Cast On, Bind Off: 54 Step-by-Step Methods by Leslie Ann Bestor
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
First off, let me say Welcome to all the new readers here! I am so happy to see you! If you come on by as part of the Storey Publishing book tour, I am thrilled to have you over! It’s such fun to be part of this tour and introduce this wonderful book to you!
Now let me start at the beginning!
A while ago, I was asked if I wanted to review a knitting book.
Well, those of you who know me, know that I am not big on knitting books, or magazines. I said yes regardless and told myself to be open minded and have a look.
Then cast on bind off came into my life…..
I have to say: WOW!
Here is FINALLY a knitting book worth it’s money! I absolutely love it!
Ok, so after knitting for 30 plus years, I knew almost all of the techniques described in the book, BUT do I really use them? uh… that would be a big fat NO!
I have my “go-to” ones. The ones I am used to and comfortable with.
Well SHAME ON ME!
Now, I’m not saying that having a “go-to”, a “staple” is a bad thing. It most certainly is not! But there are so many more possibilities out there and I am not utilising them to the fullest, because I just don’t think of them!
I keep cast on bind off right next to my knitting chair! I have used it ever since it came into my house! I am consulting it for every new project! Is there a better way to cast on for this? Is there a more fun way? You betcha!
I have used the tubular cast on for a new pattern I am writing on, instead of my tried and true knitted cast on and I have to say: I am thrilled I did!
I would recommend this book to novice knitters as well as experienced ones. It’s never a bad thing to have a little reminder that there is so much more then what is stored in our brains!
I also love the compact form! It fits neatly into my knitting bag and I have taken it to my LYS for the classes I teach. I showed it to my students and to other knitting friends. We all love it!
The pictures are clear and easy to understand instructions guarantee that even beginners will understand the cast on’s and bind off’s and can repeat them with success.
The little spiral binding is GREAT! I can flip to the page I need and turn it out without worrying that I break a spine and all the pages will fall out.
The only thing I have a problem with (and it’s not just me) are the little inserts with the “right side and wrong side” picture of the cast on/bind off. I had a bit of trouble figuring out if it was a seamed sample, or what exactly it was supposed to be. I think it would have been better to just do two different shots of this instead of folding the knitted piece the way it is in those pictures. They are just too small to see it well and one part is always dark.
See what I mean?
I really really recommend this book to ANY knitter! Never mind the level of experience! I will definitely take it to my classes and tell my students this is a must have for their library!
Do check it out and see for yourself! But do it in a yarn shop, or a book shop, instead of the library, because once you have looked at it, you WILL want to buy it!
Leslie Ann and her publicist have agreed to send a copy of the book to one lucky reader of my blog!!!! Don’t be shy! Just leave a comment here, telling me about your go-to cast on or bind off. Why do you use it? Who taught you that specific method?
(you could also subscribe to my blog while you’re at it, or like my facebook… but no pressure there. It won’t matter for the giveaway!)
I will leave the giveaway open until Friday next (7/20/12) so you have plenty of time to enter! Well, there you have it! GO GET IT!
If you don’t win here, there is an entire blog tour with more chances to snag a copy! Here is the schedule, so you can hop along!
- 7/9 Picnic Knits
- 7/10 Knit and Tonic
- 7/11 Zeneedle
- 7/12 Rambling Designs
- 7/13 The Knit Girllls
- 7/14 Neo Knits
- 7/15 Knit & Nosh
- 7/16 Knitting at Large
- 7/17 Rebecca Danger
- 7/18 Lapdog Creations
- 7/19 Nutmeg Knitter
- 7/20 Yarnagogo
- 7/21 Weekend Knitter
- 7/22 knitgrrl
- 7/23 It’s a Purl, Man
- 7/24 Whip Up
- 7/25 Knitspot
- 7/26 Under the Humble Moon
- 7/27 Knitting Daily
- 7/28 Knitting School Dropout
- 7/29 Hugs for Your Head