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More Than You Could Ever Need to Know about Knitting

By January 8, 2013

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Knitters, like all people I suppose, can get a little obsessive about our craft. There are people who delve deep into all sorts of subject related to knitting, from perfecting short rows to double knitting to log cabin and other modular forms.

principles of knittingThe Principles of Knitting by June Hemmons Hiatt. Touchstone.

And then there are knitters like June Hemmons Hiatt, who has approached the whole world of knitting with that sort of obsession that's often seen in niches.

Luckily she's also an incredibly generous person who has set down everything (at least I assume it's everything) she's learned about knitting in her massive book The Principles of Knitting.

This amazing volume comes in at just over 700 pages and really does cover, I feel confident in saying, just about anything you could ever think of when it comes to knitting. Opening at random I find tips on counting stitches when you increase or decrease, a glossary of knitting pattern abbreviations and how to deal with patterns that don't specify how to perform a certain technique, tips for calculating ease on a garment, how to read charts, the basics of spinning and different ways to seam garments.

She explains why yarn might twist while you're knitting and what to do about it, offers tips for joining in the round, shares about a million cast on methods and on and on.

Even though I've reviewed this book I can't say I've really read it or absorbed it fully. I'd like to make that a resolution for this year; we'll see.

Do you own this book? I'd love to hear your thoughts!


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