Knit Wit: 30 Easy and Hip Projects

Knit Wit: 30 Easy and Hip Projects

by Amy R. Singer

Paperback(Stand-up format, hands-free, Spiral)


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060740702
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/28/2004
Edition description: Stand-up format, hands-free, Spiral
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Amy Singer is the founder of Knitty (, an online knitting magazine with a sense of humor and absolutely no doily patterns. She lives in Toronto.

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Knit Wit
30 Easy and Hip Projects


It's All About You

meet your book

This book has a dual personality. It wants to he a learn-to-knit book ... to be alone with you, a soothing beverage, and some time so you can get to know each other better.

But it also sees the glint in your knitter's eye that means you've seen your next project in its pages and will think of little else until you cast on for it. This book wants to help you get your fix.

If you've never knitted, I hope this book makes you crave needles and yarn. Or gimp. Or leather.

If you're a lapsed knitter (this is a very common phase in a knitter's life not let it alarm you), I hope this book encourages you to come back.

If you knit all the time, you'll probably just like the patterns. Excellent.

I learned to knit when I was six. I remember endless lengths of garter stitch interrupted only by my dropped stitches and tangles. In my early twenties, I picked it up again, but it wasn't until the last few years that it grabbed me by the nose and wouldn't let go. Part of the appeal now is the materials I have to choose from. Allergic to wool (I get a cold when I work with it), I've been stuck knitting with what felt like butcher's string for most of my life. Now there is an entire world of cotton-blend yarns and new synthetics that are softer than anything. And as you'll see in this book, sometimes you don't even need yarn to knit.

So, grab a cup of something, sit down, and introduce yourself.

you, knit? yup.

Clearly you want to knit, or you wouldn't be holding this book.

Knitting isn't hard. Knitting is relaxing. Like taking a long drive in the country.

But remember when you were first learning to drive? How there were just so many things to be aware of at once? Knitting is sort of like that. Except if you make a mistake while knitting, you don't have to call your insurance company Once you learn a skill, it's yours. So claim knitting. If you love the finished product and have two hands, you can knit. Your intense desire to see the finished thing may keep you going when you're first learning, but once you realize that you're no longer holding your breath as you make each stitch, you can enjoy the process as well.

I knit because I love it. Moving the yarn and needles in predictable patterns is soothing to me. I find knitting endless rows of the same thing heavenly. But other knitters get excited by the complexity of following new charts for colorwork or patterning.

Aren't you curious which kind of knitter you are?

you're completely uncoordinated

Okay, cut that out. All new knitters say this. It's hooey. I'm a huge klutz, and I can knit. So you can, too.

None of us could tie our shoes until we learned how to tie our shoes. Would you tell a little kid he or she is too uncoordinated to tie shoelaces? Nope. Treat yourself as kindly and allow yourself time to be new at knitting.

you like yarn? oh, you will.

You will most likely need yarn to knit. It comes in all flavors and weights and textures, and it's addictive, this stuff. Once you see what it can do, you want more of it.

All yarn is absolutely not equal, though, so here are some guidelines to keep in mind as you go looking through the walls of balls at the yarn store.

Handle yarn (respectfully, since you don't own it yet) before you buy it. Gently squish the ball. Put it next to the soft skin of your neck. Do you like how it feels? Take a little bit of the loose end of the yarn and gently stretch it. Does it give at all? Look at the color under different light sources. The color can change from the front to the back of the same store, and what you thought was blue could end up being purple by the time you get it home.

For the lefties

The following instructions are written by a righthanded knitter. Some lefties may have no trouble following them (my lefty friend Dana is most comfortable knitting like I do); unfortunately, for others, they'll be no help. For left-specific instructions, I recommend Sally Melville's fabulous book The Knitting Experience: The Knit Stitch. You might also find these online resources useful:

Knit Wit
30 Easy and Hip Projects
. Copyright © by Amy Singer. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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