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can anyone recommend me a good beginners book for knitting?

Post: #174251 Urban Ayisha
Mon Oct 26, 2009 10:58 pm

basically, what the question says! got myself a book from the library the other day and its lovely but i dont know any of the stitches so patterns arent really that useful to me yet! guess i should have properly checked through the book doh! i need something comprehensive but easy to understand, as clearly, i am having a special week :wave: thanks in advance!!

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Post: #174549 Eigon
Wed Oct 28, 2009 7:55 pm

When I wanted to learn to knit, a few years ago, I sat down with the Ladybird Book of Knitting, which is aimed at seven year olds and has really clear pictures! Another good one, aimed at children, is the Usborne Guide to Knitting. Knit, purl, casting on and off, increasing and decreasing, which is pretty much everything you need to know to get going.
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Re: can anyone recommend me a good beginners book for knitting?

Post: #174610 contadina
Thu Oct 29, 2009 5:32 am

I've taught myself via the internet. As well as learning new stitches it's great for free patterns too. Having graduated from knitting a very simple scarf, I'm now knitting socks, where youtube clips were ideal to help me understand tricky bits.

Alternatively go and ask an elderly neighbour.

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Post: #174733 Susie
Thu Oct 29, 2009 11:07 pm

Hi - I mostly use Stitch 'n Bitch, and Stitch 'n Bitch Nation (both by Debbie Stoller) for reference - I didn't learn from them but I think I could happily have done, as they cover the basics (Stitch 'n Bitch, the first one, is the one you want). They have a particular style of explaining things though which might not be to everyone's taste, I don't know. The book I used most when I was learning was Debbie Bliss's Step-By-Step Knitting Workbook, that was good too. I think Debbie Bliss is probably the Delia Smith of knitting.

A very useful book I read later on was Maggie Righetti's Knitting in Plain English, I don't think this would be all that good for learning techniques but she is great for making you really understand what you are doing, how patterns can go wrong etc (it is much, much more interesting than I am making it sound. She is like a Knitting Anarchist.) There are also useful articles on techniques at www.knitty.com.

(And now the unsolicited advice. 1/ Have you joined Ravelry (www.ravelry.com)? If you haven't, join now, it is absolutely fantastic, huge amounts of free + cheap patterns, helpful people on the forums with mad knitting skillz etc. 2/ If you are not fixed in a style yet, consider trying to learn continental (holding the wool in your left hand) rather than English (in right hand) as it is supposed to be quicker. (I have a friend who knits like this and she has practically knitted a jumper while i am still casting on. Although it is possible she might just be better at it. :? ))

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Post: #175802 vicki
Fri Nov 06, 2009 11:32 am

You tube has helped me learn several stitches! The internet is fab and so much easier to follow than a book!

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Post: #175819 Brij
Fri Nov 06, 2009 12:35 pm

I taught myself on line too - learn2knit.co.uk has all the basics. I just did a few practice squares then searched "easy knit scarf pattern", picked one and sort of got on with it! A year and a half later and I'm undaunted by any technique, in English, French or Spanish!

I would recommend trying out a range of needle sizes before you choose your first project - I think everyone has a preference, and it is better to know what you are getting yourself into before you are half-way through
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Post: #175822 red
Fri Nov 06, 2009 12:41 pm

some of the knitting magazines have beginner guides.. might be worth a look.


or you could join a knitting group - my lot are more than happy to show someone new who wants to learn.
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Post: #175833 Green Aura
Fri Nov 06, 2009 1:15 pm

Have a look at this UA.

http://www.knittinghelp.com/
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Post: #175853 Brij
Fri Nov 06, 2009 2:06 pm

I'm just putting the first tutorials on my blog, if you're interested. I do recommend internet sources just 'cos they're free, to be honest!
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Post: #175856 StripyPixieSocks
Fri Nov 06, 2009 2:14 pm

I taught myself from the internet also, it was a bit hard going and confusing at first but after a while you just sort of get the knack and it all makes sense.

Try looking on YouTube for stitch tutorials, often makes more sense when you see someone doing it rather than diagrams and perhaps venture over to Ravelryas there's some really helpful people there and hundreds of patterns and... well... I find it knitting heaven to be honest even for a beginner.

Just one thing though, don't get disheartened if you mess up lots at first, my needles and wool went for a fly lots of times followed by lots of growling nd abuse but even though I started a pair of socks 40 times and only have ONE pair of socks to show for it... they are the best socks I have ever had because I made them!

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Post: #175861 Brij
Fri Nov 06, 2009 2:22 pm

Ha! I'm the opposite, I find videos too confusing, and prefer diagrams/photos I can work through at my own pace =o)
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Post: #175941 Urban Ayisha
Sat Nov 07, 2009 12:02 am

thanks for all your suggestions guys but i have to agree with brij, i'd muchr rather a book. saves me the bother of switching on the pc. and plus u can sort of cosy up with a book, not so much a screen!! i'm borrowing stitch n bitch off a friend now actually.

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Re: can anyone recommend me a good beginners book for knitti

Post: #207987 NaturalBlue
Wed Sep 08, 2010 10:33 am

I used Stitch 'n bitch to teach myself... I had some tips from my nan too... finding a local knitting group can be usefull too if you don't know anyone else who knits as it's great to swap ends of wool and pick up stitches and tips from others - I had a nightmare with a lacy edge until someone took it off me and showed me :iconbiggrin:

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