Cast on, Bind Off

Cast on, Bind Off : 54 Step-by-step Methods

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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. A compilation of all the techniques for beginning and ending knitting projects, it offers a welcome surprise to many knitters who are not aware of the breadth of possibilities. 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.
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Product details

  • Spiral bound | 216 pages
  • 140 x 178 x 20.32mm | 385.55g
  • North Adams, United States
  • English
  • full colour photographs & illustrations throughout
  • 1603427244
  • 9781603427241
  • 65,526

Back cover copy

Elegant Edges for All Your Knitting ProjectsIf you're still using the cast-on and bind-off methods you learned when you began knitting, it's time to explore new possibilities! Leslie Ann Bestor's creative edges are just what you need to begin and end every project with flair.Choose from among 33 cast ons and 21 bind offs to give your next project the perfect edge.
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Table of contents

Elegant edges for all your knitting

* Choose from 33 cast-ons and 21 bind-offs to give your next project the perfect edge

* Creative edges enable you to begin and end every project with flair
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Review quote

"This spiral-bound book is a gem, chock-full of techniques to improve your knitting projects from start to finish. I love the organization of the book ...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. Paws up! -- Austin American Statesman's knitting blog, Knittin' Kitten

-- "Judy Becker, Author of Beyond Toes: Knitting Adventures with Judy's Magic Cast-On" "The very best knitting books are the ones that educate, inspire and open up new knitting worlds. As so it is with Cast On, Bind Off, 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. ... And that, folks, is why every blessed one of us needs this book. Like, now. ... 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. You'll go back to it time and again, and you'll never again have a glorious project wrecked by the wrong technique. (Anyone who's ended up with a too-tight bind off on a sweater neck knows what I'm talking about.) Buy the book. Your knitting will thank you, and you'll thank Leslie Ann Bestor for writing Cast On, Bind Off." --The Oregonian's knitting blog,

-- "Margaret Radcliffe, knitting designer, teacher, and author of Circular Knitting Workshop" "Step-by-step instructions and accompanying close-up photographs are the perfect format for this go-to guide. You'll be amazed at what you've been missing!"

-- "Margaret Radcliffe, knitting designer, teacher, and author of Circular Knitting Workshop" "Knitting teacher and fiber artist Bestor turns this deceptively simple topic into a fascinating read... This is a great reference for the knitter looking to customize her own projects, and is an ideal companion for anyone who dares to try her own hand at design."

-- "The Oregonian" "In the era of YouTube, how useful is a print guide to knitting cast-ons and bind-offs? 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. [Leslie Ann Bestor's] collection is comprehensive and well organized, and the directions are easy to follow."

-- "The Oregonian"
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About Leslie Ann Bestor

Leslie Ann Bestor is a knitting teacher and manager at WEBS, America's Yarn Store. Many of her designs have been featured in books and magazines. She lives in western Massachusetts.
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Rating details

911 ratings
4.38 out of 5 stars
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4 33% (300)
3 11% (98)
2 2% (14)
1 1% (6)

Our customer reviews

Nicely organised, spiral bound (so lies flat by itself - no putting heavy things on the corners), a short list of pro's and con's and all the major players in the cast on and bind off world are covered. There are also some more unusual ones including ones specifically for colour work and 'fancy' hems. A resource I use freqently to add polish to knitted items and add a 'twist' for knitter friends' more
by Tuesday
Great book when you want to quckly look at the technique of either Cast on or Bind off. Have referred to it many times, & photos are quite detailed. Each technique highlights the pros & cons, & which time to use such a technique. I also like the spiral bound cover, lies flat when you're hands are already occupied. There is a index on the front cover for the Cast On, & an index on the back cover for the Bind offs, so is quite easy & quick to navigate! Highly recommendshow more
by Julia Oberhardt
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