I have two copies of Knitspeak to give away! I love this book, and wish I’d had it when I was learning to knit. Knitspeak gathers together all the terms and abbreviations new knitters encounter, and explains them concisely, giving illustrated instructions along the way. Best of all, they explain why some things are done, something I really appreciate.
The book is compact, and set up in dictionary format with letter tabs along the right-hand side of the pages. Illustrations are hand drawn, and very clear.
The back pages contain reference charts for anatomy of knitted items like sweaters and socks, how to read a yarn label, substituting yarn, abbreviations at a glance, yarn weights to lengths and care instructions. The back cover even includes ruler markings for inches and centimeters should you need to check gauge or quickly convert a measurement.
This book would be perfect for both new knitters who haven’t yet read Elizabeth Zimmerman, and intermediate knitters who are tackling more complicated patterns but might need some quick reminders as they go along. It will help establish a clear foundation of understanding that learning off scraps of information from, say, the internet cannot quite achieve. I point at myself here — it took me ages to put together that invisible, tubular, and grafting were all words used for the same basic technique.
Note: This is not a book for the person who wants to learn to knit, rather it’s a reference for the person who is just getting started knitting and knows the basics of casting on, knitting, purling and binding off. It does explain all these things, but it does not walk you through knitting your first square.
I have two copies of the book to give away!
Please leave a message in the comments for this post if you’d like to win one. update: The winners were contacted and the books have been mailed off!
– I’ll choose the winner on Thursday night, December 20th at 8:00 p.m. PST. I’ll ship the books as soon as I can, this might depend on working off-hours postal machines.
– You don’t need to leave your real name, but do leave a valid email address. I’ll be the only one who can see your email address (just don’t put it in the actual comment box as well).
– If you have never left a comment here before I’ll need to approve it before it publishes so don’t worry if your comment doesn’t show up right away.
– If I have not heard from an initial winner by January 3rd (I’m assuming some people will be away during the holiday break) I will choose another winner.
– Winners will be picked by a random number generator.