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Book Review: Getting Started Knitting by Jennifer Worick
By Sandy Amazeen Jun 6, 2006, 15:53 GMT
This guide gently initiates novice knitters by getting them comfortable with the rhythm of casting on, knitting, purling, increasing, decreasing, and binding off before graduating to simple projects that introduce rib, seed, stockinette, and garter stitches on straight, circular, and double-pointed needles. ...more
When most folks think about learning how to knit, the first project that comes to mind is typically a scarf and although scarves do figure prominently in Worick’s “how to” book there are plenty of other patterns to inspire and teach. Each chapter begins with a humorous four question quiz just to get things started on a light hearted note before diving into the nitty gritty. From making the first foray to the yarn shop where one learns about the importance of dye lots, yarn weights and needle sizes, this handy beginner’s guide is like having the patient assistance of a great aunt at your elbow.
Clear diagrams, close-up photography of the stitches and understandable written instructions take the newbie from cast-on to bind-off before covering blocking and seaming. Included in the pattern collection are a couple of kicky ponchos, colorful leg warmers, hats and even a couple of sweaters along with a nice purse/lunch bag and a bold stop sign baby blanket. The knit skirt pattern won’t flatter all body types but the matching capelet will appeal to all ages.
With a comprehensive abbreviation key, glossary, list of yarn suppliers and resources this knitting introduction covers most all the bases. The only thing missing are close-up photos of the actual yarn used in each project that might be helpful to a beginner. If you have ever considered taking up knitting as a wonderful new pastime you can’t do better then this as your guide.