Vogue Knitting is an awesome company that has a wonderful knitting magazine, a live event and now the updated version of the must have book for knitters. Check out this review of the Vogue Knitting, Ultimate Knitting Book to see if it is the right fit for your library. Katelyn takes a look inside the cover to let you know what you can expect in the book before making your purchase.
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Who is Vogue Knitting:
Vogue Knitting is SoHo Publishing’s flagship title. Launched over twenty-five years ago, VK has set the bar for knitting, working with the biggest and most talented names in fashion today, including Michael Kors and Anna Sui. Led by Editor Trisha Malcolm, VK is published quarterly.
Vogue Knitting Live is held three times a year but you can also join in the fun with destination trips or other knitting tours with Vogue Knitting. Join along in the fun in San Francisco, Minneapolis or New York. Like many other events you can take knitting classes or attend the market place. Be sure to check out their class offers, many are great way to advance your skills.
What is inside the Vogue Knitting, Ultimate Knitting Book:
I really love this book because it really has everything that you need to know about knitting right at your fingertips. Yes, there are many options to learn online but I fall into that group that still loves to have a book in my hands. There is something so wonderful about turning the pages of a book, which is likely why I also love working with my hands on knitting.
The latest version of the book is the second update to the book. The original version was published in 1989 and was first updated in 2002. Best of all they start at the beginning breaking down the differences in yarn so that you can truly learn your craft. Many times people jump in feet first making their first project. Really there is nothing wrong with that but for those of you, like me, who appreciate understanding the why of things this book will fill that need. Breaking down not only the different yarns and supplies that you will need this book walks you through all of the important parts of knitting.
Within the book you will find the following chapters. Each chapter is then broken down farther into smaller sections really digesting each part of the topic into understandable parts.
- Yarn & Supplies
- Basic Techniques
- Color Knitting
- Circular Knitting
- Directional Knitting
- Advanced Techniques
- Understanding INstructions
- Correcting Errors
- Designing Sweaters
- Designing Shawls
- Designing Accessories
- Caring for Knitwear
Of all of the sections in the book the finishing chapter was my favorite. Being a project knitter I want to finish as many projects as possible as fast as possible. Sometimes that means that I don’t always think through the way that I finish my projects. Through this chapter I learned a lot of new ways to finish off my piece and what to think about as I work to really make it look finished and polished.
Even if you aren’t looking to be a designer or tech editor this book is a great resource for your personal library. It is the go to book when you have a questions. It will make you think of things in a way that you might not have thought about it before.
Knitting Books-pattern vs. resource:
Most people are familiar with knitting pattern books. These are the books that are filled with patterns from a designer, sometimes from collections of designers. In these books you may find a section talking about yarn selection, color selection or explaining special stitches and techniques. Pattern books can be used to make what is in the book or to be used as inspiration for your own creations.
Reference knitting books typically don’t have any patterns. There are some books that are combination of both but most reference books just have skills in them. Reference knitting books are a great thing to have in your library so that when you have a question you have a place to go.