Monday 15 October 2018

Book ~ "The Knitter's Dictionary: Knitting Know-How from A to Z" (2018) Kate Atherley

From Goodreads ~ From "alt" to "yrn," knitting patterns have a unique language of abbreviations and knitting techniques. "The Knitter's Dictionary" is your comprehensive resource for understanding the language of knitting in a quick-reference guide that no knitting bag should be without. For beginner and skilled knitters alike, there's always something new to discover in your next handknit project. "The Knitter's Dictionary" puts an expert knitting instructor in the palm of your hands to help you navigate any pattern.

Within this knitting bag necessity, you'll also find over 150 illustrations showing you everything from the difference between a toque and a beret to how-to information to increase and decrease stitches. Handy cross-references quickly lead you to exactly the information you need whether you've come across a new abbreviation in a knitting pattern or you've forgotten the steps to a long-tail cast on. Extended information on more challenging topics like taking measurements, understanding gauge, and fibre care instructions make this more than a dictionary - it's important information no knitter should be without.

Packed with bonus tips and tricks, learn the do's and don'ts of pattern knitting making patterns easier and more enjoyable to knit! "The Knitter's Dictionary" gives knitters the answers they need when and where they need them in a precise and helpful way. Give yourself or another knitter the gift of knowledge with this must-have resource.

I've been knitting for almost 40 years ... I've made tons of sweaters, blankets, dish cloths, mittens, etc. over the years.  So that's why this book caught my eye.

I'm not sure who this book is written for ... a beginner or an expert.  I found some things so very basic but then other things that sounded complicated and there was a brief description that left me wondering "huh"?  If I REALLY wanted to know what she was talking about, I'd have to go Google it (and isn't that the point of the book).  There were lots of terms that were listed that would refer to another term in the book so I'd either have to go there directly if I wanted to know RIGHT NOW or wait until I got there and by then I'd have forgotten that there was a reference to it.

The author is British and there were a lot of references that she would know and assumed everyone else did but as a Canadian, I didn't.  There is apparently over 150 illustrations but I didn't find them overly useful.

I wasn't crazy about this book and didn't find it helpful.

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