Book Reviews

I’ve been playing with the video camera and created a quick video to review the latest additions to my knitting library. Enjoy!

Both these books are available from Amazon – see links below.

Available from

Mastering Color Knitting: Simple Instructions for Stranded, Intarsia, and Double Knitting

Only recommended if you’re an experienced knitter – there may be better books exploring the use of color for novices.

Cast On, Bind Off: 54 Step-by-Step Methods

I highly recommend this book to discover all sorts of ways to start and finish your knitting!

Book Reviews

8 thoughts on “Book Reviews

  1. I was thinking about buying these books….but they aren’t exactly inexpensive. Still, thanks to you and your very clear recommendations, I’m going to get them; even the second book that you claim is ‘not for beginners…not by a long chalk!” Thank you.

    ….but I’ll probably never steek, no matter what!


  2. Liked the video. I did scroll down though and didn’t find the link for them. Will go to Amazon and find it there no doubt. Nice to meet you.

  3. THank you for the video review of the books above. Very useful to know a little ore than just by looking on Amazon. Would steer clear of the colour none as I have similar but the casting on and casting off looks useful. Have you seen Nicky Epstein’s Knitting in Circles. Just finished a jacket based on Daisy Mae Pullover. Very happy with it and wondering what to do next with the same idea.

  4. Thank you for reviewing Cast On, Bind Off. I have purchased the book this morning. Very much like the idea that it is ring binder format. Will make it much easier to use.

  5. Thank you for the video reviews of Cast on Bind off, and Mastering Color. I definately am purchasing Cast on Bind off, and am glad to know before a bad purchase, that Mastering Color is so far above my level of skill I will probably never have the need to purchase it. Thanks for your commitment to knitting & sharing your knowledge.

  6. Hello Penny I am so glad to see your post I had lost all your info so have not been able to get in touch. I’m not very techno minded you see.
    Anyway I hope you don’t mind my asking you a question.
    I am in the middle of knitting a cardigan , am now onto the decreasing and have come across a term I have never heard before . “Wrap 1″ stitch. The directions say ” slip next stitch onto right hand needle and take yarn to opposite side of work between needles ,slip same stitch back onto the left hand needle.” Now I have been knitting for years but just cannot for some reason figure this out. Help. Am I going senile ?
    Thanks in advance for any help you can give .

    Lesley Perry

    1. Hi Lesley

      Normally this wrapping is done to avoid a hole appearing where you don’t want it to. What they’re asking you to do is effectively ‘wrap’ the yarn round the stitch before you work it.

      To do that you slip the next stitch onto the right hand needle. The working yarn will either be at the back, if the previous worked stitch was a knit, or at the front, if the previous worked stitch was a purl. Having slipped the stitch just take the yarn backwards or forwards between the needles to the opposite side and slip the stitch back onto the left hand needle. That stitch is then ready to work as normal but you have wrapped the yarn round it. As you work it the ‘wrap’ will be completed.

      Hope that clarifies it for you.

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