The Opinionated Knitter by Elizabeth Zimmermann


The Opinionated Knitter by Elizabeth Zimmermann


This volume includes all of Elizabeth’s original newsletter designs, published between 1958 and 1968, as well as 15 previously unpublished stories discovered in Elizabeth’s files and journals. There are 45 designs in all, presented both in their original format, as well as with updated and expanded sections from her daughter, master knitter and designer, Meg Swansen. Includes a tribute to Elizabeth’s life-altering effect on countless knitters through the years.

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-0942018264
  • Product Dimensions: 9.75 x 0.5 x 9.75 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pound

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About this collaboration

In the 1950s, Elizabeth Zimmermann wanted to supply hand-knitters with pure wool and circular needles (both a rarity in those days), as well as books, tools, and original designs. Elizabeth’s humor and unique approach to seamless garment construction gradually attracted followers through her semi-annual newsletter, a steady stream of designs in magazines, two television series taped for PBS-TV, the annual summer Knitting Camp (the first), and publication of her books. Elizabeth’s philosophy was received with glad cries by knitters who were eager to think for themselves. By using Elizabeth’s Percentage System (EPS), knitters were able to achieve perfectly-fitted garments while applying their own ideas to their knitting. Elizabeth is known for her technique innovations, including I-cord (previously known as idiot-cord, until Elizabeth shortened its name for obvious reasons).


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