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Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, best-selling author of At Knit’s End and celebrated blogger and humorist of the knitting world, is back! Funnier than ever, Pearl-McPhee continues her running dialogue with her knitting compatriots — cheering them on to ever-greater heights in the climb to make knitting universally recognized as THE peak life experience.

Both a celebration of knitting and a sourcebook for practical information, this book is a collection of useful advice and emotional support for the knitter. Pearl-McPhee examines essential truisms of knitting, side by side with tongue in-cheek warnings, realities, and fantasies about the act of knitting and the people who do it.

In chapters on everything from yarn needles, gauge, and knitting bag essentials to hats, socks, shawls, and sweaters, Pearl-McPhee unravels the mysteries of what it is that makes knitting click, from the inside out. She dares to question longstanding rules and uncover the true essence of what makes a hat a hat, a sock a sock, and so on. Insights into why certain techniques work encourage knitters to take control and knit in the way that works best for them. As she says, “There are no knitting police.”

The result is an illuminating, liberating (and hilarious!) look at knitting that will comfort the experienced knitter, surprise the mainstream one, and entice the beginner.

Topics: Knitting, Design, Crafts, Tips & Tricks, Funny, Inspirational, Guides, and Essays

Published: Storey Publishing an imprint of Workman eBooks on Mar 1, 2006
ISBN: 9781603420983
List price: $12.95
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What's not to like? Funny Stephanie, a knitting humorist.read more
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If you’re a knitter and a reader then you will understand my dilemma. I love them both but, not having two pairs of hands, find it difficult to balance both interests. Stephanie Pearl-McPhee has come to the rescue with a series of books about knitting. Now, there are lots of other books about knitting on the market. There are pattern books, books of techniques and how-to books galore but they tend to be books you use rather than books you read. Knitting Rules, on the other hand, is the kind of book you read with joy from beginning to end. In it, Stephanie shares her love of knitting in a friendly, down-to-earth tone that often had me giggling. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced knitter – I am in the middle – you’ll find something in this book to interest and inspire you. I found the perfect solution to Christmas 2012 and I’m looking forward to visiting with Stephanie again soon for more ideas.read more
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I got this from Omly as a bookring and really enjoyed it, it was interesting and informative and I want a copy in order to try out some of the things for myself. Full of interesting tips and tricks as accumulated by Stephanie, from her own experience as a knitter. There are a few patterns, but more of the book is occupied by interesting tidbits. It's very matter of fact and a fun read.read more
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What's not to like? Funny Stephanie, a knitting humorist.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
If you’re a knitter and a reader then you will understand my dilemma. I love them both but, not having two pairs of hands, find it difficult to balance both interests. Stephanie Pearl-McPhee has come to the rescue with a series of books about knitting. Now, there are lots of other books about knitting on the market. There are pattern books, books of techniques and how-to books galore but they tend to be books you use rather than books you read. Knitting Rules, on the other hand, is the kind of book you read with joy from beginning to end. In it, Stephanie shares her love of knitting in a friendly, down-to-earth tone that often had me giggling. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced knitter – I am in the middle – you’ll find something in this book to interest and inspire you. I found the perfect solution to Christmas 2012 and I’m looking forward to visiting with Stephanie again soon for more ideas.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
I got this from Omly as a bookring and really enjoyed it, it was interesting and informative and I want a copy in order to try out some of the things for myself. Full of interesting tips and tricks as accumulated by Stephanie, from her own experience as a knitter. There are a few patterns, but more of the book is occupied by interesting tidbits. It's very matter of fact and a fun read.
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Knitting Rules!is a very useful book. After checking it out from the library I had to get a copy for myself. Stephanie Pearl-McPhee covers most of the basics of knitting -- choosing yarn and needles, the importance of gauge and how to knit basic items including hats, socks, shawls, scarves and sweaters. And she does all this with wit and humor that makes the book funny as well as useful. I have found her charts for hats and socks extremely useful as well as her basic pattern formulas. This book does not include stitch directions, but once you know how to knit and purl this book will be very useful.
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This is an excellent overview of how to knit all sorts of things without having an official pattern. I love the humour, and the way she encourages people to view a pattern as a suggestion rather than a rule. My only complaint was the "sidebar" type pages which would sometimes interrupt paragraphs in progress - made it kind of tricky to read with lots of flipping back and forth.
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Even if you already know most or all of the techniques and tips in this book, read this book just for the witty dialogue. If you need to build a new wing in your home just for your stash, or carry your knitting everywhere, or find yourself talking spontaneously about knitting when it isn't really the topic at hand, read this book.The Yarn Harlot knows exactly how knitters feel about all of the above, and knows how to write about it.
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