Q: Is this a book for beginners,
intermediates, or advanced knitters?
A: To love this book, you need to be familiar with basic knitting skillsknit,
purl, cast on, bind off, increase, and decreaseand have an intrepid spirit.
So we recommend the book to all knitters beyond rank beginners. Knitting in
the Old Way cannot be taken in all at once. Its a book to keep handy,
and from which to pick up new skills on a regular basis. If you wait too long
to make its acquaintance, you may have to break some thinking habits that are
holding back your development as a knitter. If you are a proficient knitter, you
may discover many ways to simplify, improve, and expand your skills.
Q: How does the 2004 edition differ from the 1985 edition?
A: Here are some indications of whats different in the new edition:
Knitting in the Old Way 1985
Knitting in the Old Way 2004
revised and expanded edition
plus 6 in photos, with no charts given
31 concepts plus
9 full alternate designs
plus 3 in photos, with no charts given
22 concepts plus
14 full alternate designs
|Total sweaters for which charts are given
62 concepts plus
23 full alternates
|Charts (including miscellaneous)
are also a bunch of new techniques.
The information on handspinning in the original has been eliminated, because lots
of other good information on that topic is now available.
Its still a process, resource, philosophy, and skills book,
not a pattern book. It teaches a WAY of knitting.
Q: What are early reviewers saying
about the new edition of Knitting in the Old Way?
A: LOTS! In our effort to make the book as good as possible, we have
asked a number of knowledgeable people to take a look either at the whole or at
the details, depending on their schedules. After we received three especially
thorough responses, we tore apart a book we thought was finished and added eight
more pages of step-by-step instructions.
Now, heres what people
are saying about the book as a whole:
Reading this wonderful
book is like taking a master class with two of the most knowledgeable, gifted,
and generous teachers in the modern knitting community.
Melanie Falick, author of Weekend
Knitting (Stewart, Tabori & Chang), Kids
Knitting (Artisan), and Knitting
in America (Artisan), and co-author of Knitting
for Baby (Stewart, Tabori & Chang)
When it seems theres nothing
more to learn about knitting, I pick up a book by Priscilla Gibson-Roberts and
Im inspired by my craft all over again. Theres nothing old
about Knitting in the Old Wayon the contrary, its the book
to turn to for the excitement of the new.
Allen, editor of Interweave
Knits and author of Knitting
for Dummies (Wiley/For Dummies)
Knitting in the Old Way was a classic the moment it appeared and never should have been out of print.
Now this newly revised and enlarged edition improves even on the old. It is a
great gift to knitters old and new. Thanks and praise to Priscilla for giving
it to us!
Zilboorg, author of Knitting
for Anarchists (Feet on the Ground), Fancy Feet (Lark), Magnificent
Mittens (XRX), Simply
Socks (Lark), 45
Fine and Fanciful Hats to Knit (Lark), and Socks for Sandals and Clogs (Feet on the Ground)
Knitters rejoice! Heres
proof that excellence can be improved upon. Knitting in the Old Way is
backbigger and better. This extensively revised edition deserves a prominent
spot on every knitters bookshelf.
Budd, author of The
Knitters Handy Book of Sweater Patterns (Interweave) and The
Knitters Handy Book of Patterns (Interweave), and managing editor
wow, woW, WOW!
Donna Druchunas, author of The
Knitted Rug (Lark, 2004)