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Book Review: Knit One Knit All by Elizabeth Zimmermann

Knit One Knit All

I am so amazed at why Elizabeth Zimmermann’s publisher did not think it was such a hot idea to publish a book of patterns all with garter stitch, in 1972. Since her second book, Knitter’s Almanac, had many patterns with the Garter stitch, her publishers thought it best to put this idea “on ice”. Thirty nine years later, I am happy to receive a copy of this valuable book, which is a wealth of information, with beautiful designs for adults and children, and Elizabeth’s original journal entries, watercolors and drawings, and much more. The book includes a variety of easy and practical options for sweaters, coats, jackets, hats, mittens, gloves, vests, slippers, baby garments, and so on. Some of my favorites are the ……

Spiral Hat

This spiral is the top piece of the hat on the cover, knitted in gray.

Panache Hat

Brimmed Hat – Panach: This hat looks a lot like Peter Pan’s hat and a feather would complete it! There is another photo in the book showing another angle.


There are several hats and bonnet patterns, including a sun hat.

Diamond Back Blue

Diamond-Back Bonnet, has a subtle design that makes it ultra unique, but is easy to knit for the beginner knitter.


Long Collared Jacket

Long Collared Jacket: If I ever make a long jacket, this pattern is all I need, for its fold-back collar and easy pockets. This is for me.

Ribbed Dirnal Top

Ribbed Dirnal Top: This tight-waisted cardigan is design of a geneous, which is my dream to make for my daughter one day (unless I find my waist again!). With its silver buttons and round wide neck it is the perfect item in a woman’s wardrobe.

On the whole, this book is a must-have for anyone who loves knitting, and appreciates the beauty in simplicity. Although many of the designs look complicated at the first glance, reading through the instructions and well thought of illustrations in this book makes it easy.

For more information on this book click here to read what Clara Parkes says on her Knitter’s Review website.


Knit One Knit All

Since I was not able to part with my copy of this book (death shall do us apart) the folks at Schoolhouse Press are offering a giveaway copy to the lucky winner. Please visit their website, and learn more about Elizabeth Zimmermann, Meg Swanson, and all the talented designers of the Schoolhouse Press. Please leave a comment here to enter drawing for the book until Midnight PST, Monday, May 23rd and the winner will be announced on Tuesday.

And The Winner is…

Submitted on 2011/05/20 at 8:31 am
I would love to be entered for this giveaway. I love knitting and Zimmerman patterns are always the best!

Posted by Living Crafts on May 20, 2011 08:11 AM | 381 Comments

381 Responses to “Book Review: Knit One Knit All by Elizabeth Zimmermann”

  1. kellyde says:

    I am such a fan of Elizabeth Zimmerman. I continue to rergret that she passed away before I learned about her and her contributions to knitting.

  2. Andrea says:

    What an exciting giveaway! I have Knitting Without Tears and would love to add this book to my knitting library.

  3. Jen says:

    Would love to make one of those amazing hats!!

  4. kristina says:

    such great patterns!!! I would love to add this book to my collection…

  5. Shawn Morris says:

    I am a big fan of EZ and have all of her books to date. I would love to win a copy of this newly printed old work!

  6. Meg says:

    Oh ThIS looks so awesome!

  7. sara says:

    What an excellent giveaway!

  8. Alisa says:

    I would LOVE to have the pattern for that spiral hat! Beautiful!

  9. Elizabeth says:

    Looks like a great book. Would love to win it.

  10. Sarah Stewart says:

    Oh wow a new book!? Yay!!!!

  11. Janelle says:

    I would love to have this book. I’d have to make the Peter Pan hat first for my son. Such fun!

  12. Terri Achmann says:

    I love Elizabeth Zimmerman! Great giveaway!!

  13. rachel wolf says:

    I just seriously downsized my books. And I got rid of exactly ZERO craft books. No way. The more the better. This one look amazing! Love E.Z. and her techniques.

  14. Phyllis B says:

    I love these patterns and would so enjoy winning this book.

  15. Susan says:

    Elizabeth Zimmerman is a name that sends tingles up my back! What a gift to have a new book with such fascinating designs and EZ’s special touch.

  16. rae says:

    I love these patterns, and I love that it is all garter stitch. Maybe I can finish something before the person outgrows it for a change. Like Elizabeth, here is my exclamation of joy! :D

  17. Melissa Goodman says:

    I would love this book!!

  18. Sparrow Song Knits says:

    LOVE Elizabeth Zimmerman and would love to have the inspiration and tools to cast on these lovely items. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  19. Erin Hermab says:

    EZ is awesome. This book is a true treasure.

  20. Kristen S says:

    My husband is a huge knitter and I would love to win this for him. Thanks!

  21. Ruth says:

    I do not have any of Elizabeth’s books but have borrowed some from friends and found them delightful. thank you for the opportunity!

  22. Leanne says:

    I adore EZ! I’m so excited to see these new patterns.

  23. Andrea says:

    Ms. Zimmerman was a genius! Thanks.

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