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Old 06-02-2006, 01:40 PM   #1
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Knitting books for a beginner?
Hello all,

I'm very intrigued to begin this new creative passion! I would like to get a couple of books to learn how to knit, and I've narrowed down to 4--what would you pick for a newbie? (or is there one that's better than all these?)

My choices - 1. Teach Yourself Visually Knitting
2. The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns
3. Knitting Rules
4. Knitting for Dummies

Thanks for any advice!
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Old 06-02-2006, 02:05 PM   #2
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I learned by watching Amy's videos and the book "Stitch N Bitch". I do have the Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns and I really like it, but I wouldn't consider it a book to learn to knit with - to learn to create and customize patterns, sure. I haven't seen the others, so I can't comment on those. Hope this helps! Good luck.
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Old 06-02-2006, 02:15 PM   #3
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I learned to knit with "Knitting Dummies" It remains a great resource
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Old 06-02-2006, 02:48 PM   #4
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I have 2 and 3. While I like them both, I wouldn't recommend them for learning. Knitting Rules is more essays and humor than instructions.
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Old 06-02-2006, 03:02 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by JLC
I learned by watching Amy's videos
I agree with you about Amy's videos. (If you've never seen them, just click "Getting Started, Basic Techniques, and Advanced Techniques" at the top of this page.)

I think I learned more from watching Amy's videos than I did from anything else I've used. And I have a LOT of resources at home. (About 12 knitting books, 30 knitting magazines, 4 knitting videos, etc.)
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Old 06-02-2006, 03:15 PM   #6
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I think the Knitter's Bible is a great beginning/intermediate reference book to have. :D
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Old 06-02-2006, 04:15 PM   #7
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I also used Knitting for Dummies to learn. Stoller's Stitch 'N' Bitch books are also handy. And definitely check out the videos here!:D
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Old 06-02-2006, 06:52 PM   #8
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Sorry to disagree with the others, but I'd have to say "None of the above" to your list.

Amy's videos are a treasure, but I think they are a great supplemental resource for knitters, not a complete and primary learning experience.

If I were teaching myself to knit today, I'd go for Sally Melville's "The Knit Stitch," the first in a 3-book series called "The Knitting Experience." (The other two are "The Purl Stitch" and "Color.") Here's a link.

Melville leads you by the hand through everything you need to get started. As you go, she provides practice projects that you would actually want to wear -- none of them look like "beginner" styles. And all the while, you only have to learn one stitch: the basic knit stitch. The illustrations are clear and beautifully detailed. By the time you get through the book, you can turn out sweaters, shawls and more with confidence -- you're a knitter! Then it's on to "The Purl Stitch," which expands your repertoire a thousand percent. There are other books I'd suggest to beginners, including "Knitting in Plain English" by Maggie Righetti. A lot of people also like "Stitch & Bitch," though I think it tries too hard to be cool. But only Melville provides the combination of step-by-step learning with great-looking projects.

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For learning different stitches if you have the basics of knitting down, I like the Big Book of Knitting.

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Amy's videos totally taught me how to knit. Books and/or diagrams did absolutely nothing but frustrate me...than, AHHHH....the VIDEOS.....every single time I need to pick up a new skill I go back to the videos.

That said, if you have kids or kids to knit for, I think Melanie Falick's Knitting for Baby is a tremendous resource. It goes through all the knitting basics, with projects along the way that match the skills you are learning. I'm a continental knitter so (especially as a beginner) I really appreciated that the instructions and diagrams are continental as well. :D
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