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The Best of Vogue® Knitting Magazine by Vogue Knitting
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Nov 26, 08

bookshelves: crafty, non-fiction
Read in November, 2008

I picked this up from the library on a whim. There are several helpful tips and tricks here for the intermediate-to-advanced knitter, just as one might expect. The retrospective look at pattern and fiber trends is also intriguing.

Bear in mind, though, that Vogue Knitting Magazine came by its reputation as a "serious" publication for "true knitters" honestly. (Yes, there's a reprint of an article where Meg Swanson defines the "true knitter" as someone who must knit every day without exception. Um, guess I'm a big ol' fake, then!) There's a certain thread of snobbery here that's a bit off-putting. The ultra-large format also makes it difficult to use as a reference guide.

Most damning, however, is the general scarcity of diagrams. Many of the techniques are difficult to follow if you're a visual or kinetic learner. Knitting terminology is challenging enough; over the past 25 years things have changed considerably. Some judicious editing and additions would've been more useful than these faithful reprints.
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