Sunday, 25 November 2012

Knitting Know-How, a review and a giveaway

I was sent this book to review by F+W Media. The book was free, and my review is freely given.

I have to admit that, having been knitting since age 5, which is almost 60 years now, and having knitted clothes for myself, my four children, my three grandchildren, as well as toys and various other items as gifts and to sell, I thought I knew most, if not all, of what there is to know about the craft of knitting. Which just goes to show how wrong you can be.

I have certainly been surprised, on reading this book, how much I didn't know about knitting - who, for instance, knew there were so very many different ways to cast on and off? (or bind off, as those pesky Americans say). It certainly has been a real eye-opener.

The book is 10" x 8", soft-covered,with over 270 pages, including five parts, 17 chapters, an index, a host of explanatory colour photographs and the combined knowledge of 100 years of knitting and over 50 years of teaching experience of the two authors, Dorothy T. Ratigan and Judith Durant.

The blurb on the website says :

Top Pick"Everything you need to know to knit like a pro! "Knitting Know-How" isn't just another collection of knitting techniques--it's an indispensable resource for making every stitch better! From basic knit and purl stitches to cables, lace, color knitting and garment design, you'll learn the ins and outs of improving your knitting and choosing one technique over another for the results you want. If you have ever wondered which cast-ons are suitable for socks, why you should always (always!) knit a gauge swatch, or how to fix a mis-crossed cable, this book is for you!Discover hundreds of essential techniques, demonstrated with clear step-by-step photos and no-nonsense instructions.Learn how your choices in technique and knitting method can make all the difference in your finished pieces. Design your own garments--or adjust existing patterns--with clear examples and lessons that demystify the math.Put your knowledge to work with 8 project lessons, including double-knit mittens, stranded colorwork socks and an intricately cabled Aran sweater. Are you ready to become a master knitter? Gather your yarn and needles and open this book--your knitting will thank you!"

Its a great book, with a huge amount of information for beginners and seasoned knitters alike, you can click here to buy at the bargain price of £12.74 (cover price £16.99).
Much as I would love to keep this book, I have so many books already that my shelves are groaning, so I am offering this book as a giveaway, if you would like a chance to win it please leave a comment below, I'll put the names in a hat and draw a winner next Saturday, 1st December.


Tracy said...

Knitting is the one this that I have never quite mastered, i can do the basics but would love to expand my knowledge perhaps this would be the right book for me!!!!

Joy said...

Oh that looks like a book I need. Like you I have been knitting since I was a tiddler but if you have learned new stuff my Mum didn't know to tell me, I guarantee I will too. Please pop my name in the hat and thanks for giving it away.

Claudia Moser said...

Yes please I would love to add it to my knitting collection :) what a great idea!

karen said...

Seeing as I had just requested such a book from Santa this year, it is great to have one recommended as there are so many on the market. Thanks for the review and would love the chance to win it. xx

Ellie Foster said...

Dear Joy
Please enter me in your giveaway - I would love to be able to understand knitting! All I can manage at the moment is one stitch, which means I am severely limited to making scarves! But, Even if I am not the lucky winner, at least I can knit a scarf!
Best wishes

Eileen said...

I can sew but I can't knit so this would be a great book for me. Please will you add my name to the list? Thanks for the chance to win it, Joy.

Heather Leavers said...

wow you're generous Joy - I'm keeping my copy! Like you, I didn't think this book would have much to teach me - but oh how I blushed! Don't enter me into your giveaway, I have a copy as you know. I just wanted to say hello!

Daisie said...

ooooh, am always up for learning something new in the world of wool, thanks for the chance x

Mama Syder said...

Oh that book looks fab. As you know Im a confident crocheter but I'd love to learn to knit too. Would love it if you could put my name in the hat xxx

Patricia said...

Oh yes please I'd love to enter the draw. Thanks

Tangled Sweetpea said...

Hi Joy,
I have just found your lovely blog via raindrops and daisies, would love to be in witha chance to win that fabulous book, I'm just starting my knitting journey :)
Victoria xx

Lisa, Designs by Isis said...

Mum would love it !

Raindrops and Daisies said...

Hi oy

I actually thouht that I did comment on this to be in with a chane of the iveaway prie
eez between becomin foretful and this keyboard it is drivin me nuts

I don't knw if you will be able to read this but I would love to be included in you iveaway.

Thanks a mil

x Fiona