First, the facts:
Author: Cap Sease
Published by: Martingale, 2014 (paperback)
Type: Knitting techniques
The In-Depth Look:
A reissue of the 2012 hardcover, this time in more convenient paperback!
It’s hard to review a book that’s been around for a while–don’t people already know what’s in there? But that doesn’t lessen the “need to know” element, and in this case … you need to know.
Casting on and binding off your knitting … I think we can all agree that that’s important. If you don’t know how to stop or start properly, it’s never going to matter how perfect or beautiful the knitting in between is. Eventually, things will just unravel into a fuzzy, chaotic mess, and that’ll be it.
Except … most of us know only a few ways of starting and stopping. In fact, I’d wager that most knitters only really know one or two ways to get their stitches safely on or off their needles. Maybe three or four if they have a reference book handy. And almost everyone has a favorite, go-to method that they use for almost everything.
The beauty of this book, though, is the fact that, like so many other things with knitting, there’s so much more. There are dozens of different methods. In fact, according to Cap Sease, the brilliant mind behind this collection, there are 211 of them.
I’m betting that’s approximately 200 more cast on/bind off methods than you were aware of.
Maybe you looked at this book when it first came out in hardcover and thought, “That looks really interesting, but…” before putting it down. Hardcover books can be expensive, after all, and heavy to lug about in a knitting bag.
This review copy was kindly donated by the publisher. Thank you!