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Ultimate Knitting Bible: A Complete Reference with Step-by-Step Techniques

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  80 ratings  ·  10 reviews
This is the one-stop resource for both beginning and accomplished stitchers alike! It’s a definitive reference for all aspects of knitting, from the first stitch you cast on to the care and maintenance of your projects. Newcomers can learn every aspect of the art, including how to knit with color, make professional finishings, and adapt patterns. Experts will love its simp ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published October 7th 2008 by Collins Brown
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Claire
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent, comprehensive guide to knitting. It's practical, with straightforward instructions and illustrations to demonstrate techniques. I really wish that I'd found this book as soon as I started learning to knit, because it answered every question I had and many I hadn't yet thought to ask. Would recommend this book to anyone new to knitting or struggling to develop the skill past a certain point. ...more
Debbie Handley
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful book that has everything you need to know about knitting and then some. It covers things other books don't cover such as how to put in a zipper, different stripe effects, pleats, how to sew or graft pieces of knitting together using various stitch techniques, and lining a jacket.

It is a great book for beginners to like me because it covers everything from casting on to making your first stitch (the knit stich) and on. These are illustrated in nice big stitches so you can eas
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Jo Bennie
Jul 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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This is almost the perfect knitting reference book, everything well illustrated with easy to use diagrams and photographs. The writing style is gentle and direct, never didactic or berating, presenting alternatives in an easy to read style. It covers all the information you need both to get started and for more complicated kitting techniques, including:

equipment
yarns including how to read a wool ball band
a variety of cast ons and offs
knit and purl stitch including variations such as continen
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Sue Klasing
Aug 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Great reference book, especially pages 13, mixing fibers pg. 21 (also see notes in my own knitting notebook), Picot edge bind off pg. 58, Invisible bind off pg. 59, decorative increases pg. 86, Bobbles pg. 108, Sampler stitches Pgs. 116 - 117, Gathering & Flares pg. 142, Corners pg. 143, Complex intarsia panel made into a small handbag pg. 162, Cords pgs. 192 - 193, Tassels & Pom-poms Pgs 194-195, Collars & Neckbands 220 - 221, Front bands 222-223, Making decorative Buttons pg. 238, Samplers, fa ...more
Sasha
Feb 07, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: crafts, nonfiction
This book would be fabulous if the diagrams were more clear. Even looking at the cast on and knitting method that I already use, I found the diagram quite hard to interpret. Still, it has nice big pictures and lots of information. It's very fun to look through and get ideas or possibly some clarification.

I do think that "Knitspeak" is a better "dictionary" for deciphering patterns, but this one can be great for techniques.
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Niquole Abram
Aug 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: from-library, to-buy
Such a good resource! This is great for a new knitter or an experienced knitter they would just like to brush up on some techniques. It explains everything very clearly. Definitely a good one to keep as a reference, I've also noticed there are several other ultimate Bibles for crafting so I may have to pick some of those up as well. ...more
Lil' Grogan
Jan 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: handmade
Good run-through of techniques, some surprises. However, I'm interested in something more comprehensive. Mix of photographs and drawings. Not enough photographs of swatches for my liking given the glossy production of the book. ...more
Julie
Nov 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a wonderful all around reference for knitting. It covers not only the basics, but also some more complex techniques. I think this would be a book that both beginners and experienced knitters would find useful.
Jeanette
May 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who knits or wants to learn to knit.
Great book! It's my go-to whenever I need to learn a new technique. ...more
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