A to Z of Knitting: The Ultimate Guide for the Beginner to Advanced Knitter

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Now in paperback, this must-have resource offers all the knitting know-how you'll ever need! With over 1,000 close-up photographs featuring real hands holding real yarn and needles, there's no easier way to learn!

  • Walk from beginner's basics through gorgeous Aran, Fair Isle, entrelac, and intarsia knitting with easy-to-understand text and colorful photos
  • Add an astounding array of embellishments to your ...
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Overview

Now in paperback, this must-have resource offers all the knitting know-how you'll ever need! With over 1,000 close-up photographs featuring real hands holding real yarn and needles, there's no easier way to learn!

  • Walk from beginner's basics through gorgeous Aran, Fair Isle, entrelac, and intarsia knitting with easy-to-understand text and colorful photos
  • Add an astounding array of embellishments to your projects with embroidery, beading, and much more
  • Fix mistakes, care for garments, and find answers to almost any knitting question--this book simplifies it all
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564779144
  • Publisher: Martingale & Company
  • Publication date: 1/19/2009
  • Pages: 152
  • Sales rank: 268,863
  • Product dimensions: 8.58 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.45 (d)

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  • Posted April 2, 2009

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    A knitting libraray MUST!

    I knit rarely but having read this book, I believe I will again take up my needles and give knitting a better try. I have knitted since I was in my teens and that has been over 50 years ago. BUT with A to Z of Knitting, I now understand all those stitch types I couldn't get my head around before.

    With the pictures of the hands, yarns and needles positions and the written instructions, I "get it" finally. The book begins with a history of knitting. I found this to be very interesting as I knew nothing about its history. The book continues with an explanation of yarns and needles. I find the new bamboo needles feel better in my hands and I just found Rosewood needles the other day. I will give them a try as well.

    A list of other tools used in knitting is in another section, as well as gauge and how to read patterns and charts. All of this is very useful information that is usually not found in a knitting book.

    If that wasn't enough information to make this a great book, the next section describes and shows how to do each stitch. I finally understand how to do a Cable Stitch. Thank you! Last but not least, the book talks about embroidery on knitting, finishing techniques and how to make tassels and pompoms.

    If you are thinking of taking up knitting or need to learn a stitch you have been having difficult with, this is definitely the book to get. It is a library MUST.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 1, 2012

    Great for Visual Learners

    The first thing I liked about this book was the many photographs of real hands holding real needles and yarn, showing knitting techniques and stitches. I didn't count the pictures, but according to the publisher there are over 1,000 of them and that is needed for something like knitting and for a visual person like me. In reading through this book, I felt I could learn this craft again having taught myself years (ok, decades) ago when I was a teenager.

    The chapters include a history of knitting which I found interesting, tutorials on types of yarn, needles and other types of equipment; how to read patterns and charts, clear instructions on how to hold the needles and yarn, knit and purl stitches, plus techniques for casting on, binding off, creating a selvage, adding new colors of yarn, and shaping. In addition, there are chapters covering many styles of knitting including Aran, Shaker, circular, beaded, and adding embroidery and smocking to knitted projects, and finishing techniques. The instructions start with the beginner in mind and progresses to more advanced stitches and techniques for those who already know the basics.

    This is not a book of knitting projects to create, but rather teaches everything needed to take on any project from other sources.

    I've looked at other "how to knit" books but this is the one that I feel the most comfortable with and that leaves me feeling confident I can pick up this skill again.

    I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher but the opinion of it is my own and was not solicited, nor was a positive review required.

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  • Posted December 7, 2011

    great for beginners and pro's

    very clear instructions, and completely illustrated examples of how to make the stitches needed.

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