Knitting Without Tears

Knitting Without Tears

Basic Techniques and Easy-to-follow Directions for Garments to Fit All Sizes

Book - 1995
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Baker & Taylor
The author guides the novice and the experienced knitters in short-cuts and construction tricks and offers twenty original designs

Simon and Schuster
From Elizabeth Zimmermann, who “revolutionized the art of knitting” (New York Times), the classic knitting bible that removes the frustration and puts the fun back into knitting with easy-to-follow instructions and timeless designs.

Do you love to knit—and hate to purl? Have you ever started a sweater without enough yarn from the same dye lot to finish it? When you cast on, do you end up with a tail of yarn that’s maddeningly too long or too short? Elizabeth Zimmermann comes to the rescue with clever solutions to frustrating problems and step-by-step instructions for brilliant, timeless designs.
In Knitting Without Tears, you’ll find elegant designs for:
  • Color-pattern Norwegian ski sweaters
  • Seamless patterned-yoke sweaters
  • Hooded garter-stitch jackets for babies
  • Watch caps, socks, slippers, mittens, and more!

This classic and influential book is poised to inspire a whole new generation of knitters who have yet to discover the joys and comforts of knitting. As the lady herself once put it, “properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn't hurt the untroubled spirit either.”

Publisher: New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, 1995, c1971
Edition: 1st Fireside ed
ISBN: 9780684135052
Branch Call Number: 746.432 ZIM
Characteristics: 120 p. : ill. ; 28 cm


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Apr 15, 2016

This was such a great read. Not your typical knitting book with many charts and lines of instructions. It was full of interesting tips, and was pretty relaxed, which I love because I can never be bothered to match exact yarns, and I will strip back my projects for an error, but oftentimes I also won't. My favourite thing to consider is to simply change the needle size until you get the suggested gauge - that is brilliant! I do knit tight, and this is unlikely to ever change and I love the simplicity and common sense approach in this entire book.

Jun 04, 2015

If you are a novice knitter, there are two books you want. One is Maggie Righetti's "Knitting in Plain English." The other is "Knitting Without Tears." As you progress in knitting, you will return to these books time and again.

Zimmerman's text and illustrations are easy to understand, and the writing style is enjoyable. Most importantly, the attitude is relaxed, realistic, and fun. If the library ever deaccessions this gem, knitters will weep in their yarn.

Elizabeth Zimmerman's writing is clear and amusing. She shows readers how to understand what they are doing, so that readers can apply these methods to making their own creative knits.

Zimmerman does not want he readers to fret over difficulties. She gives the easiest solution to knitting problems, including the problem of a project the reader can't stand looking at anymore. She suggests the reader leave it where another knitter might find it, and just walk away!

May 04, 2013

Love this book... only regret is that I didn't read it years ago!!

Aug 23, 2011

I really enjoy EZ's writing - she's funny, a big personality and very knowledgeable about knitting. The book is full of great advice and tips, but it's also just a good read.

May 23, 2011

The very best book for learning how to knit sweaters. Zimmerman has a no nonsense approach that makes everything clear and managable.


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Jan 09, 2017

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