A comprehensive guide to knitting covering all the techniques needed to learn to knit and beyond The Knitting Encyclopediais a wonderful reference guide for knitters of all levels. Whether you're just learning to cast on, or designing your first sweater, here is your guide through all the skills you need to get started mastering this amazing craft. Starting with materials and equipment - from types of needles to stitch holders - both basic and advanced equipment is covered in full detail. Next comes the basics - casting on, knit and purl stitches, and casting off, then on to intermediate techniques - how to read patterns and make patterned stitches using knit and purl combinations. Then Knit-opedia moves on to the more advanced and complex techniques like how to adapt patterns to make them your own. A comprehensive stitch directory follows, grouped into sections on lightweight stitches, heavyweight stitches, colorwork, lace, aran, and edgings. Lastly the pattern section provides 30 stunning projects to make, with detailedinstructions to progress through all the skills needed to become an accomplished knitter. The hidden spiral binding and easy to use cross-referencing ensure that this will be a user-friendly resource that knitters will turn to again and again.