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Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns ...more
Spiral-bound, 112 pages
Published June 14th 2002 by Interweave (first published June 1st 2002)
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Elizabeth Theiss
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am at best an advanced beginning knitter who spends about an hour a day working away at patterns marked easy that are anything but for my paltry skill level. Finding easy, simple patterns is no easy task. So this book is perfect! These are simple projects that can be adapted for complexity if the knitter chooses (I don’t). The knitter can choose the project and then work out the correct number of stitches based on yarn and gauge. I especially appreciate the two-page, crystal clear instructions ...more
Apr 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I use this book often, love to be able to design my own stuff by using the charts and instructions.
Apryl Anderson
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a super handy reference for basic knitwear design. It feels like cheating, so I choose gratitude to Ms. Budd for doing the math. Sure, the shaping alterations, and the color & texture choices are my own, but let's celebrate the shortcuts! This book is suitable for beginning knitters, although it's still important to understand the form and function—how the stitches are made, and the garment is constructed—to get the most out of this guide. ...more
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
A must have for your knitting library
Lynne Cantwell
May 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crafts, knitting
I was so excited when I got this book. I can never find gloves that fit -- my palms are broad and my fingers are short (I say I've got square hands), and the fingers on mass-produced gloves are always too long for me. So the first thing I did was to make myself a pair of gloves. And they fit! And they weren't hard to make, either! That alone was worth the price of the book, to me.

Like Budd's other books in her Knitter's Handy Book series, this one provides you with directions for multiple basic
Anne Hawn Smith
May 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book for every knitter to have. You can start with any of the various patterns for sweaters, hats, mittens and socks in several weights of yarn and then use your own stitch patterns to personalize the project. There are guidelines for each type of pattern and suggestions for modifications. You can see some wonderful yarn and know that you can make something using this very handy book. There are plenty of fitting suggestions also, so you can always get a perfect fit.
May 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a great knitting book... gives you a basic pattern and lets you design everything else yourself. It makes it really easy to use up that wonderful yarn that you don't have a project for. Knit a swatch, check your gauge and you are ready to go. I've made three hats so far.. one Fibonacci sequence, one based off of an Ethiopian scroll, and one with a cute little top knot. ...more
Nov 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
The patterns are simple and this book is exactly what it says. It's a good book to start with, learning how to knit sweaters, mittens, gloves, hats. The layout is a bit confusing, too busy and captions/titles would have made the instructions more clear. Ann Budd is a good designer/drafter to start your knitting adventure with. ...more
Mary Ann
Mar 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: craft
This book has a basic pattern with measurements to help make the item and make it to fit. Love this book and would buy it in heart beat if my library wasn't so nice about their loan policy (can keep it for a long time as long as no one else wants it). ...more
Apr 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Interweave is known for quality needlework books and this is no exception. Easy to read patterns in a large variety of styles, sizes and gauges in most knitted garments. Awesome. Made the socks and plain sweater so far, both in worsted weight yarn.
Feb 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crafts
As with the Handy Book of Sweaters, a great knitting resource. I feel the patterns in this are a touch dated, and the hats aren't to my taste, but still an excellent go-to for basic patterns to use as a springboard for projects. ...more
Anthony Diodato
Dec 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Most excellent book for "designing" your own hand knitted items. Give generic measurements and possible design elements. As a knitter, I found her information invaluable when I could not find a pAttern I liked and made my own! ...more
Feb 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic reference for basic pattern shapes.
Jun 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: knitters of all skill levels
Shelves: knitting
This is one of the most used books in my knitting library. Sure, you could work out all these numbers for yourself, but why when Ann Budd has so graciously done it for you!
Ann Johnson Davis
Aug 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: knitting-books
Very clear instructions for basic shapes, in an endless (seemingly) array of gauges and sizes. I've used this over and over whenever I'm after basic a silhouette to get creative with. ...more
Dec 31, 2008 rated it really liked it
Invaluable. I want to be on "every" page but Goodreads won't let me. ...more
Jan 07, 2009 marked it as to-read
I have seen this book and coveted it, but have yet to buy it. Would be a great resource
Jan 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
A recipe for about everything you'd ever want to knit. My copy is rather wounded from heavy use. ...more
Feb 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: knitting
This book has been useful in knitting a vest for my husband. A great overall reference.
Aug 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: get-creative
I really do need to own a copy of this book. It is so helpful.
Jan 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
an indispensible guide! I use it all the time.
Jan 24, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: crafts-and-arts
I am just learning and this seemed helpful and a little over my head all at the same time!
Feb 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All knitters
Incredibly practical. A great go-to book when you want a basic pattern for the yarn you have on hand. Just knit up a swatch, check your gauge and off you go!
Dixie Diamond
Apr 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Great basic patterns!
Kelly Smith
Apr 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a must-have for every knitter's library. ...more
Jun 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Great help when knitting for others.
Amy H
Jun 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: knit-lit
Best pattern book for knitters of all levels. It is exactly what title suggests, patterns in basic styles and varying sizes. This book is a great value and will be a staple for all knitters.
Nov 01, 2012 added it
Very helpful - easy to follow - a go to book for beginners to advanced knitters.
Pam Novack
Feb 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books that most knitters would want to have in her/his collection. It looks like I'll be using it for my next scarf project, as I wasn't happy with offerings I found elsewhere. ...more
Larissa Brown
Jul 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Another most wonderful book, especially for advanced beginners who want basic templates they can play around with.
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