Every avid knitter has faced this dilemma: deep into a project at midnight, just trying to finish one row, and, thenoh no, a dropped stitch three rows back! Help! If only there was a hour hotline to answer every question a knitter might encounter Well, now there is, with The Knitting Answer BookThe expert authors, Margaret Radcliffe and Edie Eckman, leave no question unanswered, no quandry unaddressed Each book contains detailed, illustrated answers to literally hundreds of questions, from the common to the unusual: Are certain needles better for certain yarns?What if I dropped a stitch several rows back?Why do my edges tend to curl up?Can you use a different weight yarn than the pattern calls for?What can I do to keep my yarns from tangling up?Oops, I see my ribbing is way too tight Now what? Covering the whole range of situations a beginner is likely to face, along with the problems that may arise for those working advanced patterns, this Answer Book will help knitters and crocheters of all levels Each book is packaged in a small, takealong trim size, in a friendlytouse Qamp;A format, and belongs in the bag of every knitter Available , The Knitting Answer Book is always open, ready for yarn lovers to browse and consult to their heart's content

10 thoughts on “The Knitting Answer Book: Solutions to Every Problem You'll Ever Face; Answers to Every Question You'll Ever Ask

  1. denise denise says:

    This book is the best knitting help book out there. In my opinion. But it should be your opinion, too! I worked in a local knitting store for 2 years and I sold more copies of this book than any other pattern book or magazine. I put it in the hands of every beginning knitter, especially since I taught the class, and everyone loves it. Its small and handy, and easy to read. Finding the solution to just about any knitting problem is just a book away. Unless that problem is that your dog ate your unfinished sock. Still, its a pretty good resource for everything else!

  2. Bess Bess says:

    This book really cuts to the chase, avoiding all of the unworthily confusing knitting jargon and ridiculously unnecessary acronyms that have been invented by people with way too much time on their hands. In Q & A format, it answers questions like I just picked up my knitting after not touching it for a year and am trying to determine where the hell I was. How do I figure it out without shooting myself in the eye? with answers such as Just make sure you're holding it so that the yarn is on the left needle. instead of KTOG PTOG YO blah blah, which is what most other books would advise.

    My mom has purchased a copy of this book for everyone she knows who's ever touched a piece of yarn this side o' the Mississipp'. She swears by it.

  3. Sweetp-1 Sweetp-1 says:

    I got a free copy of this book via netgalley.

    I am a knitting professional and found this book to be helpful, with clear instructions and diagrams and that it covered a wide range of material catering to a range of skill levels. Lots of questions beginners ask but also some things that you only struggle with once you have been knitting awhile. I had a pretty advanced question which was answered by this book. Would definitely recommend and may look to get a hard copy for my library.

  4. skein skein says:

    Despite knitting prodigious amounts for a dozen years, I've never yet bought a knitting book. That habit may now be altered. There are dozens of 'help for your knitting!!1' books out there, but none of them as good as this. It's clear, well-illustrated, explanatory, and - holy crap! - comprehensive. This isn't a book that tells you 'knitting through the back loops is wrong wrong wrong', but 'knitting through the back loops (tbl) leads to a twisted stitch, which may or may not be what you want. If you are ribbing, it will come out as twisted rib. If you knit tbl and purl tbl, your stitches will be extremely tight*. Et cetera.

    My only qualm is in the organization - it's laid out as a story, rather than an encyclopedia. The cast-ons are in the same general area, but there are pages of explanation in between, say, the loop cast-on and the long-tail cast-on. So finding what you need could be tricky. (Why not use divide clearly with headings? Cast On: very firm/firm/ribbed/stretchy/very stretchy ...)

    On the other hand, gathering information in that informal way lets the author ramble a bit, & in the long term (or for the obsessive knitter who reads this cover to cover, hmmm, fortunately I don't know anyone like that), most things knitting link up in a dozen ways, and a rambling encyclopedic knowledge of knitting isn't going to hurt anyone.

    *please don't rely on me for accurate information about knitting. This book is far better than me.

  5. Dawn Dawn says:

    Great book to have in your knitting bag!

  6. Erika Hayes Erika Hayes says:

    Pretty Helpful book.

  7. Sasha Sasha says:

    I love this book so much! When I bought it I was a confused beginner who was scared to try anything more complicated than a dishcloth. Through this book I have learned multiple cast-ons and how to judge which one might be right for my project; learned that I was twisting my stitches and how to make them straight; multiple ways to join and work in the round (which I now love more than flat knitting!)- and just so, so many things that I had learned or improvised the wrong way without knowing it for years. I still refer to it when I've gone a long time between projects or am trying a new technique. The Q&A format of the book makes it really easy to find the information you're looking for.

  8. maureen kenefick maureen kenefick says:

    this is a good knitting book. it is not all inclusive. I find more topics on YouTube and the internet in general.

  9. Martha Martha says:

    borrowed from library; will purchase

  10. Maria Elmvang Maria Elmvang says:

    The Knitting Answer Book covers everything you need to know about knitting, from choosing your yarn, to the different stitches, to knitting a gauge swatch, to considerations about fit, and to the final cast off and finishing touches.

    I cannot think of a single question that isn't answered in this book. Either directly or by references to other resources - most of these easily found online.

    The Knitting Answer Book is a reference book, and as such not a book to sit down and read from beginning to end - novice knitters would probably find it overwhelming, and experienced knitters would know most of it already. But it is a brilliant book to have around to look up answers as you need them. What's the best cast on for this project? How can I substitute one yarn for another? I don't like the pattern's instructions for increasing and decreasing, what can I do instead?

    Even experienced knitters are likely to learn something new from skimming through this book. I know I did.

    I'd consider this book a must for any beginner knitter. It'll teach you everything you need to know, and help you get over the first hurdle of learning knitting terms by keeping them all together in one easily accessible location.

    Thank you to Netgalley for this ARC.