Knitting Reference Book Reviews Knitting in Plain English Knitting in Plain English  by Maggie Righetti There is a wealth of information on line about knitting. However, it is great to find a book which answers many of your questions, “is a complete course in knitting”, and is easy and fun to read. When I first bought the book, I read it right through. I frequently consult it for various techniques. Maggie Righetti drew on 20 years as a knitting instructor to write this and several other books. From the first chapter, she alerts knitters to some of the common pitfalls which can happen to handknit projects. In chapter one, she directs the knitter to look closely at the photo of the garment on the model, and try to see how well it fits, while also reminding us that tall slim models will look great in garments which may not suit other body shapes. The book has clear line drawings to illustrate techniques. It is worth buying for the chapter on fixing mistakes alone. There are also some easy beginner patterns, and some for more advanced knitters. Order a copy here: Knitting in Plain English  Maggie Righetti 2007
A-Z of Knitting A-Z of Knitting  Edited by Sue Gardner, and Lizzie Kulinski This is another of my favourite references containing a huge amount of knitting techniques. The book gives you easy to follow instructions for various ways to hold the yarn and needles, cast on and cast off, basic stitches, fix mistakes, seaming and care for knitted garments. It also discusses tools and various yarn properties. All techniques are illustrated in a series of easy to follow coloured pictures. The internal spiral binding allows the book to stay open while you are using it. Some of the other topics covered are – shaping, picking up stitches, lace knitting, fair isle, beads, entrelac, cables, buttonholes, grafting and bobbles. There is also a section which covers embroidering and smocking on knitting. I find this is my “go to” book when I am trying out new techniques or need finishing details. Order a copy here A-Z of Knitting” Ed Sue Gardner and Lizzy Kulinski