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Cast On, Bind Off: 54 Step-by-Step Methods; Find the perfect start and finish for every knitting project [Spiral-bound]

Leslie Ann Bestor
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Book Description

June 19 2012

Discover the perfect beginning and ending for every knitting project! This one-of-a-kind reference presents more than 50 ways to cast on and bind off, creating edges that are tighter, looser, stretchier, lacier, longer-lasting, prettier -- whatever your project needs, you'll find it here. Detailed instructions for each technique are combined with step-by-step photography so that nothing is left to chance. At-a-glance charts identify the best cast on or bind off for various types of knitting, as well as cast on/bind off pairs that work well together. This indispensable guide will ensure that all of your knitting projects are polished and pleasing, from start to finish!

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“Knitting teacher and fiber artist Bestor turns this deceptively simple topic into a fascinating read… This is a great reference for the knitter looking to customize her own projects, and is an ideal companion for anyone who dares to try her own hand at design.”

(Publisher's Weekly)

“In the era of YouTube, how useful is a print guide to knitting cast-ons and bind-offs? Very, especially if you’re designing your own knits, looking for alternate cast-ons or bind-offs to change an existing pattern, or trying to choose among a variety of options in a pattern. [Leslie Ann Bestor’s] collection is comprehensive and well organized, and the directions are easy to follow.”

(Library Journal)

“This spiral-bound book is a gem, chock-full of techniques to improve your knitting projects from start to finish. I love the organization of the book ...In addition to the handy spiral binding - so great when you’re trying to follow along - there are photos of every step of the techniques, plus photos of projects using the techniques. Paws up!" — Austin American Statesman's knitting blog, Knittin' Kitten

“The very best knitting books are the ones that educate, inspire and open up new knitting worlds. As so it is with "Cast On, Bind Off," a terrific new reference book that walks knitters through more than 50 -- I'll repeat that, because it merits it -- more than 50 ways to start and end your projects. … And that, folks, is why every blessed one of us needs this book. Like, now. … I've seen a number of these techniques elsewhere, but never all of them together, and absolutely never in such a clear, easy-to-use format. This is a must for any knitter's library. You'll go back to it time and again, and you'll never again have a glorious project wrecked by the wrong technique. (Anyone who's ended up with a too-tight bind off on a sweater neck knows what I'm talking about.) Buy the book. Your knitting will thank you, and you'll thank Leslie Ann Bestor for writing "Cast On, Bind Off."” —The Oregonian’s knitting blog,

“Step-by-step instructions and accompanying close-up photographs are the perfect format for this go-to guide. You’ll be amazed at what you’ve been missing!”

From the Back Cover

Elegant Edges for All Your Knitting Projects

If you're still using the cast-on and bind-off methods you learned when you began knitting, it's time to explore new possibilities! Leslie Ann Bestor's creative edges are just what you need to begin and end every project with flair.

Choose from among 33 cast ons and 21 bind offs to give your next project the perfect edge.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent handy reference Oct. 25 2012
Format:Spiral-bound|Verified Purchase
Sure - many, or most, of these cast-ons and bind-offs are available online, BUT for someone who isn't always plugged in, it's the handiest, clearest reference I've found (and I own many, many knitting books.) I bought the book on a recommendation from a member of my knitting guild, and then I needed it the day after it arrived. My only quibble: Judy Becker's magic cast on, imho, is the best provisional cast on there is, but it's listed here in a different category.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cast on Bind Off July 30 2012
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Everything you need to know about cast on and bind off is in this book. I recommend this book to everyone, beginners to experienced knitters. There surely something you will learn or refresh.

The small size is comfortable to use and remains in place when open.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cast On. Bind Off July 24 2012
By Dutch
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Explanations are clear accompanied by photos making it easy to learn a new cast off or cast on. The book is coiled so it lies flat when in use. A great addition to anyone's knitting library!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for novice or beginner Jan. 11 2013
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This book is easy to follow - lays flat and is compact - pictures are very clear. There are many variations and the author gives suggestions for the best use of each type of cast on and bind off. Highly recommend it!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous reference book Feb. 13 2013
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After knitting for over 40 years I was amazed how many more cast on/off techniques there are. I have learnt and used at least 5 new ones on recent projects. The photographs are excellent and very helpful and the instructions made it easy to get the results I was looking for.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Little Book Dec 20 2013
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Big enough to have all the information you need but small enough to fit into any knitting bag. This little book is overflowing with useful, decorative & functional ways to start & finish a project. It's spiral bound so it lays flat on the table & the pages wipe clean with a damp rag. Highly recommended.
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