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Fearless Knitting Workbook
Designed to empower knitters with practical knowledge of how yarn becomes fabric and to boost confidence in tackling common obstacles and mistakes made during the process, this knitting how-to guides fiber artists to success in their craft by explaining each word of standard knitting instructions. This illustrated guide offers classically-designed swatch exercises—such as ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Interweave Press
(first published 2009)
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I can tell that the author of this book likes math. I hate math. Math is my nemesis. I think that I need more right brain friendly explanations of knitting. The concept of this book is great. And it probably works well for people who are good at math and spatial relationships. I know that knitting patterns are mathematical and I like that this author tries to demystify knitting by helping the knitter to learn how to "read" the knitting and fix mistakes. It sounds like such a helpful and wonderfu ...more
Dec 27, 2012 Margot marked it as to-read
This is a very awesome learn-to-knit book with chapters on basic knitting skills, along with chapters to practice those skills before moving on to the next. Skills include knitting and perling, increases and decreases, cabling, lacework, and knitting in the round. The one thing this book doesn't have is an exhaustive index. So I found it easier to have a second knitting reference book on hand when I just needed to remind myself very quickly about how to do a particular stitch or a particular kni ...more
This is the perfect next step for those who have mastered knitting, purling, casting on, and casting off. As you knit each 8" swatch, you will learn how to increase and decrease, read patterns, make cables, make lace, knit in the round, etc. Most important, though, you will begin to understand exactly how all those little loops, twists, and connections fit together so that you can create what you want, and avoid or fix what you don't want.
I worked my way most of the way through the exercises in this book and did, in fact, learn some new skills! A very handy tool for learning techniques you thought were too difficult for a beginning or intermediate knitter to do. A few places, I had to go on youtube to actually see done the techniques they were describing on the page, but ultimately, I had a very successful experience with this.