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Old 01-26-2005, 03:40 AM   #11
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Well I only have two books to my name! Knitting books that is.

I have Montse Stanleys 'Handknitters Handbook' and Debbie Stoller's 'Stitch 'n Bitch'.

Most of the stuff in Stitch 'n Bitch I knew already but its still a fun read! I love Montse's book as well for all the Cast On, Cast Off techniques. Still haven't got some of them down yet!

Anyway, there is a book on Aran knitting that I'm going to get eventually. But books/resources in Dublin are in short supply so I may have to go e-shopping!
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Old 01-28-2005, 09:28 AM   #12
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Favorite knitting book
This is a really wierd addition to this thread, b/c I bought my book at a thrift store and it is a 1979 edition. Anyway here goes:

Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Needlework; the Reader's Digest Assoc. Inc., Pleasantville, NY/Montreal, Library of Congress Code 78-71704, ISBN 0-89577-059-8. (That's the only way I know to tell you how to trace the book).

It has crochet, quilting, and other needlework too, but I'm not so interested in those.

Why I like it: it is packed with info and pictures on how to do everything you every wondered about. It starts with a complete explanation of every type of yarn and knitting accessory, then about 7 different ways to cast on. It has complete instructions of basic stitches, but also gauge, binding off, inc, dec., etc. Then it has pictures and patterns of a zillion different kinds of stitches. It tells you how to make a pattern for your own sweater, including how to do different types of sleeves, borders, buttonholes, and necklines. It's really awesome.

On another note, everyone on seemed to be raving about "Knitting without Tears." I bought it b/c the owner of my LYS said it would help me make my own patterns. It doesn't have a lot of pictures ( ) but it does have a lot of sage wisdom about how to correct things and start off on the right foot.


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Old 01-28-2005, 05:59 PM   #13
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Re: Favorite knitting book
Originally Posted by Carie
This is a really wierd addition to this thread...Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Needlework...It's really awesome.

..."Knitting without Tears."
Not weird at all! I don't have this particular RD book, but I have a book by them on herbs, and it's one of the best resources I own. I see amazon has the one you own for $20. I'll have to put it on my wish list. I could use it for quilting help too.

I've been wanting Knitting Without Tears - it's on my short list for my birthday. I hope I get it.
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Old 01-28-2005, 08:48 PM   #14
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Can anyone tell me what knit lit is?

Has anyone tried to buy Stitch and B---- lately? I've been to that big book store we all know and love (hate) 4 times and everytime it's gone again. They keep asking me if I want them to order it, and I keep telling them if I wanted to order it I'd get it from Amazon! hehe.

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Old 01-31-2005, 01:54 PM   #15
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I don't know if anyone is still reading this thread, but... I have some favorite books for absolute beginners. I don't know if anyone here has tried this one, but I found the directions very easy and helpful in Knitting for Dummies, by Pam Allen. My first successful projects were from there, a scarf and a couple of hats. I also LOVE Baby Knits for Beginners, by Debbie Bliss. Again, the directions are easy to follow. I've made a few really cute, rolled brim baby hats.

Anyway, just my .02 as a newbie. These helped me a lot. I work in a library, so I see all the gorgeous new knitting books come in. Some of them look so intimidating, though. I know the "for Dummies" books sound cheesy, but they are very good.

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