The Knitter's Book of Yarn: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing, Using, and Enjoying Yarn

The Knitter's Book of Yarn: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing, Using, and Enjoying Yarn

by Clara Parkes


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307352163
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 10/16/2007
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 410,280
Product dimensions: 7.72(w) x 9.32(h) x 1.15(d)

About the Author

CLARA PARKES left her career in the booming high-tech industry to pursue her love of knitting. She lives on the coast of Maine in a farm house full of yarn. She is the publisher of and a contributing editor to Interweave Knits.

Table of Contents

Fiber Foundations
Protein Fibers     12
Cellulose Fibers     34
Cellulosic Fibers     38
Synthetic Fibers     42
Making Yarn
Evaluating Yarns Up Close     49
Mills and Microspinneries     49
Farm Yarns     51
Fiber Festivals     53
Going Organic     54
Color in Yarn     55
The Original Spin     60
The Politics of Pills     64
Ply Me a River
The Single     68
Two-Ply Yarns     84
Three-Ply Yarns     126
Four-Ply and More     144
Cabled Yarns     177
Textured Yarns     190
Boucle Yarn     206
Brushed Yarn     212
Chenille Yarn     218
The Felt Factor     222
Putting It All Together
Care and Feeding     232
Knowing What You Have: WPI     235
CYCA Numbers Explained     236
Abbreviations and Techniques     236
Resources     239
Recommended Reading     242
About the Designers     243
Acknowledgments     245
Glossary     247
Aboutthe Author     253
Index     254

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The Knitter's Book of Yarn: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing, Using, and Enjoying Yarn 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didnt know I would be able to know so much about yarn just after 30 minutes with this book! DId you know that angora and cashmire is 8 times warmer then wool from a sheep :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a knitter, I am fascinated by everything related to the craft. This is a great book that teaches you everything you could possibly want to know about yarn. Definitely worth the read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book full of information to help me understand the nature of fiber better. It has greatly improved my craft. Also, I find I go back to the Maine Morning Mitts pattern again and again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the number one book i recommend to new knitters. Well written and extremely informative.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really useful for knitters who enjoy working with vintage patterns or otherwise enjoy swapping out yarns from patterns, or who design their own knitting patterns. I particularly found the sections on how to work with a fiber's natural tendencies the most useful. If you have a large yarn stash that you're trying to use in other patterns this book will help you choose fibers that work with what you have. I really am not a knitter who enjoys wearing or knitting socks so if you do, a lot of the information in this book is extremely helpful for you. I also didn't particularly like any of the patterns that are in the book (many of them are sock patterns to boot). However, as they are incidental bonuses to the main information, it doesn't particularly bother me either way, as the other information is detailed enough that I still feel my purchase was worth the investment. One major drawback to this book is that it does not cater to crocheters at all. While the general yarn information still holds, keep in mind that crochet tends to be a heavier-weight fabric and it therefore is a good idea to remember that drape, stretching, and shrinking issues may be affected differently by crochet stitches.
knittingpanda87 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This book is a great resource book for substituting yarns in patterns. It teaches you what kind of yarns work with differant types of patterns and all about the differant sizes of yarns. It also gives you backround information on where all differant types of yarn come from such as mohair. It also talks about the process that yarn goes through when it is being made to sell and differant types of yarn manufacturing. The patterns are also awesome in this book.
shadrach_anki on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This is an excellent reference work covering the basics of yarn and various fiber properties. While it doesn't cover every possible fiber type on the market it does cover all the basics, the perennial fibers that are likely to remain available for years to come.Definitely recommended for any knitter who wants to know more about fiber and fiber properties; the information in this book will help you make more informed choices when starting projects. Plus you get to learn cool trivia like the fact that llamas are used as guard animals for herds of sheep and alpaca.
stephaniechase on LibraryThing 5 months ago
An excellent resource for knitters of all levels, with information on the creation, make up, and processing of yarn, how to choose yarn, and a variety of lovely patterns. The book itself is designed very well, and is pleasing to look at and colorful.
desislc on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Very useful and informative. This book really gets into why and how a specific yarn behaves and how to make the most of it.
shafer on LibraryThing 8 months ago
The title of this book is very accurate. It's destined to become one of the "must have" books that every knitter wants. It has a most informative explanation of how the properties of fibers affect the yarns they're made into and a very thorough description of the fibers. There are also forty patterns that demonstrate the various yarn properties. Substitution of yarn is discussed more helpfully than I've seen elsewhere (and I've looked, believe me).
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JuliaMVD More than 1 year ago
This is a lovely book and delivers what the title promises: knowledge of yarn for knitters. I truly enjoyed learning so much about each type of yarn and the knowledgeable comments on how each yarn behaves and which kind of projects are where they're shown in their best light. I'm not giving it 5 stars because I haven't had any luck with the projects I tackled. I'm a new knitter and still have lots to figure out, but the two-ply cardigan for children, which starts with "It doesn't get any easier than this sweet little cardi"... well, the mixing of measurements in stitches, rows and centimeters didn't turn out well. I made the sleeves about four times and they never got really well, in the final version they're really a size bigger than the body! Part of the problem, I think, lays in that there isn't an explanation on how to do the increases and the buttonholes were impossible to figure out (I gave up at the 4th attempt and I stitched invisible pressure buttons and the "real" buttons where the buttonholes were supposed to be). Also, the garment pictured has a finish around all edges that is not included in the instructions. That's not fair. However this misfortune (I'm sorrier about the fact that I don't feel I have learned much about how to knit a cardigan, only what not to do), I think it's a great book and it's a treasure in my reference library. I enjoy just opening it and reading it, and I've given it as a present for new knitters. Even if the projects are a bit unfriendly.