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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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  • 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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (267 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

Thanks and speak soon,

Aneeta x

: )

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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


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

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162 of 163 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My absolute favourite knitting book!!! 18 Nov 2008
By R. Helm
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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139 of 144 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I learned to knit thanks to this book!!!!! 1 Feb 2009
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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11 of 11 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
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'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
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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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great 1 Dec 2011
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
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 A good guide for a beginner.
I love this book, im 32 and have only just learned how to knit, it has become a good friend and im getting more creative and confident with every project.
Published 2 hours ago by Mrs. K. L. Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars No need for knitting classes just buy this book!
Amazing book. So basic you can learn to knit without a class. So helpfully written. If you know nothing about knitting and want to learn this book is for you! Read more
Published 1 day ago by Turpili
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant book for beginners, like myself.
I have found this book very useful. I have never knitted before but with the instructions and tips, I'm knitting rather well and really enjoying it. Read more
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Excellent,so easy to follow
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Excellent book for beginners. Jemma my granddaughter loved it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent knitting book with lovely projects and helpful advice for...
Excellent book, just right for beginners. I hadn't knitted since I was little, and this book was so clear and helpful. Read more
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Published 7 days ago by sharon worthington
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good projects and easy to follow, daughter gradually working way through book. good illustrations
Published 10 days ago by mel c
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad!
I can't compare this to other books. Some of the instructions were a bit hard to understand so I went on You Tube where I was able to follow the instructions better. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Travelling Nomad
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Easy to read and understand for all ages. Bought based on reading other reviews and so far has not disappointed
Published 1 month ago by Mrs S Fernando
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