Actually, its Montse Stanley a woman, not Stanley Montse This is a pretty big error that SOMEONE SHOULD CORRECT!!!!!I read the hard copy done by Readers Digest in 1993 The writer is Spanish and so, I imagine, brings a hmmm organic approach to instructions that American writers Stanley includes lots of useful aside about her topic that I haven't seen in American knitting howto books.I'll buy my own copy if I can find onethe library wants this one back. many valuable techniques and wonderful technical illustrations. Writing a review on Montse Stanley's Handknitter's Handbook has been on my everexpanding todo list for a while now and, thankfully, I am finally getting round to doing so Since I got my hands on this book, it has become an indispensable companion in my knitting adventures; and despite the abundance of readily available digital resources, I am continuing to enjoy the luxury of having a hardcopy reference on my bookshelf, which I can pickup, consult and browse without the need for an electronic device.Excluding the author's introduction, the stitch and row tables and the thorough index at the very end of the book, the guide is clearly structured into four parts: 1.) The Basics, including chapters on holding the work, equipment and yarns2.) Get Clicking, providing exhaustive instructions on technical topics such as castons and bindoffs, in and decreases, colour knitting, bead knitting, edges and selvedges, pockets, pleats as well as slits and buttonholes, raised patterns and special throws3.) Final Touches, covering finishing techniques such as grafting, seams and joins, fastenings, wigglewoggles, embroidery and cords, cloth additions and darning Pattern Instructions, guiding the knitter on how to read and execute both written and charted patterns4.)Help, focussing on ironing out mishaps without having to undo all the work and recycling of yarnAll of the technical information presented within the 320 pages of this book is written clearly and accompanied by 656 twocolour illustrations as well as references to other relevant topics throughout First published in 1986 and reprinted until the mid 1990s, it is true that the Handknitter's Handbook has a certain vintage quality to it Yet, the techniques and design principles presented are timeless, making this an indispensable companion for every contemporary knitter, who is serious about the craft Though now sadly out of print, it is still possible to pickup a reasonablypriced hardback edition of the book from antiquarian booksellers and I would highly recommend this as an investment My complete review, including examples of the images and illustrations of the Handbook is available on my blog: This is handsdown the best and most indispensable book on knitting that I've seen Exhaustive coverage of knitting techniques, clear instructions and diagrams, and background information to put everything in context Highly recommended for beginners and experienced knitters alike Buy it. Some great info, but not my favorite of this type of knitting reference It's an old book, and it reads that way, feels a bit dated. A must have for any knitting library Great references and diagrams! This book, first published in 1986, is a good resource of knitting covering everything from basics right through to advanced techniques It comes in four parts: One: Basics covering holding your work, how knitting works to hold the wool into a fabric and equipment Two: Get Clicking casting on and off, all types of stitches including turning, increases, decreases, slip stitches, cabling, buttonholes, beads, fair isle (stranding), intarsias, edges and hems Three: Final touches making up, blocking, joining, fastenings, embroidery and cords Four: Pattern instructions how to read a commercial pattern Five: Help! coping with mishaps such as dropping stitches, and recycling It is generally very good but a little dated and overly complicated, I couldn't for instance find an instruction for how to do a basic increase 1 stitch (make 1) and some things are a little difficult to find Also, I found the tone of the book quite firm, as if you have to do it this exact way or your work will not work out well For me, the best way forward is to try out a number of techniques and see which works best All in all, an excellent resource, I never knew there were so many ways to cast on! The ultimate reference for knitters at every levelstepbystep directions and detailed instructional illustrations cover every aspect of knitting knowhow Includes a special help! section for the inevitable mishaps, and shows how to correct errors Comprehensive is exactly what this book is Breaking away from the book of knitted projects, this book discusses technique, technique, technique For years, I would read a section or two, browse the beautiful photographs and dream about knitting To list all the topics covered by this book would use all the space in this review You will not find any instructions for stitch patterns or knitted projects But if you are looking to figure out which cast on is right for the project you want to do, what kind of selvedge can spice up your scarf, how to match your decreases and increases, this is the book you will want. This detailed compendium is an essential knit garment tool The techniques are numerous While I wouldn't recommend this book to a beginning knitter, Montse is my idol for dedicating so much energy to this It's unfortunate that the book is no longer available in hard cover, but heading to the copy shop to laminate the cover and create a spiral binding is always an option for this essential addition to a knitter's library.