Knitting in Plain English

Knitting in Plain English

Book - 2007
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The first edition of this indispensable classic gave knitters easy-to-follow (and fun-to-read) advice on producing the knits of their dreams. Drawing on decades of experience as a knitting instructor and designer, Maggie Righetti offered step-by-step directions on avoiding common mistakes and getting out of tricky spots.

Now, in this completely updated and revised version, Righetti gives readers what they've asked for: advice on making all different garments, working with new patterns and different kinds of yarn, and even an introduction to her own legendary history. Neither aggressively hip nor bafflingly encyclopedic, Knitting in Plain English offers basic principles that will make any project---from a basic blanket to an intricate sweater---rewarding.

Having Knitting in Plain English on the shelf is like having your own knitting teacher available to help at all times with any thorny problem.

Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Griffin, 2007
Edition: 2nd ed
ISBN: 9780312353537
0312353537
Characteristics: xxii, 282 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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drlnielsen
Jan 09, 2017

There are two books you need if you are a beginning knitter. One is Elizabeth Zimmermann's "Knitting Without Tears", which is available at SFPL. The other is "Knitting in Plain English". Once you are an experienced knitter, you will go back to these books time and again.

There are no fancy photographs of knitted clothes that show the reader nothing about how fit or construction. There are simple pictures showing how to create a particular stitch. There are no patterns to follow without understanding. Instead, there is plain and simple information about how to do the various stitches to follow a pattern while knowing what you are doing. There is enough information to learn how to fit a pattern, or even make your own.

Seriously, this is the book you are looking for.

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QuilterKat
Dec 13, 2013

This is one of those books that isn't very 'sexy' (elaborately styled photographs, fancy titles, lots of design, etc.) but it's an excellent resource. Righetti demystifies knitting and has excellent tips written in non-alienating language.

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davlorann
Apr 24, 2011

Honestly, this is the best knitting book I've ever encountered. I'm not an inveterate or constant knitter, but I can say that the few complicated projects that I've done could not have been done without this book. The title is completely descriptive.

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drlnielsen thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 99

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drlnielsen
Jan 09, 2017

I have written this book to help you help yourself in making knitting a creative, delightful, and above all a joyous endeavor

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