If Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Book is the 20-pound reference you’d never haul around with you in your bag, this is the paperback Cliff’s Notes. Knitting in Plain English by Maggie Righetti features chapter titles such as “Buttonholes are Bastards” – what’s not to love about that? She also explains the difference between American and Continental knitting styles, which I haven’t really seen elsewhere. (My grandmother was Swedish, and according to my aunt, she knitted much faster than the usual yarn-on-right method we use here. I’m going to see if my great-aunts remember how to do it!) All in all, I was impressed with the clear instructions in this book, which benefit from Righetti’s 25+ years’ experience as a knitting instructor, and her tips/tricks on blocking, fixing mistakes, etc. Highly recommended.