Vogue® Knitting The Ultimate Knitting Book Hardcover – Aug 1 2002
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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.
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.
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.
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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I have some old knitting books but this one was recommended by my teacher. It is her go to book. It arrived 5 days before I expected it. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Barb H
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. Read morePublished on June 18 2003
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. Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2002 by Patricia R.
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. Read morePublished on Nov. 27 2001 by Julie A. Watkins