Review – The Knitter’s handy book of patterns – Ann Budd

This book is fantastic if you are a keen knitter who likes to stray a little from original patterns. If you always find yourself wondering how best to customise a pattern and the maths gives you a little bit of a brain ache then this is the book for you.

Contents – At a Glance

Introduction – This section shows you how to use the book including instruction on how to read the charts and calculate the gauge depending on which wool and sized needles you want to use.

The Patterns – This book contains many garments you can make including mittens, gloves, hats, tams, scarves, socks, vests and sweaters. Each pattern can be customised in a number of ways, each group of patterns also has a section of personal touches to give ideas of different options you can use which means there is almost an endless variety of options. There is also a section in most chapters called ‘Quick TIps’ which is definitely worth a read.

Expanding your options – This part of the book gives some information on adding different colour or stitch patterns and how to adjust the gauge for these patterns accordingly. Invaluable if you plan on knitting a reindeer sweater this Chrismtas!

Glossary – this section explains different methods for casting on, increasing and decreasing and casting or binding off. Also how to work button holes. This section has several helpful diagrams, it even demonstrates how to make pom poms and tassels.

Pros

  • Endless possibilities
  • Extremely helpful, this is a book which I return to time and time again.
  • A great way to knit a pattern in a different type of wool to the one suggested.
  • This book is bound with a spiral bind so it lays flat open which is fantastic when you need the two hands you own to knit with but want to read the book at the same time.

Cons

  • You do have to concentrate with this one, I found it easier to rewrite the pattern using the instructions for the correct gauge and size so I don’t get too lost. There is a lot of information on the page and this can mean it is easy to make mistakes so can be a bit of a brain ache at times. As long as your concentrating whilst working the pattern out it’s fantastic – this is not a pattern book to follow whilst watching Corrie.
  • The book is written by an American so some of the knitting terms would be unfamiliar to someone who uses only American patterns but most of these can be worked out quite easily.

Overall an excellent knitting book for knitters with some experience. I wouldn’t suggest this for beginners.

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