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Beyond Knit & Purl

4.50  ·  Rating details ·  30 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Does your knitting measure up? Let Kate Atherley take you to the next level with Beyond Knit and Purl, new from Cooperative Press. As a technical editor - and more importantly - as a teacher, Kate knows where knitters hit roadblocks and how to overcome them, and she shares her many years of experience in this book. Confused about increases or decreases? What's ease? If you ...more
Paperback, 1, 128 pages
Published November 15th 2011 by Cooperative Press
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Feb 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
‘Beyond Knit and Purl’ by Kate Atherley is a treasure for knitters. No one taught me to knit; I learned it all from books. When I started I had the embarrassing situation of being able to knit but not purl. I did the usual, knitting scarves in numerous quantities until I got sick of it.

Then I put it all away for ten years! Suddenly, I figured out how to purl. I finally figured out that there was one tiny step that the books were not telling me. Why weren’t they mentioning it? Because, that step
Feb 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I would recommend this book to any knitter. It is a friendly and informative handbook designed to help knitters working from patterns for the first time, but it also has chapters for different techniques, including cable and lace. It includes many full-color pictures and is written in an easy to understand, down-to-earth style. It is peppered with bits of advice, not only tips for specific techniques, but also general advice for knitters, such as how to deal with mistakes (or why making mistakes ...more
Heather Ordover
Feb 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who knits
Recommended to Heather by: Cooperative Press
Shelves: knitting
Kate Atherley has given all knitters--not just new ones--a gift with this book. There were many times in my sojourn as a knitter, where I wished I'd had a book that worked like a map--something to help me know where to go and how to get there.
I'm not unhappy with my learning arc; no one told me when things were difficult so I attacked the hard and the easy with equanimity of attitude and fear (or lack thereof). However, there is no doubt in my mind that, had I this book in hand back then, I wou
Jun 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Loved this book in all regards except one - it desperately needs an index!!! I am pretty well new to knitting and had taken the author's online classes - which sadly are no more -and have now ordered everything she's written! Her patterns are clear, concise, and she is friendly and encouraging and realistic and this book is a delight ....But! if you are halfway through something and need to quickly refresh your mind about a technique you KNOW she mentioned's incredibly frustrating to have ...more
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book for the advancing knitter. Kate covers the major skill areas - increases and decreases, knitting in the round, cables, lace, and so on - with clear information and well-designed projects. My only (minor) bone to pick is her calling all stranded knitting "Fair Isle," but that bit of esoterica does not detract from an outstanding book. If you are ready to move beyond garter or stockinette rectangles (aka dishcloths and scarves), this is the book you want. ...more
Jun 15, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: knitting
It's a good starter book but it wasn't for me. However, I do love the author and she has some other articles, how tos and patterns that are good. ...more
Versel Rush
Feb 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have been an avid knitter for about 5 years so I was wary of just what this book could teach me. I am not an expert but so many knitting books assume they must start with "This is a knitting needle; this is yarn." And I grow bored very easily.

Shouldn't have worried.

"Beyond Knit & Purl" does have a lot for the beginner but it also has lots of tools and ideas for those of us who are almost self taught and who have no LYS (local yarn shop) or other in-person help to ask those pesky questions like
Feb 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I am so pleased that this book came my way. It was so easy to understand and follow that I was able to complete a small knitting project tonight after not knitting for almost 20 years. I enjoyed the advice, tips, and instruction. Everything is clearly laid out, and it was fairly quick for me to get going on a project.

The illustrations of the completed items are gorgeous. Other pictures in the book are instructional and helped get the author's point across.

I am very interested in trying all the
Feb 20, 2012 marked it as to-read
Shelves: knitting
I learned to knit while my beloved favorite auntie was in the hospital. A good friend recognized that I would need something to do during my long hours visiting when my auntie was in a coma. After my aunt died, I learned that she was an avid knitter and inherited all her yarn because I was the only other person in the family who knit at that point. Since then, I've taught my cousin to knit and she is better than me now. I'd love to get better so that I can use the yarn I inherited. I haven't tou ...more
I really wanted to like this book as it's put out by a small, independent publisher. Unfortunately, it would have benefited from a better design. The book is about 8-1/2 inches tall and 11 inches wide, but the text on each page is set in only one column. That, combined with the small font size, makes the book difficult to follow. (Imagine reading a 10-inch long line of text in 10-point font.) The paper is not very thick either, meaning there's this bleed-through effect.

On the positive side, the
Mar 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I am very happy with this book and it has made me pick up a pair of needles and try once again to get the hang of knitting. This book will definitely be a reference guide for a long time. I highly recommend this book but I will say I don't think it's for someone that does not know the basics of knitting. If you don't know how to begin or knit one purl two then find a beginners book. I won this from Goodreads. ...more
Apr 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Very glad I got the digital and hard copy versions - I refer to this time and time again. Fantastic resource!
Feb 19, 2012 marked it as to-read
I am really looking forward to this one! I knit all the time and am self taught. Often, I use youtube.
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This just looks like such a fantastic book for both my daughter and me.
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