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Knitty Gritty: Knitting for the Absolute Beginner [Paperback]

Aneeta Patel
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Book Description

30 July 2008
There's a new generation of knitters out there, turning the traditional image of granny-knitters on its head. Everyone has heard the mantra 'Knitting is the new yoga' but not everyone is lucky enough to have someone to show them the ropes and get them started on their very first row. Unless they have a friend or relative to teach them how to start, often would-be knitters turn to the so-called 'beginners patterns' but these can be confusing, difficult to follow, and more often than not written in 'knit' rather than English. This book will be a tried and tested guide for people at the very beginning of their knitting lives, looking for guidance and patterns for projects that they can use to make that first all-important step to 'Beyond the Scarf'. Contents include: Knitting Basics: Getting Started; Knitter's First Project: The Scarf; Workshops: Decreasing; Creating a Rib; Changing Colour; Increasing; Finishing; Knitting a Flower; Cable: Making a Cable; Making a Cable Bag; Eyelets and so on...

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Product details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd; Ill edition (30 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713685425
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713685428
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 19.7 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (258 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More About the Author

Hello, I'm Aneeta Patel.

I am a professional knitting teacher providing classes in London. I teach all levels and am particularly experienced with beginners. If you would like to learn to knit or improve your knitting please contact me.

I have also written a beginners knitting book called Knitty Gritty which you can find here on Amazon. If you have any questions or opinions about this book feel free to drop me a line. You can also send me photos of your knitting - I always enjoy this!

My publishers A&C Black were so pleased with Knitty Gritty that they have asked me to write a sequel for intermediate knitters. This will be out around September 2012.

For more info, please see www.KnittingSOS.co.uk

Thanks and speak soon,

Aneeta x
Aneeta@KnittingSOS.co.uk

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'This is one of the best beginners knitting books I have ever seen' --Read Craft Newsletter, Oct-Dec 2008

"Full of absolute beginner-proof instructions and patterns. The must-have accessory this winter " --The Sunday Telegraph

"This comprehensive resource is a must-have for the new generation of knitters" --Craftsman Magazine

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"Full of absolute beginner-proof instructions and patterns. The must-have accessory this winter "

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161 of 162 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My absolute favourite knitting book!!! 18 Nov 2008
By R. Helm
Format:Paperback
I love this book! I vaguely remember knitting when I was small but like many had forgotten how. The pictures are all really clear and the accompanying text is plainly written, making it all nice and easy to follow. Its also written for an English audience, so no need to translate needle sizes or yarn type from US.

I love the projects in this book, they all look fun to make, the patterns themselves are explained really well (especially all of the abbreviations) and most importantly it all looks really achievable. I hate looking through a so called 'beginners' book and feeling like I would be out of my depth knitting half of what is in it.

The author also encourages creativity which is great, I feel like I've made something I really like rather than just following a very specific pattern which can only be knitted with 'X' yarn.
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138 of 143 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I learned to knit thanks to this book!!!!! 1 Feb 2009
Format:Paperback
I was given a "Learn to Knit" book for Christmas and it's rubbish. I just ended up feeling frustrated.... so I searched Amazon for something decent and read the positive reviews of this book. I'm so pleased I bought it. Projects start simple and build up to more complex work. Good "trouble-shooting" section. Brilliant explanations of how patterns are written (which, as a complete novice, seemed like a foreign language to me!). Yes, there are lots of projects that involve children's clothes but, for me, that's not a criticism - personally I need small projects to get me started and keep up my momentum!! I have a concern though - this book has made knitting seem so fun and easy I'm going to spend a fortune on wool!!!!

If you're a complete beginner and need a book to get you started (and keep your interest in the beauty and fun of knitting) then this is definately the book for you!!!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From naught to knit in a few days! 21 Jan 2013
By JenB
Format:Paperback
I received this book for Christmas 2011, having never held a pair of knitting needles in my life. Within a week, I was halfway through knitting my first scarf - and I haven't looked back since!! A year on, I've knitted scarves, hats, bootees, flowers and cardigans...and even developed the confidence to try designing my own stuff - my boring page-to-day work diary now has a wooly cover that's the envy of all my work colleagues (actually I think they're all having a good laugh at my expense...but I'm proud of my wooly diary!!)

Back to the book. For a true beginner like myself, this book is truly fabulous. I love the way it's set out, for starters. Most books that aim to teach are new hobby are set out so that all the techniques are at the beginning, then there's a section at the back for prjoects. I've always found this so frustrating: you turn to the first project in the book because you're enthusiastic and rearing to go....but you end up having to flick back through all the techniques pages each time you encounter a new step requiring a skill you haven't mastered yet.

Not so with Aneeta Patel. This book is laid out as a series of tutorials; two to three at a time. So...once you've mastered casting on, basic stitches and casting off...you're ready for your first scarf. Finished? OK, time for some new information to add to your repertoire: decreasing stitches. Now, you can cast on and off, knit a basic stitch and decrease. Why not try some simple bootees? You get the idea. You could almost treat this as a workbook: go all the way through from beginning to end, and you will have mastered all the skills in the book; and (the best part), you will have loads of finished items to show for it!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Rosey Lea TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
This is a lovely, clearly illustrated book for the knitting beginner and improver. I specifically bought it for the clear tuition of sewing up techniques, as my final sewing up of the finished knitting often lets the piece down.

Although the tuition pages are great, I was disappointed by the patterns. The bulk of the book follows the format of 'here's the lesson, now knit this pattern', but the majority of the patterns are for children's clothes. Granted these are simple for the novice knitter, but as someone with no reason to knit baby clothes other than knitting practice, I felt a bit cheated to be confronted with so many baby and child patterns. The book should have been called 'Knitting baby clothes for the absolute beginner'.

Patterns aside, this book is really great for clear, straightforward knitting tuition and improvement!
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great 1 Dec 2011
Format:Paperback
as a 67 year old male , Iv'e decided to take up knitting to help pass the time.
this book is great .. after a quick skim through and a trip to the local wool
shop , Iv'e started to knit my wife a scarf . It may not be the worlds best scarf .
but I'm knitting already
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
By JAK
Format:Paperback
This book explains things really well and is very English, unlike most of the other books out there. What disappointed me was that there wasn't much in it that I actually wanted to make. Even in the professional pictures some of the stuff looks ill fitting and frankly a bit rubbish (fancy knitting your boyfriend a woolly necktie anyone??), also there are some basic layout mistakes where it's easy to follow the wrong steps when taking a pattern from one page to the next because the description of where to go next is just plain wrong.

However in terms of the actual techniques taught though it's fine and gives very clear explanations - what I've ended up doing is making things from the patterns in the Chicks With Sticks guide but using the explanations from here - the techniques taught are basically the same.
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5.0 out of 5 stars S
Easy to read and understand for all ages. Bought based on reading other reviews and so far has not disappointed
Published 1 day ago by Mrs S Fernando
5.0 out of 5 stars Very handy book even for complete beginners.
Very handy book - and as I am a completely amateur, it's just what I needed. I am following a pattern for a simple scarf. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Miss Diana Clayton
5.0 out of 5 stars My daughter loved this book
My daughter loved this book. The clear explanations have restarted the knitting she learnt as a child and she has made a lot of the patterns from the book. Well done Aneeta.
Published 10 days ago by Paigntonian
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Nice book with great designs that are easy to follow. Would be a lovely gift.
Published 16 days ago by Louise Digby
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful book!
This is a very useful and inspirational book for the beginner with lots of lovely projects to have a go at!
Published 1 month ago by lofty
5.0 out of 5 stars Could be only slightly better.
Some of the sizing in this book could be better as my gloves turned out wrong. Other than that a really comprehensive guide to beginners knitting!
Published 1 month ago by Jaynie Syers
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Book for the Absolute Beginner
The contents of this book are so easy to follow and contain a wonderful method of teaching by the talented author. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sylvia
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for beginners
My wife has recently taken up knitting and this book gives easy instructions how to start from the beginning and start making some interesting knitwear. Highly recommended.
Published 2 months ago by Oli K
5.0 out of 5 stars Taught me everything I know!
I'm new to knitting and this book explains things very simply. Along with the second book - Knitty Gritty the Next Steps, I have everything I need to know about knitting. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Miss C.
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous!
Fab book for beginners, easy to use and understand. Highly recommended! My first project (baby booties) were perfect! Thank you
Published 2 months ago by vicky saunders
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