Increase, Decrease: 99 Step-by-Step Methods
Find the Perfect Technique for Shaping Every Knitting Project
by Judith Durant
Spiral-Bound: 256 pages
Publisher: Storey Publishing LLC (May 19, 2015)
Homemade vs Handmade - many crafters debate this on a daily basis. It seems the term homemade gets a bad rap in the crafting community. Some suggest that there is little value in homemade things, but great value in handmade. Others talk about how they strive to ensure their creations look handmade, and not homemade.
Regardless of whether or not you see anything substandard with the term homemade, we all know that the key to knitting beautiful pieces is in the details. Just as choosing one cast on or bind off over another can greatly change the look of your finished piece, so can the right increase or decrease technique.
Cast On, Bind Off, published three years ago, remains one of my go-to reference books to this day. The guide is indispensable, and one of the reasons I was so excited to learn of Storey Publishing's follow up, Increase, Decrease.
While nearly every knitting pattern calls for increases and decreases, many of them don't specify which of the many possible techniques to use. "Increase 1" -- sure, but is that a M1? Should I work into the front and back of the same stitch? While either option will render the same technical results - having one more stitch on your needles - they will not render the same visual appeal. Different increases and decreases can greatly alter the look of your finished product. After all, many were designed to improve the look of a finished pieces, so long as they are properly used with appropriate stitch patterns and shaping issues.
Whether you're just looking for the easiest, most effective way to increase or decrease, or if you want it to be a noticeable (or, in many cases, unnoticeable) design element, Increase, Decrease is where you'll find the answer!
Judith Durant has assembled 99 methods for increasing and decreasing knitting stitches. Yes, that's right, 99 different methods! Who knew there were that many? I sure didn't, and I consider myself an experienced knitter.
Increase, Decrease is divided into three chapters, which are further divided into sections, making it extremely easy to find what you need:
- Neutral Increases
- Right and Left Leaning Increases
- Multiple Stitch Increases
- Centered Double Increases
- Single Decreases
- Double Decreases
- Multiple Stitch Decreases
- Combinations & Special Circumstances
- Increase and Decrease for Decorative Effect
- Special Circumstances
Each technique includes step-by-step instructions with photos, as well as a swatch photo showing how the featured stitch looks, and best use suggestions.
Increase, Decrease is a spiral-bound 6" x 7" book, making it a handy reference guide that can be tossed in your knitting bag and taken anywhere you go. I really appreciate the spiral binding, which allows the open book to lie flat... which means I don't have to fuss to keep a book open while I'm trying to follow along with instructions! After all, we do need two hands to knit! As an added "it's-going-to-be-thrown-in-a-lot-of-knitting-bags" think-ahead, the corners are rounded, helping to prevent sharp edges and tangles.
Grab yourself a copy of Increase, Decrease today (it's just twelve bucks through the Amazon link at the top of this post)... or better yet, grab two copies and gift one to a dear knitting friend!
About the Author: Judith Durant is the editor of the best-selling One-Skein Wonders series, which currently includes six volumes. She is also the author of Knit One, Bead Too and co-author with Dorothy T. Ratigan of Knitting Know-How. Durant has been knitting for more than 50 years and has been writing and editing for 30 years. She currently lives in Lowell, Massachusetts. You can learn more about Judith on her website.
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