Knitting Masterclass Book & Giveaway

Knitting Masterclass book

Knitting Masterclass Title Page

Looks gorgeous, doesn’t it? That’s because it is.

This book is one of the few knitting bibles available in printed form that brings a wealth of real information to a knitter’s fingertips. All without being stuffy, or intimidating. I heart this Sedgemoor cardigan and really want to make it NOW!

Sedgemoor Cardigan

As well as the bigger projects, there are patterns for hats, collars, socks. Could even I be tempted out of my Sock Fear to knit an actual sock? When it looks like this, maybe I could.

SockWhat I love is the wealth of practical tips that take you beyond the novice into the realms of daring-to-dream-to-be-a-moderately-good knitter. There’s advice on holding needles and yarn (in your hands), casting on and off, keeping tension, choosing fit, joining yarns, unpicking… You’d almost think someone had recognised what an idiot I am and written a book for me!ย And then there’s the really scary stuff.


Steeking is where you cut into your knitted make for reasons of construction or maybe just because you’re a masochist. Roobeedoo has blogged about her experiences with steeking. She doesn’t look like a masochist, so maybe there are good reasons to do this. (I’m sure there are and I want to experiment one day. Once I grow a backbone.)

The book has contributions from seven knitting ‘masters’ and six designers. The expertise gently sings off the page and the whole package is beautifully put together. This is a book to cherish and learn from year on year. And for one lucky, UK-based reader, it’s going to come to them for free.

Collins & Brown have very generously agreed to supply a copy of this book as a prize. If you’re UK-based and would like to enter the giveaway, leave a comment below by midnight GMT Friday 29 November telling me what you love about knitting.

Enjoy, my friends!

Man's scarf

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116 Responses to Knitting Masterclass Book & Giveaway

  1. Eileen says:

    Too bad I’m in the US, this book looks great! I love knitting because it is such a tactile experience. It’s so nice to sit and relax with some luxurious soft wool sliding through your hands…

  2. MrsAlex says:

    I love knitting because it’s so much more portable than (most) sewing projects. I can put yarn and needles in my handbag and knit a sock wherever I go!

    Love the book – fingers crossed for winning, but it’ll be on my Christmas wishlist if I’m not lucky!

  3. I want to be UK based! I can’t knit at all but have been wanting to learn at the local knitting shop down the road. Knitting will be a New Year’s resolution!

  4. Claire says:

    I’m a real beginner to knitting and I love it because of how tactile it is-that squishy warmth of a ball of wool, the feel of the needles in your hands ( love bamboo over plastic I think.) And it’s so calming-even if I can do nothing else today, I can wind wool around sticks.

  5. I am a beginner to knitting and I love it because I love to see my items forming as I work and then the feeling I get once my items are all made up.
    Also I love the knitting community they are one of the best plus you can just about knit anywhere you want too ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. Marianne says:

    Too bad I’m not UK based. Certainly beats my old Dutch knitting books!
    That Sedgemoor Cardigan is looking interesting!

  7. Linda says:

    It is the creative outlet I turn to first. It soothes my soul. It has celebrated the best things in my life – the births of my children, godchildren and grandchildren – and supported me through the loss of my parents. I have created things of beauty, love and warmth out of two sticks and a bit of string (yarn) and felt my soul nourished and strengthened.

  8. Ruth Procter says:

    This looks like a fantastic book, it may have to go on my ever-growing Christmas list if I’m not lucky enough to win! The thing I love most is that you can curl up with it on the sofa under blanket and it’s so relaxing (when it’s going right anyway – and this book would obviously work miracles and ensure it goes right all the time!). I love sewing too – but different things suit different moods. Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. I’m such a bad knitter I got my sweater commission to my mom in if you cannot make it, ask someone to do it lol… I would love to give her this as a thank you

  10. Anna says:

    knitting keeps me sane, I need to make things or I feel all itchy and frustrated and I can knit whilst doing other things (whereas sewing requires full attention, I’ve not even mastered tv and sewing as I stop to watch the programme and never get anything done!) so I feel like I’m achieving something whilst doing dull stuff! Thanks for the give away!

  11. Helen says:

    I just find it sooooo relaxing helps me to unwind at the end of a busy work day

  12. Phoebe says:

    I love knitting because my house is freezing in winter! Handknit socks, hat, mitts, and blanket and I feel toasty warm. Oh, and steeking is not so bad, you can do it!

  13. I love knittingbecause you can do it anywhere, and make anything from a toy sheep to a vogue 1920s swimsuit. From an evening gown in black mohair to a fairisle pully. And watch telly at the same time. Also you can use the needles as weapons when out late at night x

  14. what a beautiful book, if only my knitting wasn’t so basic!

  15. Diane says:

    What a lovely looking book. I love knitting because it’s just the easiest way to create. You don’t need a load of tools just 2 knitting pins, maybe a safety pin or two and a lovely soft pile of yarn. Just curl up in front of the telly and click, click, click.

  16. Sam says:

    I love knitting! There’s nothing I like more than spending an evening undoing four days worth of stitches because I’ve taken a rather *ahem* abstract interpretation of the pattern. Ho hum, it’s worth it for the deliciously lumpy scarf I inevitably come out with!

  17. I love that there is so little waste with knitting. With sewing there’s always a big pile of scraps that are too big to throw away but too small to make anything useful from but with knitting every little bit can be used. Maybe that’s just me not buying enough yarn to complete a project without fear of running out. Lovely giveaway, thank you!

  18. I love knitting because i can do it from of the tv (and the fire!) I have the sock fear too but i am facing it head on tomorrow with a sock making workshop tomorrow with Tea and Crafting in Camden …. wish me luck (and patience!)

  19. Rachel says:

    Knitting is great because you can pick it up and do a couple of rows or spend a whole evening on it while watching telly and you don’t feel like you’ve just wasted time. Plus once you’ve got the hang of it and made a couple of basic but decent garments people think you’re really clever when it’s just 2 stitches but mixed up!!!

  20. Sweetpeagreen says:

    You must try socks – they are not scary at all. If you follow the pattern it all seems to happen as if by magic – it’s amazing. My next challenge is to knit 2 at a time (Melissa Morgan-Oakes).

    Now steeking – that scares the heck out if me – why would you want to cut into something you spent so much time making (and knitting takes me weeks!)

  21. Helen says:

    It still amazes me how complex objects can be made from a ball of wool and a pair of sticks!!

  22. Sabs says:

    What do I love about knitting? Everything!! I’ve only recently learnt so am absorbing lots of info and learning loads of new stuff. I love the fact that I can take it anywhere with me and love seeing an actual thing take shape. This book looks wicked!

  23. Maria says:

    There’s so many things I love about knitting – creating a one-of-a-kind item, watching the wool/yarn go from a ‘string’ to a garment, how you can create so many different designs from manipulating 2 stitches (it’s basically knit & purl), it’s very meditative, you can take your knitting on the road with you, and you can watch tv at the same time as you knit (‘cos, of course, us ladies can multitask). And finally, whenever it’s time to put the knitting down, I take a look at my progress and it always makes me smile to see what I’ve accomplished. What a joy!
    Thank you so much for the giveaway. I would love, love, love to win this book. It looks fantastic.

  24. Ros says:

    Me, me, me! I love that no matter how I’m feeling, I can still do something productive when I’m knitting. One stitch at a time,

  25. Miriana says:

    I love that knitting makes me feel productive while watching TV

  26. Emily says:

    One thing I love about knitting, is that, for the most part, it is easy and kind of relaxing. And it does have the advantage of feeling like you’re accomplishing something while you sit or watcha movie. This is one of the things I like most about knitting because I alway want my hands to be doing something!

  27. Oh I so need this in my life. I like knitting because it’s portable. And I really need to graduate from scarfs/cowls/wristwarmers to something more advanced. Plus I only own one knitting book so there is space on my shelf and it won’t need to compete for my attention.

  28. anne barden says:

    I love the way I get in the zone when knitting – hours can pass but it takes a bit of guts to get back into that zone, having recently been to a knitting workshop and discovering that I’ve got to unpick some of my raglan sleeve I haven’t had the nerve to pick up the needles!

  29. Fiona Kernaghan says:

    Knitting is wonderful for so many reasons! It is versatile, portable, challenging and best of all it is possible to make yourself something absolutely gorgeous which won’t break the bank and will make your feel great about having made it yourself!! X

  30. Roisin says:

    I always feel the cold so I love that I can make warm items for myself or those I care about. I’m a very slow knitter but I never feel the pressure to get something finished quickly (which I do with my sewing). It’s a great activity that I can pick up when I feel like it and put down when other things need doing. The best thing though is the sense of achievement when I do finally complete something!

  31. Merje says:

    I love knitting because the work on my lap keeps me warm in the winter. Also because it’s a wonderful conversation starter on the otherwise unfriendly tube journeys ๐Ÿ™‚ also, it’s basically meditating AND you get something in the end- win!

  32. Su says:

    Ooh that book looks fab. I love knitting because you can cosy up in front of the telly with glass of wine and still feel like you’re getting something done! Great for winter evenings! ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. Pennie Y says:

    what a fantastic book… with knitting I love that you can challenge yourself, again and again and again until you get the result that is perfect for you… with knitting if you get it not quite right you can frog and start again and when you are a colourwork fan like me that is a useful attribute…

  34. ciara says:

    Manages to reduce stress whilst making me calm ready for a good night’s sleep.

  35. Oh that looks fab! I love the handmade garments you get at the end of knitting.

    Don’t know if you’d be interested but K – line is planning a sock knit along over Xmas with her own tried and tested sock pattern. It’ll be my first socks but I think I’ll give it a go. Join us! Details on her blog.

  36. Fiona says:

    I’m a basic knitter too so this book looks a perfect read for me.
    Recently I’ve been using up oddments of wool knitting 6″ squares for ‘The Big Issue’ annual knitathon. They are trying to make a huge blanket to get into the Guinness book of records. Afterwards it will be cut up to be used for homeless people who come into the crisis shelters over Christmas. Wouldn’t it be good if everyone reading this blog knitted one square? Check out their website for details.

  37. mycrafthouse says:

    Wow, great looking book! I love knitting for a bit of relaxation in front of the telly ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. Catherine says:

    I would LOVE that book…. I was taught to knit as a child then did nothing until about a year ago.. since then I have knitted a few dishcloths and 6 pairs of socks. I love knitting socks as they are VERY portable and I can take them and knit them when I watch the children play football / swim/ do gymnastics…. you get the idea ๐Ÿ™‚

    I am knitting my first cardigan (inspired by you and Lladybird).. a Miette.. and I have one sleeve and the bands to go. Like sewing – creating your own garment is great as I can choose the style, colour and yarn that suits me!

    I am very slow but with knitting I feel it is all about the process not the speed (and it stops me eating so much rubbish while I am watching TV!)

  39. Olly says:

    Knitting is therapy – it soothes my mind, occupies my hands and at the end of a frustrating day it lets me feel productive. Oh – and you never forget the person who taught you to knit! Every time I knit I’m reminded of my lovely and inspiring mum, and feel a little bit of her presence although she’s no longer around to help unpick my mistakes.

  40. Joanne says:

    Wow that book looks amazing. If I don’t win I’ll certainly be putting it on my Christmas list. As a new knitter there are more things in knitting that I fear than love at the moment but what I do love is the rhythm, the click clack, the gentle passing of time as stitch follows stitch… bliss

  41. Clare Hercock says:

    I have always been a dressmaker – but latterly I have been turning again and again to my knitting needles. I find knitting albeit simple things – a great stress buster.

  42. Claire says:

    I love knitting because I can relax and watch tv at the same time. Also my sewing machine is in a colder room! I did some steeking for the first time this year – Kate Davies also has some good instructions. Great for Fair Isle cardigans as you don’t need to purl. I did her Ursula pattern from Colours of Shetland, and even the armholes are steeked. eeeek

  43. linda says:

    What a great give away! I am a beginner knitter, and have decided that one of my new years resolutions is to knit a cardigan! I just love the textures and colours of yarn. Can’t wait to get started!

  44. Shelley Gibb says:

    Could it help overcome my fear of steeking? I love knitting because while my fingers go faster my mind slows down

  45. You really need to try steeking. It’s only scary the first time, and so worth it when you see that it has enabled you to easily maintain constant tension throughout your pattern. Also it’s exciting and feels like you’re going rogue, because who would cut into knits, but it does make sense in the end. Seriously. Steeking rules.

    Also socks rule. I’d gladly teach you how to make socks.

  46. Lauren says:

    Looking at vintage knitting patterns, especially the menswear.

    Also, giving handmade gifts. It’s nice.

  47. Stephanie says:

    Those socks look lovely! I agree with rollingpinsandneedles…there’s nothing to be afraid of!

  48. Karen says:

    The book looks amazing!!!! I agree , steeking looks like the scariest thing imaginable…….

  49. Cherry says:

    My mum taught me to knit so whenever I’m knitting I think of her. I’ve taught my daughter to knit so hope she will have the same warm memories. It’s a fabulous feeling.

  50. Kati says:

    I’m only a beginner, you inspired me to start knitting again. I love knitting as it is so amazing to be able to create something unique and beautiful. Also, it is the perfect way to pass time doing something productive during the dark winter evenings.

  51. alison says:

    I always seem to pick up knitting once the cold weather starts, love the look of the socks.

  52. Gaynor says:

    I love to knit because it relaxes me and I feel a sense of pride when I’ve made something. I recently attended a workshop where I was shown how to knit socks. I’m now too scared to get it out of the bag and finish it!

  53. Cecilia says:

    I love when I have chosen the pattern, get the wool home and the anticipation as I cast on, so exciting! Knitting is calming stress busting and makes me feel connected to my mother, grandmother and so on through the years. Love it ๐Ÿ™‚

  54. I love knitting because it’s creative, fun and keeps me sane on my morning commute into Manchester!

    I love seeing the thing I’m making whether it’s a cardigan, a pair of mittens or a headband come to life at my fingertips and you can’t beat the feeling of wearing something you’ve made. Extra bonus points when people compliment you :p

  55. alibobs says:

    Like so many people have said, knitting soothes me and has got me through some tough times. The repetitive click click is so meditative. I’d love to be able to take me knitting up to to the next level.

  56. I love the portability of a good sewing project – pick it up, put it down, in the car (not while driving!), on a train (not a crowded London train mind, not enough elbow room!). I love that my cats engage in a constant game of ‘grab the wool when she’s not looking’ (ok, that is kind of annoying after the cuteness wears off…). And I love love love the snuggly possibilities of real wool, that you just don’t get affordable with ready to wear. ๐Ÿ™‚

  57. What don’t I love about knitting?! Well I certainly don’t enjoy getting to the end of a row to find that I’ve got my lace pattern wrong! BUT I love that I can unwind at the end of the day with my needles and yarn and create something that will not only keep me warm but is beautiful to behold.

  58. Tonie says:

    My knitting isn’t too bad, but I’ve generally stuck to things for small people and feet. Oh, and I made a Clanger several years ago (highly recommended). I guess I like the repetitiveness and small movements associated with knitting. I tend towards it, rather than big swathes of fabric and noisy sewing machines, when I’m feeling small and quiet.

  59. tess says:

    I love knitting because you don’t get the same crazed wide eyed midnight moments that you get with sewing when you’re trying to finish a big project! I usually it much calmer – you can’t really force the process to be any faster so on that basis I do find it more relaxing. Also I LOVE being cosy in knitwear, so really enjoy (trying) to knit my own. Love the heritage of all the beautiful yarns you can get in the UK. Just wish I was better! (This book would help ๐Ÿ™‚ !)

  60. Stef W says:

    Everything! The huge range of gorgeous yarns, the satisfaction of saying ‘I made that’, having something truely unique…

  61. Dawn Colwell says:

    I love knitting complicated patterns because they take all your concentration and help to shut out a very busy world and give some time just for me to relax ๐Ÿ™‚

  62. Katie R says:

    I find knitting relaxes

  63. Karin says:

    Knitting is portable and sociable, and you get something lovely for your troubles at the end of it!

  64. Chris Mac says:

    Just seen an amazing jumper in a little boutique near where I live, this book would really help me attempt to make my own version.

  65. Lizzie Butler-Meadows says:

    I love being able to make gorgeous presents that I can have on the go all the time!

  66. Marie Forest says:

    I love taking the time to create something, and I am always amazed by the transformation of a ball of yarn into a piece of clothing.

  67. maryf1958 says:

    I’ve had a love of knitting since I was six years old, I love the smell of the wool and the childlike thrill I feel when I buy a new yarn, I love the rythmic movement of the needles and never tire of the wonder of being able to create beautiful garments which all start with one little cast on stitch.

  68. isabellammmm says:

    Knitting is like therapy! I am a much nicer person with some knitting in my lap ๐Ÿ™‚

  69. Caroyn says:

    Love knitting ‘cos I look busy while doing absolutly nothing. Wonderful.

  70. ‘Steeking’ – new word for today! The book does look great but I’m in NZ. I cannot properly knit ie. get much beyond casting on though it’s going to be one of my goals for 2014. Please do show us some photos of your Sedgemoor cardigan when it’s finished!

  71. Trixie Lixie says:

    I love knitting! I just finished an aran cardigan or my daughter and now I am knitting some socks for her for Christmas!!

  72. Vairรซ Gwรฎr says:

    I love that it is portable and that it doesn’t require nearly as much setting up as sewing!

  73. Catherine Pritchard says:

    I love knitting as I can relax with it in the evening. There are so many different projects that I am never bored. Baby cardigans, cardis for bigger girls, bunnies in dresses, scarves; all finished recently. Also so many things to learn. I will conquer my fear of lace and socks in 2014!

  74. Ok, so I really want this book and you have asked what is there to like about knitting. I think the question should have been ‘What is there NOT to like about knitting’ but anyway… For me it is an art form from the simplest garter stitch to the most fienddishly complex cable pattern. It is a part of my life that helps me to learn, be creative,socialise and exercise the grey matter. You can be as spontaneous as you like or slavishly follow the pattern in front of you. If you need time alone with your thoughts, knitting’s your mate. It’s a life saver for many people suffering from depression and has been proven to be beneficial for those suffering from Alzeihmers. On a brighter note knitters are some of the most generous people I know – always willing to lend a hand or even give something away. I could go on but this is more of lecture rather than a comment. Quite simply, knitting is my passion (at least one of them). Happy knitting. Gail ๐Ÿ™‚

  75. Melinda Jackson says:

    Knitting is my favourite hobby. I love it because I can keep myself and my friends and family warm with what I make. It’s also a constant source of discovery for me. I’d love a copy of the book. Although I’ve been knitting for more than 50 years, I can still learn new things! I remember suggesting to Roobeedoo that she use a back-stitch seam to support the steek before cutting. The crochet shows up better in the photo than back-stitch would, but sewing the steek works just as well.

  76. Mary Carol says:

    I love it because it’s tactile and calming, which I seem to need more and more of these days!

  77. Ute says:

    I’d love to win the book – it looks fantastic! I’ve conquered my own fears of sock knitting & steeking this year … and both are not as hard as they look and so worth it (though cutting into your lovingly knit fabric is a bit counter-intuitive at first). Thank your for introducing this fab book & good luck to everyone! Xx

    • Ute says:

      Just realized I didn’t actually say what I love about knitting (and I love knitting very, very much!). I think it is the most wonderful thing to turn a length of yarn into a beautiful (or sometimes a slightly wonky) garment or accessory. The act itself is soothing, a little bit like meditation really, but if you wish, you can do lots of other things whilst knitting, e.g. sit in a pub with some friends, watch TV, listen to an audiobook, etc. And the choice of fantastic yarns and patterns out there is tremendous. Also, I haven’t met an unpleasant knitter yet. What’s not to love?!?

  78. Alexandra says:

    I love that you can knit pretty much anywhere, and I find it so relaxing. I also love that it’s so much easier to get your friends into – some yarn and a couple of needles is all you need. There’s nothing like teaching a friend to knit, and seeing how excited they are after they’ve done a couple of rows. So rewarding!

  79. Amy says:

    What a lovely book! I’m just picking up knitting again, and I’d love to learn from this masterclass. I’m not UK-based, but I’d pay the extra for the shipping! ๐Ÿ™‚

  80. Amy says:

    I love how knitting is a conversation starter . . .everyone always seems surprised to see someone knitting on a train!

  81. Helen says:

    I can’t knit, but would love to learn! If you think this book would be no good for an absolute beginner, then don’t out me down for the giveaway. If however you think it could be useful, then count me in! I am so keen to learn, but no idea where to start and it all sounds so scary!

  82. Daniela M. says:

    What I love about knitting? That I can sit on the couch together with knitting friends and knit and chat and have tea and cake, You can’t do this with sewing, can you? And I love that it is relaxing and you can take it with you wherever you go ๐Ÿ™‚ As I am still a new knitter, I would learn a lot from this book!

  83. ChrisF says:

    For me, knitting is a metaphor for life, it requires perseverance to reach the end! When it turns out as expected I celebrate, but when it doesn’t I need to exercise patience unpicking to find out where I went wrong and working out how to put it right. Knitting is both a sociable or solitary pursuit as circumstances dictate, but above all knitting is a thread of continuity that links my past, present and future.

  84. Mags says:

    I love the wool, the colour the texture. Then there is the rythmn and relaxation. Finally, I feel clever and creative! I would love to win.

  85. Polly Pierce says:

    Like many of the previous commentators I am very much in the novice class of knitter, having only made scarves, hats & fingerless mittens. My current knit is my first jumper which I’m making with the most gorgeous roving type yarn, resulting in lots of shedding and my looking as though the cat’s been malting all over me, but it’s worth it. What I love about knitting is seeing a garment come together before my very eyes and the stress busting effect of the repetitive movement…

  86. Hayley says:

    Ooh, I’ve only just begun to knit but I love it as it seems like just the opposite to sewing – when I get frustrated after having to rip out my seams for the third time in a row, or when I can’t concentrate on trimming fiddly corners, I can simply pick up the knitting needles and switch off for a bit! I’m not very good at the moment though, so this book would be amazing!

  87. Fiona says:

    I not only love, but adore, lust and crave knitting. At five on my Nan’s knee, making a pink scarf for my teddy. It ended up holey and ridiculed by my brothers, but I was very, very proud of it’s cuddliness, pinkness and most of all my creation… It’s the best memory of my dotty old Nan. Knitting is colour, texture, relaxation. It is loving; the baby I knit for; the teenager who pleaded for the weird ‘Skyrin’ hat; the friend who I know adores a lacy scarf. Knitting is squidging the wool for the perfect colour and texture, rhythmically creating the rows, concentrating, cursing when I’ve knitted through a mistake,”That’ll be the Borgen subtitles!!”, finishing, tidying. Sharing and connecting with strangers on a train, blogs (!) and friends. And of course, I’d love to win this book, and I’d drool over it, use it and learn some more (steeking – EEEEKING!!).

  88. Alexa says:

    Wow, great giveaway, thanks. I love knitting because its so portable.

  89. Jaynealicia says:

    Knitting – where do I start? Well Grandma taught me – so lots of warm memories of her patience pulling back and correcting the mistakes of a 12 year old. Then knitting with love and in love for my soon-to-be husband (though he rarely complimented the results). Fast forward a few years to the “Phildar years” as mum of 2 little blondie girls, followed by a very long gap until those little blondies eventually turned into yummy mummies. Now with five grand-daughters I can barely keep up but love it. Best experiences – knitting baby hats in South of France with feet cooling in the pool and a glass or Rose at my elbow – sensory overload; creating a rainbow baby blanket on set (just an extra – nothing grand!) – blue was Emmerdale, pink Vera and orange a feature film; seeing the tinies with their Peppa Pig and Purple Elephant;and teaching i-cord to my 82 year mother-in-law! This Grandma still has challenges – how do I knit in the round, dare I steek and where to hide the stash.

  90. Eleanor Hughes says:

    I love it for multiple reasons – reminds me of being a kid at my Granma’s house, I can take it anywhere and you can watch your project grow.

  91. Stitchygirl says:

    I love knitting and it’s more than a hobby for me. I love the meditative qualities of knitting, it’s like a therapy, you can just lose yourself in it for a while.

  92. Marty says:

    I love knitting because it teaches me to be patient and humble.

  93. Annie says:

    The book looks fabulous and I love ‘The Knitter’ magazine too. I adore knitting and I love the way it connects me to knitters who have gone before me. My mum taught me to knit, my nan taught her and she in turn was taught by my great grandmother and so on. I love the continuum that knitting creates.

  94. docksjo says:

    I love everything about knitting, the slow gonging the freedom in creativity the fact the you don’t ruin the fiber by trying. But most of all the middle of sweaters.

  95. says:

    I love knitting because my mind leaves any worries or troubles and simply concentrates. ๐Ÿ™‚

  96. Jude says:

    I love that once up and running with a pattern you can multi-task watching telly / film or chatting with friends, in a way not possible when dressmaking and needing to be near the machine. It also links back to lovely childhood memories of my grandma teaching me…in, over, through, off, in…thankfully now I’ve learnt how to cast on myself, sorted my tension and don’t drop every other stitch.

  97. Jenny says:

    I love to sit in the evening but need to keep my hands busy so I either knit or embroider. My family loves what I make them and I have a good excuse to put my feet up.

  98. felice rhiannon says:

    knitting is love made manifest.
    knitting is healing.
    knitting is creativity in each stitch.
    knitting is FUN!

  99. Patty says:

    I love knitting because it clears my brain from any sad/angry/stressed out thought. I conquer the world of wool and come out a better person! (currently knitting a scarf for nephew with knots…)

  100. Rebecca Rawlinson says:

    I love the way knitting can be calming and relaxing but also great fun and exciting as well. I also love the fact that so many amazing things can be made with just two stiches. And finally I love the fact that I’m doing something now that essentially hasn’t changed much in hundreds of years but can still be modern and fresh! Oh and I do love to see my wee boy in things I’ve made for him! sorry so many reasons…I could go on and on…..

  101. Joyapple says:

    I love the maths in knitting and heard a fascinating lecture on the subject in the Orkney Science Festival. My favourite knitting book, so far, is called Folk Mittens by Marcia Lewandowski but the Masterclass book might usurp it!
    I loved turning the heel in my grey, 4ply, school socks. However I found knitting up to the toe so dull by the time I’d finished both they were too small – honest!

  102. hayley says:

    This looks like a fab book!!! I love knitting because occasionally I finish a project that I’m pleased with (I am not the worlds greatest interpreter of knitting patterns!!!!) But I mainly love it because it brings my friends and i together regularly for our own mini knit club, which always involves cake!!!!!

  103. Myfanwy_w says:

    I love knitting so much I’ve a)had a full on fight with an air hostess who thought my circular bamboo 2.5 mm knitting needles were a weapon… b) given myself RSI in my finger from knitting too much and obviously doing it incorrectly! Pretty please may I have the book to prevent further injury to myself or to airline staff?

  104. Kimmy Rocket says:

    When I first started knitting as a child 20 years ago, I struggled to find patterns for things I might actually wear, so I ended up knitting things that were promptly tossed into a drawer to never see the light of day again. I love that this skill has experienced something of a renaissance in recent years and there are some really, really lovely patterns around now for things I’d actually enjoy making AND wearing – the time has come to embrace my inner knitter once again!

  105. Crow says:

    I love knitting because, I’m never bored, I never have to pay for therapy and I magically create things from two sticks and a ball of wool!

  106. fibregal says:

    Knitting helped heal my soul. Simple as that, really. Stress at work and many miscarriages broke it and then 6 months of meditative knitting fixed it, mostly. A supportive husband helped, obviously! But feeling the yarn in my fingers, the needles in my hands, concentrating on the next stitch and the one after that and nothing else, that’s what did it. Everyone got a lace scarf that Christmas!

  107. FabricKate says:

    I find it relaxing and I enjoy working with colour – and choosing and buying wool, and replicating vintage patterns. I went to some very interesting talks on knitting design at the V&A which were exceptionally inspirational. Thank you for the chance to win the lovely book

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