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Knitspeak: An A to Z Guide to the Language of Knitting Patterns [Hardcover]

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Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 5" Height: 6.75"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2007
Publisher   Stewart, Tabori and Chang STC Craft Melanie Falick Book
ISBN  1584796324  
EAN  9781584796329  

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Like a 24-hour help hotline, Knitspeak demystifies pattern language for knitters and gives them confidence to take on new projects
The only book of its kind
Designed for quick reference and sized to fit in every knitting bag

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.

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More About Andrea Berman Price & Patti Pierce Stone

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! ANDREA BERMAN PRICE is a Washington, D.C.based project manager employed by government agencies and nonprofit organizations to organize complex programs. A lifelong knitter, she also teaches knitting workshops in the D.C. area. She holds a BA in anthropology from the University of Massachusetts and an EdM from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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Knitspeak  Dec 8, 2008
K2tog means what? Psso is not a bad word. This book goes into detail of what these accronyms mean and how to execute the direction. Great little book to keep in your knitting bag.
Great on-the-go guide  Sep 29, 2008
I had a terrible time trying to decide between this and the Knitter's Companion (KC). I needed a handy little reference guide that would fit into my purse whenever I took my knitting somewhere. I'm not very familiar with reading patterns, but I'm also not new to knitting so all I really needed was a quick reference to remind me what "ssk" or "yo" means, or which cast on to use, etc., and keep me moving. My only other reference was Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Handbook, and that wasn't going to fit in my purse. I ended up buying both copies to bring home and compare carefully. Both the KC and Knitspeak were designed to be a pocket reference and both covered similar topics. The KC had the added advantate of spiral binding, but the paper did not slide easily along the rings and I could see the pages quickly becoming weak and bent, and eventually falling off. They also squeaked unpleasantly. In the end, I returned the KC and kept Knitspeak because I found the illustrations clearer and preferred the organization, but it was a close call. Both are great products.
Knitting for Novices  Aug 31, 2008
This is a really nice little book but unless you are a rank amateur do not bother to buy it. I ended up returning it. I thought it would be a handy book to carry in my knitting bag(based on a review from Vogue Knitting) but, as nice a book as it is, anyone who has knit for any length of time simply won't need this book.
I take it everywhere...  Aug 20, 2008
This book is permanently in my knitting bag, and I've probably opened it for every project I've knitted. I have a horrible memory for remembering even basic stitches (like kitcheners) and the illustrations are super clear.
Very Valuable for any knitter  Jun 25, 2008
I've knitted for years and some of my favorite patterns are written by English knitters. This book has helped me with some of the simple translations that I've not been certain about. The book is very clear and easy to read. I bought three. One for me, one for my knitting buddy and one for my daughter.

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