Knitting Rules!: The Yarn Harlot Unravels the Mysteries of Swatching, Stashing, Ribbing, and Rolling to Free Your Inner Knitter

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Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, best-selling author of At Knit’s End and celebrated blogger and humorist of the knitting world, is back! Funnier than ever, Pearl-McPhee continues her running dialogue with her knitting compatriots — cheering them on to ever-greater heights in the climb to make knitting universally recognized as THE peak life experience.

Both a celebration of knitting and a sourcebook for practical information, this book is a ...

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Overview

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, best-selling author of At Knit’s End and celebrated blogger and humorist of the knitting world, is back! Funnier than ever, Pearl-McPhee continues her running dialogue with her knitting compatriots — cheering them on to ever-greater heights in the climb to make knitting universally recognized as THE peak life experience.

Both a celebration of knitting and a sourcebook for practical information, this book is a collection of useful advice and emotional support for the knitter. Pearl-McPhee examines essential truisms of knitting, side by side with tongue in-cheek warnings, realities, and fantasies about the act of knitting and the people who do it.

In chapters on everything from yarn needles, gauge, and knitting bag essentials to hats, socks, shawls, and sweaters, Pearl-McPhee unravels the mysteries of what it is that makes knitting click, from the inside out. She dares to question longstanding rules and uncover the true essence of what makes a hat a hat, a sock a sock, and so on. Insights into why certain techniques work encourage knitters to take control and knit in the way that works best for them. As she says, “There are no knitting police.”

The result is an illuminating, liberating (and hilarious!) look at knitting that will comfort the experienced knitter, surprise the mainstream one, and entice the beginner.

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Editorial Reviews

Interweave Knits
“She has become something of an unwitting rock star in the world of knitting.”
Vogue Knitting
“[Stephanie Pearl-McPhee] has created another laugh-out-loud masterpiece . . .”
Interweave Knits

“She has become something of an unwitting rock star in the world of knitting.”

Vogue Knitting
“[Stephanie Pearl-McPhee] has created another laugh-out-loud masterpiece . . .”
Children's Literature - Sheilah Egan
No matter where you fall in the range of knitters (beginner, die-hard, Sensei, scientific, organic, or "pretender") you will not be able to read this book on knitting without learning something and laughing along the way. The author is a truly gifted knitter but she is also a teacher, a philosopher, and a homegrown psychotherapist who can analyze knitters' quirks, phobias, compulsions, and obsessions (all of which she has experienced first hand). Serious information on the basics (needle types and sizes, yarn in all is variations, tips for trouble-shooting and correcting problems, etc.) is to be found along with advice on how to disguise one's stash of yarn (some people collect rocks or stamps— knitters collect yarn—lots of it!) or at least use it for insulation in the face of global warming. Chapter titles include: "Yarn and How Not to Feel Guilty About It," "Know Your Stuff," "Gauge, Swatches and Learning to Accept Them," "Hats," "Socks," "Scarves and Shawls," and "Sweaters." There is also a helpful glossary and an index to aid in finding "a quick fix" for a particularly knotty problem. There are many insets and lists to amuse the reader while pondering the next knitting project. I was particularly entertained by the "Eight Things to Know About Swatches" (swatches are those little samples of pattern and gauge done before even starting to knit the actual project). "Number One: Swatches lie"—A real truth in my book! She explains why swatches are not a foolproof way of preventing errors and adds that they are "little jokes designed to keep things interesting." Oh, yes, number eight: "Swatches lie. It bears repeating." Gentle advice and blunt instructions ("if you arecounting on blocking to fix it, you're heading for a crushing disappointment") make this a useful book, as well as an enjoyable one. Her best knitting advice turns out to be a real life lesson as well: "Never be afraid to trust your instincts. Therein lies the path to greatness, and in the end...it's only knitting....one of the few times in your life when there are no bad consequences to a mistake."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580178341
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 3/1/2006
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 158,947
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, a.k.a. the Yarn Harlot, entertains knitters with her unique humor via her popular blog (www.yarnharlot.com) and her best-selling books, Knitting Rules!, At Knit's End, and Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

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    Great Knitting Resource!

    I really like Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's style of writing - it's like you're sitting down with your best friend and chatting about knitting. She does a great job of mixing technique with humor and personal experience. This is the 2nd of her books that I've read, and she's very inspiring - I feel like "I can do this!" She is obviously very knowledgeable about knitting, and it's very reassuring to read that she's frogged projects over and over and over until she's gotten something right.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2007

    I laughed so hard I hurt!`

    I've not laughed this hard in a long time. Not even the likes of Jeff Foxworthy or Bill Cosby could be as funny as this lady. The bad part is I can relate to every word.... I bought the book to help me develop my knitting skills, and wound up being fully entertained. I recomend this title to any knitter, new or seasoned, that would enjoy learning a little and having a hardy laugh. WARNING: This will make you laugh so hard you need to use the restroom, so I dont advise taking it on a long car trip!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2007

    Fantastic!

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee has an enormous passion for knitting that shows on every page. The tips and tricks are some of the best advice a knitter can ever receive. This book definitely needs to be a part of any knitter's library.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2006

    loved it!

    This was such a good book. It was hilarious and you can relate so much to what Mcphee was saying about how she buys tons of yarns and alot more. She gives great tips, and sheds some light on knittin' stuff. She also includes a few patterns, so it's really a great book!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2006

    A super book!

    Ms. Pearl-McPhee's book is super! When I read her books I know that I'm not alone and love to die laughing at my knitting errors, shopping, showing off, etc. If I'm not knitting I am reading Stephanie Pearl-McPhee books -- especially if I've been frogging (to undo) a knitting pattern three times!! I'll read any of her books to people at work, home, on the phone -- any where. I found her books at the library. I read one and from then on I have bought all of Ms. Pearl-McPhee books. These books will be read over and over! Thank You Ms. Yarn Harlot and keep on going!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2006

    Another great book by McPhee

    Thank you, another excellent book by McPhee. More of a tutorial and information based as compared to 'yarn harlot.' A good read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2014

    Excellent staart Excellent start to becoming a sockaholic!

    This is by far the clearest set of instructions on knitting socks I have ever found. It stays in a knitting bag at all times. The authors knowledge and fun sense of humor has made it one of my "go to books".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2013

    recommended

    She has a way with words,and can put things into perspective.she can be very funny and also very serious a must if you like reading about knitting

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  • Posted June 13, 2012

    Definitely worth owning as a knitting reference.

    I decided to make this book a part of my knitting reference library for two reasons: 1)Pearl-McPhee's humorous style of writing and imparting knitting life lessons and 2)the chapter on sock knitting, blocking and making sweaters. I was initially a little put off by her style, until I realized that there really is a lot of knitting wisdom mixed in with her humor in this small book. When it comes to knitting, I am a bit anal, so her writing helps me relax. Pearl-McPhee's book isnt the only knitting reference I own, but it's technical enough to get me out of a jam, and humorous enough to talk me down off my ledges. As she put's it, it's just knitting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    Madi montgomery

    I just learned how to knitt and i really would love to get this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2009

    Entertaining Yarn Harlot style

    I love the way Stephanie Pear-McPhee makes all the items in the book inviting and easy. Made me want to jump up and fetch the knitting needles and get started. Witty and very well written.

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