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!
About the Author
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.
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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!
Title: How to Knit Learn the Basic Stitches and Techniques. A Storey Basics® Title Author: Leslie Ann Bestor Publisher: Storey Publishing Published: 8-6-2014 Pages: 113 Genre: Grafts & Hobbies Sub-Genre: Knitting Home, Needlecrafts & Textiles, Reference, Fiber Arts, ISBN: 9781612123592 ASIN: B00GU2RK4Q Reviewed For NetGalley and Storey Publishing Reviewer: DelAnne Rating: 4.75 Stars Socks, Scarves and Baby booties and Layettes are about the only thinks I use knitting for. Except for the occasional toy, doll clothes or blouse, I personally prefer crocheting. I do know others that will do knitting before even looking at a crochet hook. The choice is yours, but both are great talents to know. There are so many things to create, afghans, clothing and household items. So many things to tempt you. Learn the basics that are easy to read and replicate. My rating of "How to Knit Learn the Basic Stitches and Techniques. A Storey Basics® Title" is 4.75 out of 5 stars.