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Old 12-02-2006, 12:27 AM   #1
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Need recommendation for good basic knitting reference book
What book would you recommend for a good basic knitting reference? I want something with good illustrations and clear directions. A friend lent me a book called knitter's companion, which is nice because it's small and fits in my knitting bag, but before I bought a copy I wanted to ask you if there's a better one you would recommend. Thanks a lot. If it matters, I'm a beginning knitter--have made 2 garments and some scarves, but have not tried anything adventurous. Thank you,
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Old 12-02-2006, 12:32 AM   #2
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The Knitter's Bible by Claire Crompton is great for well-illustrated instructions, a decent stitch library, and a good number of original patterns. I've enjoyed and used the book a lot.
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Old 12-02-2006, 01:49 AM   #3
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I second The Knitter's Bible. It's a great reference. I don't think any book covers absolutely everything, but this one does a pretty good job.

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I have the knitters bible and love it as well. I use it as a reference when I can't remember decreases- It's wonderful!
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I have the Vogue Knitting Quick Reference and it has been great so far!
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I love the Ultimate Vogue Knitting book, but it's not very portable.

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The general reference that I consult most often is Montse Stanley's Knitter's Handbook. Vogue Ultimate is not as detailed technique-wise, but is also a fine choice -- unlike the Stanley book, it does have a small stitch dictionary, as well as quite a bit of info on making sweaters, if that's your thing. Lots of color photos too. Mary Thomas's Knitting Book, which was originally published in the 30s is also surprisingly good. They aren't any color photos, but for a little book, it's really jam-packed with info. (Even though it's an older book, she covers continental knitting in addition to English, if that's a concern.) She also did a companion book with patterns, though I haven't read through that one. HTH

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