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« on: September 21, 2007 01:18:54 PM »

OK so I got this book today cause it was the only one I could find that kinda explains entrelac. At first glance it seems to be a great how to knit book. Thdn I got it home and started reading and the whole thing is about sweaters.
Now don't get me wrong I like sweaters and I do wanna learn how to make them and make them well but that wasn't why I bought the book.
A well it was only 9 bucks and will still make a good addition to my library (it does show entrelac, jaquard and other fun new knitting technique).
So after ranting a bit I just wanna say if you were gonna buy this as a beginning knitter...don't. But if you are an intermediate knitter this might be good. I will warn though that it isn't really written for someone that doesn't know knitting and some terms could be a little confusing at first (techniques you might have learned earlier under a different name).

2 more months till little Emmalyn makes her debut. So nervous but just can't wait Smiley
« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2007 02:07:03 PM »

Are you talking about the one by Katarina Buss?  Because that was one of the first books I got when I started knitting and I think it's great!  There's not much in the way of patterns (unless you like weird 80's sweaters!) but it's a great reference--I think of it as a cheaper and slightly less exhaustive version of the Vogue reference book.  There are also some basic instructions for things like socks and gloves, and some good basic finishing techniques.  I guess there is a fair bit on sweater construction but I thought there was a lot of generally applicable stuff in there as well.

To each their own, I guess, but I thought this was a great book.

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« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2007 02:38:24 PM »

Its an excellent book!  it has great pictures, great cast on's, detail on shaker (brioche in ribbing, aka fisherman rib) knitting..

Yes, it focuses on sweaters as examples.. but the too loose neckline trick? turn it upside down, and make an over size hat fit..

and while it doesn't have a lot on socks, that image, with the cuff, leg, flap turning, gusset, foot and toe all knit in different colors helps you see/understand any sock instructions.

and it has a nice collection (small, but well balanced) of stitches, for sweaters, for shawls (lace) cables..

an excellent knitting book!

« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2007 04:30:53 PM »

Ok don't get me wrong I do like the book. But I self taught and reading through it it seems a little tough to follow (cast-ons, bind-offs, inc. and dec. with names different then the ones i learned.)
Maybe that's just me, and I haven't really gotten to the socks and other items part. I just thought that a book that says it's the big book of knitting would have a little more flexability and maybe more patterns for stuff other than sweaters. 

2 more months till little Emmalyn makes her debut. So nervous but just can't wait Smiley
« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2007 03:58:21 AM »

thanks for reviews. it is on my wish list now

« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2007 11:51:17 PM »

I read the reviews here and dashed out to Barnes & Noble to buy it today because they have a variety of knitting books at 50% off -- that's right, they're half-price.  I have three on order (I got their Fast & Free shipping since it was over $25) but I'd skipped that one, so I stopped by my local store and picked it up.  I was a little iffy on it, but I'm willing to take the plunge for under $10.
« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2007 08:55:25 AM »

Yeah for 9 bucks it was more than worth it. I'm now not so scared of trying to make a sweater (just not the patterns in the book). I was wondering why they were so 80's when the copyright says that it was published in (I wanna say) '96 (don't have the book on me at the moment).

2 more months till little Emmalyn makes her debut. So nervous but just can't wait Smiley
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