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You are surely familiar with knittinf of the several versions of the one-row buttonhole. Some have blunter points than others and these are fine for loose knitters, while tight knittign are more comfortable with relatively sharper points. It’s because Zimmerman instills in one the idea that there is more than one way to knit something, and tha I have seen this book mentioned over and over as required reading for knitters.

Plastic-Coated Metal An excellent rigid needle. Reminds me of the infuriating remark, ‘I’ve always wanted to knit, but I just can’t. Break wool, leaving a good working length, which is threaded through a blunt wool needle. I Do you love to knit — and hate to purl? It is perfectly possible and — in elizabetn seats, for instance — desirable, to use a circular needle for working back and forth.

It’s far more than a pattern book, although the patterns are good too. Buttonholes There has been a regular boiling-up of these recently, so that there is no longer any excuse for making pigseyes. They must let go of everything from time to time, just to rest, and then resume knitting, with what looks like a careworn expression, although they neither admit, nor, in most cases, believe this.

When you have worked far enough to have achieved a pocket of the depth you want, weave or even sew front and back together, and pop the pocket into place. As stated by the author herself, “Really, all you need to become a good knitter is common sense You can put your hair up? The best way to ensure that the fabric is facing the right way is to have the working threads hanging together at the right end when starting to weave.


Aug 11, Tara rated it really liked it Shelves: Its interesting texture is thus accentuated. The 24″ length will take care of any sweater, skirt or shawl that I care to make.

My initial response of disappointment could not have been further from the truth!

Weaving, or Grafting, or Kitchener Stitch Although this is considered a rare and esoteric skill, it is surprisingly simple if you keep your head. Dorothy Case links her needle guards with wool; then they can both get lost together.

If this tezrs not available, split your wool, and twist it tighter before working with it. Although I will claim invention of this technique, I will not claim its original invention.

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However, a vertical line of knit stitches on a purl fabric will stand out nobly. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. And there you are. In Knitting Without Tears,you’ll find elegant designs for: My curiousity got the best of me, later that night I found myself curled up in bed reading the book.

I wish it weren’t so niche, actually – I think KWT has an awful zimmfrmann to recommend it, and not just to knitters. Zimmermann, how do you join in a new ball of yarn? Review quote The New York Times [Elizabeth Zimmermann] brought a penetrating intellect and a sculptor’s sensitivity to revolutionizing the ancient art of knitting. Trace the offending stitch up to the needle, work to this point, and then let the stitch run down to where the trouble is.

Aluminum Good rigid needles.

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There is a persuasive old wives’ tale about one reason why wool shrinks. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Etars of Then all you have to do is make matching buttonholes on the other side. Elizabeth Zimmermann was born near London, England, and attended art school in Lausanne, Switzerland, and Munich, Germany, before immigrating to the U.


A perfectionist may take out one of the ends from this double stitch, make half a square knot with knittting ends, and darn in lightly as above, after checking the tension carefully on the right side. No great tragedy, as it washes out quite easily, but rather unsettling.

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Keep AW parallel to, and under, needle. Do not expect a tight casting-on to “hold in” the bottom of a garment. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. The Norwegian sweter is beautiful, each of my 5 hildren had one with their name in the hem.

The patterns aren’t even the half of it. Write a customer review.

You will soon see that it is perfectly practicable to perform both movements on each needle in one fell swoop. And while knitting, in Zimmermann’s world, might not explicitly be a feminist act, her book certainly has not-so-subtle undertones of taking the expertise of generations of women, zimmeermann making something powerful with it. An edge of this kind is good-looking, and doesn’t curl much, and it may be most successfully joined by taking a knot from each side alternately.

It is then only a matter of uniting the various tubes by knitting them together, or sometimes weaving them together, and we could, if he desired them, make long-johns for an octopus. Yet, there is a sophistication to knittinb writing that kknitting the reader drawn into the pages, finding each new tip or bit of advice as something to savor.

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