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Posted August 27, 2014
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.
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