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Knitspeak: An A to Z Guide to the Language of Knitting Patterns

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Written in a friendly, reassuring tone and formatted for quick reference, 'Knitspeak' Andrea Berman 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.
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Stewart, Tabori and Chang
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This is an excellent book for new knitters, people returning to knitting after a long absence or people who just to be able to read the patterns. It covers American knitting terms but includes British or "old" pattern translations for those who come across alternate patterns, and very clear illustrations and reference tables. There's a comprehensive A-Z, plus an appendix with more detailed discussions about yarn types and how to make substitutions, how to read yarn labels, etc.

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Andrea Berman Price coined the term "Knitspeak" for the language of knitters, a language comprised of knitting terms and the mysterious (to beginners) abbreviations used in knitting patterns. As Price herself remarks, knitters who have learned the basics of cast-on, knit, and purl are often baffled when they try to knit something more complicated than, say, a scarf. What does k1f&b mean? Or M1R? How do you read a pattern chart? And what's a
One of the local yarn shops hosted the author when she gave a workshop on knitting as a form of meditation. She was a wonderful teacher and explained that she was moved to write the book when she realized that many people were unable to understand the patterns and directions for knitting projects they were working on.

The book is a listing of abbreviations, charts, illustrations and helpful information. I keep mine close when I'm working on a project. I've tabbed a couple of charts that I use whe
Helpful, short descriptions of terms and illustrations of stitches and such.
Megan Blosser
Handy little reference book of knitting terms and illustrations.
Aug 25, 2008 Tanya rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Beginning and Tntermediate knitters
Shelves: 2008-books
A compact, easy-to-follow dictionary of knitting terminology , this provides clear, easy-to-follow diagrams of knitting stitches as well as guidance on how to read a pattern. Definitely worth checking out if you don't understand the directions you are supposed to follow and have found a must have project you want to cast on.
This is exactly what it sounds like - a dictionary of knitting terms. It's a good reference book, particularly for beginner knitters who are unsure of what many of these terms mean.
Good to have for a knitter like me who never remembers or understands pattern/knitting terms. Has a very helpful index to look up terms. My only complaint is that the font is too small!
Aug 19, 2008 Audra rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All Knitters
This is a great reference book. I would recommend this for any knitter to buy and keep with them in their knitting bag. I plan on buying this and adding it to my own stash!
Oct 03, 2008 Terri rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: any knitter
Recommended to Terri by: Jamie Gonce
This is the greatest little book for any knitter out there- It is a dictionary to help you unlock knitting directions and patterns. Jamie and I use it all the time.
*Knitspeak* is a great resource for learning how to understand pattern language. Both the writing and the diagrams are clear and easy to understand.
This is a handy little reference book. I just need to buy it.
it wasnt exactly what I was looking for
Miss Mouse
A good reference book.
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