Knitting Without Tears

by Elizabeth Zimmermann

Paperback, 1971

Call number

746 ZIM

Collection

Publication

Charles Scribner's Sons (1971), Edition: 8th Printing, 120 pages

Description

The author guides the novice and the experienced knitters in short-cuts and construction tricks and offers twenty original designs.

User reviews

LibraryThing member Cynthia_reads
I have a soft spot for this book because it helped me enormously when I learned to knit in the mid 80's. But things have changed, and it's no longer particularly useful for new knitters. Even novices feel free to alter patterns now, and the wonderful wool yarns available today are a welcome change from the way things were when she wrote.

It's still a fun read, and has useful tips and techniques. But it isn't an essential primer anymore.
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LibraryThing member BeaStokes
Classic, iconic book by greatest knitter of 20th century. gave knitters permission to "be in charge of their own knitting."
LibraryThing member naildoctors
Zimmermann is like one of the Queens of knitting, Like usual, she does it again. She has great comments and ideas to add for the beginner or advanced knitter. I would recommend this book for anyone who struggles with sweaters not fitting properly. Zimmermann Helps you understand the creation of making a sweater.
LibraryThing member Jaydot
The best explanation of knitting basics (assuming you already know how to knit and purl), fun to read, and some fabulous seamless sweater designs. I love it.
LibraryThing member Wanderlust_Lost
Amazing. Elizabeth Zimmerman's approach to knitting is a breath of fresh air.
I LOVE the way she encourages knitters to figure things out themselves. This has been very liberating...very.

It has inspired me to try my hand at design!
LibraryThing member Archimedes
maddening little tome. Rated a "must-have" by many, but of limited use to this advanced beginner. Not as enlightening as I had hoped. Ah, well...
LibraryThing member akswede
I've never understood why people rave about this book (or Elizabeth Zimmermann). She didn't reinvent the wheel or invent knitting, and it gets really tiring to listen to some knitters go on and on about her. More often than not, in her attempts to remind people that they're in charge of the knitting, not the other way around - a noble cause, I must admit - she just ends up being condescending. (Why she jumps to the conclusion that everyone else besides her is necessarily afraid of their knitting is baffling.)… (more)
LibraryThing member RochesterKnittingGui
From Elizabeth Zimmermann, who “revolutionized the art of knitting” (New York Times), the classic knitting bible that removes the frustration and puts the fun back into knitting with easy-to-follow instructions and timeless designs.

Do you love to knit—and hate to purl? Have you ever started a sweater without enough yarn from the same dye lot to finish it? When you cast on, do you end up with a tail of yarn that’s maddeningly too long or too short? Elizabeth Zimmermann comes to the rescue with clever solutions to frustrating problems and step-by-step instructions for brilliant, timeless designs.
In Knitting Without Tears, you’ll find elegant designs for:
Color-pattern Norwegian ski sweaters
Seamless patterned-yoke sweaters
Hooded garter-stitch jackets for babies
Watch caps, socks, slippers, mittens, and more!

This classic and influential book is poised to inspire a whole new generation of knitters who have yet to discover the joys and comforts of knitting. As the lady herself once put it, “properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn't hurt the untroubled spirit either.”
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LibraryThing member ashleytylerjohn
Would that all knitting books were as companionable, friendly, and interesting as this one! Even when giving instructions for casting on, she's liable to say something like "Now, cast on 24 stitches--this may seem like a measly sum at first, but wait," etc. ... the patterns are conversational and her conversation is lively and delightful.

This is a good book for the beginning-ish knitter ... I'm about 2 1/2 years into this hobby, and felt I could appreciate/understand most of this book (whereas her Knitting Around, which has marvelous autobiographical digressions, is quite a bit beyond me knitting-wise).

She writes about knitting rather like M.F.K. Fisher writes about cooking--that's a very high compliment indeed!

4 stars and not 5 because it's still a "how to knit garments" kind of a book, and even the very best books of practical instructions don't feel 5-ish to me. They would have to transcend, and this comes close but not quite.

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LibraryThing member Lindoula
I've never understood why people rave about this book (or Elizabeth Zimmermann). She didn't reinvent the wheel or invent knitting, and it gets really tiring to listen to some knitters go on and on about her. More often than not, in her attempts to remind people that they're in charge of the knitting, not the other way around - a noble cause, I must admit - she just ends up being condescending. (Why she jumps to the conclusion that everyone else besides her is necessarily afraid of their knitting is baffling.)… (more)
LibraryThing member jbarr5
Knitting Without Tears: Basic Techniques and Easy-to-Follow Directions for Garments to Fit All Sizes by Elizabeth Zimmermann
Just finishing up a sweater I custom made with all kinds of cabling patterns and thought I'd read about how Elizabeth uses her template.
Lots of tips along the way that trouble many of us with different problems. This is an audio book but it is describing the diagrams of what is being discussed.
Gauge and the right percentage chart will guarantee a perfect fit. Patterns of items to be made are discussed row by row where the hard parts are. Lots of different techniques.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).
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Pages

120
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