The Knitting Answer Book
by Margaret Radcliffe
ISBN 1435293827 (1-4352-9382-7)
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Paw Prints 2008-05-29, 2008
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Book summary: Tangled up by your latest knitting project? If you ever wished your local wool shop had a 24-hour hotline, then help is here in the form of "The Knitting Answer Book"! Written in a handy Q&A format, this invaluable reference provides help and advice whenever and wherever a problem arises. The best way to get answers to your questions about knitting is to ask an experienced knitter. In the past someone from an older generation was usually on hand to help the novice knitter, but today lucky is the knitter who has access to such a mentor at the moment she (or he) is needed! This book fills the place of that experienced knitter so you can get answers to your questions quickly and get back to more important things - like your knitting! Written with all levels of knitters in mind, the questions here range from those frequently asked by beginners to those only experienced knitters would think to ask. The information is arranged into 13 chapters covering Casting On, The Basics of Knitting, Binding Off, Tools and Equipment, Yarn, Reading Patterns, Pattern Stitches, Circular Knitting, Colour, Shaping, Fitting, Finishing, and Embellishments. From needle sizes and yarn weights to dropped stitches, tight ribbing, chart reading and curling edges, the answer is only ever a few pages away. Questions include: What's the best cast on for a fringe? Why are my stitches twisted and how do I fix it? How do I calculate stitch and row gauge? How do you make cables? Is there a way to make a bind off look continuous? Why is my stranded knitting puckered and what can I do about it? What is mosaic knitting and how do you do it? I have holes in my intarsia where I start or end a colour. What am I doing wrong? What are paired increases. Why do you do them and how? Is it possible to increase on the purl side? My buttonhole is too loose. Can I tighten it? And many hundreds more...Practical advice and clear, detailed illustrations help you solve any knitting mystery, making this the one reference you'll turn to time and time again. As a gift for a knitter, or to help untangle your own knitting conundrums - you will not be disappointed.
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