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The Knitter's Book of Finishing Techniques [Spiral-bound]

Nancie Wiseman
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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Oct. 15 2002
Provides step-by-step instructions for a variety of finishing techniques, including blocking, seams, increases, decreases, and decorative finishes. Provides step-by-step instructions for a variety of finishing techniques, including blocking, seams, increases, decreases, and decorative finishes.

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Nancie M. Wiseman has written articles and designed patterns for Martha Stewart Living, Knitters, Interweave Knits, and many other national knitting publications. Nancie owns a wholesale business called Nancie Knits.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Correcting a statement in abt1950's review March 16 2004
By A Customer
The reviewer states "I wish that Wiseman had included some material on blocking as well". Ms Wiseman provides over 2 pages of information on blocking. This book is terrific for most knitters out there. Maybe professionals might find this too basic, but anyone else can definitely use it. In online knitting forums people are always asking for the best recommendations for reference books. Inevitably, the answers contain Vogue, Wiseman and Righetti. This books contains some of the best pictures and info about pros and cons of each technique. It is a must-have for any knitting library.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
First, my copy doesn't look anything like the photo here. It has a wonderful covered spiral that is very appropriate for use while you're actually knitting. I've been carying this one around with me ever since I got it. Since I've forgotten what my GM and Aunties tried to teach me when I was little, and I just recently picked up this obsession again, I consider myself to be self-taught, or book-taught. I just never learned advanced techniques, and I really need the pictures to show me what to do. There are no classes available in my little out of the way town. The lovely little church-lady expert that helps me out, well, I just don't want to bug her at 1 AM! In no time, I was doing more professional looking garments, and making items that my family will actually wear in public. They're "custom made and designed" now, not just home-made.
The book includes Cast-ons and Bind offs as well as all kinds of increases, decreases, seams, picking up stitches, borders and bands. It even has about 8 different kinds of buttonholes. Then there's the techniques that I had never heard of before: I-cord, and knitted shoulder pads, and a very unbiased discussion on the different uses of flat knitting versus circular knitting. And finally, the worksheets help get you on the right path to keeping track of what you plan on doing. An index is the only thing missing from this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a disappointment!... April 12 2003
By A Customer
I am an experienced knitter but always need help with the little, but very importent, finnishing details. However, when I bought this book it was a big disappointment. The amount of information was minimal and you were always referred back to previous pages so that working with the book was not as simple as the spiral bound format would lead you to believe. There are better books around to treat this subject
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars From "knitting" to "finished garment." March 26 2003
If you have a closet full of bags with knitted pieces and you are stumped as to the steps to get to a SWEATER, this book can help.
I have a simple pamphlet about knitting finishing which has been my standby for years. But this book is much nicer, as it has a lot of color illustrations that really show how the finish should look. The photography and choice of yarn colors lets you see clearly how to pick up stitches for a band, how the sewing should look, how to insert a zipper. The spiral binding is hand for laying down flat as you work a finish as a swatch or for real on your sweater. The book is small enough to fit in a normal tote bag, but not so small as to be hard to read.
If someone is a knitter in your family, this would make a good gift--even though I've been knitting for years, this is a very handy thing to pop into the knitting bag and carry along. I really like it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars not bad June 21 2005
By Justy
This is a good "knitting bag" guide to finishing. It has all the basics and a few extras but doesn't stray far from the standards. I would have loved to see more information on seaming. The basics are there but it would have been great to have a few more pictures and see some of the other variations that can crop up. The author does not seem to approve of circular knitting and some of her 'cons' for this style don't make sense but that is a small part of the book. Over all this is a handy book to have in the knitting bag not on the shelf.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Basic for some; just right for others Dec 13 2003
By abt1950
The way a garment is finished is often what distinguishes a professional-looking product from one that looks "hand made" in the bad sense of the term. You can find information on finishing techniques in most knitting references, but you have to wade through lots of other material to find it. This book focuses only on finishing and provides multiple options for many of the basic aspects of construction--from casting on to binding off and beyond. The illustrations are clear and the author let you know the pluses and minuses of each technique. Much of this information may seem basic to expert knitters, but it's knowledge that many knitters acquire through trial and error (with the emphasis on error). It's nice to have the options listed in one place, even if the pros & cons lists get repetitive. I wish that Wiseman had included some material on blocking as well, but that information is available elsewhere. Even so, this is a nice little book, small enough to be carried around with your projects, but big enough to be easily read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensible and portable! Sept. 27 2003
I use this book every time I knit. Well, maybe not every time I pick up my knitting, but I refer to it at least once, and usually multiple times, for every piece I make. I think I use it more than any other book I have. Some books are too big or have too much information. Others are too brief or only show one approach. This book is just right.
In addition to showing you how to cast on, weave a seam, increase, or whatever, the author tells you the advantages and disadvantages of each available method. Need to sew a seam? There are 13 different styles, from basic stockinette to sleeves to patch pockets. Her directions for the tubular cast-on, increases, buttonholes, short rows, kitchener stitch bind-off, and so forth, are clear, concise and usually all on one page with a color picture.
The one drawback: No index! But usually you can find what you want using the table of contents. From start to finish, this book will make your life easier with each thing you knit!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth its weight in Koigu PPPM!
As a self-taught knitter, I can attest that no other book (including beginner books) explains the most popular/useful finishing techniques more clearly. Read more
Published on March 12 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars As necessary at the pattern itself.
I find myself using this book at least once for every garment I knit. I keep it with my current knitting project. Read more
Published on March 5 2004 by R. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have book.
I have been knitting for 43 years and was surprised by how much I still had to learn when I read Wiseman's book. This book is a must have book for every knitter's library. Read more
Published on Dec 9 2003 by Mackenzie
5.0 out of 5 stars Step-by-step color photos compliment lay-flat binding
Nancie Wiseman's Knitter's Book Of Finishing Techniques offers over fifty expert techniques to cover increases, decreases, seam problems, and to enhance decorative finishes. Read more
Published on Oct. 14 2003 by Midwest Book Review
2.0 out of 5 stars too little information
This book has many detailed pictures and instructions on cast-on, cast-off, increase and decrease techiques.. which is great. Read more
Published on July 19 2003 by F. Liu
5.0 out of 5 stars Initially I was skeptical BUT...
Initially I was skeptical of this work, afterall, Vogue's reference
works are the de facto standard in the knitting community, but I
was pleasantly pleased when I... Read more
Published on May 28 2003 by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong Cover, Blah Book
WARNING The cover art is wrong. This is not the book that you will receive if you order this. This is the same as the other Nancie Wiseman Knitter's Book of Finishing Techniques... Read more
Published on May 10 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars A much appreciated present
Though I don't knit myself, on the advice of others, I have given this little book to two knitters, both "advanced beginners. Read more
Published on April 1 2003 by Mariners' Fan
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