This is the book for the knitter who has everything, but just wants more options when stopping and starting.
Let's face it, casting on and binding off cause a lot of anxiety, and for good reason. They can either elevate or destroy your project.
Cast On, Bind Off: 211 Ways to Begin and End Your Knitting is a book that is not fooling around. There are, all told, 120 ways to cast on and over 80 ways to bind off, illustrated, explained and even photographed "in the wool."
To help the knitter cope with this rather incredible volume of information, cast ons and bind offs are broken down into categories.
The small introduction on slipknots will be useful to anyone who has stared at the instruction, "make a slipknot" with rising dread and panic.
From there, cast ons are listed under Twist Start, Loop Cast Ons, Long-Tail Cast Ons, Knit Cast Ons, Two-Color Cast Ons, Decorative Cast Ons, Tubular Cast Ons, Provisional Cast Ons, Special Cast Ons and Sock Cast Ons.
Bind offs are divided into Chain, Decorative, Increase, Special, Sewn, and Tubular.
If you only know one way to use a long-tail cast on, you might have fun with the fact that you can choose which way the slanted strands along the edge run (right or left).
I, myself, can't wait to try the three-strand cast on, which is used a lot in Scandinavian twined knitting.
The book is a generous size, and I am a sucker for any hardcover-spiral book that really lies flat. However, it's comprehensive nature does make it rather unwieldy. I don't see it fitting into a lot of knitting bags. So, I'm hoping there will be a digital version, someday. For now, I'll content myself with photocopying the pages I need to take with me.