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The Knitter's Book of Finishing Techniques Spiral-bound – Oct 15 2002
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About the Author
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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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.
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.
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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An old knitter friend of mine recommended this book and I love it. Used it when I was a beginner, and I still use it as a novice!Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 morePublished on March 12 2004
I find myself using this book at least once for every garment I knit. I keep it with my current knitting project. Read morePublished on March 5 2004 by R. Johnson
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 morePublished on Dec 9 2003 by Mackenzie
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 morePublished on Oct. 14 2003 by Midwest Book Review
This book has many detailed pictures and instructions on cast-on, cast-off, increase and decrease techiques.. which is great. Read morePublished on July 19 2003 by F. Liu