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Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
It's a small book, but it packs a wallop.

Lara's (Sort Of) Library: Seven Things That Can "Make or Break" a Sweater

Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
I used to take an hour or longer to explain this. Fisher does it in four paragraphs.

This slender book is only 133 pages long, but it is a great choice if you want to take your knitting to the next level. Margaret Fisher presents many potential pitfalls for knitters, and then, clearly and completely describes ways out of such trouble.

Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
The photographs in this book are clear, well-lit, and colorful. Hard things to pull off all at once.

As well-organized as it is well-written, I literally could not put this book down after I got it from my local library.

I won't tell you the seven things. You'll have to read the book for that. But, one little point which, alone, would be worth buying the book. Did you know that the m1 increase (or raised increase, or bar increase) can be made to turn to the left AND to the right? I did know that, but only after I knit an entire sweater wondering why my left and right sides didn't look...well, exactly as they should have.

And, even now that I do know that, I always get them mixed up in my head, so I have to gauge swatch, every time, to test out which is which.

More burning questions the book answers:

- What IS a full-fashioned edge, anyway?

- What is the best way to block, for me?

- Why should I block?

- Why should I knit a darn gauge swatch?

- Why do I get this weird hole here and why won't it go away?

Sigh. So wonderful.