I'm doing a major cleanout in my office (again), so I'm uncovering some great books that are older but still super useful that I don't need but I'm sure someone will want.
A lot of books are going to my local library, but when I see one I think you all will like I set it aside for a giveaway, and that pile is getting pretty large, too.
The Encyclopedia of Knitting by Lesley Stanfield and Melody Griffiths came out back in 2000, but the information on techniques is of course all still valid.
And this book covers a lot, including:
- basic skills like how to hold the yarn and needles, cast on, knit, purl and bind off
- increases and decreases
- reading charts and other essentials of getting started knitting from a pattern
- finishing skills
- hems, facings and fastenings
A lot of the book is taken up by a stitch collection that includes swatches with charted instructions for knit and purl patterns, ribs, cables, twists, lace, bobbles and leaves, stranded color knitting, intarsia color knitting and special effects like entrelace, circular knitting, tucks and pleats, loops, slip stitch colorwork, beading and embroidery.
An inspiration section offers a quick overview of how to design a garment as well as more swatches to give you ideas of how to design a sweater for yourself.
If you'd like a chance to win this book, leave a comment on this post before the end of the day Sunday, July 24. I'd love to know what you're knitting right now. (I'm still trying to finish the last repeat of a baby blanket I've been working on for my cousin's little boy.)
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