My Favorite Book on Finishing

finishing schoolIt turns out I had a lot less to say about finishing than I thought I did, so if you have any questions or topics I didn’t cover let me know and I’ll get to them next week.

In the meantime I wanted to share with you the best book out there about finishing: Finishing School by Deborah Newton. This excellent book shares Newton’s passion for a fine finish on knit garments and covers everything from blocking, seaming and edging to adding buttons, zippers and pockets to your projects.

Newton is a huge advocate of swatching and advises knitters to test out any finishing they might be contemplating on their swatches so they’ll know if the project is going to turn out the way they expect. This method also gets you to begin your project with the end in mind,  to read through a pattern and make sure it makes sense and that all the pieces fit together logically before you even decide to knit it or how to finish it.

I can’t recommend this book highly enough. It’s a fun, encouraging read and it will guide you to be a better finisher, which will no doubt make you happier with your knit garments and other projects.

Have you read this book? Do you use her tips? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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