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Vogue® Knitting The Ultimate Knitting Book Hardcover – Aug 1 2002

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  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: SixthandSpring Books; Updated edition (Aug. 1 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193154316X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931543163
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 26 x 26 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
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Format: Hardcover
I own several knitting reference books ( including the Big Book of Knitting, How to Knit by Debbie Bliss, and the Readers Digest Knitters Handbook), and this one is by far the best. The techniques are extremely well illustrated and explained. If you are hesistant to purchase a Vogue publication because of their reputation for "couture", please let me assure you that this is first and foremost a reference book, not a design or pattern book. It is my understanding that this book is required for Jil Eaton's (founder of Minnowknits)knitting classes; so this should give you a good idea of how good it is. If you can have only one knitting reference book, this is the one. If you need a secondary reference, the Readers Digest Knitters Handbook has a ton of techniques and information (but sometimes the illustrations leave something to be desired...in my opinion a picture really is worth a thousand words). Happy Knitting!!
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This is a good primer of basic techniques. I taught myself to knit on 4 needles by reading the instructions and looking at the illustrations (which are nice, full-color photographs). The commentary by well-known knitters is a joy to read (especially a chatty article by Elizabeth Zimmerman). The modular knitting patterns in back are nice classic designs that can be used for years.
My only complaint is the "fashion" knitting patterns at the very end. Whichever editor approved this layout should have been fired. I would love to make the Aran sweater, but I would have to read the directions on one page, the graphs are printed about 10 pages later, and the symbol keys you need to read the graphs are way up by the front of the book. No, thanks.
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While this is the definitive reference book for everything about knitting, I think you could actually teach yourself from this book. The illustrations and diagrams are virtually self-explanatory. When I taught myself to knit, I used Debbie Bliss' "How to Knit," but also relied on this as a supplement. While Bliss' book is extremely helpful, I found Vogue's illustrations and descriptions to be a little more precise. For example, I had been confused about how to bind off, until I referred to this book. In that case, Vogue's diagram was more clear, and I proceeded with confidence.
The layout of this book is amazing, as well. The Editors seem to instinctively place all the information you need at your fingertips. Cross references on each page and color-coding of each chapter help you flip instantly to what you need to know.
This is not just another bland reference book. There is a lot of inspiration to be found here, in addition to unparalleled advice, and the last word on any technique you can imagine. One of the best features of this book is the design workshop at the back. Nowhere have I seen a simpler, more straightforward "how-to" for design. I never imagined designing until I saw their simple chart, diagrams, calculations, and advice on the subject. Debbie Bliss' "How to Knit" has a design workshop, but it is more of an introduction/afterthought and doesn't really get you there as Vogue does.
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Don't let the affiliation with Vogue turn you off. This book isn't about trends or things you could never wear or afford.
What this book is, is simply a great reference for most common needs of the beginning and intermediate knitter. There are bigger stitch dictionaries. There are books with way more patterns. What this book delivers is enough information on most topics to help you on a regular basis. I've owned this book well over a dozen years and still use its wonderful cast off and grafting diagrams routinely.
I found this easier to work with than Montese Stanley's or June Hemons Hiatt's books -- and in the case of Hiatt, much more affordable.
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Within 5 minutes of opening this book, I found the solution to a problem I was having with an increase stitch that I had never done before (my mother only taught me one kind!). Unfortunate for me that I didn't have this book before I had already finished the other sleeve! The illustrations are large and easy to follow. If you are experienced or a beginner, this is the encyclopedia that will answer all your questions and give you new insights into how knitting really works when your mother lives too far away to help.
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This beautifully illustrated book -- it has photographs of EVERYTHING -- is the ultimate in how to design your first sweater. Countless styles of sweaters are charted and described, along with rules of thumb for going off on your own. This made my first sweater design, a set-in sleeve (!), a finalist in a recent contest. My only complaint with the book is that it doesn't cover double-knitting and a few other more specialized techniques. However, this is a knitting library must for intermediate knitters.
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I received this book as a gift from a cousin who is a far more experienced knitter than I am. It has wonderfully clear photos of everything from basic stitches to more complicated techniques. It also has a spectacular stitch library. I'm sure I will use it as a resource for years!
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By B. Chandler TOP 100 REVIEWER on Oct. 17 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book changed my mind about the Vogue label. I half expected a lot of gloss and advertisements. Was I ever wrong and surprised. This book is well designed and informative. The pictures are clear and the variety is astounding. If you ever dream about going beyond Afghans this is the book to inspire you.
What I found interesting was the two ways to hold needles, English and the continental. Now when I watch old movies I look at the way the needles are held. Naturally Aunt Jane Marple holds needles the English way.
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