A very helpful little book arrived at my house a couple weeks ago, Cast On Bind Off; 54 Step-by-Step Methods by Leslie Ann Bestor. There is a blog tour and giveaway going on for this little gem of a book, and you can win!
Let's start with the aesthetics of the book. Measuring 51/2 x 7, it is a great size to be slipped into a knitting bag, and it has one of those nifty spiral bindings that allow the book to open flat on a table, or your lap.
What is between the covers? A lot! I think most knitters have a few favorite cast ons and bind offs. We are aware there are others out there, but tracking down information about how or why to work them takes away from time spent knitting. The front of the book shows cast ons, the rear, bind offs. There is a staggering amount of options, stuff I did not know was possible.
The picot cast on.
How cute is this!?! I am itching to begin a pair of socks just to use this cast on.
Each technique is broken down with step by step directions, both photos and written, because we all learn differently. In addition to to the directions, Leslie lists the characteristics of the technique, such as decorative or stretchy. She also lists ideas for where the cast on/bind off is appropriate. If there is a corresponding cast on/bind off, it will be noted.
In case you are wondering,
there is a corresponding bind off for the ultra cute picot cast on.
A cast on I have been wanting to learn for ages is the elusive Norwegian Cast On. One evening I turned to YouTube for help, but came away discouraged. There are a lot of knitting videos on YouTube and I am sorry to say most of them are not very helpful. Cast On Bind Off dedicates three pages to the technique and between the pictures and the words
I did it!
The techniques are grouped by task, such as circular cast ons, stretchy cast ons, multicolor cast ons, decorative bind offs...
and the covers of the book provide a quick way to look up a specific method. Valuable information for both new and experienced knitters.
So, would you like to win a copy of the book? Leave a comment with your favorite cast on/bind off, or one you have been wanting to try, before midnight (Pacific) 7/18/12. I will do the random number thing the next morning to chose the winner, and the kind folks at Storey Publishing will whisk a book to the lucky number.
For more chances to win, or to read other people's opinion on the book follow the blog tour: