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Warning: loads of errors in the patterns!
I bought this at an after Christmas sale, so I got an excellent value. The presentation is great, and it does come with yarn and some fun patterns. However, I consider myself an experienced knitter and immediately I found major errors in the patterns. As another reviewer noted, there are so many errors in the scarf pattern featured on the front of the box that if you knit it exactly as it is written you end up with a completely different scarf than the one pictured. The patterns are not written with any consistency and seem almost purposely cumbersome. For instance, in a pattern consisting of 12 rows, they refer you back to repeat the same few rows, but not the same row number. Rows 1 and two might get repeated in rows 6 and 7 and again in 10 and 12, but instead of consistently referring you back to rows 1 & 2, you'll be told to repeat rows 6 & 7, which just says to repeat rows 1 & 2. That sort of thing gets very annoying when you are repeating multi-row patterns, and frankly its unnecessary. Also, they want you to slip the first stitch on the increase/decrease rows but don't address if the slip is knitwise or purlwise. As a rule, slipped stitches are normally purlwise unless specifically noted as knitwise, but slipping it purlwise on the first stitch puts the yarn on the wrong side of the needle for the knit that they want to come next, so you are either wrapping the yarn around the back or inadvertantly doing a yarnover, which defeats the purpose of the decrease. For a thin, relatively plain looking garter scarf they really make a mess of it. I am enjoying the challenge of playing with it and trying to make it work, but I'd imagine someone who was new to knitting would find it extremely frustrating. Buy the kit, but buy one of Melanie Falick's books as well, not only to use as a reference, but also so you can see how patterns are supposed to be written. I wouldn't want this kit to put anyone off knitting, but I'm afraid if you aren't too experienced it just might. This is probably best for inspiration for more experienced knitters and to add to your yarn stash.
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Posted April 28, 2008
Great for Inspiration but...
I love the idea of it being a 'kit book' and having individual project cards to carry around. I was looking for an inspirational 'motivating' teaching guide because I've tried to teach myself to knit more than just k1p1 for several years and my friends all make it look easy. I knew if I had some fun, easy projects, I'd be able to pull it off. Like others who have reviewed this book, I found the Internet to be much more helpful in specific instruction. Before buying this book, I knew how to knit, purl, cast on and cast off but that was it. This book has a great set of pictures showing you the different ways to hold your yarn and some alternate ways to cast on and off. Very good resource for that. But I couldn't figure out 'yarn over' by their explanation. I found an excellent video on the Internet. I can now follow the book's instruction with ease, using it as a reminder. Also, I found errors in the patterns. I suggest making up the patterns with test yarn to check your width, etc. not trusting to their gauge AND to check out the pattern itself. For example, project one, the lacy scarf, has you decreasing and adding on the odd rows and then at the very end of the pattern it adds in a row of knit so you are now decreasing and adding on the even rows when you start your repeat. This makes a nice zig-zag pattern or a chevron which is really cool but not at all what the pattern shows. I deleted that 'row 12' knit row and kept my decrease/increase on the odd rows. I like this book, it's just not as easy to follow as I'd hoped.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 3, 2007
I purchased this set for myself because my husband was away for the evening and I needed something to occupy my time. As a tool for learning the basics of knitting, I think that it is excellent. I am a visual learner, so the step-by-step pictures were really helpful. However, for anything beyond the basics, let's just say I'm glad that I had the internet because the book doesn't give most advanced techniques more than a cursory glance. For example, I was incredibly confused after reading the descriptions of knitting two sleeves at once and knitting in the round, but after I learned how to do them from other sources, I went back and read the descriptions. While accurate, they were still very vague. I looked through the patterns that were included, but I honestly have not tried to make any. The last time I looked at them, I was not advanced enough to try many of the techniques that are needed and, as stated before, they were not described thoroughly in the book. I would recommend this for anyone who wants to 'take the plunge' and learn to knit, but doesn't want a lot of confusing jargon. Also, the price is very reasonable, considering the materials included.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 27, 2006
The book in this kit covers so much-I have a few knitting instruction books, and this is by far the easiest to understand. It explains everything you need to know, and it also comes with needles and yarn-definately worth it. I love this kit! And can finally knit a bobble!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 29, 2006
Inspiration, but mistakes in the patterns
I've done two projects from this book so far, and both patterns have had mistakes. I did the Boyfriend's Hat, and I don't remember what the pattern problem was but it turned out way way too big, despite religiously gauging and counting stitches. The Christmas Stocking is turning out lovely. The stranding instructions in the book could be more detailed, and the pattern itself doesn't match the grid number. Pattern begins numbering rows with 1 thru 85, after the first 24 rows, but the instructions refer to numbering that should begin at row 25 thru 110. Once I figured that out it all worked out well, and the stocking is very nice.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.