Book review/interview: Beyond Knit and Purl

Knitting friends, I’ve got a few book reviews coming up for you in the next month or so around these parts, so what better time than the 1st of the month to get them kicked off? (Side note: How in the heck is it May already? Time passes awfully quickly when you’re knitting a lot of things.)

My friend Kate recently published her first book, Beyond Knit and Purl, and it is a very friendly volume of tips, tricks, and patterns for knitters in that amorphous stage of advancing from ‘basic’ things towards…well, less basic things, moving into that ever-broadening category of intermediate knitting. You will find a collection of technical explanations of stitches like increases and decreases, cables, lace, and more, all with full-colour photographs to bridge the written instructions. If you are in that stage of wanting to learn more than the basics but don’t necessarily know what you don’t know, this would be a good volume for you. There are a variety of patterns for socks, accessories, even sweaters, that would be at home in many a knitter’s library. Kate teaches in the Toronto area and uses many of these pieces of advice in her classes as well.

Beyond knit and purl

Since there have already been a few stops on Kate’s ‘blog tour’ for this book, I decided to change it up a bit for my stop and ask Kate a few interview questions, both about the book and herself as a knitter! Read on for more, below. Additionally, Co-operative Press has also generously offered to do a book giveaway as part of my stop on her book’s blog tour. If you’d like to be entered to win a copy of the book (because hey, free book!) just leave a comment on this post before noon on Thursday (Toronto time) with what your favourite knitting tip is that you’ve learned (either recently, or ever), and I’ll name the winner this coming Thursday afternoon.

Kate, what are your favourite kinds of things to knit?
My comfort knitting is socks – plain old stocking stitch socks in a beautiful or fun yarn. I don’t have to look, and they are a small project I can tuck into the corner of my purse, so I’m never without something to do. I got most of the leg of a sock finished in a movie theatre last week. And when I’m in a line up at the bank, it helps pass the time! Then when I’m at home, or a long streetcar or plane ride, I love really challenging lace. I get a huge thrill from experimenting with stitch patterns, and I relish the mathematical challenge of working out how to fit them together in a shawl pattern.

If you had to pick a favourite set of tips from the book…
It was really important to me to teach proper finishing techniques – it’s too often given short shrift in the literature, and many a knitting project has been abandoned due to lack of confidence or knowledge about finishing. And no matter how well it’s knitted, poor finishing leaves you with an unattractive end result.

What’s something you learned during the process of making the book?
I asked knitters – professional and casual knitters, experienced and newbies, students and colleagues – for hints and tips to add to my book. I learned an amazing number of clever tricks! One of my favourites: when counting stitches on a straight needle, hold the pointy end and start counting there, towards the stopper end – it’s too easy to knock stitches off the end if you go the other way!

What’s your current favourite knitting “viewing”?
I love a procedural mystery. My husband likes to say that if someone dies before the opening credits, I’ll watch it. The Law & Order family – Law & Order UK is fab! — the CSI family, Castle, The Mentalist, those types of shows. They are very formulaic, but that works brilliantly for knitting. If I miss a few minutes because I’m counting stitches or reading the pattern or making notes, I won’t be lost. And if the crime scene is particularly gory, I can look at my knitting instead of the screen. It doesn’t have to be a murder, but most crime shows seem to focus on that. I’m also a fan of Fairly Legal, which tells the stories of a mediator working for a law firm, and the crimes there are often much more prosaic – business negotiations, house sales, that sort of thing. It’s surprisingly compelling – but still easy to watch with only half your attention.

How strong do you take your coffee again?
Brutally, fiercely, teethcurlingly strong. At The Purple Purl, they make a special Americano for me, since no-one else takes it the way I do.

Thanks for the interview, Kate! And happy knitting, to all.

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87 responses to “Book review/interview: Beyond Knit and Purl

  1. This sounds like the perfect book to be reading for the stage of knitting I’m at. This year has been filled with exciting knitted “firsts!”

    I think that my fav tip is probably just being convinced that it’s worth it to buy all the right tools for your project, as well as not to cheap out on yarn. It is way easier to learn to knit with proper stitch markers, needles that are actually the right gauge (not just close to it, etc.) I am guessing that it’s not coincidental that *this* is my tip, considering that I made best friends with my local yarn pusher this year. Buy all the things! From Bridget!

  2. When I have a sweater’s worth of yarn used to look on Ravelry in whatever category they listed that yarn (fingering, DK, etc) BUT I just heard the most common-sense advice I didn’t know I knew: Swatch the yarn first, and find a fabric you love. Then look for sweaters in that gauge! No more ‘Well, I’ve got 23 sts when they say 25sts, so if I make one size down….’

  3. Sally

    Ah! Just learned how to knit garter stitch in the round using two needles. Brilliant!

  4. atangledyarn84

    My favorite knitting tip is, It’s ok to frog something you don’t like. Trust your instincts, if it doesn’t feel right then start over!!! I find I am much happier with my FOs this way :)

  5. I recently learned the russian join and the braided join. I love not having to weave in ends.

  6. Robin

    One of my favorite tips: when casting on a huge number of stitches, place a stitch marker every 10 or 20 stitches to help you count.

  7. Gemfirefly

    My favorite tip is using a lifeline in a lace pattern or before a complicated part of any pattern. When I remember to put one in, it always set my mind at ease knowing that I won’t have to rip the entire thing out if I make a mistake.

  8. Jen B

    I’m not sure its “favourite” so much as the one that made me REALLY REALLY excited, and made me feel REALLY REALLY smart…..

    But when I figured out (via a helpful video on YouTube), that you can picked up missed Yarn Overs from multiple rows back? OMG. You wouldn’t believe the excitement.

    I’m excited just writing about it.

  9. Jenn C

    I have to say one of my favorite techniques is grafting…one really cool trick I’ve learned (and use often for mitten cuffs that are knit flat, especially when they patterned and need to match relatively seemlessly) is that you can graft stitches even if they are not held on two needles (typical of a sock toe graft). This trick utilizes the grafting technique to finish a cuff by grafting the row of held stitches to the cast on row.

  10. Jenn C

    I have to say one of my favorite techniques is grafting…one really cool trick I’ve learned (and use often for mitten cuffs that are knit flat, especially when they patterned and need to match relatively seemlessly) is that you can graft stitches even if they are not held on two needles (typical of a sock toe graft). This trick utilizes the grafting technique to finish a cuff by grafting the row of held stitches to the cast on row.

  11. Lori

    As a beginning knitter, my knit night pals offered the most functional of tips — nearly anything can be knit on circular needles. No lost needle, no scrunching the fabric down to the end and more elbow room for me and my pals on the couch!

  12. Emma

    My favourite tip is to knit socks on 3 DPNs instead of 4, so that I don’t get any laddering down the front of the sock, and so I always know where my round starts and ends. Love the look of this book!

  13. Deb

    A workshop with Mary Scott Huff gave me a ‘”duh” moment with this tip: When weaving in ends, don’t go straight up or down the wrong side of the work through the back loops – go sideways across a row going up and down through the back loops. It’s almost invisible and very sturdy! Mind you, I’ve been knitting for a LOT of years and don’t know why I didn’t think of this myself…

  14. I think weaving in ends as I go might be my favorite trick. I hate weaving in ends, so it’s lovely to finish a project and then be able to flip it over/inside out and just trim off the excess. So freeing! :)

    My other favorite tip is: make a large swatch (8″ square) and wash it. No more gauge surprises!

    This book looks like a must-have for every knitting library!

  15. Jamie

    I have now taken three classes with Kate, and I have to say that ALL of them have been incredibly helpful! I have a tie at the top of my list of favourite tricks – The first would be how to pick up dropped stitches…I am infamous for dropping stitches, so learning how to fix them was a HUGE help! Second would be how to attach a new ball of yarn…Kate taught me this during a project class a couple of weeks ago, and man, was I ever doing it wrong before…the correct way is life changing! :)

  16. jennybookworm

    I think a good tip is don’t knit it if you don’t love it! It’s supposed to be fun – if you are not enjoying it and won’t like the result rip it out and repurpose the yarn yourself or give it away!! Very liberating!

  17. Amanda

    My favorite knitting tip is using a sweater sleeve to help with tension when you are trying to knit a gauge swatch for an in-the-round sweater. I read it recently on Jane Richmond’s blog. http://www.janerichmond.blogspot.com/2012/02/swatching-in-round.html

  18. hawknitr13

    i use the life lines in lace, the weaving of ends up/down thru back side, use circs almost all the time, & knit/bar cast-on almost exclusively to avoid splitting the yarn/running out before the correct number have been cast on. but my most used accessory is my little sticky notes…for: 1)pattern size,needle size, yarn color/brand/#skeins,gift to?person, and DATE!! along with notes made while knitting, stuck to pattern inside a plastic sheet protector. (i have an entire sheet of notes for all the baby sweaters i’ve made from one particularly favorite/requested pattern!)

  19. Sounds like a great book- thanks for the give-away! My favorite trick might be to cast on an extra stitch when knitting in the round, and then k2tog over the join. That way you don’t have to worry about laddering at the begging!

  20. My favourite tip might be using a crochet hook to pick up stitches. I think I tried using a knitting needle for, like, 6 stitches before I decided that it was insane, and that using a hook is soooooooooooooo much easier.

  21. Arlene Lewis

    I’ve just recently come back to knitting after a long absence. I think my biggest hurdle has been trying new things without fear. I’m at the stage now where I know unless I try I won’t learn anything new. So I’m learning to challenge myself with new techniques..and if it doesn’t work, no big deal, just unravel and try again. It’s just wool and you can always start over or make something different. No big deal…

  22. Oh I’d love to take a look through this book, I feel my finishing could often use a few tricks, or patience…

  23. Jacey

    Not too long ago I took a finishing class at my LYS — it was a huge eye opener and has since saved me tonnes of time. Before I was just muddling through and, although the finished product didn’t look to bad, it took me forever to seam projects, including lots of ripping out and redoing to get there. Now I do it once and it looks fantastic.

  24. Daisy

    Best tip – a slip knot isn’t necessary at the beginning of the long tail cast-on. One can simply lay the yarn over the right needle for the first stitch

  25. rachaell12

    So many things to choose from! But my latest favourite is to use two stitch markers to keep track of alternating rounds – one stays on to mark the start/end of the round, the other goes on or off to show whether it’s a round ’1′ or ’2′. Just what I need for gusset decreases during mindless sock knitting – saves me from squinting at my knitting every few minutes. Now, if someone could just add a tip about how to stop stitch markers bouncing off onto the floor – I’d be even happier!

  26. Marie

    Coincidentaly I was looking at this book on Kate’s blog when the email notification of your blog post came through to my computer. The lace shawl I am currently knitting uses a provisional crochet cast on and the tip in the pattern is to tie a knot in the beginning end so that when you want to unravel your provisional cast on chain you know “not” to pull from this end.

  27. Dawn'l Burns

    I mostly knit socks, and the best tip I ever got was to knit through the back of the stitch when picking up those nasty gusset stitches. No more holes!

  28. I love moving the last stitch of a cast on row to the first stitch and then moving the first stitch to the last stitch to join (being careful not to twist) in the round.
    Would love to add the book to my library!

  29. Krystal Rockburn

    Hey!!!!
    Great book! Annnd you’re right, what’s better than a giveaway – if I don’t win I’ll probably pick this up anyways.

    My most favourite tips is pretty straightforward – when knitting socks and picking up stitches for the gusset – when you get to the corner where it meets the foot flap – pick up two or so extranet itches and knit through the back loop on the next round and then just decrease them afterwards – helps mitigate those little holes at the corner!!!!!

  30. Debra

    I would love to win this book. Kate is a wonderful teacher. I have learned many many things from her. Most recently I l was taught how to properly “yarn over”. This little tip has made lace knitting sooooooo much faster. I also learned how to start a row with a Yarn Over. Lovely edges are the result of this nifty little tip.

  31. Rachel

    Many of my favourite tips were already mentioned, but here’s one I just saw recently for knitting stripes more neatly in ribbing. First tip listed here: http://squarejanes.blogspot.com/2011/12/some-handy-dandy-knitting-tricks.html

  32. Spring

    I agree – finishing is everything…and something I’m still learning how to do well! The books sounds like a great addition to a knitting library!

  33. stephanie

    My two favorite (recent) tips are the russian join – which I read about on Ravelry and found a video on youtube to teach me! I felt like such an advanced knitter when I learned that! The other one is the “twisted german cast on” (sometimes called norwegian but I think they are the same) for socks and mittens – or anytime you want a stretchy cast on. I avoided it until my last pair of socks and then taught myself (via youtube!) and it’s not that hard. I love learning new techniques. My finishing still needs help… edges of garments are eh… and my kitchner stitch is just sad…

    Love your blog and learn so much from it!

  34. Does it have to be a physical thing? Because the best piece of knitting advice I’ve ever received is “be fearless”. I think I got the phrasing from you, but the concept from a number of places, including the Yarn Harlot blog and Elizabeth Zimmermann. Because after all, it’s ONLY two stitches, and if you make a mistake, unless it is in VERY grabby yarn, you can have a do-over. :) This is a very important concept to someone who mainly sews where do-overs are rare and involve re-cutting pieces, often cleverly, sometimes with less success than others.

    In actual “physically impacts the knitting I do” kind of tips…. well, that’s tougher. I like the advice that, when knitting in the round, cast on one more stitch, and pass the beginning stitch over it. It eliminates that “how to join the round” weirdness, any bumps or gaps, and seems pretty darn sturdy. Also slightly more stable for going on with.

    I also just learned a bit about picking up the “bridge” below two stitches to make an increase (and what it looks like to knit right into that front leg vs. knitting into the back leg), and that I can’t make consistent backwards loop increases to save my life. :/ it doesn’t show on the BSJ, but it means I need to do more of them.

  35. I learned how to do yarnovers properly right here at this blog. How can a person knit for years and do things wrong?

  36. Peggy

    I have to say that so many of these tips have been my favorite as I’ve added them to myown repetoire since the start of the year. I’m taking a moment to appreciate how hard I’ve worked at studying this craft and how many things I’ve learned already.

    Right now, I’d have to go with the Norwegian Purl as my favorite tip. While I can knit (slowly but surely) with the yarn in the left hand, I really don’t feel as comfortable as I do when knitting with the yarn in my right hand and throwing it as I go. It’s a slower way to knit (except for those of us who rarely use the other method), but it just feels so “knitterly.” I mean, if it’s good enough for Miss Marple, it’s good enough for me. Knowing the Norwegian Purl lets me work while holding my yarn the way I like without the nuisance of moving the yarn back and forth as I knit and purl. I’m finding that I’m more open to trying different stitch patterns and less likely to decided against a pattern just because it had a lot of purl stitches (yep, that was me before the Norwegian Purl.) Plus, as a surprise benefit, it looks really, really hard and I have inadvertantly impressed people with my “skill” as a knitter. Makes me smile just thinking about it.

  37. My favorite knitting “tip”: when joining in the round, I knit the first row flat– unless I’m using very bulky yarn the difference is easily hidden in finishing, and it makes not twisting so much easier!

    Thank you for the review!

  38. I’ve recently learned the proper way to seam a sweater together. What a huge difference it makes for the finished product!

  39. Anne

    My favorite tip? You can knit ANYTHING with circular needles. It’s easier on your wrists when flat knittng, and with magic loop you can kit any size in the round.

  40. I know just the friend I will buy this for! Thanks for the introduction!

  41. Amanda B

    I recently made my first pair of toe-up socks and learned a lot from it, I think my favorite were the left and right lifted increases though, they’re so neat and match the decreases so well!

  42. NancyN (n2n on ravelry)

    Thanks for the chance! My favorite knitting tip is to just give it a whirl. Like really, what’s the worst that can happen?

  43. Anne

    Favorite knitting tip lately was doing a provisional cast on which I hadn’t tried before. Easy and useful.

  44. My favorite knitting tip had to be learning to mattress stitch to sew up a knitted garment.

  45. My favorite knitting tip just recently learned (from an awesome LYS teacher) has to do with hand-winding your yarn. For 30+ years whenever I have wound my yarn by hand I have wound it tightly not realizing that it stretches out the fibers too much. So the tip is: as you are winding your ball, keep 2 or 3 fingers over the already wound part and wind the new wraps over your fingers. THis will keep you from winding it too tightly!

  46. projectstash

    When I first started knitting, I simply knotted a new ball of yarn to my project and tried to ignore how awful it looked by constantly shoving the little knot around. Since then, I’ve learned different methods of joining yarn including the Russian method, magic knot, and good old spit and rub! Thanks for a chance to win this book — I would love to add it to my knitting library.

  47. Sue Remely

    My favorite trick is cabling without a needle. Makes the pproject go so much faster.

  48. JudyO

    I love showing new knitters how to fix mistakes with a crochet hook. It’s so great not having to rip out rows of knitting to fix one stich.

  49. Debra

    My favorite tip…and I think I learned this from Ann Budd’s blog but I won’t swear to it…is about how to join a new ball of yarn. You knit the new yarn WITH the old yarn for the first stitch. Then when you come to that double yarned stitch on the next round don’t forget not to knit it as 2 stitches. I swear you can’t tell that there is one slightly fatter stitch there and no more pesky holes where the yarns are joined.

  50. Josh L

    I have two tips that I absolutely love. The first is that the plastic tags that come on bags of buns are great for winding long yarn tails to get them out of the way. The second is when picking up dropped stitches in a lace project to lay it out over a pillowcase in a contrasting color (i.e. black pillowcase for white yarn) secure adjacent stitches with T pins and pickup with a crochet hook. This was a lifesaver on a shawl mishap awhile back.

  51. ummrania

    Sounds like a great book, and it was great reading all of the replies. I think my favorite tip is cables without a cable needle, fast, easy!

  52. Carol

    My favorite tip is to learn mattress stitch. It is sooooo much nicer than trying to sew things together as if they were cloth.

  53. Maaike

    As a beginning knitter, I try to remind myself: Enjoy!

  54. Tucker

    I’m excited to see the finishing tips in this book! I’ve been knitting for 10+ years and still am unsatisfied with my own technique.

    My favorite knitting tip is one I learned a little late, binding off with a larger needle. I knit with a fairly tight tension and it resulted in some very stiff and bunchy scarf ends, sweater cuffs, and sock cuffs. Something so simple but so worth the moment of revelation. :)

  55. I have to run out and get this book! Many of the tips I use have already been mentioned. I’ve been knitting, well, for a long time, but I feel like a rank amateur after reading all the comments here. I have a whole new list of terms and techniques to learn now!

    The tip I’ll mention as one of my all time favorites is the jogless stripe when knitting in the round ( I hate seams so I knit everything possible in the round. Maybe after reading this book, I’ll know how to finish things better!). I just googled ‘jogless stripes’ because I can’t remember where I learned the technique many years ago, and to my surprise, there are different ways to do it! My way is the “old way”: somewhere in the second or later round in a stripe, at the beginning of the round, pick up the stitch below and knit it with the stitch of the current round. I love that trick because, as I said, I knit everything in the round if possible.

    The other tip I’ll mention is “learn to knit continental and English”. I’ve just started teaching others to knit, and some already know one way or the other. I need to know how to help my students. I knit English but have always been jealous of continental knitters. So I got my LYS owner to show me how. She explained the pros and cons of each method, so now I am practicing so I can become proficient in both.

    Anyway, thank you so much for your blog. I can’t wait to learn more!

  56. Lynn

    My favorite tip is to be sure and read your pattern well and if questions, then
    ask for help.

  57. Barb

    That book looks great! I don’t know if it’s exactly a ‘tip’, but it helps to use the correct stitch. I knit my first sweater entirely through the back of the loop and couldn’t figure out why my knitting didn’t look smooth! I’ve also had a few lace adventures, due to not executing a stitch the right way.

  58. Karina

    Thank you for offering the book! My tip? If you’re like me and don’t have a bag with many pockets for your travelling WIP, either include some sandwhich sized zip locks, or old pencil cases, or even those old cloth bags from Seagram’s whiskey. Small projects can fit in small bags, balls of yarn can stay neat and tidy, or notions (if you don’t have some sort of candy tin lying around) can be kept together. Also, never choose to store your WIP in a bag with a velcro fastener. Eventually you will be an unhappy camper.

  59. Cynthia K-R in Canada

    This book would be great for me – since I’m ‘in-between’ now. My tip would be to TRY EVERYTHING ONCE. Absolutely no fear about experimenting and the results are usually fantastic.

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  61. The best knitting tip I ever got was to learn to read my knitting. To be able to see what *is* there. And after that the best tip was learning to undo mistakes because what *is* there is wrong. :)

  62. Sandra

    I just learned how to do Portuguese knitting and so far I love it! It really helps rest my hands and the stitches are so even. There is alway some wonderful thing to learn about knitting.

  63. Jennifer

    Book sounds great! My basic tip was to get a small kitchen scale, great for using the most/right amount of yarn and not panicking when near the end. Of course I also love anyone’s advice telling me to buy more yarn!

  64. Caitlyn

    Although I haven’t tried it yet, I’m intrigued by this tip from Knitty’s Winter 2008 issue: if you don’t like grafting the toes of socks, then you don’t have to! You can cinch them closed instead, and then close the tiny remaining hole (if there is one) when you weave in the end you used to cinch everything up.

  65. Noelle

    My favorite “tip” is It’s Just Knitting! If you’re not having fun, stop. If you don’t like what you’re getting, rip it back and try again or try something else. Learn something new every once in a while. My newest skill is toe-up socks. Why did I restrict myself to cuff-down patterns for so long?!

  66. The tip I like to remember is that taking the time to do the gauge is not a waste of time

  67. Michael

    I think my favorite tip I’ve ever learned of is putting in a “life-line.” It seems like such and obvious thing to do before you start turning a heel a new way or some other such daring adventure.

  68. Manda-B

    I just recently learned how to do the EZ sewn bind-off. The instructions called for ensuring you had yarn 4x the length to be bound off. I was a bit paranoid about having enough (and hate weaving in ends) so I pulled off twice as much. It took forever to bind-off because I had to keep pulling all of that yarn through every stitch. Lesson-learned: sometimes more is not better!

  69. Candice

    Just a beginner with little patience to work on beginner patterns. I want to be knitting sweaters and socks already. Would love to take a look through this book. It sounds like just what I need to empower me to jump right into the more “exciting” patterns :)

  70. Ruth Colville

    Paula from the knitting pipline suggested keeping track of rows when knitting by simply using a contrasting piece of yarn inserted between stitches on the first row…then counting the “ladder” rungs above the scrap yarn to know how many rows one has knitted. Simple. Accurate. This book is just what I need for this time in my “knitting” life.

  71. duni

    i’ve learned a lot of good tips, but maybe my favorite right now is making YOs on a swatch to remind me what size needle i used (k2tog, YO for every number= use sz 3 needles and make 3 YOS). i also like a good short row shoulder. :)
    super stoked to read about this book- it looks great!

  72. Rita

    Crochet cast on right not the needle and suspended bind off are my 2 favourite new tips.

  73. I really want to get a copy of this book at some point, it looks amazing!

  74. Cheryl Egan

    I am a relatively new, but still passionate , knitter! I look forward to adding this book to my growing collection and stash

  75. Kim Harris

    I recently learned how to do really cool buttong holes amd how to do a crochet chain cast on. i cant wait to get my hands on this book.

  76. Robbie

    My fav tip so far (as a new knitter) – lifelines when stitching lace!!!

  77. JV Malcolm

    After learning TechKnitting’s back to back join to knit in my ends, my favorite tip is to tie a yard long piece of scrap yarn to my scissors and needle holder, tie the yarn to the inside zipper of my knitting bag and then I always know where my finishing items are.

  78. anastasia

    my favourite knitting tip is: when you are doing the long tail cast on, use both ends of the ball. there are a couple ways to do this, my favourite is making a double skip knot with both ends & then slipping the slip knots off the needle. also, cabling without a cable needle. this way there is a chance in hell I will one day knit cabled socks.

  79. My favorite tip right now is to use two balls when casting on hundreds of stitches using the long tail method. You won’t run out of yarn halfway through, and your tail will be just right.

  80. I recently learned about using a lifeline while knitting. I can’t believe I have went three years knitting without knowing about lifelines. I could have saved myself a lot of heartache and tears if I had only known. I just bought the addi click lace long tip set with the lifeline feature built in on the cables and it is just fab!

  81. I think my favourite tip is to take the 5s it takes to tick of every row I knitted in a pattern so I will remember where I was when I pick it up again.

  82. I knit in a strange continental hybrid style that I learned when I taught myself. A lot of knitters in social settings have pointed out that I’m “doing it wrong”. The best piece of advice I was ever given is “If you are getting a beautiful result that you love, then you are doing it right”

  83. Rhea Kohlman

    Looks like a very nice book. One of my favorite tips is using a lifeline when knitting lace. Boy has that saved a lot of frustration!

  84. lindymoon

    Don’t know if I am too late – but my favourite tip is work with yarn you love – if you don’t love the yarn then you probably won’t love the finished object.

  85. Janette

    Free? I’m up for that!

  86. Can you tell me if this book is available in an electronic format? I am blind, so if it is only pictures of the techniques, I can’t use it and I would really like to recommend this book to the members of the National Federation of the Blind Krafters Division.

  87. Thank you for the question! I do know that the book is available in electronic format as a PDF, as are all books published by Cooperative Press. I’ve cc’d Kate Atherley (the author), on this message, in case she can help you out with finding more information.

    Happy knitting! Glenna