This little gem of a book is divided into 12 chapters chock full of knitting tips and observations. Each chapter also includes several knitting patterns, written in general terms and then as specific patterns for those who feel a little unsure of themselves. Of particular interest to Fair Isle knitters is the Chainmail Sweater that incorporates travelling stitches–although written for a sport-weight yarn, this pattern can easily be knit in Shetland jumperweight yarn.
Many of EZ/s classic patterns that use Shetland yarn are found in Knitter’s Almanac:
- the infinitely adaptable Pi Shawl
- the nameless square shawl/baby blanket with a simple lace pattern
- the “Baby Sweater on Two Needles, Practically Seamless” (known popularly as the February Baby Sweater)
- baby leggings
- the “Open-collared Shirt from the Neck Down”
Knitter’s Almanac is not a festival of flashy photography, but I guarantee that you will find yourself reading and re-reading the chapters while mentally knitting along with EZ, chuckling at her idiosyncratic instructions (“Keep calm” is how she opens the discussion on raglan sleeve shaping).
Paperback; 150 pages.