Review of The Knitter’s Dictionary

The Knitter's Dictionary: Knitting Know-How from A to Z by [Atherley, Kate]

The Knitter’s Dictionary

Kate Atherley

September 6, 2018


Blurb: From “alt” to “yrn,” knitting patterns have a unique language of abbreviations and knitting techniques. The Knitter’s Dictionary is your comprehensive resource to understanding the language of knitting in a quick-reference guide that no knitting bag should be without. For beginner and skilled knitters alike, there’s always something new to discover in your next hand knit project. The Knitter’s Dictionary puts an expert knitting instructor in the palm of your hands to help you navigate any pattern.  

Within this knitting bag necessity you’ll also find:

  • Over 150 illustrations showing you everything from the difference between a toque and a beret to how-to information on increase and decrease stitches.
  • Handy cross references quickly lead you to exactly the information you need whether you’ve come across a new abbreviation in a knitting pattern or you’ve forgotten the steps to a long-tail cast on.
  • Extended information on more challenging topics like taking measurements, understanding gauge, and fiber care instructions make this more than a dictionary–it’s important information no knitter should be without.
  • Packed with bonus tips and tricks, learn the do’s and don’ts of pattern knitting making patterns easier and more enjoyable to knit!

The Knitter’s Dictionary gives knitters the answers they need when and where they need them in a precise and helpful way. Give yourself or another knitter the gift of knowledge with this must-have resource.


So I thought The Knitter’s Dictionary might be a bit dry reading because it’s a dictionary, right? Wrong. The Knitter’s Dictionary is filled with so much useful information, even for me, and I’ve been knitting for 15 years since picking it up again as an adult.

Not only is there what you would expect, definitions, but there are examples and instructions, all discussed in plain, easy-to-understand language. And, it’s not without a sense of humor; if one wants to use fingering yarn, it is best to know the different between fingering and fingerling or you’ll end up roasting potatoes instead of knitting a shawl.

The Knitter’s Dictionary is an indispensable aid for knitters at every end of the spectrum.  You will want to keep it handy. I just wish it had existed earlier.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.


rating:  5-butterflies

5 of 5 butterflies


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