Most new knitters are firmly convinced that more experienced knitters (and most pattern writers) speak in a strange, indecipherable language that will never reveal itself to them.
But the truth is, the shorthand of knitting is pretty easy to understand once you get the hang of it, and if you have a handy teacher or book to explain the terms you don't yet understand.
If you don't have a knitting expert on call, KnitSpeak: An A to Z Guide to the Language of Knitting Patterns by Andrea Berman Price is a good substitute.
A Crafty Glossary
The concept behind KnitSpeak is simple: collect all the strange abbreviations, terminology and techniques required to read and decipher a knitting pattern and give brief definitions, with more detail and illustration for techniques that need it.
Whether you're wondering how to do a p2togtbl (that's purl two together through the back loop), what a row counter is and why you might want one, how to make a slip knot or what it means to knit plain, this book has got you covered.
At more than 200 pages, this little book is full of good information for knitters of all skill levels (because sometimes you just forget what an abbreviation means or how to do something, even if you've done it before).
Handy Knitting Tips
The book is designed to be slipped into your knitting bag, and even if you don't find yourself referring to the pages all that often, you're sure to use the six inch/15 centimeter rulers on the back cover of the book whenever you misplace your measuring tape, again.
Since it's arranged like a regular dictionary, this book is easy to use, and the descriptions of techniques shouldn't be over even a new knitter's head. Basics about how to read a pattern, estimating yarn needs and deciding when to rip out a mistake make the book even more handy, and worksheets in the back will help knitters who like to plan and keep records.
In short, this book is a good one to keep nearby whenever you're knitting, for times when you need help figuring out what a pattern needs, or even when you just need an extra measuring device.
Publication Date: September 2007.