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


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  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Sixth&Spring Books; Updated edition (Aug. 1 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193154316X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931543163
  • Product Dimensions: 26.5 x 25.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #59,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca M. Makas on Aug. 30 2001
Format: Hardcover
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dbw2cats on March 21 2001
Format: Hardcover
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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 10 1998
Format: Hardcover
After kissing several toads I finally found the prince! This book contains everything you need to know about knitting that even a beginner can understand and follow. The illustrations are wonderful and complement the instructions beautifully. The layout is very organized and follows a logical order in the knitting scheme of things. The most important thing is that it is not so longwinded that you get bored after the first ten pages! All subjects are covered in a straightforward and succinct manner. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves to knit or who is thinking about getting started. My mother-in-law comes from Norway and has been knitting since she could hold the needles. I told her she needed a copy of this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Julie A. Watkins on Nov. 27 2001
Format: Hardcover
A self taught knitter, I found this book so good I scraped up the money to buy it years ago. It is really a good compilation of things you need to know. There are many color pictures and diagrams and step by step instructions. It would be a good first book for someone who is serious about learning. I gave it 4 stars because I was a little disappointed that it did not contain patterns for basic beginner projects like hats and mittens.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Patricia R. on Jan. 12 2002
Format: Hardcover
I have not been able to purchase this book yet (it has been discontinued at this time). I got a copy from the local library. It looks great. I think it has all of the stitches explained in this book. I look forward to getting this book for myself. I am a novice at knitting, and I think I can learn ALOT with this book. It explains everything. If you need to know, this book will teach you.
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By A Customer on June 19 2003
Format: Hardcover
I had only made one jumper from a pattern previously and a couple of scarves. This book enabled me to design a ribbed cardigan with zip for my friends baby. The design turned out really well and looked superb. It really did have all the information I needed to make it from scratch.
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By bernie 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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Format: Hardcover
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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