Cast On, Bind Off - 211 Ways to Begin and End Your Knitting - (Hardcover) - NO LONGER AVAILABLE / OUT OF PRINT

by Cap Sease
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The search for the perfect cast on and bind off is over! Now, in one extraordinary book, have at your fingertips more than 120 ways to cast on and more than 80 ways to bind off. This beautifully organized treasury is ideal for all skill levels.

  • Find each technique presented with step-by-step written instructions, clear how-to illustrations, and a photo of the finished edge
  • Learn the advantages and disadvantages of each method, including suggestions for when to use it
  • Discover workhorse and specialty cast ons and bind offs for colorwork, cuffs, ruffles, fringe, lace buttonholes, and more

by Cap Sease
8.375" x 10.875"
Format Description:
full color, hardcover w/concealed wire-o binding
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Publication Date:
August 21st, 2012
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This title is non-returnable
A great book and I use it often but the pages fell apart from the binding after only a year. Disappointing.
Last year technique junkies like me were blessed with, count ‘em, two books on cast ons and bind offs.

This one, by Cap Sease, is a spiral bound, large, hardcover book. It contains 211 cast ons or bind offs (as compared to the other book’s 54).

Though you’re unlikely to want to toss this into your knitting bag, it’s the perfect size for when you’re at home, gathering up your yarn, supplies, etc for your next project, and you want to research what cast on and bind off would be best for your project.

At the very beginning of the book are several quick-reference tables: Cast Ons (with headers “Purpose” and “Methods”), Bind Offs (ditto), and Cast On and Bind Off Pairs.

After that you dive into the Cast On section, divided into separate subcategories. Each cast on or variation of the cast on includes a summary, other names by which the cast on is known if applicable, pertinent features, a photo, and illustrated step by step instructions. The Bind Off section is arranged similarly.

One small critique: It’d be nice if each cast on or bind off had its own page(s). Most do, just not all. I totally understand, however, that the page count would be an issue.

All the cast ons & bind offs are indexed, both by name, use (i.e. Socks, casting ons for toe up includes a list of the recommended cast ons & pages), which is extremely useful.

Highly recommended for your reference library!
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Review by Paula Moliver for the Hartford Knitting Examiner

Cast On, Bind Off has 211 ways to begin and end your knitting, written by Cap Sease. Cap has arranged the 120+ cast on and 80+ bind off, are based on the edges they produce, the way they are knit and their function. The construction of these techniques helps to determine which application should be used for a particular knitted item.

If your socks are tight at the cuff or your sweater edges curl and that isn't the look you are going for, here 211 solutions. This book is a must have whether you are new to knitting or experienced. The correct cast on and bind off can help give your finished project a professional look.
Review from Knitty, Winter 2012

With 211 cast ons and binds offs, it would be hard not to learn something from this book. I'm a visual learner and this book is word heavy, but I was captivated from the first page. I didn't know there could be so much interesting information about starting and ending knitting. There are illustrations of how to do each technique and one good photo of the right side of each cast on and bind off.

The author has spent a lot of time knitting, teaching knitting and talking to other knitters and teachers about their favorite techniques. She shares it all here.

The writing is instructive, informative, but also encouraging; it's not always easy to learn something new. There are lists of alternate names for each cast on and bind off, so I didn't have to read through the instructions to realize that this is just long-tail cast on with a different name.

There is great information on pairing cast ons and bind offs so they look and act similarly. She shows how to do techniques for both English and Continental styles of knitting.

If you are a knitter that likes to get a little more out your knitting than just a finished piece, you will love this book.

Cap Sease

Avid knitter Cap Sease has been knitting since childhood, having learned from her grandmother. She is also a weaver, quilter, and basket maker. Her love of using her hands led to a career in art conservation, working with archaeological and ethnographic objects. She has extensive experience as a conservator on archaeological excavations in the Mediterranean and Middle East. She is also a designer for the Green Mountain Spinnery and has taught workshops on various techniques.

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