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Stitch ‘N Bitch by Debbie Stoller Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Knitter’s Almanac by Elizabeth Zimmermann Knitting Without Tears by Elizabeth Zimmermann A. Elizabeth Zimmermann comes to the rescue with clever solutions to frustrating Knitting Without Tears. Author: Elizabeth Zimmermann. Knitting Without Tears by Elizabeth Zimmermann, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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Elizabeth Zimmermann comes to the rescue with clever solutions to frustrating problems and step-by-step instructions for brilliant, timeless designs. Oct 17, Danielle rated it liked it Shelves: Her percentage system is explained in detail and has helped me design numerous sweaters.

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Reminds me of the infuriating remark, ‘I’ve always wanted to knit, but I just can’t. In stocking stitch the Vs are all on one side; the knobs all on the other. If you have landed yourself with five pieces of sweater to be sewn together, try tackling the job from the right side, where you can at least see what you are doing, and how it’s going to look.

I wouldn’t take this trouble any more, by the way, but would snip one stitch a couple of rows above the error, let down the stitches, correct the error, knit the stitches up again, and then weave the snipped row back in. Plastic or Nylon Splendid for those who like flexible needles. Tell us what you like, so we can send you books you’ll love.

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Hold the work zimmermann the right side towards you, with the wool coming from the left elizabfth. Who can resist a knitterly advice such as, in discussing knitters who switch hands for knitting and purling “This is a vale of tears and no mistake. Aug 05, Camille rated it it was amazing Shelves: Your hobby may be pie-baking, playing the piano, or potbelly-stove collecting, and you can sympathize with my enthusiasm, having an obsession of your own.

Younger people are more open-minded and love circular knitting, but suffer under a great paucity of directions for the technique.

The focus is on sweater design, but really, you can take these skills to any facet of your knitting. There are scores of different ways of doing things in knitting, and none of them are wrong, but they are sometimes unsuitable. This will enable you to control the relative lengths of body and border, and combat the regrettable tendency of fronts to droop, frill out, or, on the other hand, pucker.


Why I do this with different colors and not with wools of the same color, I can’t tell you — superstition perhaps. See all reviews. The 24″ length will take care of any sweater, skirt or shawl that I care witnout make.

This makes the stitch come at you back to front the next time you work it, so that you must knit out of the back of it. Jan 19, Jennifer rated it it was amazing. Give it a breathy patting on the wrong side with the steam iron, and you will find that you have a fine, flat, unflaring hem. There is a strong human inclination eelizabeth regard knots in new wool as acts of God, and to knit on. Return to Book Page.

If you hate to knit, why, bless you, don’t; follow your secret heart and take up something else.

Go ahead and put pockets everywhere you’ve always wanted them. Here is another buttonhole. If she doesn’t know and isn’t interested, go to another store.

Why be bogged down in a lot of technical rules someone else wrote? I ended up reading long passages to my husband and he laughed almost as hard as I did.

Whichever way you slice it, the sweater will have a heavy border, as the new wool is so much thicker. Knitting Without Tears Trade Paperback A neat variant of this is to slip two stitches at once, knit one, and pass both slipped stitches over it. She describes a lot of techniques that might even shock some knitters, but explains them with a “no big teras attitude.

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A woolen sweater is so water-resistant that when dropped overboard it floats long enough to give you ample time to rescue it. Tailors and dressmakers succeed excellently and skillfully in making tubes out of fiat woven material; their achievements are nothing short of marvelous.



How often one wishes that one could, in an emergency, turn a baby’s sweater inside out. Try to look at your work objectively every few rows, to check when things like this have occurred, so that you can catch them before they become too deeply entrenched. At my mother’s knee I was taught right-handed — slip, over, under, off — and thus did I elizabetg my first childish kettle-holders and useful navy-blue mats for putting under inkwells.

It is not wrong in effect, as its proponents — or shall we say victims? One little strand of wire would come loose, and catch on every single stitch brought up to the left point to be knitted.

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Following these 6 chapters is the Bibliography and then the Index. This classic and influential book is poised to inspire a whole new generation of knitters who have yet to discover the joys and comforts of knitting. Then there is “Invisible Casting-on” which can prove very useful when joining the end of something to its beginning, or, as I have only recently discovered, when you want to make a sweater from the neck down not my favorite design with apparently totally seamless underarms.

Plus, as she reminds gently, you can always rip out what doesn’t work! However, when working any kind of Aran pattern or cable, I prefer the rigid metal ends, which enable one to dig into recalcitrant stitches on occasion.

If worked in finer wool than the sweater proper, it will lie even flatter. When you come to the three cast-on stitches, knit into the back of each, and also into the back of the stitch immediately following them. It is also quicker to write and easier on the tongue and teeth; try it. It helps you conceptualize problems, and think around them. And so on; like regular casting-off, except with three stitches instead of two. Lists with This Book.