"Once I am confident that a new knitter understands how to make a knit stitch and a purl stitch, I strongly suggest that she get a copy of Knitting Workshop by Elizabeth Zimmermann. Period! With just this book by the iconic EZ, a new knitter can learn how to be a thinking knitter. Yes, I have lots and lots of other books. But, the joy I receive from making projects from other books is enhanced by everything I learned from Elizabeth at the very beginning of my knitting life.
Elizabeth taught me to understand what is happening as I knit. I can read a pattern and visualize the construction. That means I can foresee any tricky areas that need my attention. She drilled into my head the importance of swatching. Thanks to that, I am confident in changing a pattern just a bit in order to make it fit me! Elizabeth taught me the endless possibilities added to my knitting repertoire by steeking and cutting. She was the first person to explain the elegant symmetry of garter stitch to me. Color work? – Done! You think I am crazy about i-cord? Just wait until EZ gets her hands on you! All of this, and more, is packed into one little book that you take with you anywhere. Believe me, Elizabeth and the Knitting Workshop have gone along with me on many vacations.
This year (2010) marks the 100th anniversary of Elizabeth’s birth, the monarch of the knitting world!" Kelley Petkun, Owner
Kelley talks about Elizabeth Zimmermann's "Knitting Workshop" in podcast episode 59, episode 28, episode 19, and episode 1.