Knit Speak


Knitspeak: An A to Z Guide to the Language of Knitting Patterns

So, I was sitting there, happily knitting along on my Sedna shawl when it hit me that I didn’t know how to properly yarn over.

This could be a problem. Is there supposed to be a gaping hole in the pattern? Probably not. Mind made up, I immediately changed how I was doing my yarn over and kept on knitting happily for a couple more rows… or rather, a total of 17 rows,

I decided to take a break from a shawl, grab lunch, watch/listen to Wolfe Farms podcast. Anyway, Dawn knits lots of shawls, which once again made me look at the pattern page for Sedna on Ravelry. Concern about the yarn overs took over once more and I pulled out my handy-dandy reference book.

Once again, this book saved me. I was doing the yarn over wrong. There was supposed to be a gaping hole in my knitting. Thank Heavens I was only seventeen rows in. The mistake-ification would hardly be noticed. (NOTE: SEVERAL HOURS AFTER WRITING THIS, I FOUND THAT I HAD NOT ONLY MADE A MISTAKE-IFICATION WITH THE YARN OVERS, BUT THAT I HAD ALSO MISREAD THE PATTERN. I HAVE SINCE FROGGED, RESTARTED, & CORRECTED THE ERROR.)

For just such a circumstance however, I always keep a reference book on hand with my knitting. My reference book of choice is a handy little pink book (not my choice of color, but oh well) called Knit Speak: An A to Z Guide to the Language of Knitting Patterns by Andrea Berman Price.

I love this book. I picked it up at random even before I learned to knit or just after — so sometime in December or January. It has proven invaluable.

The terms are explained in bite-sized, simple ways and the drawings are useful. I have learned most of my stitches at least partially from this book.

It is set up in an A-to-Z dictionary fashion so you can actually find what you’re looking for… and it cross references if there are multiple way a particular topic can be addressed. This is my must-have knitting book and is probably the only one of my many knitting books I picked up when I started knitting that I still use on a consistent basis.

Not only will you learn to speak and read knit, but you will learn to put your book skills into beautiful handcrafted pieces of art.