Posted on Leave a comment

Book Review: The Principles of Knitting

Gina Mitchell had purchased The Principles of Knitting and had brought it to the shop to show everyone.  It is what one would call a coffee table book.  The Principles of Knitting  weighs in at 4 pounds 8.8 ounces and is roughly 8 1/2″ x 11″ in size and a depth of 2″.  It is an impressive book.  After looking through her copy, I had to have one for the shop.
What does this book have to offer?  Everything.  There aren’t any flashy slick color plates. June Hemmons Hiatt’s, The Principles of Knitting,  is 712 pages of comprehensive reading on all aspects of hand knitting.  The publisher describes it as, “The definitive book of knitting techniques.
  • Pages 37-71 just cover numerous methods of casting on with detailed explanations and advice on which cast on should and should not be used.
  • Selvedges and Steeks are explained in detail.
  • Several methods of knitting, right or left handed knitting and more.
  • Pages 80-93 cover casting off.
  • There are chapters on shaping (increasing and decreasing), short rows, picking up stitches, openings (pockets and buttonholes)
  • Surface decoration
  • Increase and decrease patterns such as in lace.
  • Charted stitch patterns
  • Color Work
  • Pattern Design
  • Yarns and where they originate.
  • Tips for working a project and fixing errors.
I only touched the surface with my list of items.
I am getting ready to teach a class in Stranded Knitting and the chapter on Color Work is a valuable resource for my class.
I am very happy that I added this book to my library and thankful that Gina brought it to my attention.