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Knitting for Anarchists: The What, Why and How of Knitting

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  124 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Anna Zilboorg liberates Knitters to knit in freedom and create with pleasure.
" In this book I explain to knitters why they do what they do, and how to do it simply.
In knitting, understanding gives us power.
Through understanding we become able to control our knitting and make it do what we want.
Without understanding, we are doomed to do what we are told.Anarchists generally
Paperback, 160 pages
Published March 18th 2015 by Dover Publications (first published September 2002)
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Recommended to me by a few knitters, my reaction to this book is kind of the opposite of what I thought it would be.

On a philosophical level, I cannot agree more with Zilborg. The basic tenet of Anarchist Knitting is to knit in a way that brings you joy, to free ourselves from the way knitting "must be done" and focus on ways in which it can be done. I'm reminded of the time I sat in on a knitting lesson to hear the instructor say "you should only knit with the yarn in your left hand, it's so mu
May 25, 2008 Wifey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: intermediate knitters
Shelves: knitting
I think this book would be great for knitters who are past knitting scarves and hats, but intimidated by more complex patterns. It clearly explains the dynamics of knitting, the way loops can lay next to each other, seaming and strand knitting, but it is probably best used as a companion to other knitting text. (The author even states as much) I was disappointed in this book though. I wrongfully assumed there would be unusual projects, (it is called Knitting for Anarchists) and I had hoped for l ...more
Carolyn Blakelock
Aug 02, 2015 Carolyn Blakelock rated it really liked it
The goal of this book is to help people see and understand what they are doing when they are knitting because understanding and knowledge is power. If you can look at a pattern and understand the fundamentals of it you can modify it to suit yourself, or figure out poorly written directions, or find mistakes that have slipped by the tech editors. The style of writing is fun and breezy and it is a quick and easy read. Most of the advice I had already figured out for myself, but there were a couple ...more
Dec 24, 2015 Erica rated it liked it
Some very good explanation of why knitting works the way it does, and suggestions for making knitting work for you, however you currently do it. Not a fan of the patterns in the book, but I would recommend it based on the knitting theory chapters alone. You might also call this book "Knitting for Engineers" because it just really gets into the process; the allusion to anarchy is nice but not central to the concept.
It did not take me 4 days to read this book. I read it in 1.5, using only 3 commutes to do it (40-50min 2x a day).
Morgan Djuna Sorais Harrigan
This is a really cool book. It talks about how to create your own patterns and enplanes knitting in a very clear and awesome way. Smash the state! Stop buying things! Knit/make your own clothes!
Oct 25, 2009 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How to ignore all the stifling rules that make knitting harder than it needs to be. I've found my people!
Dec 18, 2008 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: craftycrafty, 2008
Not bad, but not a must-have either. I might not be "anarchist" enough for it though.
Jan 15, 2010 Martha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
if you like the result of your knitting, it is correct; supports you in being creative
Erin Christman
Jan 25, 2013 Erin Christman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Blew my knitting mind.
Sweaters are ugly; theory is priceless.
Jun 08, 2007 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: craft
An awesome Christmas present from the BFF!
Aug 05, 2009 Madeline marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Gee I didn't know Anarchists knitted...
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Born and reared in New York City; educated at Harvard; taught at MIT. Fled from the madding crowd's ignoble strife until I found myself in Big Stone Gap, VA. Got religion. Returned to my childhood love of knitting; became a hermit.

(From the interview Knitting Universe did with her, on the release of her book, 'Magnificient Mittens . . . ')
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