Although I accept free books for review, I do not accept additional compensation from the publisher, nor do I guarantee a positive review. The first complete step-by-step photographic guide and an essential reference for knitters of all styles and techniques, presented in an easy-reference, take-along format. This one-of-a-kind reference guide presents more than 50 ways to cast on and bind off, creating edges that are tighter, looser, stretchier, or lacier — whatever your project needs. Choosing the right cast on or bind off to fit the chosen yarn and stitch technique will add to the appeal of the finished knitting project. I've seen a number of these techniques elsewhere, but never all of them together, and absolutely never in such a clear, easy-to-use format. This is a must for any knitter's library.
Well, two if you count kitchener stitch as a bind-off. As so it is with a terrific new reference book that walks knitters through more than 50 -- I'll repeat that, because it merits it -- more than 50 ways to start and end your projects. Very, especially if you're designing your own knits, looking for alternate cast-ons or bind-offs to change an existing pattern, or trying to choose among a variety of options in a pattern. Even after four pairs of socks. Full disclosure: A free review copy of this book was provided by the publisher. Anyone who's ended up with a too-tight bind off on a sweater neck knows what I'm talking about.
Anyone who's ended up with a too-tight bind off on a sweater neck knows what I'm talking about. If you have a vague awareness of different cast on and bind off methods, I think this is the perfect guide to jog your memory and also to remind or inform you which projects you might want to match to a particular technique. There are a lot of great things going for by. No matter what you're knitting, Leslie Ann Bestor has the cast on and bind off that will give your project the perfect edge. I plan to add a rubber band or elastic to hold the edges together when the book is in my bag. The photos are perfectly matched to the text, showing exactly how each step should be done.
Then I either had to find the cast on on-line or substitute one of my familiar methods and hope for the best. Overall, I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars for an intermediate knitter. The price may be the seller's own price elsewhere or another seller's price. Some of the methods include extra tips in a side box called Getting It Right. There is also a detailed index. Some are fancy, some are elegant all are fun.
It would be much better to have this book and supplement it with a YouTube video about a particular method than to try and do a Google search for random cast on or bind off methods that might be suited to a particular project type. Knitting these scarves possible for all levels of knitters. A resource I use freqently to add polish to knitted items and add a 'twist' for knitter friends' gifts. In addition to the handy spiral binding - so great when you're trying to follow along - there are photos of every step of the techniques, plus photos of projects using the techniques. This book offers a number of variants of each, for different purposes.
The same can be said of binding off, except that I only know one method of doing that. I do think this is a very valuable book for any knitters who are not always pleased with the result of the standard starts and finishes. Using simple knitting techniques, she creates elegant sweater jackets in four dramatic silhouettes and three flexible sizes. I love the organization of the book. You can read my affiliate and review disclosures.
The scarves only require a few skiens of yarn and are worked with smother wools to show off the stitches and patterns. This book is all about edges — it includes 33 techniques for casting on and 21 methods for binding off. On the positive side, this is a very valuable book. And there are three different provisional cast ons, which means I no longer have an excuse for avoiding shawls and scarves that start in the middle and work toward the ends. Choosing the right cast on or bind off to fit the chosen yarn and stitch technique will add to the appeal of the finished knitting project. The first complete step-by-step photographic guide and an essential reference for knitters of all styles and techniques, presented in an easy-reference, take-along format. Among the 21 bind offs are basic and stretchy bind offs, decorative bind offs such as picot edging and I-cord, and sewn bind offs including the dreaded kitchener stitch.
This also post contains affiliate links. Cast On, Bind Off 54 Step-by-Step Methods by Leslie Ann Bestor Very detailed illustrated guide that shows many different ways to cast on stitches to knit for various beginnings. When I first heard about it a few months ago, I asked the nice people at for a review copy, which they were kind enough to send along. To further assist you, the cast on and bind off methods are listed in sections. The spiral binding is sturdy but lays flat when you need it to. However- sometimes the photos and the directions were a bit sketchy for me.