Knitting Tips & Trade Secrets: Clever Solutions for Better Hand Knitting, Machine Knitting, and Crocheting
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Knitting Tips & Trade Secrets: Clever Solutions for Better Hand Knitting, Machine Knitting, and Crocheting

3.26 of 5 stars 3.26  ·  rating details  ·  23 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Here is a compendium of clever and creative techniques for solving common hand knitting, machine knitting and crocheting problems. This handy reference has everything from choosing yarn to blocking and assembling a garment, including how to cast on perfectly, machine knit a tuck, make an easy bobble, manage yarn in multicolored knitting, correct an uneven crochet edge, fol...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published August 19th 1996 by Taunton Press (first published 1996)
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Good tips. A bit poorly organized.
Naturally some tips will be useful, while some will address issues I'll never face (machine knitting, for example).
This had some handy stuff but um, there was a whole section about adding shoulder pads and how a certain method of seaming was good because it added "welcome bulk under the shoulders." All I have to say is that I doubt the publication date if 1996.

There were helpful tips though, that is not to be overlooked, but about 20 pages were useless to me because it was on machine knitting and their long-tail cast on was absolutely bizarre. I did enjoy their section about steeks and ways to get around tra...more
Sep 21, 2008 Amber rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All Knitters
Shelves: knitting
This is a great book to have on your shelf as a reference! I thought I would read through and pick up a tip here or there, but there is just too much good info for just a library read. The illustrations are very clear and there are so many great little tips I have never heard of before. I will have to buy this book for my own knitting library sometime.

Complete waste of money! Badly organized is putting it mildly. Also, despite "machine knitting" being on the cover, there are only a handful of machine knitting tips, and they're so general that anyone with a knitting machine will surely find the same tips in their machine's manual.

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