Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knitter's Almanac Paperback – Oct 1 1981
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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.
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1) I would be lost if I did not also own E Zimmerman's Knitting Without Tears. Her instructions in the Almanac are somewhat abbreviated, and I need the other book as a cross-reference. Knitting Without Tears has the pictures and the more elaborate descriptions to help me understand what she means in the Almanac.
2) The binding of this book is extremely flimsy and cheap. I purchased my book new in October, and, by December, pages were already falling out! It is now not even four months old and it is full of tape (I used clear packing tape to bind the pages in so that I did not lose any of the precious instruction!)
Let me list some of the most useful patterns in this book:
Best baby sweater. This is a lacy cardigan with a round yoke, easy to make, and so pretty. I made so many of these I can't even count. The lace stretches a bit, so the growing infant gets a lot of wear out of the cardigan. And it's easier to dress Baby with something that doesn't pull over the head.
Leggings. If you want to make warm tights for babies, kids or even adults. It's HARD to find such a pattern.
"PI" shawl: this is a round shawl that folds into a semi-circle. Very elegant, you can add your own lace stitches to make it unique.
Shirt Collar sweater--good for summer, short sleeved with an open collar. Can be made in any size.
Mittens, socks, an Aran sweater, there's more. This book, packed as it is, still fits into even a small knitting bag or purse and is not expensive. This has to be the biggest bang for the knitting buck I know of. I'm on my second copy. I wore out the first one.
I'm a large-size person, and have always been limited to the few patterns available which were written to include sizes large enough. At the same time, I have short arms, and the available patterns were never quite right. I'd learned how to "make do," by modifying the patterns which were available in large enough sizes, but this book helped me find a better approach. With Elizabeth's insights, I was able to design a sweater that was based on MY measurements, and on what I wanted. It freed me from limitations and opened up a whole new world of knitting.
It's also a great book for a new knitter (although it doesn't teach how to knit). The humor is contagious, and innoculates the beginner against taking knitting too seriously.
Most recent customer reviews
The author's wit and inspirational teaching style made me want to make every project in the book!Published 4 days ago by Marlene
I love her writing, and though process, I guess I was hoping for more patterns in this book but the price is great.Published 2 months ago by Kimberly Galea
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 16 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 24 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
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