Today I received a copy of Compendium of Knitting Techniques by Betty Barnden. Published in 2008, it’s had five (count ’em, 5), reprintings. I haven’t yet read it thoroughly, but browsing through it I can see why it would be popular.
What an excellent book for beginner-intermediate knitters! It touches on everything that a beginner knitter should master (e.g., reading patterns and charts, understanding pattern symbols), to move forward while simultaneously bolstering the skills of intermediate knitters (e.g., basic design principles, customizing to fit and advanced techniques).
As one of those professors who judged text books for her classes not just by their content but by their presentation, I still look for that in books designed to teach – particularly ones designed for the non-expert knitters. Compendium has great (and colorful) pictures and drawings, clear instructions and examples, and is extremely well-laid out.
Kudos to Betty Barnden and her editorial team!