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The Knitter's Dictionary: Knitting Know-How from A to Z

4.50  ·  Rating details ·  116 ratings  ·  104 reviews
From "alt" to "yrn," knitting patterns have a unique language of abbreviations and knitting techniques. The Knitter's Dictionary is your comprehensive resource for understanding the language of knitting in a quick-reference guide that no knitting bag should be without. For beginner and skilled knitters alike, there's always something new to discover in your next handknit p ...more
Hardcover, 126 pages
Published October 30th 2018 by Interweave
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Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a really good knitting book that has some great knitting tips. It’s good for beginners as well as experienced knitters.

I’ve never been one to make up my own patterns so this is a must for any knitter.

It has sizing, examples of gauge so that your garment will come out the way you expect it.

Talks of types of wools, sizing needles.
And of course has patterns.
It was a delight to read

The author is well known with her expertise in knitting and the advice and information is second to none.

Katie B
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
The author is very upfront with stating that the goal of her book is to teach you how to read a pattern rather than a tutorial on how to knit. (The author does give recommendations for some books that specialize in learning how to knit and of course there are plenty of free online videos to watch if you want to learn.) Being able to understand how to read patterns in my opinion is equally important as knowing how to move your hands with needles and yarn. This book at around 125 pages is very tho ...more
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
The Knitters Dictionary by Kate Atherley was an excellent book for beginners and experienced knitters. Packed full of good advice on equipment, yarns, patterns and more. A perfect book if you need advice on any pattern instructions.
Thank you to NetGalley and F + W Media for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, reviewed
This book is not a replacement for the huge knitting bibles, but it is an excellent quick reference. Information is presented very concisely. The definitions include all of the abbreviations commonly found in knitting instructions as well as definitions of other knitting terms and techniques. It also has instructions for some of the techniques, such as joining in the round, making various decreases and increases and swatching. There are clear, hand drawn illustrations throughout the book. Some i ...more
Patty Smith
Thank you to Netgalley, Interweave, and Kate Atherley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are 100% my own and independent of receiving an advanced copy.

Kate Atherley is well known in the knitter world. She has written several books and published lots of patterns, many of them found on Knitty, where she is the managing technical editor. As a mathematician, her patterns have lots of detail and are very well written.

This is a small but comprehensive book to help knitt
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crafting, non-fiction
I received a copy from F + W Media through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I’m an avid knitter and I always keep an eye out for knitting books and videos so that I can recommend them to any friends who want to pick up knitting or are otherwise new to the craft. I also find it good to own some of these books myself for when I have a question or need to jog my memory on a stitch or something in that realm. One thing that I really like about this book is that it has information about wha
Leigh Kramer
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My childhood best friend's mom taught us to knit when I was in 3rd grade but I didn't remember much past that year and I've often been jealous of knitting friends. The last few winters I've thought about learning to knit again but haven't followed through. This winter, though, I'm determined to do it. When I won a copy, it seemed like a sign!

This is a thorough resource and I definitely feel more empowered to knit. There were so many terms I'd never heard of before. It's easy to understand and we
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-books
As author Kate Atherley states, this book is between a dictionary and an encyclopedia for knitters. Before the A to Z portion, there are informative explanations of tools, measurement, size, gauge, yarn and yarn substitution as well as a guide to understanding yarn labels. If a pattern is not understood by a knitter, projects can be slow or abandoned. So, from alpaca to Z-twist, you will find definitions, examples and techniques for hundreds of knitting terms. This is an essential and easy-to-us ...more
I received this book for free from the publisher through the BookishFirst website in exchange for an honest review.

The Knitter's Dictionary by Kate Atherley is a very useful tool for knitters at any skill level to have on hand. The book lists common knitting terms, abbreviations and techniques alphabetically making it a quick reference when you stumble upon an unknown in a pattern. I would consider myself an advanced knitter, but I can certainly recall times that having this book would have been
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've had my hands on quite a few knitting dictionaries and reference books over the years. Some are definitely better than others and it can be difficult to stand out on a crowded shelf in a bookstore or online. I've had great results from using Interweave books in the past, so I expected something great here. The layout of this book is very usable. Information is easy to locate, entries are clearly explained. There are a number of illustrations as well for clarity - sometimes you just need a vi ...more
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
As a advanced crocheter, and a not so advanced knitter, I've always wanted to learn more about knitting. As well as, advance my skills in knitting. I was glad I came across this book, because it helps me with that!

Starting me out with how much yarn to buy, what type of yarn to by, etc. The very basics, which I enjoyed because I've always wondered what yarn was better for cables and such. Then the A-Z part comes in, each letter has knitting concepts, for example ; letter A - Across the ROW/RND,
Literary Soirée
“The Knitter's Dictionary” by Kate Atherley is like having an expert knitting instructor in the palm of your hands to help you navigate any pattern.    

With more than 150 illustrations that show you everything from the difference between a toque and a beret — to how-to information on increase and decrease stitches — this handy cross-referenced guide quickly leads you to the exact info you need. Filled with bonus tips and tricks, it also offers extended details on more challenging topics like tak
Melissa Dee
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Its hard to imagine Kate Atherley being ignorant of *anything* having to do with knitting or yarns, but she claims in her introduction that she learned to knit from a grandmother, and had to learn to read patterns later. I think “The Knitter’s Dictionary” is ideal for the knitter, beginner or experienced, who has mastered a set of usable techniques, but wants to have a quick reference guide to alternatives that don’t necessarily come to mind immediately. A true, (if slightly embarrassing) exampl ...more
Rachel Quinn
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you've ever thought about learning to knit, this looks like the right book for you!

I have always wanted to learn how to knit. I even have a bag full of yarn and knitting needles. However, knitting feels like it has it's own special language with all of the abbreviations and acronyms. This book breaks down that barrier and explains the basics and secrets to being a successful knitter. Each type of knit is broken down into easy to understand basics and history. Then it tells you when you would
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: knitting, non-fiction
A fabulous resource for the novice and experienced knitter. Arranged in an alphabetical way, makes it easy to find the information you are looking for. With plenty of diagrams as well as easy to understand explanations, this is the book that should be in every knitter's library.
I appreciate the ability to look up ways to complete my project that I had never used before. Information regarding patterns and how to know what you need is invaluable, especially if you are working with an expensive ya
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, giveaway
This is a 5.6 x 0.6 x 7.6 inches book thats a perfect size to fit in your knitting bag. The title gives way to what this book is.... a dictionary. From A to Z, it lists everything in regards to knitting. Its a quick way to look up a term you're not familiar with. There are quite a few diagrams showing how to do certain things as well and as well as helpful tips.

In terms of learning how to read a pattern, I'm planning to look at Kate's "Beginners Guide to Writing Knitting Patterns" book, which I
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, netgalley
This is an excellent dictionary/encyclopedia of knitting terms and techniques. It covers the simplest techniques (yarnovers, knit, purl) and more advanced techniques (Kitchener stitch, mattress stitch). Many of the definitions are accompanied by illustrations, which should be very useful.

My only criticism would be that this dictionary covers acronyms that are obvious (approx = approximate) in some cases, but then treats other terms (ayo = afterthought yarnover) in the same manner, without any a
K.S. Lewis
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is one of those books that you're going to want to have on hand whether you're a knitting veteran or a knitting newbie. Everything that is included in this book is useful for those who are interested in learning how to knit, those that have been knitting but maybe want to brush up on their knowledge of the lingo, and those that are in between (you've been knitting for a little while, but your head cocks to the side when you hear an unfamiliar term and you rely on context to pull you through ...more
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful modern take on a knitting dictionary and more!
This guide compiles all the knitting language and pattern abbreviations you have ever wondered about along with helpful tips and tricks along the way.
Each entry is written in a clear manner. Atherley covers everything from knitting abbreviations like C4B to the different types of sweater silhouettes in an organized A-Z fashion for easy referral.
A great resource and a must have for knitting beginners and beyond!

Thank you to Net Gal
Kelly (purplebookstand)
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy knitting...I’m just not that good at it!! I can knit a mean scarf but when it comes to actual patterns, all the confusing terminology puts me off.
This dictionary walks you through all that terminology, explaining what it means in simple terms. I think this dictionary is going to come in very handy when I’m attempting to use a pattern. There’s always a risk with a book like this, that he layout doesn’t work as an ebook. The layout is fine and I think this will be a really useful l
Carolyn McBride
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I found the PDF version of this book far more helpful than the Kindle version. The Kindle version was six ways of messed up, but the PDF was glorious by comparison! This book is part knitters dictionary and part knitting encyclopedia. I learned so much! I found the section on reading charts extremely helpful as well as the section on Magic Loop (It's always been a mystery to me). There is a great section on gauge that every knitter should know, whether they choose to ignore it or not. Also usefu ...more
penny shima glanz
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Kate Atherley has done it again. Her newest book, The Knitting Dictionary, is a comprehensive reference of all things knitting in a concise 126 pages! This is a good tool for every knitter, both those new to the language and those who have been working with it for years. New knitters will delight in the second chapter, "Getting Started with Patterns" which builds on its promise and gives tips for how to successfully work a pattern (while experienced knitters will wish for a time machine).

The hea
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This book is an amazingly awesome reference for a new or experienced knitter. One of the hardest parts of knitting is reading and deciphering the pattern. With this wonderful reference, you can look up the terms alphabetically, making it easy . There are well drawn pictures that help with several stitches that can be tricky, and I love that this is a concise reference where I can easily look up terms without having to search the internet. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is inter ...more
Patrica Liebe
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was sent a copy of this book via NetGalley and Interweave for an honest review.
This is one reference book I would recommend for all knitters wether they be a beginner just starting out on their first project or to the very experienced knitter who needs to understand a term never seen before on a complicated pattern. This book has been written for all knitter's who love to see the pattern codes decoded and an easy to understand explanation to go with it. Kate Atherley has earned my respect with
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crafts, knitting
Kate Atherley’s newest book The Knitter’s Dictionary, is a must have for fledgling as well as seasoned knitters. Her no nonsense, easy-to-read information about everything from alpaca to wool and everything in between will keep your needles busy creating successful projects.

There are so many interesting and informative tidbits in this little book, it is difficult for me to choose my favorites, but I have finally narrowed it down. At the top of the list is the comprehensive section on gauge. I kn
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: craft
Note: I received an Advance Reading Copy of this book through NetGalley for an honest review.

I have been knitting for over a decade now, and my mom is also a knitter. However, I am self-taught, using books and YouTube. While my mom reads patterns in Dutch, I am used to English terminology. On top of that, she knits in the English style (yarn in the right hand, throw the yarn) and I knit in the Continental Style (yarn in the left hand, pick the yarn). All this leads to it being difficult sometime
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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From "alt" to "yrn," knitting patterns have a unique language of abbreviations and knitting techniques. The Knitter's Dictionary is your comprehensive resource for understanding the language of knitting in a quick-reference guide that no knitting bag should be without. For beginner and skilled knitters alike, there's always something new to discover in your next handknit
Liz (Quirky Cat)
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of The Knitter’s Dictionary from BookishFirst in exchange for a fair and honest review.

When I saw A Knitter’s Dictionary listed on BookishFirst for a chance to review, I just knew that I had to try and get my hands on it. I’ve been knitting a lot lately – mostly trying to get gifts done before the holiday season hits me full force in the face. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve had to google different knitting abbreviations (I can be very forgetful, so I’m sur
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: craft, non-fiction
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher!

There is an abundance of books available that will teach you how to knit, but how useful is that skill if you can’t understand the unique and complicated language that knitting patterns are comprised of? The Knitter’s Dictionary is here to change that, acting as both dictionary and encyclopedia for the knitting world.

The Knitter’s Dictionary does everything from explaining the meaning of abbreviations an
Neha Patel
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
“The Knitter’s Dictionary” is a valuable resource and reference material for those who are unfamiliar with knitting terms and how to read patterns. It is essentially a glossary of common words and phrases used throughout the knitting universe. While this book is definitely an asset for knitters to carry everywhere they go, I would highly caution readers who are new to knitting and have never done it to not rely on this volume as their only source of information. I am not a knitter myself, and I ...more
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