The Complete Book of Knittingby Barbara Abbey
With this excellent how-to book, anyone can learn to knit well, undertake new knitting projects, and even create new designs. A key to better knitting rather than a set of instructions for making specific garments or articles, this comprehensive guide is a permanent reference on various knitting techniques. All basic procedures are thoroughly explained — from selecting and using knitting equipment, casting on and binding off, to taking measurements and adjusting sizes, assembling garments, inserting zippers, and making linings for jackets, skirts, and other apparel.
Over 300 drawings illustrate such fundamental steps as knitting and purling; increasing and decreasing stitches; knitting left-handed; making cable and other crossover stitches; turning and shaping; working Argyle, Scandinavian, and other multicolored patterns; knitting with ribbons and making crocheted finishes; picking up stitches, and much more.
Individual chapters describe yarn bobbins and characteristics of a wide variety of yarns (wool, mohair, cashmere, alpaca, and angora, as well as nylon, rayon, orlon, and other man-made fibers), while 200 photographs illustrate finished designs, among them lace patterns for formal occasions, trimmings, sportswear, baby or adult garments, scarves, and afghans. For needlcraft enthusiasts who have added foreign-language publications or very old knitting books to their libraries, this volume will prove especially useful. A valuable chapter on Abbreviations and Terms explains word usage in old instruction books and even translates commonly used terms in foreign publications.
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I've been knitting for a quite a while, yet Abbey's book illuminated whole new dimensions to knitting for me. She emphasizes not only on the basics, which makes her book ideal for beginners and reteaching pros in a comprhensivemanner, but she teaches you how to become an independent knitter by supplying you with consise directions on every intricate and practical technique imaginable. I would also suggest going to another popular website for this book, where it is sold for five to six dollars less. The real advantage of the book is a compendium of over wonderful 200 stiches which are named and whose usefullness are thouroughly explained.