...

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