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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd (27 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849491615
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849491617
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 1.3 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Our prediction for the next big thing in knitting.' --Mollie Makes, October 2012

'The collection of 20 garments and accessories not only teaches the basics of the craft but will also make the newbie knitter the envy of all her fashionable friends.' --Knitting Magazine, Autumn 2012

'Learn to Knit, Love to Knit has some stunning vintage-inspired colour projects for beginners.' --Image Interiors & Living, September 2012

'Anna Wilkinson's debut book, Learn to Knit, Love to Knit, is perfect for anyone who's looking to pick up the needles for the first time. Anna takes you through all the stitches in simple step-by-step, then helps you practise with her then 'Learn to Knit' designs, which use only the most basic techniques. Then, as your confidence grows, you can move onto other projects which involve more advance stitches.' --Crafts Beautiful, November 2012

About the Author

Anna Wilkinson is a leading designer within the new, young knitting pack. A recent Textile Design graduate from Winchester School of Art, in 2009 Anna was awarded the coveted Gold in the Knitted Textile Awards by the UK Handknitting Association for her collection of vintage-inspired hand knits. Although influenced by traditional hand-knitting techniques, Anna's knitwear designs are characterised by exceptionally flattering garment shapes enlivened with quirky combinations of colour and pattern. Her knitted creations have already won her great critical acclaim and respect within the knitwear industry. When not designing garments, she also works for an internationally renowned London print studio sourcing and designing fabric and knitwear samples for major fashion houses, including Ralph Lauren and Paul Smith.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By beccalikesbooks on 9 Sep 2012
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This book is really cute and full of fun patterns for the modern knitter. The opening 'how to knit' pages have clear instructions with actual photographs of someone demonstrating step-by-step how to cast on, knit, purl etc - much clearer than the diagrams I've seen in some other books.

There are a few beginner-friendly patterns - a striped scarf and matching mittens made of quick-knitting chunky wool, both with pompoms; the bright and cheery fingerless gloves shown on the front cover; and a very on-trend, unisex, chunky bobble hat.

However, although a beginner would definitely learn the right skills from these patterns, I feel that the rest of the book is a bit too much of a leap for an absolute beginner and might be a bit too daunting, as it is made up of a range of jumpers and cardigans (which are a big task for a slow, novice knitter), and more complicated accessories such as a lace collar, a cabled hat and polka dot socks (so cute, I want to make these right away!).

I would therefore recommend this book to the more intermediate beginner (and beyond) - if you're already confident with the basics and want to develop more skills, then this would be perfect to inspire you to go further. For example, if you're ready to try changing colours but terrified by the full-on Fair Isle Rib Tanktop, then the Fair Isle Band Sweater (which is made of just two colour blocks joined by a band of Fair Isle) might do the trick.

The jumpers and cardigan are nicely up-to-date - not like the jumpers your grandma would knit for you! (Sorry grandmas). My favourite is the Simple Round-Neck Sweater with Raglan Sleeves as I struggle to find patterns this chic and basic; this one is so simple, I'm sure it will never date.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By E. Hayton on 8 May 2013
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I agree with the comments re the photographs. There are some lovely items in here but was disappointed to start the fair isle jumper to find that the pattern was wrong. Thanks to the reaches of social media I contacted Anna directly and eventually got the correct pattern but this really put me off my stroke as I am a vulnerable knitter. I would worry about attempting other patterns in case they had errors too especially as yarn can be very expensive.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Octillio on 4 April 2013
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I agree this book has beautiful photographs and some aspirational patterns for experienced knitters but aside from the mittens on the front and a pom pom scarf which was not to my taste, there is not much for the average knitter (by that I mean beginner/intermediate) to make unless you are a fan of knitted collars...

Granted there is a good section on learning how to knit and in the Love to Knit section there are some unique pieces, the tartan top for example was amazing, but I expect to make or at least want to make four or more items from any knitting book I purchase and I did not find this the case with this book. It teaches you how to knit and then showcases items which only an advanced knitter could make so for me too much of a leap from learn to love with not enough in between patterns.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda K. Robinson on 4 May 2013
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A lovely book , inspiration abounds with knitable garments that are contempory and easy to knit . The handwarmers on the cover are a joy to knit , quick easy and great for beginners and those with little time wanting an easy project to knit . Well laid out with good illustrations and instructions that are straightforward to follow and adapt for yourself . A lovely book for yourself or to give someone who desires to progress with knitting in a modern way
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miss Cr Gwynne on 5 Jan 2013
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This is the most lovely knitting book I've ever owned! I'm one of those people who has knotted a hundred scarves but always been too intimidated by patterns to try anything else.
Within a couple of weeks of receiving it as a gift I've knitted 2 sets of the gloves on the cover and have just finished a bobble hat (so feeling a bit smug! : ) The patterns are well explained and are things you'd actually want to wear for once! If I had to pick a fault (and it's a tiny one) I'd say keep an eye on the wool quantities it recommends. So far everything I've made has used about a quarter if nOt less of the wool it advises to buy. But still, better than not having enough!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. L. Creaton on 16 April 2013
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Full of bright colour, up to date and lovely projects to get you going. As with most books, has a bit that shows equipment and basic stitches, then a bit on how to do cables. Projects are: Pom Pom scarf and mittens, shopping bag, fingerless 'wrist warmers' chunky bobble hat, Muff and collar, round neck jumper, cropped cardigan, lace collar, lace top, striped jumper, American Fratt style cardigan (like something you would see in Grease the film), pretty cardigan with floral embroidery, short sleeved jumper, Fair Isle tank top, beret style hat and neck warmer thing, spotty socks, tartan top with 3/4 sleeves and a beautiful tweed cape thing which is way beyond my beginner knitting skills but can't wait to get good so I can knit it!

All projects have a fun retro feel, bright juicy colours. Great inspiration.
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The book arrived very quickly. I am enjoying making some of the projects and would recomend it to all knitters.
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By charella on 17 Mar 2013
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I was very pleased with the book bought for my daughters birthday - a fun book with lots of ideas!
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