This week I received a review copy of Cast On, Bind Off: 54 Step-by-Step Methods by Leslie Ann Bestor.
I can’t say enough good things about this book. First off, its size: it is 5.5″ by 7″, small enough to tuck into your knitting bag. And it is spiral-bound, making it easy to refer to because it will lay flat no matter what page you have opened to.The book is also available in e-book format, so you can keep it on your mobile device for quick and easy reference.
Another good thing is, of course, the content!
The cast-ons covered are:
- Ribbing (both moderate stretch and really stretchy)
- End-of -row
- Super stretchy
- Temporary and Hems
- Toe-up socks
The bind-offs are:
- Stretchy ribbed
- Specific use
Each technique is covered fully: each has a general information page that tells you the pros and cons of the technique, tools you need, etc., along with clear photos of the technique.
Then the technique is demonstrated with clear step-by-step photos and text. There are also tips and tricks in little call-out boxes throughout the book.
There is a quick start guide at the beginning of the book that covers things you need to know, like making a slip knot, and what “knitwise” and “purlwise” mean.
The tables of contents are nicely illustrated with thumbnail photos:
Bottom-line: This is a great reference for new knitters, experienced knitters, and everyone in-between. Most knitters have a “go-to” cast-on and bind-off they use 90% of the time. But there are always times when you need to use a different technique to get the best result. Reach for this handy guide!
Storey Publishing very kindly sent me a review copy and offered to send a second copy to one of my readers.
To be entered in the drawing for a copy of Cast On, Bind Off: 54 Step-by-Step Methods by Leslie Ann Bestor, leave a comment on this blog post and tell me your favorite cast-on or bind-off before noon Eastern time on Wednesday July 18, 2012. I’ll draw a winner at random at that time.
It’s Hip to Be Square
Back here, chez WendyKnits, I am still all about the mitered squares!
And Lucy is all about the nap!