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

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

by Margaret Radcliffe
     
 

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Knitting is a combination of skill, determination, and adaptability. Whether you’re looking for a suitable substitute yarn, trying to modify a pattern, or fixing a mistake, Margaret Radcliffe offers proven advice that will help you solve all of your knitting quandaries. With this definitive guide, you’ll not only learn how to adjust armholes and shape

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Knitting is a combination of skill, determination, and adaptability. Whether you’re looking for a suitable substitute yarn, trying to modify a pattern, or fixing a mistake, Margaret Radcliffe offers proven advice that will help you solve all of your knitting quandaries. With this definitive guide, you’ll not only learn how to adjust armholes and shape collars, but why certain techniques work best in different situations. Radcliffe gives you the confidence and inspiration that will help you become a better, happier, and more confident knitter.

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:
9781612124148
Publisher:
Storey Books
Publication date:
09/23/2014
Pages:
296
Sales rank:
553,165
Product dimensions:
10.90(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)

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Meet the Author

Margaret Radcliffe is the author of The Essential Guide to Color Knitting Techniques, and the best-sellers, The Knitting Answer Book and The Circular Knitting Workshop. She regularly teaches throughout the country about everything from beginner’s basics to design. She is particularly interested in promoting creativity and independence in all knitters. Her website can be found at www.maggiesrags.com.

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