Posted on | July 14, 2012 | 74 Comments
There are few things that excite me more than a good knitting technique book, especially when it really narrows in on a particular topic in detail. Leslie Ann Bestor’s new book: Cast On, Bind Off features 54 ways to start and finish your knits. Yes, I said 54. Believe it or not, long-tail isn’t the only way to cast on and a standard bind off isn’t the only way to finish things up!
I have to admit that when I’m knitting along on a project, it’s really easy to slip into a comfort zone and only use the techniques I know by heart. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to redo a cuff edge on a sock or the bind off on a shawl over again because of that comfort zone. I’m a pretty patient person, but when it comes to fixing a sock that was knit from the cuff down or shawl edge that has about a million stitches along the edge, it’s enough to make a grown knitter cry. I always regret not taking a few extra minutes to look up the proper technique and do it right the first time.
When I design, however, it’s a different story. Taking the time to plan out an interesting detail or two to keep the knitter engaged is really important to me. Since a lot of my designs are silhouette based, rather than technique, using an interesting cast on or bind off is a way for me to introduce a new skill without compromising my design.
My favorite cast on to use is one version of a tubular cast on, which can be a little tricky to work. In this instance, Leslie uses step-by-step photographs to clearly explain how to work four different versions of this cast on, giving you tips on how to “get it right” along the way. In the beginning of each technique in the book, she also gives a short summary of its characteristics and what it is good for. It’s always nice to know if a particular technique will give you the result you envision before you begin. Even if you don’t know where to start, the clear chapter headings will help guide you to where you need to be.
Personally, I think this book is really going to help me step out of my self-imposed cast on/bind off rut and I think it would be a welcome addition to any knitter’s library.
Thanks to Storey Publishing, I have one copy of Cast On, Bind Off to give away! Just leave me a comment below about something related to the book. Maybe you want to tell me about your favorite go to technique, a new technique you’d like to try, or why you think this book would be a perfect addition to your library. Something just generally amusing is good too. I love a good laugh. Comments will be open until Wednesday July 18th 9pm EST and one winner will be chosen via a random number generator.
And in the meantime, go check it out at your LYS! Just tell your significant other you need to do some “research”.
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