The Handknitter's Yarn Guide by: Nikki Gabriel

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Lately so many books about knitting have arrived on my doorstep it is starting to make me feel a bit guilty about never finishing a baby blanket for my son. He is now 18 months, not really in the swaddle sized baby blanket phase anymore. He is however old enough where I am past worrying about putting him to bed with a blanket in his crib. I crocheted a blanket for my daughter Tallulah before she was born so at some point I also want my son to have a keepsake blanket of his own.

I’m really smitten on granny squares. I even took a class once taught by my buddy Vickie Howell. I’m digging this granny square pattern from Bernat. It uses really bulky Bernat Blanket Yarn which means I could finish it in a jiffy. Any crocheting I do has to be done with bulky yarn so that it takes less time. Not sure of the difference between baby, bulky and bamboo yarn? Well remember those books I mentioned? One was called The Handknitter’s Yarn Guide: A Visual Reference to Yarns and Fibers by Nikki Gabriel.

I make clocks out of knitting needles and typically use yarn to make jewelry rather than blankets. However, a good yarn guide is indispensible no matter if you knit, crochet or craft. The Handknitter’s Yarn Guide compiles everything knitters to know. There are gorgeous photographs giving the reader visual comparisons showing what each yarn will look like when it is knitted up.

The book is divided into three major sections organized by weight and fiber. The Yarn Categories sections discuses yarn weights like super fine versus the super bulky that I am wanting to use for my baby blanket. Yarns in Use tells you how to wash your yarn, the pros and cons and the general qualities of the yarn. There is also a reference guide that helps the reader calculate yarn substitutions, read labels and oodles of needle information.

The Handknitters Guide is really useful for choosing yarn whether you want to knit up a pair of soft socks or crochet a bulky baby blanket. Beginners and professionals will find all the information useful. If you are obsessed with yarn, and I know some people who are, this book will be your new bible.

*This book was sent by St. Martin's Griffin for review*

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