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Solutions to common knitting quandaries are at your fingertips—anywhere you go

Knitting VISUAL Quick Tips has the answers you need—fast. With detailed color photos and concise instructions, plus time-saving tips, it covers:

  • Selecting tools and yarn
  • Casting on and binding off
  • Knitting and purling: English and Continental
  • Working cables and bobbles
  • Knitting in the round
  • Shaping
  • Color Knitting
  • Correcting mistakes
  • Finishing
  • Adding decorative details
  • Understanding pattern instructions and charts
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470077825
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/4/2007
  • Series: Visual Quick Tips Series , #1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 131,827
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Sharon Turner designs knitwear and publishes a line of knitting patterns under the Trademark Monkeysuits. She is the author of Monkeysuits: Sweaters and More to Knit for Kids, Teach Yourself Visually Knitting, and Teach Yourself Visually Knitting Design. She lives in Brooklyn New York, with her husband and three daughters.

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Table of Contents

1 Knitting Necessities.

Knitting Needles.

Knitting Accessories.

Yarn Types.

Understanding Yarn Labels.

Care Instructions and Symbols.

2 Casting On.

Make a Slipknot.

Simple Cast-On.

Knit Cast-On.

Cable Cast-On.

Long-Tail Cast-On.

Open Cast-On.

3 Knitting, Purling, and Slipping Stitches.

Knit: English Method.

Knit: Continental Method.

Purl: English Method.

Purl: Continental Method.

Slip a Stitch.

Join New Yarn.

4 Binding Off Stitches.

Bind Off Knitwise.

Bind Off Purlwise.

Bind Off in Pattern.

Bind Off in Knitted Cord.

Three-Needle Bind-Off.

5 Correcting Mistakes.

Correct a Twisted Stitch.

Correct an Incomplete Stitch.

Pick Up a Dropped Stitch One Row Below.

Pick Up a Dropped Stitch Several Rows Below.

Pick Up a Dropped Edge Stitch Several Rows Below.

Unravel Stitch by Stitch.

Unravel Row by Row.

6 Reading Written Instructions.

Reading a Knitting Pattern.

Getting to Know Gauge.

Gauge and Stitch Patterns.

Make and Measure a Gauge Swatch.

Sizing in Knitting Patterns.

How to Read Knitting Charts.

7 Stitch Patterns and Maneuvers.

Simple Stitch Patterns.



Knit One in the Row Below.

Knit or Purl Through Back of Loop.

Simple Cables.

8 Knitting in the Round.

Circular Knitting Basics.

Cast On with Circular Needles.

Knit Using Circular Needles.

Cast On with Double-Pointed Needles.

Knit Using Double-Pointed Needles.

Knit in the Round on Two Needles.

Translate Instructions from Flat to Circular.

Work Seamless Stripes in the Round.

Simple Stitch Patterns in the Round.

9 Shaping.

Bar Increase.


Yarn-Over in Stitch Patterns.

Make 1.

Lifted Increases.

Multiple Increases.

Knit or Purl 2 Together.

Knit or Purl 2 Together Through Back of Loop.

Slip, Slip, Knit.

Slip 1, Knit 1, Pass Slipped Stitch Over.

Double Decreases.

Decrease by Binding Off Stitches.

Increase and Decrease Multiple Stitches Across a Row.

Shape with Short-Rowing.

10 Color Knitting.

A Look at Color.

Make Horizontal Stripes.

Fair Isle Knitting.

Weave Yarns in Fair Isle Knitting.

Slip-Stitch Color Knitting.

Intarsia Knitting.

11 Finishing Techniques.

Weave in Ends.

Block Your Knitting.

Sew Seams.

Graft Seams.

Assemble a Sweater.

12 Finishing Details.

Pick Up Stitches.

Button Bands, Neckbands, Plackets, and Collars.

Make Buttonholes.

Reinforce Buttonholes.

Put in a Zipper.

Make Pockets.

Turned Hems.

13 Decorative Details.

Make Pompoms and Tassels.

Add Fringe.

Make a Knitted Ball.

Make a Knitted Flower.

Make Twisted and Knitted Cords.

Fancy Knit Borders and Edgings.

Knitting with Beads.

Crochet Embellishment.

Embroider Your Knitting.

Appendix: Reference Materials.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2009

    Best ever

    I have scores of books on knitting but none of them are as good as this one. I love it so much I sent my daughter a copy.

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  • Posted April 26, 2010

    Helpful book

    I finally mastered knitting in the round after reading the simple and easy to follow instructions in this book. I had watched a couple of videos about it, but still made a mess; I had it conquered on the second try with this book in front of me. As a beginning knitter who really doesn't plan to go much beyond basics, this guide will provide the little tips that keep my projects fun and not so challenging that I abandon them.
    Very useful!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 15, 2012

    Handy reference book!

    Small enough to carry with you! Very helpful descriptions on different techniques. Nice pictures explaining the process.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 11, 2010

    Mother's Day

    I purchased this book for my Mother for Mother's Day,and you should have seen the look on her face.She was so excited,it made me feel really good inside.Because knitting means so much to her,it accually brought tears to her eyes,thats when I knew I made a great purchase.The book explained everything so clearly,I almost wanted to start knitting myself,such a joy.I recommend this to anyone who is a veteran,or just beginning in the field of knitting.I have to give it up to Barnes&Noble,they again have came through for me,I sincerely thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2013

    Excellent Resource

    Instructions and pictures very helpful. Really explains knitting basics and some extra skills.

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