The Knitter's Book of Yarn: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing, Using, and Enjoying Yarn

by Clara Parkes

Hardcover, 2007

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Available

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Not all yarns are alike. Some make our hearts and hands sing, some get the job done without much fanfare, and some cause nothing but frustration and disappointment. The gorgeous pair of socks that emerged from their first bath twice as long as when they went in. The delicate baby sweater that started pilling before it even came off the needles. The stunning colorwork scarf that you can’t wear because the yarn feels like sandpaper against your neck. If only there were a way to read a skein and know how it would behave and what it wanted to become before you invested your time, energy, and money in it. Now there is! With The Knitter’s Book of Yarn, you’ll learn how to unleash your inner yarn whisperer. In these pages, Clara Parkes provides in-depth insight into a vast selection of yarns, giving you the inside stories behind the most common fiber types, preparations, spins, and ply combinations used by large-scale manufacturers and importers, medium-sized companies, boutique dye shops, community spinneries, and old-fashioned sheep farms. And, because we learn best by doing, Parkes went to some of the most creative and inquisitive design minds of the knitting world to provide a wide assortment of patterns created to highlight the qualities (and minimize the drawbacks) of specific types of yarns. The Knitter’s Book of Yarn will teach you everything you need to know about yarn: How it’s made, who makes it, how it gets to you, and what it longs to become. The next time you pick up a skein, you won’t have to wonder what to do with it. You’ll just know–the way any yarn whisperer would.… (more)

Publication

Potter Craft (2007), 256 pages

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ISBN

0307352161 / 9780307352163

User reviews

LibraryThing member stephaniechase
An excellent resource for knitters of all levels, with information on the creation, make up, and processing of yarn, how to choose yarn, and a variety of lovely patterns. The book itself is designed very well, and is pleasing to look at and colorful.
LibraryThing member shafer
The title of this book is very accurate. It's destined to become one of the "must have" books that every knitter wants. It has a most informative explanation of how the properties of fibers affect the yarns they're made into and a very thorough description of the fibers. There are also forty
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patterns that demonstrate the various yarn properties. Substitution of yarn is discussed more helpfully than I've seen elsewhere (and I've looked, believe me).
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LibraryThing member knittingpanda87
This book is a great resource book for substituting yarns in patterns. It teaches you what kind of yarns work with differant types of patterns and all about the differant sizes of yarns. It also gives you backround information on where all differant types of yarn come from such as mohair. It also
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talks about the process that yarn goes through when it is being made to sell and differant types of yarn manufacturing. The patterns are also awesome in this book.
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LibraryThing member shadrach_anki
This is an excellent reference work covering the basics of yarn and various fiber properties. While it doesn't cover every possible fiber type on the market it does cover all the basics, the perennial fibers that are likely to remain available for years to come.

Definitely recommended for any
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knitter who wants to know more about fiber and fiber properties; the information in this book will help you make more informed choices when starting projects. Plus you get to learn cool trivia like the fact that llamas are used as guard animals for herds of sheep and alpaca.
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LibraryThing member OKGLibrary
The Knitter’s Book of Yarn, the ultimate guide to Choosing, Using and Enjoying Yarn. Clara Parkes. Potter Craft. 2007.

This is a good basic reference book, with clear photographs, and well-written text.

Section #1: Theory and science. Protein, Cellulose, Cellulasic and Synthetic Fibres, what
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they’re made of. Did you know ? that “pure virgin” wool refers not to the sheep’s lack of sex life, but rather to the fact that the manufacturer used never before used wool, rather than shredded old garments

Section #2: How yarns are made. Did you know? that Alice Starmore has her yarns made from dyed fleece instead of being dyed after the yarn is made. She says it gives colours that play off each other better.

Section #3: Ply, 1,2,3,4. Did you know? that ply is not to be confused with thickness. i.e. you need to check the gauge. I once bought ten ply from Australia which was like DK 21-24 sts to 10 cm.

There are lots of projects: mitts, scarves & shawls, sweaters, hats, socks, bags and a quilt.

An aftersection gives us care and feeding of all fibres, a wraps per inch guide, and a yarn weight (CYCA) guide.

Jacqueline Biéler, November 2008
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LibraryThing member desislc
Very useful and informative. This book really gets into why and how a specific yarn behaves and how to make the most of it.
LibraryThing member RochesterKnittingGui
Not all yarns are alike. Some make our hearts and hands sing, some get the job done without much fanfare, and some cause nothing but frustration and disappointment. The gorgeous pair of socks that emerged from their first bath twice as long as when they went in. The delicate baby sweater that
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started pilling before it even came off the needles. The stunning colorwork scarf that you can’t wear because the yarn feels like sandpaper against your neck. If only there were a way to read a skein and know how it would behave and what it wanted to become before you invested your time, energy, and money in it. Now there is! With The Knitter’s Book of Yarn, you’ll learn how to unleash your inner yarn whisperer.

In these pages, Clara Parkes provides in-depth insight into a vast selection of yarns, giving you the inside stories behind the most common fiber types, preparations, spins, and ply combinations used by large-scale manufacturers and importers, medium-sized companies, boutique dye shops, community spinneries, and old-fashioned sheep farms. And, because we learn best by doing, Parkes went to some of the most creative and inquisitive design minds of the knitting world to provide a wide assortment of patterns created to highlight the qualities (and minimize the drawbacks) of specific types of yarns.

The Knitter’s Book of Yarn will teach you everything you need to know about yarn: How it’s made, who makes it, how it gets to you, and what it longs to become. The next time you pick up a skein, you won’t have to wonder what to do with it. You’ll just know–the way any yarn whisperer would.
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LibraryThing member shadrachanki
This is an excellent reference covering the basic properties of yarn and various fiber types. I'd recommend it for any knitter who wants to know more about how and why various yarns behave the way they do. It also covers at least *some* of the basic history behind our most common fiber friends.

Original language

English

Original publication date

2007

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