This book was a godsend to Derby Knit Club in
our first few weeks, as it covers everything you need to know when first
starting to knit, and was referred to time and time again. The spiral
binding makes it very practical AND it can stand independently, making
it easy to follow while you knit! From back to front, there are 10 great
beginners' projects, including tassel hat (produced several times by
one of our Knit Club members!), Bunny Rabbit (my favourite!) and more!
The patterns are suitable even for a beginner to follow, but the designs
are interesting to suit all tastes, no matter how experienced a knitter
THE KNITTING STITCH BIBLE
So what do you do once you've learned how
to knit and purl?
This book is as much an inspirational/aspirational
lifestyle book as much as a knitting book! Alongside some fantastic
projects such as knitted sweater egg cosies, felted bags, and finger
puppets, you will find cookie recipes, literature and films which feature
knitters/knitting, decorating with yarn, and more! Unlike most craft
books, you can actually sit and read this one, as well as look at the
pictures! The styles are completely contemporary. The title may be slightly
deceptive, as if you are newcomer to knitting, you won't be able to
complete most of these projects in a weekend, and the patterns can be
a bit complicated to follow (despite the notes accompanying each project).
But for a more experienced knitter, there are some really stylish projects
to get your teeth into. I love this book!
SIMPLE KNITS FOR SOPHISTICATED LIVING
When I first began knitting, I soon discovered
that working with chunky wools on thick needles is far more satisfying
as your work grows quickly, and you see results much faster! I also
developed a love of overdyed wools, as the variegated colours held my
interest more than plain shades. This book, then, was clearly developed
exactly with people like me in mind, as it uses nothing smaller than
a 5mm needle, and is a great introduction to some beautiful hand-dyed/textured
yarns. The book begins with a basic introduction to knitting, including
casting on and off, knitting and purling (all with photos/diagrams),
and abbreviations (as found in most patterns), which makes it suitable
for someone who has not been knitting for very long. The projects are
stunning, each by a different designer so you get a great range of styles,
from funky wine bottle covers to traditional table runners to flower
power purses to felted mice (!). There's something for everyone in this
book, and it's so colourful I just keep turning back to it for inspiration!