Knitting Tips & Trade Secrets
by Threads Editors
This is an odd book. It's not your normal reference book with treatises and instructions on different knitting topics. Instead it is a collection of advice on various subjects from real knitters (and crocheters), both professionals and hobbyists. The topics are "Yarn", "Hand-Knitting Techniques", "Multicolor Knitting", "Garment-Making Tips", "Managing Your Knitting", "Machine Knitting", "Crochet Tips" and "Finishing and Caring for Your Project". The layout is very utilitarian - black and white illustrations, blocks of text and just two colors of ink.
The book actually contains a lot of instructions and great tips but to me it's still kind of useless. It's a hodge podge of information with a little bit about a lot of things most of which I can find in a good reference book (of which I have a few). So I recommend getting a good overall book on knitting and skipping this.
Reviewed by Allison Linehan
Allison's blog, Neophyte Knitter, can be found at http://gumdrop.typepad.com