We score the book 11 out of 10 for the excellent and succinct method descriptions and photos. It’s a no-nonsense guide to essential knitting techniques, including step-by-step instructions for all the basic stitches used in the patterns. You’ll learn an easy technique for “hiding the join” when knitting with circular needles. You’ll see why certain methods of increasing and decreasing should be used for different purposes. And there are perfect descriptions of a myriad of other techniques including picking up stitches, short rows, lace knitting basics, joining new yarn, colourwork and many more. Our friend, Jen, who often works Saturdays in Point Grey, credits this book for greatly improving some of her knitting techniques. Anina and I both have this book in our home reference libraries.
Did I mention the edgy projects? There are over 20 great designs for skill levels from novice to apprentice to domiknitrix. Anina and I knit the mohawk hats for our little dudes. We used Mission Falls 1824 wool for the hat and Garnstudios Eskimo for the hair:
That’s Luc on the left and Brodie on the right. Here’s a close-up:
Anina knit the gorgeous Sweetheart pullover that Ursula is modelling in Point Grey. She used Filature di Crosa Zara for this one:
This sweater is so beautifully knit, you’ll swear it was secretly done on a machine. Trust me, we saw this sweater in various stages on Anina’s circular needles. It’s a perfect example of her masterful knitting. Wait until you see one of her exquisite Norwegian sweaters. You will be awestruck.
You should really check out this book, you’ll be glad you did!