Book Review: Ultimate Knitting Bible by Sharon Brant

Ultimate Knitting Bible: A Complete Reference with Step-by-step Techniques

Ultimate Knitting Bible: A Complete Reference with Step-by-step Techniques by Sharon Brant

I have been knitting for many years and can honestly say that I learned by reading a book. Not this book; this book is better than that one from 25 years ago. Even as an experienced knitter now I find it confusing sometimes when I look at diagrams and sequences on creating new stitches. The illustrations in Sharon’s book are well designed and easy to follow, reducing the potential for frustration in what should be a relaxing hobby.

The chapters are well laid out, taking the reader from the basics of knitting right through to the principles of garment construction and assembly. Additional techniques and finesse for individual creativity is addressed in the later chapters which teach colour blending, embroidery and button-making, which can truly enhance either an off of the shelf pattern or something that a more advanced knitter has created. The spectrum of techniques covered by this book means that there is something in it for all, and it hits the correct balance between the ease of understanding without being patronising to those who do know what they are doing.

And for you crocheters out there don’t be disappointed, this book also teaches the rudiments and magic of working with the single hook if you tire of two needles. Something for everyone and a useful reference tool to get you started and impress your friends.

Dr Mark Fisher is Significant Seams’s Business Development Director, and something of a crafting renaissance man. He tweets over at @Fish_Knits.


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