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Book by Walker, Barbara G.
The Knitwit’s Bible Barbara Walker first turned me on to knitting in her invaluable primer for beginners, “America’s Knitting Book”, now sadly out of print. Once you get past casting on and the basic knit and purl stitches, it’s fun to start designing your own projects, and the “Treasury” makes this simple.It was the “Treasury” that turned me into a dyed-in-the-wool “knitwit”. It’s mind-blowing to think that so many hundreds of patterns are varieties of just two fundamental stitches, the knit stitch and the purl stitch. Let your imagination loose; there’s no limit on what you can make. The “Treasury” is organized into basic pattern groups, starting with simple knit-purl combinations, and advancing through ribbing, color-change patterns, slip stitch, twist stitch, and many more, all the way through lace and cable stitch patterns. The directions are very clear and concise, and the photographs are excellent. Walker doesn’t give instructions for making different garments in this book, but…
Astounding stitch pattern reference, though photos dated I wrote a review for Barbara Walker’s Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns and would like to add more of my comments about this scholarly knitting trilogy. Previously, I had commented that only professional knitters really needed to own these books, but I am beginning to rethink that position. I was attempting to teach myself “linen stitch” which is a simple slip stitch pattern recommended for knitting with chenille to keep it from biasing and “worming” (loops of yarn coming out all over the place). I attempted to follow the directions in “Knitting with Novelty Yarns”. After wrestling all evening and failing, I went to bed with a headache. In the morning it occurred to me that I could look up the pattern in Barbara Walker’s Treasuries. I found it (under a totally different name) and discovered that a crucial “P1” had been left out of the directions! Probably a typo, but still! I now have more respect for the Treasuries and for the…
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