One of America s most ingenious and creative knitters Barbara G Walker, author of Treasury of Knitting PatternsElizabeth Zimmerman once wrote, So please bear with me, and put up with my opinionated, nay, sometimes cantankerous attitude I feel strongly about knitting Perhaps her passionate opinions, as well as her love of wool craft and her delightful style, hark back to her English upbringing or long residence in the Wisconsin woods in any case, the Busy Knitter, as she calls herself, is one of the most charming and informative, as well as un ventive her word knitter authors anywhere This book gives full scope to her tireless imagination through a year s worth of projects, fitted to the seasons, moods, and needs of knitters who would like to design their own workThe year begins with an Aran sweater and proceeds to February baby things, a March Shetland, April blanket, May mittens, and so on through the months, completing the zodiac with November moccasin socks and a December last minute wishbone sweater Projects are completed in the midst of canoe trips, fishing expeditions, travel, and snowstorms The author continuously comments on the project, its history, other ancient and modern customs, and personal beliefsMrs Zimmerman works step by step with the reader, suggesting alternative methods and ideas as she goes Her patterns are classic, historically suited to wool, thus remaining ever fashionable as well as tasteful and attractive The knitter may easily adapt the designs at will, creating new, individual projects Mrs Zimmerman s hints such as how to measure gauge when working a pattern and tips for baby s items help ease the way and will instruct even the most experienced knitter This corrected edition of the Knitter s Almanac will provide at the very least a year s worth of knitting pleasure to intermediate and advanced knitters and may even help stimulate a knitting passion


10 thoughts on “Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knitter's Almanac

  1. Noel Noel says:

    I adore Elizabeth Zimmermann s work in general, as she was the writer who made it okay for me to own my own knitting and be my own designer.But oh, have I learned so much from her This book is simply not a book for beginners, though I d strongly encourage you to read Knitting Without Tears first, and be pretty comfortable making one of the projects from that before you dive into this one If you like and find KWT useful, then you can move on to this one and will find it a source of wonderful pa I adore Elizabeth Zimmermann s work in general, as she was the writer who made it okay for me to own my own knitting and be my own designer.But oh, have I learned so much from her This book is simply not a book for beginners, though I d strongly encourage you to read Knitting Without Tears first, and be pretty comfortable making one of the projects from that before you dive into this one If you like and find KWT useful, then you can move on to this one and will find it a source of wonderful patterns and techniques.Though, I admit, part of why I read Zimmermann her delightfully wry and chatty style She s a marvelous read


  2. Erin Erin says:

    I loved this book Zimmerman is a woman after my own heart and I aspire to be a skilled and free a knitter like her some day Some of her designs I won t try, some I dream of trying and others I am itching to put on my needles now I look forward to returning to this book later in life when I am wiser and haveknitting years under my belt.


  3. Audra (Unabridged Chick) Audra (Unabridged Chick) says:

    I love this woman Funny, and handy I might someday work my way through the patterns dated as some of them are because I ve no doubt I ll learn some mad skills.


  4. Regine O Regine O says:

    Right from the start you can feel Zimmermann s love for the craft and her understanding of the techniques and the math that is involved in creating a garment is nothing short of amazing The way she breaks down the construction of the various items is easy to understand and makes total sense I underlined so many helpful tips that I will definately incorporate in my knitting.


  5. Kim Kim says:

    This was my bedtime reading I m still afraid of steeking but I love this book.


  6. Laura Laura says:

    Any and all of Elizabeth Zimmermann s books are keepers, in my opinion This book not only contains her usual humor and down to earth knitting wisdom, but is organized to give month by month ideas for things that can be knit each season of the year I ve appreciated the idea of knitting mittens, etc in the summer when they can be done at leisure rather than in the height of their need Additionally, her summer suggestions are easy to carry with you and don t create weight and heat As always he Any and all of Elizabeth Zimmermann s books are keepers, in my opinion This book not only contains her usual humor and down to earth knitting wisdom, but is organized to give month by month ideas for things that can be knit each season of the year I ve appreciated the idea of knitting mittens, etc in the summer when they can be done at leisure rather than in the height of their need Additionally, her summer suggestions are easy to carry with you and don t create weight and heat As always her patterns aretechniques than patterns, allowing the knitter to create items that are standard, yet unique


  7. Mauri Mauri says:

    A little disappointing for me in the patterns department I preferdirect descriptions and I can see why some people have take it upon themselves to obtain borrow the rights and rewrite the patterns in amodern manner However, the designs are wonderful, as always They re either complex and interesting or simple and open to each knitter s own embellishments Elizabeth Zimmerman is no slouch as a writer and it was fun reading through even the patterns I won t try to get her perspe A little disappointing for me in the patterns department I preferdirect descriptions and I can see why some people have take it upon themselves to obtain borrow the rights and rewrite the patterns in amodern manner However, the designs are wonderful, as always They re either complex and interesting or simple and open to each knitter s own embellishments Elizabeth Zimmerman is no slouch as a writer and it was fun reading through even the patterns I won t try to get her perspective on knitting


  8. Claire Claire says:

    This is the first EZ I ve read she s a knitting legend The patterns aren t why you read this book, but rather you read it for her wisdom, wit, and humor I picked up a few helpful tidbits that I am sure I will forget since I didn t write them down, but here are some quotes I flagged as funny helpful insightful etc THIS Some may gasp and stretch their eyes, but knitting and reading at the same time is just a matter of practice Of course you must love knitting and you must enjoy reading i This is the first EZ I ve read she s a knitting legend The patterns aren t why you read this book, but rather you read it for her wisdom, wit, and humor I picked up a few helpful tidbits that I am sure I will forget since I didn t write them down, but here are some quotes I flagged as funny helpful insightful etc THIS Some may gasp and stretch their eyes, but knitting and reading at the same time is just a matter of practice Of course you must love knitting and you must enjoy reading if you don t love them equally, one at a time is sufficient Are you thrift about inch of wool, as I am I have a neurotic fear of running short at the end of a project by just the length of wool I might hastily waste at the beginning So am I They say animals can t perceive color how did they find out HAHA on using different sized dpns Emergency and experiment have taught me that a very motley quartet will finish off a hat quite adequately All I had for white was some deadwhite synthetic for goodness sake where did I get THAT Oh yes a new knit shop had opened up and I wanted to encourage them, and they carried no real wool of any color I liked Blankety Blank, as Edwardian authors would say I m stealing this Valid reasons for not using any of my funny ways of knitting will be welcomed by me with open arms, so that I can set about improvements If you are one who loved perfection, twist the loop one way for the right hand increase, and the other way for the left hand increase Few will noticed this, but it will give you an inner glow LOL


  9. Katherine Katherine says:

    Oh my, I love this book I picked it up almost by accident whenrefused to let me purchase a second pair of circular needles small ones I couldn t find anywhere else unless I d purchasedWell, very glad I decided to order this little book an absolute delight to read Zimmerman is funny, practical and joyfully exuberant about knitting Yes, she was an expert knitter, but in this book, she encourages experimentation, trying something without a detailed pattern, trusting your insti Oh my, I love this book I picked it up almost by accident whenrefused to let me purchase a second pair of circular needles small ones I couldn t find anywhere else unless I d purchasedWell, very glad I decided to order this little book an absolute delight to read Zimmerman is funny, practical and joyfully exuberant about knitting Yes, she was an expert knitter, but in this book, she encourages experimentation, trying something without a detailed pattern, trusting your instincts and creativity to wing it and produce something unique It s inspiring Her humour about knitting and yes, very valid comments about things like its ability to reduce stress, provide amusement in airports, etc, were for me reassurance that I am not alone Buy the book and enjoy her wonderful writing if you re a knitter, you won t regret it


  10. Priscilla King Priscilla King says:

    Before blogs were invented, Elizabeth Zimmermann was the first knittingwelldiarist She marketed books and yarn through newsletters from her Schoolhouse Press, which was indeed based in a building that had been used as a school Each chatty newsletter described a fairly simple project she was knitting, first with a general description that invited knitters to think of their own variations on that type of project, then with what she rather scornfully called the pithy or Blind Follower Before blogs were invented, Elizabeth Zimmermann was the first knittingwelldiarist She marketed books and yarn through newsletters from her Schoolhouse Press, which was indeed based in a building that had been used as a school Each chatty newsletter described a fairly simple project she was knitting, first with a general description that invited knitters to think of their own variations on that type of project, then with what she rather scornfully called the pithy or Blind Follower instructions for making a copy of what she d made This book consists of twelve monthly newsletters EZ was a designer her patterns appeared in Vogue Knitting and this book includes distinctive designer sweaters, but it s meant to teach readers how to be knitwear designers Readers follow EZ s thought process as she designs and knits baby layettes and mittens as well as adults sweaters