The Handknitter's Yarn Guide by Nikki Gabriel

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An essential at-a-glance reference book containing yarn swatches and detailed information about the most widely used types of yarns available to today's knitters

The Handknitter's Yarn Guide collects all the facts, figures and details that knitters need to know about yarns and gives visual comparisons showing the different effects they create when knitted up. This essential guide for every knitter at any level includes a comprehensive encyclopedia of the most commonly available yarns, complete with full-color photographs of swatches and vital information on how best to work with them.

Organized by weight and fiber, the book is divided into three main sections:

• Yarn Categories: details the range of yarn weights from super fine to super bulky and advises the reader on what to expect when working with each type.

• Yarns in Use: discusses the general qualities of each yarn, the pros and cons of using it, how to care for it, as well as information on gauge and yardage. Includes swatches of each yarn knitted up and vital information on how best to use each yarn.

• Reference: offers guidelines on how to calculate yarn substitutions, how to read labels, a comparative US/European glossary of terms, needle information, and much more.

The Handknitter's Yarn Guide is an essential knitting handbook offering both beginners and professionals all the information needed to make the best choice for each project in an easy to use and accessible format.


About Nikki Gabriel

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NIKKI GABRIEL is an Australian knitwear and textile designer based in New Zealand. She also has her own line of handknitting yarns and knitting patterns called Construction which is featured on her website, plus an active following on her blog. Her designs are featured extensively in magazines such as Marie Claire, Inside Out, Fashion Quarterly, Vogue Fashion, and Vogue Living.
Published May 8, 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin. 176 pages
Genres: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Education & Reference, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Paula Moliver on May 25 2012

There isn't a fiber person who wouldn't enjoy and benefit from this book.

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Reviewed by Jennifer Perkins on Aug 02 2012

Beginners and professionals will find all the information useful.

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Reviewed by Rachel Hyde

If you knit, this is a vital book to own, and the first of its kind I have seen.

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Reviewed by Jo Simmonds on Apr 13 2012

It's a great beginner's guide but you will also be challenged and pick up hints and tips if you are at an intermediate or advanced level.

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