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Book Review: Ondori Basic Knit

Posted on by MK Carroll

Ondori Basic Knit Full Color Illustrated
Ondorisha Publishers Ltd.
ISBN 0-87040-745-7

Regular readers may recall that I've been on the lookout for a Japanese knit book which includes the symbols used, explained with the handy step-by-step images I've seen used in Natural Taste.  What if I told you there is indeed such a book, it's readily available at a low price, and printed in English?  Not to mention, sitting right under my nose at the local Japanese bookstore?  While browsing through a sale table at Hakubundo, I came across Basic Knit.  I've seen it before, but this was the first time I had the presence of mind to check and see if it included a symbol chart.  Yep.  It covers the basics as well, with the same clearly illustrated diagrams and helpful notes I expect from a Japanese knit publication.  The section on grafting is particularly helpful for me, as it shows where the needles are (something lacking in most illustrations for grafting that I've seen).  Overall, a good basic Japanese learn-to-knit book (in English!).
There is also a book on learning to both knit and crochet; however, I haven't had a chance to go through this one yet.

For more on Japanese craft books and links with information on the symbols used, etc., please check out my earlier post on Japanese Craft Books.