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The Principles of Knitting: Methods and Techniques of Hand Knitting (original 1989; edition 1989)

by June Hemmons Hiatt

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A revised and updated edition of a popular classic primer shares comprehensive guidelines for beginning and experienced knitters that demonstrate how to approach a full range of techniques.
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Title:The Principles of Knitting: Methods and Techniques of Hand Knitting
Authors:June Hemmons Hiatt
Info:Simon & Schuster (1989), Edition: First, Hardcover, 571 pages
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  SueJBeard | Feb 14, 2023 |
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  PTArts | Oct 6, 2021 |
Excellent reference covering many, *many* knitting techniques. Not for novice knitters; more useful for intermediate and advanced knitters. It loses a star because Hiatt has chosen to rename many of the techniques from that which is in common usage. Hiatt is a trained scientist with a highly developed sense of order and her names for the knitting techniques are, for the most part, more accurate, HOWEVER the new names make it hard to look up a particular technique. Including the common names as “also known as” entries, and including them in the book index would have made this a SIX-star book and earned status as the ultimate knitting reference. ( )
  hrynkiw | Dec 13, 2020 |
I'm torn on how to review this. Is it a huge, comprehensive work on knitting techniques? Yes. Is it as useful as it could be? Definitely not. The main reason for this is that the author decided to rename most techniques for whatever reason instead of relying on the names that generations of knitters know and use. That makes it difficult to look topics up in the index, difficult to interpret instructions that use names you're not familiar with, etc. ( )
1 vote Lindoula | Sep 25, 2017 |
The comprehensive & timeless guide. Methods and techniques of hand knitting
  jhawn | Jul 31, 2017 |
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A revised and updated edition of a popular classic primer shares comprehensive guidelines for beginning and experienced knitters that demonstrate how to approach a full range of techniques.

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Mrs. Hiatt is the Shirley Corriher of knitting: a knitting scientist. She explains the hows and whys of knit fabric construction. She comprehensively covers stitch formation and behavior, fabric construction, decorative techniques, project management, and pattern design. The layout and illustrations are superior and add value to the reference. The index is outstanding. It has nearly everything you could ever need to know about the methods and techniques of knitting. The author shows several methods of accomplishing every item she covers. Granted, she doesn’t cover everything, but who does?

It is set up in a rather odd order; sort of like the grocery store. However, I haven’t found this to be a problem since I use it like an encyclopedia. Ms. Hiatt is rather opinionated in which methods and techniques she likes best. I’m okay with that, since she went to all of the trouble to assemble this masterpiece she’s entitled to her opinions. I always have the option to ignore them. Overall, it is a comprehensive tome, which would be my choice if I could have only one knitting book. This book is currently out of print, but rumor has it that it will be reprinted by Simon & Schuster in October of 2009. Put it on your list.
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