The Knitting Answer Book : Solutions to Every Problem You'll Ever Face, Answers to Every Question You'll Ever Ask, Paperback

The Knitting Answer Book : Solutions to Every Problem You'll Ever Face, Answers to Every Question You'll Ever Ask Paperback

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Tangled up by your latest knitting project? If you ever wished your local wool shop had a 24-hour hotline, then help is here in the form of "The Knitting Answer Book"!

Written in a handy Q&A format, this invaluable reference provides help and advice whenever and wherever a problem arises. The best way to get answers to your questions about knitting is to ask an experienced knitter.

In the past someone from an older generation was usually on hand to help the novice knitter, but today lucky is the knitter who has access to such a mentor at the moment she (or he) is needed!

This book fills the place of that experienced knitter so you can get answers to your questions quickly and get back to more important things - like your knitting! Written with all levels of knitters in mind, the questions here range from those frequently asked by beginners to those only experienced knitters would think to ask.

The information is arranged into 13 chapters covering Casting On, The Basics of Knitting, Binding Off, Tools and Equipment, Yarn, Reading Patterns, Pattern Stitches, Circular Knitting, Colour, Shaping, Fitting, Finishing, and Embellishments. From needle sizes and yarn weights to dropped stitches, tight ribbing, chart reading and curling edges, the answer is only ever a few pages away.

Questions include: What's the best cast on for a fringe?

Why are my stitches twisted and how do I fix it? How do I calculate stitch and row gauge? How do you make cables? Is there a way to make a bind off look continuous? Why is my stranded knitting puckered and what can I do about it?

What is mosaic knitting and how do you do it? I have holes in my intarsia where I start or end a colour.

What am I doing wrong? What are paired increases. Why do you do them and how? Is it possible to increase on the purl side? My buttonhole is too loose. Can I tighten it? And many hundreds more...Practical advice and clear, detailed illustrations help you solve any knitting mystery, making this the one reference you'll turn to time and time again.

As a gift for a knitter, or to help untangle your own knitting conundrums - you will not be disappointed.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400 pages, 500 illustrations
  • Publisher: David & Charles
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Knitting & crochet
  • ISBN: 9780715325759



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I bought this book to keep in my bag. That's it. Just to stay in there until I needed it. Now I've read it cover to cover in a day. Unfortunately at the expense of my knitting. The book contains tips for the new knitter. God I wish I'd had it when I first got started. It takes you through all the cast-ons, bind-offs, your knits and your purls. Everything a beginner needs. Of course it's much more than that. It offers tips for worming, starting lace, toe up socks, colour work, washing… well everything that an experienced knitter wants to ask too. There is also a great resource section it the back.I cannot think of a single knitter who wouldn't find this book useful. In fact I'd like a second copy to keep on my shelf. Maybe a third just in case.

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This really does seem to answer a lot of my questions. My other general knitting books are written for beginners. This one is more for the intermediate knitter who wants to improve. I suspect that some of the answers might be overwhelming for beginners. But if you think that might be a problem for you, the chapters are generally set up so that the answers get more complicated as the chapter goes on. If you just need some way to cast on or decrease or whatever, read the first few questions and answers until you have what you need, and stop there. If you are ready to learn several ways to do it, and which method might work best and why, just keep reading.