350+ Knitting Tips, Techniques, and Trade Secrets
By Betty Barnden (St. Martin’s Press, 160 pages, $22.99)
British designer Betty Barnden offers a potpourri of knitting tips in her updated edition of 350+ Knitting Tips, Techniques, and Trade Secrets. Beginning and intermediate knitters will pick up ideas on how to adapt patterns, read instructions, improve on finishing techniques (both during and after the actual knitting), learn a bit about hand dyeing and more. Sidebars draw the reader’s attention to ways to correct (“Fix It”) and vary (“Try It”) knitting, while clear, close-up photos demonstrate many of the how-tos. This is not an in-depth technique manual, but rather a sampling of tips that will make new knitters want to learn more.