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As a knitting teacher, Andrea noticed that her students easily picked up the basic set of skills that would allow them to go on to create fabulous things, but once they encountered patterns, they threw down their needles in frustration. The barrier? Obtuse Pattern Language! Would they be doomed to a life of knitting scarves and potholders (not that there is anything wrong with scarves and potholders…)

How could they access the incredibly varied and rich world of patterns? How indeed, when the teacher herself (Andrea) had problems with patterns? Knowing what a trial it is to pore through a pattern to try to make sense out of it, she figured she could help others by writing a book that translates Knitspeak into plain English.

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Customers will only knit so many scarves before they want to make more interesting and varied projects. Helping knitters learn pattern language will encourage them to try new and more challenging projects and many will keep knitting (and buy more yarn!).
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Even long-time knitters can get stymied by the strange and perplexing language of knitting patterns. Sure, you can go to the web for answers, but you often have to sift through a lot of text for a simple explanation. .
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Make knitting pattern language excruciatingly clear

Make it easy to locate terms, easy to navigate

Provide just enough, but not too much, information.

Help knitters move from confused to confident and reassured
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Andrea Berman Price is a Washington, D.C.–based project manager employed by government agencies and nonprofit organizations to organize complex programs. A lifelong knitter, she also teaches knitting workshops in the D.C. area. She holds a BA in anthropology from the University of Massachusetts and an EdM from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

She was taught to knit and crochet when she was six by her grandmother Sophie. At the age of sixteen, she spent a summer in a tiny Corsican village where the women sat in the sun every afternoon, knitting until it was time to make dinner. Envious of their skill and sense of community, she picked up her needles and re-learned what Sophie had taught her, knitting her way through college, graduate school, and life’s car trips, train rides, and transatlantic flights.