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Old 01-09-2007, 03:07 PM   #1
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Great Knitting Book ?
I got a giftcertificate for Xmas to buy a knitting book.
I was just wondering if anyone know's of any good knitting books?
I dont need a book that teaches me how to book. I would like a book with great patterns? any suggestions?
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Old 01-09-2007, 04:35 PM   #2
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Really useful is "The Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns." It's great because instead of locking you into one kind of yarn per pattern, it gives variations on all its patterns based on the gauge you get with your yarn. It can be sort of laborious to make your way through the resulting patterns, but you get to feel some freedom to create your own patterns.

To go along with it, one of Barbara Walker's stitch pattern books would be useful.

Also: Anything by Elizabeth Zimmermann is worthwhile, although she isn't so much a giver of patterns as a suggester of methods.
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Old 01-10-2007, 04:30 PM   #3
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Knitting book
I just recieved Knit 2 together by Tracey Ullman... Yes, the british comedian and she partnered with a lady that runs a local yarn shop. Funny anecdotes and great patterns.

Also I recommend The Knitter's Handy Bookof Patterns by Ann Budd - it has tons of patterns in all sizes included, I found it recommended in the back of the above book and found it at my local Barnes and Noble and had to have it!!

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Old 01-10-2007, 05:12 PM   #4
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Just FYI, there are two "handy" books by Budd -- one's a general one with all the basics (hats, scarves, etc. in additon to sweaters), and the other is devoted to a greater variety of sweater patterns.

There is no right way to knit; there is no wrong way to knit. So if anybody kindly tells you that what you are doing is "wrong," don't take umbrage; they mean well. Smile submissively, and listen, keeping your disagreement on an entirely mental level. They may be right, in this particular case, and even if not, they may drop off pieces of information which will come in very handy if you file them away carefully in your brain for future reference. ~Elizabeth Zimmerman
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