The Ultimate Knitting Bible by Sharon Brant is the quintessential knitters hand book, absolutely packed full of useful knitting know how for beginners and more experienced knitters alike, there is even a useful section on crochet for knitters. Having sold over 20,000 copies worldwide I think it speaks for itself.
"The Ultimate Knitting Bible is almost the perfect knitting reference book, everything well
illustrated with easy to use diagrams and photographs. The writing
style is gentle and direct, never didactic or berating, presenting
alternatives in an easy to read style. It covers all the information
you need both to get started and for more complicated kitting
yarns including how to read a wool ball band
a variety of cast ons and offs
knit and purl stitch including variations such as continentals and left handed knitting
simple stitches such as moss and rib
joining in yarn
shaping, increases, decreases, sizing, corners, pleats, tucks, bias and socks
reading patterns and charts, abbreviations and terminology
texture, including cables, crossed stitches, twists, bobbles and lace knitting
colour, including stripes, intarsia, charts and fair isle
embellishments, including beading, sequins, fringing, cords, pom poms, felting, crochet and embroidery
finishing techniques, including grafting, seams, bands, hems, facings, buttonholes, buttons, zips and linings
troubleshooting, including dropped stitches, unravelling work, uneven knitting, mending, correcting colour and cables
designing and adapting patterns, including calculating stitches and rows, graphing, altering and designing
glossary and index
My only slight complaint would be the size, it's quite big and I would like a little portable version, maybe spiral bound, but I do understand that big and clear would also be a distinct advantage."
"Love this book even though I have been knitting for years. It is truly a complete reference book for knitters and shown me some things I didn't know. Also bought one as a present."
"This book provides clear guidance, with excellent photographs and helpful tips on the skills you will need to learn to complete most knitting patterns. I have a number of knitting books and this is the one I return to again and again as the most reliable and understandable. Whilst I did not use it as a beginner, I would have thought it would also be excellent for any new starter, either to follow themselves if they have no help or as a support to tuition. It includes a good 'troubleshooting' section to help if something goes wrong or needs changing and additional skills that you will probably need with knitting, such as basic crochet, embroidery and making pompoms. I was pleased to see that no extra space was taken with patterns, except for a child's sock, which is used to demonstrate the technique of knitting socks and their structure. I find that the book has so much in it, the contents are not the best means of finding things. Thankfully, it has a very good index."
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