The Knowledgeable Knitter: Understand the Inner Workings of Knitting and Make Every Project a Success

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The Knowledgeable Knitter is the definitive reference for any knitter seeking better results, whether the challenge is reading a pattern chart, substituting yarn, modifying a pattern, fixing a mistake, shaping a collar, or adjusting an armhole. Expert Margaret Radcliffe, author of The Knitting Answer Book and Circular Knitting Workshop, demystifies and thoroughly explains the "why" behind every knitting technique, from modifying necklines to fixing dropped stitches and creating sleek edges and seams. In this ...

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Overview

The Knowledgeable Knitter is the definitive reference for any knitter seeking better results, whether the challenge is reading a pattern chart, substituting yarn, modifying a pattern, fixing a mistake, shaping a collar, or adjusting an armhole. Expert Margaret Radcliffe, author of The Knitting Answer Book and Circular Knitting Workshop, demystifies and thoroughly explains the "why" behind every knitting technique, from modifying necklines to fixing dropped stitches and creating sleek edges and seams. In this fascinating and comprehensive guide, she covers everything from how to identify a well-written pattern to evaluating schematics, revising a pattern so it fits perfectly, and making adjustments throughout a project. Whatever your skill level, with this book you'll become a better, happier, more confidentknitter!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
07/07/2014
In this treasure trove of knowledge gleaned from a lifetime of knitting, Radcliffe (The Circular Knitting Workshop, The Knitting Answer Book, The Essential Guide to Color Knitting Techniques) has dispensed with the usual “how-to” reference book and written a “why-to” guide instead. Brimming with sage advice, intriguing tips and tricks, and thoughtful considerations of every aspect of knitting, this book is a must-have for knitters of all levels who want to understand how to alter, control, and personalize their work. The book is divided into chapters that follow the lifespan of a project, from “First Choices: Pattern, Yarn, and Needles” to “Putting It All Together,” to chapter on “Borders, Bindings, and Embellishments.” Each chapter covers both conceptual topics(“Going Beyond Conventional Construction”) and practical ones (“Fixing Mistakes” or “Size and Fit Adjustments”), as well as tidbits on techniques and embellishments (“Adding Short-Row Bust Darts” or “Afterthought Invisible Pockets”) The book is chock-full of useful photographs and diagrams, and its clarity, detail, scope, and companionable tone make it an extraordinary reference and a delicious read. Agent: Linda Roghaar, Linda Roghaar Literary Agency. (Aug.)
Knitty.com

This book explains the why behind the how to of knitting. Imagine if the tiny little bit of information at the beginning of a knitting pattern was blown up into an almost 300-page reference book; that begins to explain The Knowledgeable Knitter.
Library Journal
★ 10/01/2014
Radcliffe (Circular Knitting Workshop) has made a name for herself as the author of several thorough, detailed knitting references. Her latest focuses on knitting from prewritten patterns, taking knitters step-by-step through the process of matching the right yarn with the right pattern, planning the project, knitting, and finishing. Radcliffe's approach is not an "accept what's on the page" method, rather, she uses the pattern as a jumping-off point for customizations, clearly explaining the reasons behind design choices and offering suggestions for adaptations both common (converting flat knitting to circular knitting) and unusual (custom shaping for a more flattering fit). The chapter on correcting problems (such as dropped stitches and extra stitches) is useful, providing an accessible way to dealing with some of the most frustrating mistakes, and the section on finishing provides clear instructions for an assortment of professional-level finishes. Color photos throughout the book both illustrate concepts and provide step-by-step instruction. VERDICT Beginning and intermediate knitters will likely benefit the most from this book, but even knitters with extensive experience will find useful advice, new approaches to common knitting issues, and ways to modify and customize patterns.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612120409
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 9/23/2014
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 63,586
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Margaret Radcliffe is the author of The Essential Guide to Color Knitting Techniques, The Knowledgeable Knitter, and the bestsellers The Knitting Answer Book and Circular Knitting Workshop. She regularly teaches throughout the country about everything from beginner’s basics to knitting design. She is particularly interested in promoting creativity and independence in all knitters and maintains the website www.maggiesrags.com.

 

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Table of Contents


Introduction   Knowledge Is Power
 
Chapter One
First Choices: Pattern, Yarn, and Needles
What Makes a Well-Written Pattern?
Understanding and Evaluating Schematics
Choosing the Right Size
How to Take Body Measurements
Finding a Yarn to Suit Your Pattern/Finding a Pattern to Suit Your Yarn
Choosing Needles
Matching Gauge
There’s More to Swatching Than Matching the Gauge
 
Chapter Two
Second Thoughts: Planning the Project
Order of Construction
Cast Ons
Centering Pattern Stitches
Planning Ahead for Perfect Finishing
 
Chapter Three
Third Time Lucky: Modifying Your Pattern
Changing Color or Stitch Pattern
Adding Embellishments
Changing the Borders
Changing Direction: Top Down versus Bottom Up
Converting Flat to Circular
The Whys and Hows of Steeks
Converting Circular Garment Instructions to Flat
 
Chapter Four
Forethought: Shaping and Fitting
Shaping Your Knitting
Fitting Your Garment
 
Chapter Five
Work in Progress
Understanding Knitting Instructions
Reality Checks
Disguising the Job
Binding Off and Casting On in the Middle
Bottom Borders on a Top-Down Sweater
Binding Off at the End
What Comes Next?
 
Chapter Six
Evaluation and Adjustments
Honest Assessments, Practical Solutions
Fixing Mistakes
Variations in Dye Lot, Color, and Yarn Quality
Size and Fit Adjustments
Cutting Your Knitting
 
Chapter Seven
Putting It All Together
Best Finishing Practices
Blocked Knitted Pieces
Dealing with Ends
Joining the Pieces
 
Chapter Eight
Borders, Bindings, and Embellishments
Neck, Armhole, and Front Borders
Bindings and Facings to Enclose Edges
The Zipper Controversy
Collars for a Dressier Look
Practical and Decorative Pockets
Knitted Embellishments
Blocking the Finished Garment
Caring for Your Finished Handknits
Storing Handknit Garments
The Elusive Pursuit of Perfection
 
Appendix
Glossary of Techniques & Terms
Abbreviations
Symbols
Further Reading
Online References
 
Acknowledgments
Index
 
 
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