Guest Author - Lisa Linnell-Olsen
Knitting Know-How is a knitting reference guide that has an updated look and format. There are several knitter's reference books on the market already. What sets this one apart is the highly visual format that it uses. Many of today's knitters will be familiar with the picture tutorials found on various blogs and websites that show step by step how to do different knitting stitches and techniques. This book uses the same pictorial guide format to show the reader how to perform knitting tasks.
The book is separated into five parts. Part one is on materials and tools section covers yarn; what it is and how it is made, needles; different materials, types and sizes, and how to read patterns and charts. Part two on Basics covers various stitches, increases and decreases, and casting on and off. Part three covers advanced beginner and intermediate level techniques like cables, lace, multi-color knitting and adding beads. Part four provides more knitting skills by explaining some basic garment design features, like calculating ease, shaping armholes and necklines, and adding details like pockets. Part five has eight patterns that the knitter can use to practice the techniques explained throughout the book.
If you already have a knitting reference guide, this one may be worthwhile for you if you learn better from the visual photo format. Most knitting reference guides have the same material within them. If you are looking for a reference for a new, digital age knitter, this reference will be more in tune with the learning styles of young adults and youth raised in the digital age.
The patterns are classic, but utilize a variety of intermediate and advanced techniques. A new, inexperienced knitter will want to find patterns elsewhere before attempting projects like stranded, two color lattice design cooks, lace pattern scarf, traditional two-color mittens, or a classic looking Aran sweater. The more advanced patterns in the book isn't really a drawback, as once basic stitches and skills are mastered, these timeless designs will be available. The designs may also inspire a new knitter to want to gain the skills to eventually be able to knit such beautiful projects.
I have been working my way through the Knitting Guild of America's Master Knitters program. This guide would be a suitable reference for the beginning and intermediate level. To sum up, if you have a knitter's reference already that meets all of your needs, then you may not need this book. If you are a highly visual learner or new to knitting, this could be one of the indispensable guidebooks that knitters usually carry in their knitting bags so that they can find the answers that arise when working on their projects.
FTC notice: I was provided a complementary review copy of this book from the publisher, Krause Publishing. My reviews contain my honest opinions, and I received no compensation from the publisher or book author's for this review.