Knitting in Plain English

Knitting in Plain English

Book - 1986
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Whether you've been handling knitting needles for years, or just thinking about picking them up, "Knitting in Plain English" should be your bible. Drawing on twenty years of experience as "the knitting lady" in various yarn stores, Maggie Righetti provides sound instructions for beginners and sensible solutions for experienced knitters. Topics and techniques include:
Picking a pattern that's right for you, determining gauge, how to knit and purl plus instructions for fifteen additional pattern stitches, how to make invisible increases and decreases, five different methods of buttonholing, how to short-row for a perfect fit, working with more than one color of yarn, how to weave invisible seams, picking up dropped stitches, how to hand-wash and block your finished garment, plus much, much more.
From equipping your knitting bag to knitting a sweater, Maggie Righetti explains it all simply and clearly. Each technique is illustrated with easy-to-follow, step-by-step drawings. Complete with a detailed glossary of knitting terms and six learning patterns on which to practice, "Knitting in Plain English" is an invaluable sourcebook no knitter will outgrow.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : St. Martin's Press, c1986
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312458539
0312458533
Characteristics: 241 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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Jan 09, 2017

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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