Leslie Ann Bestor is the author of How to Knit and the best-selling book, Cast On, Bind Off. She is a knitting teacher and store manager at WEBS, America’s Yarn Store, and her designs have been featured in books and magazines. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.
How to Knit: Learn the Basic Stitches and Techniques. A Storey Basics Titleby Leslie Ann Bestor
Leslie Ann Bestor makes learning to knit fun and easy. Bestor’s simple, fully illustrated instructions lead you through the basics of knitting, from choosing the right needles and yarn to reading a knitting pattern. You’ll quickly learn techniques for expertly casting on, executing knit and purl stitches, binding off, blocking finished projects, and
Leslie Ann Bestor makes learning to knit fun and easy. Bestor’s simple, fully illustrated instructions lead you through the basics of knitting, from choosing the right needles and yarn to reading a knitting pattern. You’ll quickly learn techniques for expertly casting on, executing knit and purl stitches, binding off, blocking finished projects, and much more. Even if you’ve never held a pair of knitting needles before, this easy-to-follow guide will have you knitting in no time!
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How To Knit is a basic but thorough tutorial on the basic stitches and techniques of knitting. It is primarily aimed at the beginner knitter as it takes the newbie from casting on through deciphering patterns. In between the above, it covers such subjects as continental vs English styles of knitting, weaving in the ends of the yarn into your piece, blocking for the perfect finish, increasing and decreasing and more. The author recommends that an aspiring knitter find a friend to cast on if possible and jump right into knitting and purling as she believes that the difficulty of casting often shuts down the efforts of a rookie knitter. The book also contains quite a bit of information on fixing mistakes as EVERYONE makes mistakes. Even experienced knitters could find this section useful. There's handy information on adjusting your gauge. Yarn fibers such as rayon, modal, bamboo, synthetics and many more yarns are discussed extensively. As another interesting side, the author recommends that the beginner starts learning how to knit with a worsted weight yarn. Finally, the appendix contains yardage guidelines and other resources. Overall, I would recommend this book to any beginner knitter and as a practical resource to have available for even intermediate knitters. 4 Stars!