Knitspeak

Knitspeak

An A to Z Guide to the Language of Knitting Patterns

eBook - 2007
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Knitting can be a challenging craft, but even more challenging than knitting itself is the cryptic language—a mix of abbreviations, numbers, jargon, punctuation marks, and other symbols—in which patterns are usually written. It’s no wonder so many beginners (and even some whose skills are quite advanced) are intimidated by the bewildering code—or that so many yarn-shop owners grow frustrated by the amount of time they must spend deciphering patterns for the uninitiated.

Enter Knitspeak, a knitter’s dictionary that disentangles the mysteries of pattern language and translates it into plain English, helping knitters to easily transition from confused to confident. Andrea Berman Price’s essential guide—written in a friendly, reassuring tone and formatted for quick reference—begins with an overview of how knitting patterns are organized. It then offers a comprehensive alphabetical listing of all the abbreviations, words, phrases, and symbols typically encountered in patterns.

Knitspeak’s many easy-to-understand drawings clarify basic and not-so-basic needle techniques, and a series of sidebars deals with issues ranging from keeping track of simultaneous shaping to substituting yarns and reading a yarn label. The book’s appendix is filled with valuable tips, charts, and worksheets.

Knitting can be a challenging craft, but even more challenging than knitting itself is the cryptic language—a mix of abbreviations, numbers, jargon, punctuation marks, and other symbols—in which patterns are usually written. It’s no wonder so many beginners (and even some whose skills are quite advanced) are intimidated by the bewildering code—or that so many yarn-shop owners grow frustrated by the amount of time they must spend deciphering patterns for the uninitiated.

Enter Knitspeak, a knitter’s dictionary that disentangles the mysteries of pattern language and translates it into plain English, helping knitters to easily transition from confused to confident. Andrea Berman Price’s essential guide—written in a friendly, reassuring tone and formatted for quick reference—begins with an overview of how knitting patterns are organized. It then offers a comprehensive alphabetical listing of all the abbreviations, words, phrases, and symbols typically encountered in patterns.

Knitspeak’s many easy-to-understand drawings clarify basic and not-so-basic needle techniques, and a series of sidebars deals with issues ranging from keeping track of simultaneous shaping to substituting yarns and reading a yarn label. The book’s appendix is filled with valuable tips, charts, and worksheets.


Publisher: New York : Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2007
ISBN: 9781453220788
145322078X
Branch Call Number: E-Book
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Stone, Patti Pierce
Alternative Title: Knit speak

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Wilkie_Way
Oct 08, 2011

This is a super helpful book- I'm just beginning knitting, and patterns really don't tell you much about what all those acronyms and such mean- this book does.
Easy to find what you're looking for. Even if it doesn't always give you step-by-step instructions on how to do everything, it gives you the general idea you need to get you started- with handy diagrams too. Definitely recommend- not sure what I'm going to do when I have to return it!

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kala1983
Mar 16, 2010

amazingly helpful book for knitters I was so scared for a long time I could never tackle patterns now I can not only tackle them but wrestle them to the ground if need be.
am seriously considering buying a copy for myself.

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