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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: 1.3 x 19.7 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (281 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,195 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

: )

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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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165 of 166 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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14 of 14 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 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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140 of 146 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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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A REAL beginners guide 28 Jun 2009
A brilliant book which really does cover all the basics. It makes learning knitting a joy as the projects are so simple and rewarding to make. The skills are well explained in clear steps with good illustrations. The projects are useful and pretty and worth making. Other beginner books i've used have been frustrating and time consuming and its easy to loose interest with other books as they are a bit too complex for a true beginner - there is none of this with this book. Now i have the basics I'm moving on to simple patterns such as Noro, but i still use this as a reference when I forget/have a blank moment.

This really is the best beginner book I have seen - and being a hoarder, I have a few of them!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A life saver! 18 Jan 2009
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Being from Brazil and having learned to knit, as a kid, in Portuguese terms, I needed to find out how to do it "in English". I hadn't picked up knitting needles for nearly a decade and even then, all I was ever able to do was garter or stocking stitch scarves. This book really brought it all back AND THEN SOME! It's very clearly written, the pictures are excellent and I just can't fault it in anyway.
It gave me a good and strong base to start on different and more advanced projects: I've got myself a cable hat and fingerless gloves to match - all of it in less than a month! Yay!
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5.0 out of 5 stars really good for the beginner bought these for my daughters has ...
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This book is great seems east to follow im a beginer so need all the help i can get would recamend it to a new knitter worth the price aswell
Published 4 days ago by julie barker
5.0 out of 5 stars They loved it.
Bought as a gift. They were very happy. Has several useful projects for beginners that will have your loved ones wearing awfully made scarfs in no time.
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Published 9 days ago by Helen.
5.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes I need to supplement the pictures with some YouTube...
This book is really helpful for new knitters. Sometimes I need to supplement the pictures with some YouTube tutorials just to make things clearer but overall I'm really happy, it's... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Shazza
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Bright and beautiful hardback book describing the basics of knitting. I have been knitting for years but was given this book and, as there is always something to learn, have taken... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Wendy Unsworth
4.0 out of 5 stars Would not recommend.
Not very many patterns included. Would not recommend.
Published 20 days ago by Coastaldave
3.0 out of 5 stars Functional but cringworthy.
I purchased this book as an absolute beginner to knitting and I have to say it does what it says on the tin. I'm now able to make a simple garter stitch, purl stitch and rib. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Mr David R L Dowland
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Love this book. Some nice projects and lots of creative ideas
Published 28 days ago by Caz Vale
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