September 03, 2006

Knitting Book Review: Knit Fix By Lisa Kartus

Knit Fix: Problem Solving for Knitters By Lisa Kartus

This book is a helpful resource for lots of knitting problems. It is written in a humorous yet caring way. It has photographs and illustration, which clearly shows knitting problems and the solutions to those problems.

The book is divided in several chapters starting with one on developing a knitting philosophy to one about testing out ideas before starting a project. In between, Lisa walks through the foundations of knitting including different stitches, tension, unknitting, and making fixes to dropped stitches.

A troubleshooting chapter breaks down each type of knitting quandary into the problem, a diagnosis, and a fix. This approach makes it easier to identify problems and quickly find a solution.

Lisa also offers advise on how to avoid knitting problems all together by taking time up front when casting on to joining new yarn to working in the round to picking up stitches.

Finally, there is a chapter on fixing major problems especially those discovered after a project is completed. These include lengthening and shortening garments as well as adding pockets, and altering seams.

Knit Fix: Problem Solving for Knitters is a well written book with plenty of clear illustrations and good advise to use to solve knitting problems. Lisa Kartus not only shows you how to solve knitting mistakes but also how to spot them and why they happen. With a spiral-bound cover this book lies flat and is small enough to be carried in a knitting bags as a constant resource.

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