Franklin on Books: Vogue Knitting –The Ultimate Knitting Book

April 6, 2018

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  • I like the flaming Viking ship idea – an appropriate farewell to a much loved companion! Of course, that would mean the 20 something who would like to knit, does not have a lot of cash, and is too scared to ask for help in the LYS (or thinks yarn is only birthed on the Internet), would not have the wonderful opportunity to find your older edition at the used book sale so maybe donation is the better choice.

  • Thank you for the review and, of course, the humor! I will definitely look this edition up…am just exploring patterns for my first sweater.

  • Oooh, flaming Viking ship–what a great idea! Also, thanks for a useful comparison. I’ve been trying to avoid buying this book, but maybe I should.

  • I just ordered it a few days ago (from a certain online retailer who is having a 40% off all books sale) and am anxiously awaiting its arrival. While I would love to see the flaming Viking send off for your beloved and well used book, I’m guessing that donating it will be less likely to result in large fines that could reduce future book, yarn and tool purchases. Just a thought.

  • May I humbly suggest donating to a school, (middle school, high school) or public library. sometimes they have the funding to have the latest and greates sometimes not.

  • Thanks for this review. I had written this book off as another unnecessary book for my already overcrowded shelves as I too have an earlier edition. Maybe I will give it more consideration and decide to have it as part of the knitting library at my home.

    • I agree with your comment so much!! maybe I can use both as bookends? I’m so tempted to buy the new book based on this review …

  • It does sound much better. I was never imoressed by the old one since I already had some excellent books. I have an old one that handkes all those new aspects Vogue finally twckles — except for the shawls. If I weren’t banned from buying more knitting books I’d get this kne. But between my oldies but goodies amd the internet, I just get more yarn!

    Also I’m mad at Vogue for buying out the fabulous Harminy stitchionary books (which also gave knitting instruction) (I got my set before its demise) with the purpsoe of remove them from the market and then publishing a far inferior and more expensive stitchionary. Althiguh now we have many other independent and intereeting ones to choose from, thankfully.

  • I just checked the date on my copy and it’s 1989! Maybe time for an updated copy!

  • Vogue Knitting: the ultimatest? the final curtain? conclusive? extreme? Knitting Book. I also like the idea of a Viking send-off, but favor donation.

  • Wow. I know I loved reading this article. But would like to find a copy as I cannot pay much. But so interested as in my 60’s now h
    Just really getting into knitting.

    • I tried to purchase the book at Vogue Knitting Live Chicago, but they were sold out. I ordered it from Purl Soho. The book wasn’t reduced in price, but you were able to choose a free skein of linen. I am waiting for the book to arrive any day now.

  • I agree, Franklin. I had the 1989 edition of Vogue Knitting and had missed the 2002 edition entirely. When I was working on level 3 of the Master Hand Knitter program by TKGA, this edition came out. I borrowed a library copy and found the expansion and the new emphases extremely helpful. Yes, this is a book for detail geeks, and I guess I have become one.

  • Write a nice note on the fly leaf and donate to the Newberry. The 20-something Debbi2 refers to will be thrilled.

  • But I can’t donate my old one. It was the last thing my dad gave to me. I’ll have to really think about whether a better edition can really overcome sentimentality.

  • I suspect my old copy is the 1989 edition. It’s two rooms away–too far to check. It was crucial to honing my early skills! All those books of patterns I bought, and this was my most consulted. Before there were YouTube videos and blogs that would explain techniques this was the book with the drawings and the explanations that would teach me seemingly everything! Well, I’ll be taking a close look at this when I next go to my book store!

  • A flaming Viking ship, of course, as befits all great and wondrous entities. I borrowed the 2002 version so often from the library that one day, the librarian suggested it might be a worthy purchase. I took that as a hint that I should give it a break. So perhaps I’ll just break done and buy this version! Though I suspect I may have to forgo gummie bears for awhile while I save up…

  • I don’t have the 1989 edition, but I do have the 2002 edition.

    I consider books as much a part of my personal biography as part of my personal library, so I’m keeping the 2002 edition next to the new expanded edition.

    Now I’m off to eBay to get my own 1989 edition, because BOOKS

  • I think a YouTube video of your flaming Viking book funeral should be your next post. Where will you make it happen?

    My VK is 1989 issue, and I never look in it any more. But you make this new one sound very enticing. I think I’m going to have to buy it. Thank you!

  • I have had 2 copies of the book as well as an abridged(very unsatisfactory) version because of the frequent moves in my life. This book helped me konquer my kitchener and just about anything i wanted to know about picking up stitches and seaming. I still refer to it occasionally. I look forward to purchasing the new edition.

  • Thank you Franklin for sharing your review. This is great for our readers looking to update their knitting resources. We’ve included your thoughts in our latest craft inspiration roundup Cheers Jodie 🙂

  • I agree with Franklin. Some knitting books lose their lustre. I usd the Vogue Ultimate like a reference book dipping in and out as needed. It will stay on my bookshelf.