How to Knit: Learn the Basic Stitches and Techniques. A Storey Basics Title

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With more than 30 years of knitting experience, Leslie Ann Bestor is the expert and friend who will teach you how to knit. She leads you smoothly down the knitting path by carefully explaining the tools you need, how to cast on and bind off, how to knit and purl, how to shape using decreases and increases, and how to correct your mistakes. With these basic skills mastered and a handful of simple scarf patterns to...
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Overview


Exactly What You Need to Know

With more than 30 years of knitting experience, Leslie Ann Bestor is the expert and friend who will teach you how to knit. She leads you smoothly down the knitting path by carefully explaining the tools you need, how to cast on and bind off, how to knit and purl, how to shape using decreases and increases, and how to correct your mistakes. With these basic skills mastered and a handful of simple scarf patterns to practice on, your knitting success is assured. So pick up your needles and yarn -- it's time to get started!
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  • ISBN-13: 9781612123592
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 8/26/2014
  • Pages: 108
  • Sales rank: 229,350
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Leslie Ann Bestor is the author of the best-seller Cast On, Bind Off and a knitting teacher and store manager at WEBS, America's Yarn Store. Both positions give her important insights into what new knitters need in order to be successful. Her designs have been featured in books and magazines. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents


An Invitation to Knit: Shortcut to Getting Started

Chapter 1: When You're Ready to Cast On

Chapter 2: The Basic Stitches: Knit, Purl, and ... Slip
Knit Stitch Know-How - Purl Stitch Power - Slipped Stitch Savvy - Reading Your Stitches - Name That Fabric! - Changing to a New Ball of Yarn - It's Over: Binding Off - Weaving in the Ends - Blocking for the Perfect Finish

Chapter 3: Shaping Up Your Knitting: Increases & Decreases
Exploring Increases - Mastering Decreases

Chapter 4: We All Make Mistakes
Rescuing Dropped and Runaway Stitches - When Ripping Back Is the Only Option - What the Heck Is Gauge?

Chapter 5: Getting Down to the Tools and Materials
Needles Are Not All Alike - Accessories Add to the Fun - The Real Magnet of the Knitting World: Yarn

Chapter 6: Learning to Decipher Patterns
Sizes and Measurements - Data about the Yarn - Translating Knitting Shorthand - Working with Pattern Stitches - Learning to Read Knitting Charts - Staying on Track - Multiples and Total Stitch Counts - A Set of Simple "Recipes" for Scarves - Next Steps - Three Things That Make a Good Knitter

Appendix
Yardage Guidelines for Items You Might Like to Knit - Knitting Needle Sizes - Standard Yarn Weight System - Reading List - Online Resources

Acknowledgments

Index
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  • Posted August 27, 2014

    How To Knit is a basic but thorough tutorial on the basic stitch

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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