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"One of America's most ingenious and creative knitters."—Barbara G. Walker, author of Treasury of Knitting Patterns.
Elizabeth Zimmerman once wrote, "So please bear with me, and put up with my opinionated, nay, sometimes cantankerous attitude. I feel strongly about knitting." Perhaps her passionate opinions, as well as her love of wool craft and her delightful style, hark back to her English upbringing or long residence in the Wisconsin woods; in any case, the "Busy Knitter," as she calls herself, is one of the most charming and informative, as well as "un"ventive (her word) knitter-authors anywhere. This book gives full scope to her tireless imagination through a year's worth of projects, fitted to the seasons, moods, and needs of knitters who would like to design their own work.
The year begins with an Aran sweater and proceeds to February baby things, a March Shetland, April blanket, May mittens, and so on through the months, completing the zodiac with November moccasin socks and a December last-minute wishbone sweater. Projects are completed in the midst of canoe trips, fishing expeditions, travel, and snowstorms. The author continuously comments on the project, its history, other ancient and modern customs, and personal beliefs.
Mrs. Zimmerman works step by step with the reader, suggesting alternative methods and ideas as she goes. Her patterns are "classic," historically suited to wool, thus remaining ever-fashionable as well as tasteful and attractive. The knitter may easily adapt the designs at will, creating new, individual projects. Mrs. Zimmerman's hints (such as how to measure gauge when working a pattern and tips for baby's items) help ease the way and will instruct even the most experienced knitter. This corrected edition of the Knitter's Almanac will provide at the very least a year's worth of knitting pleasure to intermediate and advanced knitters and may even help stimulate a knitting passion.
This is the best knitting book ever. I bought a Kindle copy after losing my hard copy that was about 15 old. Now I'll always have a copy handy.Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a great little book with basic stitches etc. Good size for a knitting tote, but small if you are wanting to prop it to learn the new stitch.Published 19 months ago by Sally
Vintage Elizabeth Zimmerman - in my opinion, the most brilliant and intelligent knit designer I have ever encountered. Her percentage system - brilliant. Read morePublished on Sept. 7 2013 by Marg
but Elizabeth Zimmerman lives up to her reputation. She's seems a bit of a curmudgeon at times but her references to life and knitting are wonderful. Read morePublished on Feb. 22 2013 by TEMA
After 15 years of knitting, my only regret is that it took me as long to find Elizabeth Zimmermann. As countless others have discovered, she brings knitting to everyone with her... Read morePublished on May 3 2011 by Christine
This is a delightful book just to read--I know because I owned it for five years before I felt brave enough to tackle any of the projects. Read morePublished on Nov. 15 2000 by Kimberly Sullivan
I believe almost all EZ's fans have this book. There are twelve projects to knit, one for each month, supposedly. Of course, you can do whichever you want, whenever you want. Read morePublished on March 21 2000 by A. Leung
Okay- it's a good book for already addicted knitters but for those of you who like me are looking for something to help us get started, this is not the right book. Read morePublished on Nov. 22 1999
Elizabeth Zimmerman is my knitting hero, and this modest-seeming little book is my favorite of her works. So many wonderful stories, knitting insights, and great designs... Read morePublished on Oct. 5 1999