Complete Knitting Skills: With 27 Exclusive Teaching Clips to View Online

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Absolute beginners can learn to knit, and experienced knitters can expand their repertories when they take advantage of this absolutely unique approach to knitting. Complete Knitting Skills is an illustrated manual, augmented with an innovative series of accompanying online tutorials. Knitters can learn techniques from the book's photo-illustrated step-by-step instructions--or they can access the closely related online tutorials, using their smartphone with QR codes printed in the book. They can also access ...
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Overview


Absolute beginners can learn to knit, and experienced knitters can expand their repertories when they take advantage of this absolutely unique approach to knitting. Complete Knitting Skills is an illustrated manual, augmented with an innovative series of accompanying online tutorials. Knitters can learn techniques from the book's photo-illustrated step-by-step instructions--or they can access the closely related online tutorials, using their smartphone with QR codes printed in the book. They can also access tutorials on their laptop via the internet. Most often, knitters will want to use both book and tutorial in tandem, taking advantage of the best that both have to offer. The tutorials present the advantage of start-and-stop instruction, so that knitters can practice new techniques at their own pace. This truly exceptional combination book-and-video knitting course presents--
  • A wide range of knitting techniques, including lace, cables, textured patterns, beaded knitting, and more
  • A trouble-shooting SOS section that shows how to spot mistakes and avoid them
  • Advanced techniques for experienced knitters to give their knitted items that professional touch

Here is a combination package that gives beginners the confidence to tackle more advanced projects, while also delighting experienced knitters with a wealth of new techniques. The book features approximately 800 color illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
UK-based knitting instructor Tomkies combines two popular methods for learning knitting—books and video tutorials—into a single package. The organization is a little bit odd: rather than walking beginners step by step through a simple first project, Tomkies organizes the book by topic, so all cast-ons are covered before the first knit stitch is taken. Though the breadth of coverage is good, the lack of projects is problematic, since most knitters want something to show for their efforts. The videos are a cut above the standard YouTube tutorial fare; the narration is good and the focus is on the knitting, so visual learners will benefit from the added content. Readers can access the videos via QR codes or by typing the URL for the individual videos (which are hosted on YouTube) into their favorite web browser. VERDICT Beginning knitters looking for a basic knitting reference will appreciate the combination of step-by-step print instructions and well-produced video tutorials, but the lack of projects may frustrate knitters looking for an all-in-one beginners' guide.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781438001715
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2013
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 713,932
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Debbie Tomkies sold her first knitting design at the tender age of 14. Since then, she has designed for many major knitting magazines and for Artesano yarns. She also teaches knitting, crochet, and dyeing to students of all ages.
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    I¿ve always wanted to learn how to knit. When I was a child, my

    I’ve always wanted to learn how to knit. When I was a child, my mother, a fabulous knitter, tried teaching me. Alas, she failed miserably (my fault, not hers). Then, a few months ago, I stumbled upon a “knitting loom.” I taught myself how to use it and actually managed to make a few respectable scarves. The loom, however, is a bit limited and I really, really wanted to succeed at traditional, two knitting needles, kind of knitting. That’s why I was so excited to see Complete Knitting Skills come across my desk. Would this book be able to teach me to knit?




    Complete Knitting Skills is divided into seven chapters which cover everything from the very basic (choosing needles and yarn, casting on, binding off), to more advanced techniques (buttonholes, pockets, lace, cables,). My favorite is a chapter called “Knitting SOS,” (yes, a chapter on avoiding problems and how to fix those that you’ve, well, bumbled into). A final chapter on “The Knitting Community” offers advice on finding other knitters, selling your work, as well as knitting terminology.




    I must compliment the author on writing a book that is very easy to understand, as well as pass along kudos to the publisher for a great design job that makes this title so easy to view. In addition, probably the best part of the book is that there are so many, many clear and concise photos. I once had a book with all the knitting photos in black and white, photos that were tiny and fuzzy, and I finally gave up. In contrast, the photos in this book are bright, easy to follow, and perfectly complement what the author is saying. For example, when teaching the “Russian Join,” a technique to join two skeins of yarn of the same color, there is a sequence of six photos, using two different colors of yarn so readers can easily see how the yarn is joined. No trying to figure out what the author is explaining; it’s clearly shown on the page.




    Finally, there are 27 "how-to" brief video clips to help teach various techniques. A link, as well as a smartphone code, appear on the pages where the technique is explained. There's also a notation in the Table of Contents next to each topic that has a teaching video. How easy is that?!




    So, the answer to the question asked in the first paragraph, would this book be able to teach me to knit is YES! I’m so excited to finally be able to knit and have all sorts of projects in mind. With a newly discovered, HUGE knitting store just a few towns away, watch out because I’m going to be visiting often. Thank you, Debbie Tomkies for writing this fabulous book!




    Quill says: If you’ve always wanted to learn how to knit, rush, don’t walk, rush and get a copy of Complete Knitting Skills!

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