An A to Z Guide to the Language of Knitting Patterns

eBook - 2007
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This handy guide unravels the mysteries of terms, symbols, and abbreviations to make pattern reading easy for knitters of all levels.

Knitting can be a challenging craft, but even more challenging than knitting itself is the cryptic language--a mix of abbreviations, numbers, jargon, punctuation marks, and other symbols--in which patterns are usually written. It's no wonder so many beginners (and even some whose skills are quite advanced) are intimidated by the bewildering code--or that so many yarn-shop owners grow frustrated by the amount of time they must spend deciphering patterns for the uninitiated.

Enter Knitspeak , a knitter's dictionary that disentangles the mysteries of pattern language and translates it into plain English, helping knitters to easily transition from confused to confident. Andrea Berman Price's essential guide--written in a friendly, reassuring tone and formatted for quick reference--begins with an overview of how knitting patterns are organized. It then offers a comprehensive alphabetical listing of all the abbreviations, words, phrases, and symbols typically encountered in patterns.

Knitspeak 's many easy-to-understand drawings clarify basic and not-so-basic needle techniques, and a series of sidebars deals with issues ranging from keeping track of simultaneous shaping to substituting yarns and reading a yarn label. The book's appendix is filled with valuable tips, charts, and worksheets.
Publisher: New York : Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2007.
ISBN: 9781453220788
Characteristics: 1 online resource : ill.
Alternative Title: Knit speak


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Oct 08, 2011

This is a super helpful book- I'm just beginning knitting, and patterns really don't tell you much about what all those acronyms and such mean- this book does.
Easy to find what you're looking for. Even if it doesn't always give you step-by-step instructions on how to do everything, it gives you the general idea you need to get you started- with handy diagrams too. Definitely recommend- not sure what I'm going to do when I have to return it!

Mar 16, 2010

amazingly helpful book for knitters I was so scared for a long time I could never tackle patterns now I can not only tackle them but wrestle them to the ground if need be.
am seriously considering buying a copy for myself.


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