This is the one stop resource for both beginning and accomplished stitchers alike It s a definitive reference for all aspects of knitting, from the first stitch you cast on to the care and maintenance of your projects Newcomers can learn every aspect of the art, including how to knit with color, make professional finishings, and adapt patterns Experts will love its simple format, glossary and index, and find it handy for looking up old tricks and learning some valuable new ones, too And, with thanillustrations and diagrams to follow, readers will never drop a stitch Knitters who find themselves in knots will find help in a troubleshooting section, and the ambitious will find irresistible challenges in a chapter devoted to making their own designs This book would be fabulous if the diagrams wereclear Even looking at the cast on and knitting method that I already use, I found the diagram quite hard to interpret Still, it has nice big pictures and lots of information It s very fun to look through and get ideas or possibly some clarification.I do think that Knitspeak is a better dictionary for deciphering patterns, but this one can be great for techniques. This is almost the perfect knitting reference book, everything well illustrated with easy to use diagrams and photographs The writing style is gentle and direct, never didactic or berating, presenting alternatives in an easy to read style It covers all the information you need both to get started and forcomplicated kitting techniques, including equipment yarns including how to read a wool ball band a variety of cast ons and offs knit and purl stitch including variations such as continen This is almost the perfect knitting reference book, everything well illustrated with easy to use diagrams and photographs The writing style is gentle and direct, never didactic or berating, presenting alternatives in an easy to read style It covers all the information you need both to get started and forcomplicated kitting techniques, including equipment yarns including how to read a wool ball band a variety of cast ons and offs knit and purl stitch including variations such as continentals and left handed knitting simple stitches such as moss and rib edge stitches joining in yarn shaping, increases, decreases, sizing, corners, pleats, tucks, bias and socks reading patterns and charts, abbreviations and terminology texture, including cables, crossed stitches, twists, bobbles and lace knitting colour, including stripes, intarsia, charts and fair isle embellishments, including beading, sequins, fringing, cords, pom poms, felting, crochet and embroidery finishing techniques, including grafting, seams, bands, hems, facings, buttonholes, buttons, zips and linings troubleshooting, including dropped stitches, unravelling work, uneven knitting, mending, correcting colour and cables designing and adapting patterns, including calculating stitches and rows, graphing, altering and designing glossary and index My only slight complaint would be the size, it s quite big and I would like a little portable version, maybe spiral bound, but I do understand that big and clear would also be a distinct advantage Great reference book, especially pages 13, mixing fibers pg 21 also see notes in my own knitting notebook , Picot edge bind off pg 58, Invisible bind off pg 59, decorative increases pg 86, Bobbles pg 108, Sampler stitches Pgs 116 117, Gathering Flares pg 142, Corners pg 143, Complex intarsia panel made into a small handbag pg 162, Cords pgs 192 193, Tassels Pom poms Pgs 194 195, Collars Neckbands 220 221, Front bands 222 223, Making decorative Buttons pg 238, Samplers, fa Great reference book, especially pages 13, mixing fibers pg 21 also see notes in my own knitting notebook , Picot edge bind off pg 58, Invisible bind off pg 59, decorative increases pg 86, Bobbles pg 108, Sampler stitches Pgs 116 117, Gathering Flares pg 142, Corners pg 143, Complex intarsia panel made into a small handbag pg 162, Cords pgs 192 193, Tassels Pom poms Pgs 194 195, Collars Neckbands 220 221, Front bands 222 223, Making decorative Buttons pg 238, Samplers, fancy edgings pg 292, Good run through of techniques, some surprises However, I m interested in somethingcomprehensive Mix of photographs and drawings Not enough photographs of swatches for my liking given the glossy production of the book. Such a good resource This is great for a new knitter or an experienced knitter they would just like to brush up on some techniques It explains everything very clearly Definitely a good one to keep as a reference, I ve also noticed there are several other ultimate Bibles for crafting so I may have to pick some of those up as well. This is a wonderful all around reference for knitting It covers not only the basics, but also somecomplex techniques I think this would be a book that both beginners and experienced knitters would find useful. Great book It s my go to whenever I need to learn a new technique. This is a wonderful book that has everything you need to know about knitting and then some It covers things other books don t cover such as how to put in a zipper, different stripe effects, pleats, how to sew or graft pieces of knitting together using various stitch techniques, and lining a jacket It is a great book for beginners to like me because it covers everything from casting on to making your first stitch the knit stich and on These are illustrated in nice big stitches so you can eas This is a wonderful book that has everything you need to know about knitting and then some It covers things other books don t cover such as how to put in a zipper, different stripe effects, pleats, how to sew or graft pieces of knitting together using various stitch techniques, and lining a jacket It is a great book for beginners to like me because it covers everything from casting on to making your first stitch the knit stich and on These are illustrated in nice big stitches so you can easily see what is going on This book is organized well It is one that I will buy to keep for myself