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Book Name: The Knitting Directory

Author: Alison Jenkins

Publisher: Prospero Books

ISBN: 0785817948

Cover: Paperback

# of Pages: 208

Illustrations: Color photos, diagrams and designs

Experience Required: Varying degrees of difficulty

Book Review

I really like The Knitting Directory because it has something for beginners, intermediate and advanced knitters. You can learn the basics and advance your knowledge of knitting to more stitches, larger and more complicated projects and even making your own designs. I am a very hands on learner but I feel confident that with all the information being delivered in this book I could advance my skills and complete more difficult projects. The photos of examples of stitches or swatches is also very beneficial for those people that are very visual because they would know what the finished product is supposed to look like and will help them be success with whatever stitch or technique they are doing. You will learn everything from picking your yarn before beginning a project and casting on the right number of stitches to finishing up the project by binding off, sewing in the ends of the yarn and caring for the final product.

This book is divided into chapters and sections called, Equipment and Basic Techniques, Simple Stitch Library, Advanced Work, Creating Your Own Designs and Adding Decorative Details and Finishing followed by Caring for knits, Abbreviations, Glossary, and Further reading. There are small introductions in front of each chapter with advice about the content of the following section. The first chapter, Equipment and Basic Techniques contains photos of the equipment, needles and photo examples of different yarn weights. There are also handy circular and regular knitting needle size charts. In the Types of yarn section there is information on fibers and yarn weight and a knit gauge range. Basic techniques also includes sections called Working from a pattern, Pattern instructions, Knitting a gauge or tension sample (or swatch) including correcting your gauge, Holding yarn and needles, The slip knot, Casting on methods, Stitch basics (knit, purl), Simple increasing and decreasing, Shaping, Knitting in the round (using four needles and circular needles), Binding off (knitwise and purlwise).

In the Simple Stitch Library you will learn about simple patterns and color work including knit and purl combinations (with photos of completed sections of single and double rib), color photos of stitch samples, skill rating and pattern for stitches (garter, stockinette, moss, double moss, single rib, double rib, welted rib, fisherman’s rib, seed or dot stitch, seed or broken rib, moss stitch panels, little ladders, caterpillar stitch, basket weave, moss stitch diamond panels, lattice stitch or King Charles brocade, moss stitch triangles, single chevron stitch, moss stitch zigzag, diagonal garter stitch), Basic cables, Cable and bobble combinations, Traveling cable or twist stitches, Fair Isle and color work, Working from a color chart, Intarsia method (knitting blocks of color using different balls of yarn) and Lace and eyelet patterns.

The Advanced Work chapter contains photos and diagrams of Methods combinations, Twisted stitches, Yarn over and Knitting two stitches together. The advanced techniques continue in the chapter called Creating Your Own Designs. The techniques include designing a sweater: basic steps (how to use Color motifs and charts), Using beads and sequins, Embroidery, Edging and making Fringes and pom poms. The final chapter is called Finishing and without this information you wouldn’t really be able to use any of the projects you want to make. Following the introduction you learn about Fixing mistakes-dropped stitches, Finishing ends and sewing in tails, Blocking and pressing knitted pieces, Making up (your work): option 1, Making up: option 2, Picking up stitches: option 1, picking up stitches: option 2 and Buttonholes and button bands. It is also essential to read the Caring for knits section so your hard work will last for you to enjoy. The Abbreviations and Glossary sections are also very important because it contains the meanings for the abbreviations and terms used throughout the book and knowing exactly what you are doing will prevent you from making unnecessary mistakes.


  • Scandinavian motif
  • Fair Isle pattern
  • Hearts and flowers
  • Cat's paw pattern
  • Pinecone pattern
  • Lattice pattern
  • Trellis pattern
  • Lacy arrow edge

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