The Knitter's Dictionary: Knitting Know-How from A to Z

The Knitter's Dictionary: Knitting Know-How from A to Z

by Kate Atherley


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From "alt" to "yrn," knitting patterns have a unique language of abbreviations and knitting techniques. The Knitter's Dictionary is your comprehensive resource to understanding the language of knitting in a quick-reference guide that no knitting bag should be without. For beginner and skilled knitters alike, there's always something new to discover in your next hand knit project. The Knitter's Dictionary puts an expert knitting instructor in the palm of your hands to help you navigate any pattern.    
Within this knitting bag necessity you'll also find:

  • Over 150 illustrations showing you everything from the difference between a toque and a beret to how-to information on increase and decrease stitches.
  • Handy cross references quickly lead you to exactly the information you need whether you've come across a new abbreviation in a knitting pattern or you've forgotten the steps to a long-tail cast on.
  • Extended information on more challenging topics like taking measurements, understanding gauge, and fiber care instructions make this more than a dictionary—it's important information no knitter should be without.
  • Packed with bonus tips and tricks, learn the do's and don'ts of pattern knitting making patterns easier and more enjoyable to knit!
  The Knitter's Dictionary gives knitters the answers they need when and where they need them in a precise and helpful way. Give yourself or another knitter the gift of knowledge with this must-have resource.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781632506382
Publisher: F+W Media
Publication date: 10/30/2018
Pages: 126
Sales rank: 61,523
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.60(d)

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I first learned to knit when I was a young girl, at my grandmother Hilda's knee. I was a very confident maker of doll blankets and scarves at an early age. Spurred on by her clear instruction, my ability to form perfect stitches and manage yarn and needles was firmly formed.

When I picked up the needles again, as a teenager, I had moved far away from her So I found myself a pattern for something that looked easy to knit, chose a ridiculous brightly colored yarn, and sat down, keen to start working.

But I was utterly lost. I was fine with the needles and yarn, but I couldn't make any sense of the instructions. Handling the needles and yarn was an entirely different skill than reading the patterns. Although my grandmother had made sure I was a master at the first, we had never gotten around to the second topic in our lessons: the language, rules, and codes embedded in knitting patterns.

There are many books, magazines, online tutorials, and store classes that show you the mechanics of knitting, but very few that address how to read the instructions. That's what this book is all about.

Knitting has its own language: technical terms, funny abbreviations, and familiar words used in very particular ways "repeat," "even," "right side," etc. Knitting patterns are like little computer programs, with their own rules and notations.

This book is a guide to help you understand that language and patterns. If you're able to read the instructions, you'll be able to successfully knit them.

We've organized items alphabetically, and it's squarely between a dictionary and an encyclopedia. As you're working through a project, you've got a quick way to look up a term you're not familiar with. Some sections are larger, providing not only guidance on the individual words, but on the larger context to expand your knitting knowledge.

Wonder why designers are always going on about gauge? Want to know more about the differences between a raglan and a set-in sleeve sweater, and why it matters when you're choosing a pattern? And what is "heavy worsted," exactly? This book aims to answer all those questions and more, to help you break the code, and be a more powerful and successful knitter. It's one I think you'll want to keep in your knitting bag, always.



Before you pick up your needles and start knitting, it's a good idea to take a moment to familiarize yourself with your pattern and gather all the tools and materials you need.


Before you start working on a pattern, make sure you have the most recent version. If you downloaded it from a website, check for updates. If you're working from a book or magazine pattern, do a quick web search to see if the publisher has posted any corrections (aka errata; see p. 41).

If you're working from a digital pattern, make a backup copy; if you're working from a paper pattern or book, print or photocopy the pattern (when permitted under the publisher's copyright statement) and store the original somewhere safe. Put your working copy in a plastic sheet protector to protect it from coffee spills.

If working from paper, keep some scrap and a pencil handy for taking notes and tuck the notes inside the sheet protector. If you are working from a digital pattern, make sure you keep your notes as a separate file or as annotations to the pattern file.

If it's a multisize pattern, go through and highlight the numbers for the size you're working throughout the instructions. At the same time, scan the pattern for things you might want to know before you begin. In particular, look for the phrases "at the same time" (see p. 15) and "reversing shaping' (see p. 90), as these need some advance planning.

Many patterns offer explanations of terms, abbreviations, and special techniques. It's important to familiarize yourself with those. Keep your Knitter's Dictionary handy for anything that might not be explained.


Review the materials, needles, and notions list for the project: put them all in one place so they're ready when you need them. Make sure to include stitch markers, a tape measure, scissors, and a yarn needle (see notions; p. 81); these sometimes aren't included on the list, but you'll probably need them.

I also like to make sure that I have some safety pins, a crochet hook for picking up dropped stitches, stitch holders and/or scrap yarn I can use as a stitch holder, a ruler, and a needle gauge on hand as well.

Keep the extra skeins of yarn you're not actively using in a plastic ziplock-style bag, away from moths, dust, and inquisitive pets and children. Keep the receipt, and if you're working from skeins that need to be wound before use, don't wind all of them. If you don't use them all, you may well be able to return or exchange. To that end, it's good to know what your store return policies are when buying yarn. And if they won't take back the leftover skein or two, you can always use them for something else ... hats and mittens don't require much yarn!


Many knitted items have multiple sizes socks, mittens, hats, garments. For these, you'll need to decide which size you want to make.

Not all knitting patterns present sizing information in the same way. However, you should be able to find some semblance of the following in any pattern: indicator of sizes, finished measurements, and a schematic. The most helpful patterns will also provide some kind of fit or sizing recommendation. See ease (p. 39) for more information on how to choose what size to make.


A pattern may or may not list a "size." This is sometimes labelled as "to fit." It's essentially what you'd see written on the label inside commercially made clothes: simply a rough indicator of the relative bigness or smallness of the piece. It provides a guide to who the pattern is for, but it should be very much a secondary consideration when deciding which size to make. For more information on how to choose a size, see size (p. 98).

finished, measurements

Names vary, but this section tells you the dimensions of the actual pieces as knitted (once blocked). These are what you'd get if you put the knitted item on a flat surface and took a tape measure to it. See finished measurements (p. 47) for more information.


A pattern should list a gauge, which is a measurement of how many stitches and rows you should achieve over a certain distance (usually per inch [2.5 cm]). This information does two things: it helps you choose yarn and helps you identify which size needles to use. Ultimately, the purpose of gauge is to help you make sure that the piece you knit comes out to be the correct size! See gauge (p. 51) for more information.


All patterns should recommend a yarn and tell you the yarn used in the sample shown. See fiber care (p. 45) for more information on the properties of commonly recommended yarns,

yarn substitution

You might want to work the project with the yarn specified in the pattern, but you don't have to. After all, it might not be available in your area, or it could well have been discontinued.

If you choose not to use the yarn specifically listed in the pattern, find something as close to it as you can in fiber mix, coloring, and texture. Doing so will help you achieve results similar to what you see in the pictures. In general, a project with lots of texture looks better knit with a smooth yarn in solid or nearly solid colors; plainer patterns suit busier colors and more textured yarns. For more information, see yarn attributes, color (p. 117), yarn attributes, textures (p. 118), and yarn attributes, weights (p. 119).

understanding yarn labels

While yarn labels (sometimes called ball bands) can differ from company to company, there is key information all labels typically contain. Fiber content, washing instructions, skein yardage, dyelot, color name, and suggested gauge are the most common and vital details to look for when reading the label.

For more information on label graphics, see fiber care symbols (p. 46).





This phrase is as simple as it sounds. You work in the established pattern to the end of the row or round.


An oil-based polymer used to make yarn. It's colorfast and very stable in that it doesn't shrink, stretch, or fade. However, it is not good for winter wear, since acrylic fabrics can absorb water and freeze. It also doesn't have the give required for blocking, so it is not suitable for lace or colorwork. See also fiber care.


Most often in patterns in the context of measurements. A pattern might list "actual" measurements with the sizing information, referring to the measurements of the finished knitted piece(s) as opposed to a body-size measurement. "Finished measurements" is sometimes used in the same way. See also ease; measurements, body; measurements, finished.


From the coat of an alpaca, this fiber is warmer than sheep's wool and very soft. It tends to shed and pill and is relatively heavy. Best used for smaller pieces or garments with seams. It's excellent blended with sheep's wool. See also fiber care.


Alternate. Every other.


Derived from the coat of Angora rabbits, this fiber is very soft and warm, though it tends to shed and pill. Works best blended with other fibers; it adds warmth and a halo of fuzziness. Angora allergies are common. See akofiber care.


Approximately or approximate.


A heavily cabled sweater, associated with Ireland. (Fig. A1)


See yarn attributes, weights.


The section of a garment body where the sleeve is attached.


Used when continuing a previously established pattern, most often after increases or decreases, or some other special instructions, to tell you to go back to what you were doing before.


Row 1: (K1, p2) across the row.

Row 2: (K2, p1) across the row.

Continue as established until 2" (5 cm) from cast-on edge.

"As established" here indicates that you should keep working ribbing.


Usually refers to slipping stitches, e.g., slip as if to knit, or transferring stitches to another needle. When working "as if to knit" the needle is put through the next stitch on the left needle from front to back coming in from the left, the same as when working a knit stitch. See also sl, slip.


Often used in pattern instructions as part of a repeat, typically to indicate the start of an instruction that is to be repeated. See also repeat.


Indicates that two sets of instructions need to be worked simultaneously. When you see this phrase, read ahead to make sure you identify the two different instructions and the "trigger point."


Left Front Armhole Shaping

Row 1: (RS) K1, ssk, k to end.

Row 2: (WS) Purl.

Repeat the last 2 rows 6 times. AT THE SAME TIME, when the armhole measures 1" (2.5 cm), start the neckline shaping, as follows: Next row, neckline shaping: (RS) Work in pattern as set to the last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.

Work the neckline shaping row 15 times. When the armhole shaping is complete, work even at the start of the RS rows.

The first instruction is the armhole shaping (the decrease at the start of the row). The second instruction is the neckline shaping (the decrease at the end of the row). 'At the same time" alerts you that you'll need to watch for the point when you have to start the neckline shaping. In this case, it's when the armhole measures 1" (2.5 cm). This means that the armhole decrease won't yet be completed when you hit that distance.

As soon as you hit that point, you'll keep going with the armhole decrease at the start of the row but then also start working the neckline decrease at the end of the row. The key is to keep track of the two things separately: keep count of your armhole decreases, 1 to 6, and keep count of your neckline decreases, 1 to 15.


Afterthought Yarnover.



See yarn weights.


Refers to the back of a stitch on the needle; a conventional Western-style knit stitch is mounted on the needle with the right leg positioned at the front and the left leg at the back. (Fig. B1) See also ktbl; tbl.


Can mean 1) undoing a completed row, sometimes referred to as "tinking" ("tink" is "knit" spelled backward), or 2) working a knit stitch from left to right across a row or round to avoid purling.


Also known as the e-wrap, this is a method to create new stitches that can be used for increasing and casting on. This is a good neutral increase, as it doesn't have a particular lean, and it adapts nicely to be a knit or purl. See also cast-on; increase.


*Loop working yarn as shown and place it on needle backward (with right leg of loop in back of needle). Repeat from *. (Fig. B2)


One type of put-up for yarn: a ball shape. Usually wound for the end to be pulled from the center or the outside knitter's choice. See also center-pull ball; put-up.


A tool to wind yarn into a ball, often used in conjunction with a swift or to rewind untidy balls of yarn or undo larger pieces of knit fabric. (Fig. B3) See also swift.


A highly processed fiber derived from the bamboo plant. It is shiny like silk and has antibacterial properties. It can stretch out over time and is best for smaller pieces or garments with sleeves. Works well blended with other more stable fibers. See aLso fiber care.


The strand of yarn running between stitches, most easily seen when looking at the row below the stitches separated by the left and right needles. (Fig. Bl)


Another name for the kfb increase. See also increase.

BATWING See sweater types.


Usually short for "background color" in a colorwork pattern. Sometimes used as shorthand for "back cross" in a cable pattern. See also cables; colorwork.


See hat styles.


Begin, begins, beginning.


When joining for knitting in the round, this is a reminder that cast-on stitches should not be allowed to twist before being joined. This instruction isn't always listed, but it's implied. If a pattern requires you to make a twist, to create a Mobius, it will always say so. See also


See hat styles.




Also known as "cast-off," this is the act of creating a finished edge when you have completed the knitting.

standard knitted bind-off

This is the most common method for binding off. It is not very stretchy; if it's too tight you can use a needle one to two sizes larger to work the stitches. Use this method for edges that will be sewn into seams or finished in some way (such as stitches being picked up and knitted).


Slip 1 stitch, *knit 1 stitch, insert left needle tip into first stitch on right needle, pass this stitch over the second stitch, and off the needle — 1 stitch remains on right needle and 1 stitch has been bound off. Repeat from * until all stitches have been worked. Cut the yarn and pull through final stitch to secure. (Fig. B4)

If it's a knit/purl pattern stitch, such as ribbing, knit the knits and purl the purls as you work across the row.


"Blocking" is a catch-all term for manipulating your finished knitting to smooth out the fabric, even out the stitches, tidy up the stitch patterns, and bring the fabric to finished size. (Fig. B5) Blocking should always be done before you sew together pieces and finish. There are several methods for doing this, and which you should use varies with the project in question.

other bind-offs

There are many other bind-off methods. For other popular methods covered in this book, see also: Jeny's surprisingly stretchy bind-off, lace bind-off, sewn bind-off, three-needle bind-off.


Bind-off. See bind-off.


See necklines and collars.


For holding small lengths of yarn; specifically for working intarsia colorwork. See also intarsia.


Also known as a popcorn or knot, a bobble is a raised "bump" of stitches worked out of one stitch, used to create textural effects.

The simplest way to create a bobble is to work multiple times into a single stitch often alternating knits and purls or knits and yarnovers. A few rows are worked on this group of stitches and then they are decreased back down to one stitch again before continuing with the row. All sorts of variations exist: varying the number of stitches and rows, using different increase and decrease methods. (Fig. B7) See also nupp.


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The Knitter's Dictionary: Knitting Know-How from A to Z 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Norddesigns 6 months ago
A very handy book to have available when you need a reminder about a knitting term. Although you can always "google" terms for answers, Kate Atherley's book has compiled everything you'll need to know in a concise and compact book. In addition to providing term definitions she has also included guidance for choosing yarn and understanding the yarn label. I found especially helpful the section on Increases - making new stitches. She offers both a explanation of the terms and techniques on how to execute. I'm forever forgetting which is left leaning vs right leaning. I now keep this compact book in my knitting bag to have with me wherever I am. Extremely helpful when you find yourself someplace without an internet connection!
eternity21 7 months ago
This book is definitely a must have for reference. I went through it front to back and find myself constantly going back and looking stuff up. I am a new knitter so it is very helpful to know what a SSK is or M1L very easily and quickly. Everything is listed A-Z and has great pictures and charts to help you figure out everything. I think It would be a great book even for an advanced knitter. Who doesn't forget how to do something even though we do it all the time. The explanations are very well worded.
tayloreliza 8 months ago
I'm probably an intermediate knitter, but I felt like this book had a lot of really good information for me to learn from it. There is a lot of detail in the definitions, and the illustrations are very clear and helpful. Within what this covers there feels like a good mix of basic and beginning terms as well as more advanced terms so this would make a great gift for knitters of different skill levels. Overall, I was very impressed with the quality of this book physically, as well as the contents within the book. Would highly recommend for the knitter's you may know in your own life. Definitely consider giving it as a gift for the knitters in your life for the next gift-giving holiday. Definitely would recommend!
LeighKramer 12 months ago
My childhood best friend's mom taught us to knit when I was in 3rd grade but I didn't remember much past that year and I've often been jealous of knitting friends. The last few winters I've thought about learning to knit again but haven't followed through. This winter, though, I'm determined to do it. When I won a copy, it seemed like a sign! This is a thorough resource and I definitely feel more empowered to knit. There were so many terms I'd never heard of before. It's easy to understand and well organized. Atherley did a great job putting it together. I'll need more than this to get started on my first project but I have no doubt I'l be referring to it often once I become a true knitter. Disclosure: I received an advanced copy from Bookish First in exchange for an honest review.
katherine schmitt More than 1 year ago
This book is an amazingly awesome reference for a new or experienced knitter. One of the hardest parts of knitting is reading and deciphering the pattern. With this wonderful reference, you can look up the terms alphabetically, making it easy . There are well drawn pictures that help with several stitches that can be tricky, and I love that this is a concise reference where I can easily look up terms without having to search the internet. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in knitting.
QuirkyCat More than 1 year ago
When I saw A Knitter’s Dictionary listed on BookishFirst for a chance to review, I just knew that I had to try and get my hands on it. I’ve been knitting a lot lately – mostly trying to get gifts done before the holiday season hits me full force in the face. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve had to google different knitting abbreviations (I can be very forgetful, so I’m sure I looked up the same one multiple times). So…having access to a book that was a condensed version of everything I was looking for? That sounded absolutely perfect. Having received my copy and getting a chance to read it, I can honestly tell you that I am not disappointed. This book is everything I had hoped it would be, and perhaps a little bit more as well. I’ve already used it for three different knitting projects. I kept it by my side as I worked; knowing I could quickly look up any term as I came across them in any pattern I was working on. It made life so much easier for me. The beginning of the book would be useful to knitting beginners out there. It covers almost literally all of the basics you’ll need to know. It has everything from the types of yarn and needles available (and what you’d need depending on the project) to how to read a knitting pattern. The dictionary part is my favorite section of the book, though you could probably have guessed that from how I was gushing about it earlier. I can’t even begin to tell you how useful I found it. Having immediate access to a litany of abbreviations, as well as the basics on how to do the stitch described…it’s a game changer.
MugsyMae More than 1 year ago
The Knitter's Dictionary is a wonderful reference guide to all the terms and abbreviations used in knitting patterns. The illustrations are clear and easy to see, the tips and tricks are well thought out and presented. I can imagine using this book for all my projects. Good for beginners as well as advanced knitters. I reviewed a digital copy, but can't wait to get my hands on a print copy.
WisReader More than 1 year ago
I requested a copy of this book from Bookish First because I learn how to do things more easily if I understand the WHY behind the process. I like to know HOW things work. Besides being a dictionary of terms, this compact volume has over 100 illustrations. It is simply arranged alphabetically with terms and abbreviations I may not understand or have forgotten. The book is a nice hardback copy in a convenient size. It will hold up if you add it to your knitting bag and share with friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As many knitters know, the knitting itself is often not the most difficult part of knitting. Deciphering the pattern is a far more difficult battle, one that has finally been solved with this exceptional Knitter's Dictionary. No query is too small- this book answers even the most basic of questions that you would be nervous to ask at your local yarn shop. From reading a yarn label correctly to deciphering a lace pattern, this handy reference guide is a must-read for knitters everywhere. Organized alphabetically for efficient referencing, this book should be kept close by whenever a new project is being undertaken. It is especially nice for decoding the complex abbreviations that so many knitting patterns include. Highly recommend!
BMace More than 1 year ago
A fabulous resource for the novice and experienced knitter. Arranged in an alphabetical way, makes it easy to find the information you are looking for. With plenty of diagrams as well as easy to understand explanations, this is the book that should be in every knitter's library. I appreciate the ability to look up ways to complete my project that I had never used before. Information regarding patterns and how to know what you need is invaluable, especially if you are working with an expensive yarn. Extra references should you need more information are suggested at the end of the book. As a long time knitter, I still need a knitter' dictionary at times! I won a copy of this wonderful resource from BookishFirst. All opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kate Atherley has created a book that will be used for years. This would be a great book to give as a gift to a knitter! It really is a knitter's dictionary, with every knitting abbreviation & stitch in it! It would be so handy to have in your library, especially when tackling a new project that is a bit more complicated than you are use to knitting. This book would be a wonderful addition to throw into your knitting bag to have within easy reach when knitting. You can easily look up knitting terms that you are unfamiliar with. It is the perfect size to carry around. And if you are out and about you wouldn't have to use your data to look up the definition & how-to on the internet. ***note- I did receive a free copy of this book to review***
LisaB95 More than 1 year ago
**i received a copy from BookishFirst ** Wow! This was such a wonderful surprise. I knew I would be delighted to have this book but little did I know just how great it would be! For those who love to knit, there’s something for everyone no matter what level you’re on in your know how. I can only make a simple scarf with no fancy stuff on it. The basic knit or purl. I’m pretty much self taught also. I’ve never understood the gauges and different kinds of yarn or the difference one makes over another. This is all crucial in making sweaters. Well, that’s what I think after reading this. How I would love to sit down with this author and have a work shop of making a sweater or baby booties. Now I feel like I have the courage to attempt something more than a scarf. Before, I just had the attitude that there was no way I could learn. What a blessing it is that this author wrote this book! Thank you!
LauraMHartman More than 1 year ago
Kate Atherley’s newest book The Knitter’s Dictionary, is a must have for fledgling as well as seasoned knitters. Her no nonsense, easy-to-read information about everything from alpaca to wool and everything in between will keep your needles busy creating successful projects. There are so many interesting and informative tidbits in this little book, it is difficult for me to choose my favorites, but I have finally narrowed it down. At the top of the list is the comprehensive section on gauge. I know that gauge is the part of knitting most knitters hate. Seems like a waste of time – until the garment you have spent a month making is either too small, too large, too long or way too short. Knitters know you should always swatch for gauge. Atherley goes further to explain how to correct needle size and/or yarn type depending upon how your gauge is off to ensure your finish project is perfect. There is great advice for choosing the perfect yarn for your project. Each fiber gives feel and strength info as well as additional information to keep problems to a minimum. For example, Possum yarn (from Australia, not the United States Opossum!) is warm, soft but can be pilly. It is not a strong fiber when used alone. I can confirm that description 100%. I purchased some of this yarn and created a beautiful shawl that is warm and soft. But working with it was a challenge do to the tendency of the yarn to simply pull apart. Lastly, I loved the section on sweaters. The illustrations are detailed and the descriptions include shaping and the actual fit of the different types of sweaters. Atherley’s detailed definitions are easy to understand and inspire knitters of all levels to push themselves a little bit further then they may have thought possible. If you need one more nudge to get this terrific book, The Knitter’s Dictionary is the perfect size, 8 inches by 6 inches. It will easily slip into your project bag or purse. Since the holidays will soon be upon us, you just might want to purchase two; one for yourself and one for one of your knitting buddies. DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy from Bookish and the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. Copyright © 2018 Laura Hartman
CarissaR More than 1 year ago
This is a 5.6 x 0.6 x 7.6 inches book thats a perfect size to fit in your knitting bag. The title gives way to what this book is.... a dictionary. From A to Z, it lists everything in regards to knitting. Its a quick way to look up a term you're not familiar with. There are quite a few diagrams showing how to do certain things as well and as well as helpful tips. In terms of learning how to read a pattern, I'm planning to look at Kate's "Beginners Guide to Writing Knitting Patterns" book, which I'm sure theres a bigger breakdown of it. There are also reference books she recommends for different topics in case the reader/knitter might also be interested in like general knitting, yarn, knitting methods etc.
Carolefort More than 1 year ago
As author Kate Atherley states, this book is between a dictionary and an encyclopedia for knitters. Before the A to Z portion, there are informative explanations of tools, measurement, size, gauge, yarn and yarn substitution as well as a guide to understanding yarn labels. If a pattern is not understood by a knitter, projects can be slow or abandoned. So, from alpaca to Z-twist, you will find definitions, examples and techniques for hundreds of knitting terms. This is an essential and easy-to-use guide for all knitters to use and enjoy. Thank you to Interweave Books, F+ W Media and NetGalley for an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.
Dalai-Momma-Drama More than 1 year ago
Just received my book today and I am ecstatic. Wonderful little book....the quality of it is amazing. Useful content. Terms and definitions of knitting words...along with illustrations per page. The feel of the butter (totally a valid book lovers term). Basically put, The Knitters Dictionary: Knitting Know How from A to Z, by Kate Atherley is the resource for all things Knitting but in a compact format. From techniques, terms, useful illustrations, it has what every knitter needs. my opinion, it's probably better used for someone fresh to the knitting scene such as myself as I imagine Knitting Pro's know all if not more than what the book gives.'s useful for all in my opinion. I have a trash bag full of book with me...I'm ready to get started. Highly recommend. Worth every penny. Thanks to Kate Atherley and Interweave for my free copy of this book given via giveaway. I received. I read. I reviewed this book honestly and voluntarily.
Librarian_V_Reader More than 1 year ago
Librarian: This feels like it has the potential to be a fantastic resource for any library's craft section. It seems to be a fairly straightforward guide to common knitting terms that even a complete neophyte (like myself) can understand. That being said, I'm not sure how much circulation this title will get. It really depends on the makeup of the library. If, for instance, you have a knitting club at your library that caters primarily to beginning knitters, as one of my previous libraries did, then I could see this being constantly checked out. But if you don't have an active knitting community you probably won't get much circulation with this book. Reader: I don't knit. At all. I know nothing about knitting, or well, I didn't until I read this book. Now at least I can understand it when my sister, an avid knitter, or my coworkers talk knitting. Honestly, I really should learn how, but at least now I understand it a little better.
PattySmith87 More than 1 year ago
Thank you to Netgalley, Interweave, and Kate Atherley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are 100% my own and independent of receiving an advanced copy. Kate Atherley is well known in the knitter world. She has written several books and published lots of patterns, many of them found on Knitty, where she is the managing technical editor. As a mathematician, her patterns have lots of detail and are very well written. This is a small but comprehensive book to help knitters understand patterns. If you find the language of patterns difficult, this would be a helpful reference. Some knitters love to design their own patterns, making it up as they go along. I, unfortunately, am not that kind of knitter. I have always relied on patterns. I was lucky that I never had a hard time understanding them. They always, sort of, made sense to me. Even the trickiest patterns I could decipher. For me, I didn’t find this collection outstanding. I think the you can find this information in other places. However, it is nice to have it one collection, for ease of use and reference for future projects. It is well written with lots of good tips. A bit of a take it or leave it to me. If you think this would be useful for you, then I recommend. If it isn’t much of an issue for you, or you have other reference books (or don’t mind looking things up on the internet), I would pass on this one.
Dhammelef More than 1 year ago
This dictionary will make an excellent resource for knitters from beginners to experts who need to understand everything from A to Z about knitting. It explains abbreviations, symbols, yarn types, as well as knitting techniques and more. It even explains washing instructions and symbols for the materials you use. This book will make a great gift for anyone who is taking up this relaxing and fun hobby and will remove the frustration of not understanding knitting terms in patterns as well as on charts. Overall, it is a handy reference book told in concise and easy to understand language for knitters of all levels. This clear text is accompanied by detailed illustrations to aid understanding of the terms and techniques.
Sue_H More than 1 year ago
I need this book! The Knitter's Dictionary is a book that is of use to both beginning and experienced knitters alike. I know that I definitely can use this book! While it isn't as comprehensive as some of the huge "knitting bibles" out there, this is a good book for quick and easy reference. Now don't go thinking that this book is going to give you all of the patterns you need for knitting beautiful things. A pattern book this is not. But if you are looking for a quick and easy reference book for the terms and abbreviations that are used in knitting patterns then this book is the one for you. This book contains easy to understand terms and I love that fact that it does include illustrations. This is one book that I am sure to be putting on my self!
Katie__B More than 1 year ago
The author is very upfront with stating that the goal of her book is to teach you how to read a pattern rather than a tutorial on how to knit. (The author does give recommendations for some books that specialize in learning how to knit and of course there are plenty of free online videos to watch if you want to learn.) Being able to understand how to read patterns in my opinion is equally important as knowing how to move your hands with needles and yarn. This book at around 125 pages is very thorough in explaining the different words and abbreviations that might pop up in patterns. There are some illustrations throughout and explanations of the different types of yarn that are sold. The book itself is on the smaller side which makes it a perfect size to fit into most craft bags so you can refer back to it when needed. Definitely recommend as a book that will be useful to both beginner knitters and those who are a little more experienced with the craft. Thank you to BookishFirst and the publisher for sending me an advance copy! I was under no obligation to post a review and all views expressed are my honest opinion.
Bobbie Kirkland More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of THE KNITTER’S DICTIONARY (Knitting Know-How from A to Z) by Kate Atherley in exchange for an honest review. This is an excellent summary of general knitting terms. It also includes tip, diagrams, and explanations of some techniques. This is a terrific resource for novice knitters. I would recommend this book. #TheKnittersDictionary #NetGalley
Noire More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC of this book to read in exchange for a fair review. The Knitter’s Dictionary by Kate Atherley is exactly as the title states a dictionary of knitting terms. I see this as a book you would keep handy in your knitting bag for those moments when the pattern instructions have you confused because it’s perfect for that. The illustrations are excellent as well, making clear when words are not quite enough. Whether learning new techniques or refreshing yourself on old this is definitely a keeper. Publishing Date October 30, 2018 #NetGalley #TheKnittersDictionary @KateAtherley
Nicnac63 More than 1 year ago
The Knitter's Dictionary adds a bit of glitter to your knitting craft projects. Defining terms, explaining stitches, and providing helpful and inspiring illustrations. I like the alphabetical listings, making it easy to find phrases, words, etc. with ease. The book also provides helpful tips for yarn types, textures, weights, recommendations on how much yarn to buy for a particular project, yarn attributes, and additional valuable information. The hardback design is sturdy and even comes with a handy attached ribbon marker for page keeping. If you enjoy knitting, or have hopes of learning the craft, this book is a valuable library addition. It doesn't provide all the information you need, but it's certainly a great place to start. #KnitterGlitter
conni7 More than 1 year ago
I haven't knitted in years, but this book is filled with so much information that it will help me pick up the practice again. The comprehensive dictionary for knitters would be a welcome resource for anyone who wants to learn how to knit, or someone who already knows how. The author, Kate Atherley, did an amazing job pulling this together. This is a hardcover book that is compact enough to fit in your knitting bag and take along with you. Imagine being able to find information on any stitch as easily as looking something up in a dictionary! This book is set up exactly like that. The diagrams and drawings were a perfect added touch since it is often so much better to actually have a visual of how to do the things. I highly recommend this book.