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The Cool Girl's Guide to Knitting [Hardcover]

Nicki Trench
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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Parragon Publishing (July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405452323
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405452328
  • Product Dimensions: 27.5 x 22.1 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,745,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
The book describes itself as 'everything you need to know to get started'. Not quite true...

There's way too much detail for a beginner (the 'how to knit' section even gets bogged down in lessons on knitting Fairisle patterns!), but none of it is easy to follow, there is way too much text and far too few pictures.

The first knitting pattern for beginners is a jumper! The second is a hoodie! This kind of thing is way too complicated for a beginner. There's no way a beginner could even follow the patterns, let alone actually knit the things.

The patterns contained are very dull. Shapeless jumper, granny's make-up case, lurid poncho, nothing exciting or fun.

For a new beginner, or a confident beginner, I'd recommend The Knitter's Bible Knitted Accessories by Claire Crompton. Easy fun things, in bright colours that you can dash off in a week.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for beginners 24 Oct 2005
By Rhea Bays - Published on
I bought this book for my daughter, and it has been helpful to both of us. With clear instructions, easy to follow patterns, and some humor, it has made knitting fun for both of us.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely patterns - a great book 11 July 2006
By Sophie - Published on
I'm fond of this book - the cotton summer hat is particularly great if you're looking for something different and gorgeous.

One thing that keeps it from being a 5-star book for me, though, is that the author doesn't quite clarify what needle size system she's using. Thankfully, you can generally intuit the right size based on the recommended yarn. When she discusses needles, she indicates that there are different systems out there (metric, US, UK), she tells us that the UK system isn't in much use nowadays, and that most of the world (US excepted) uses the metric sizing system - which to me implies that, given this is an English book, she'd provide metric sizes - but she never actually says what we should be using. So when she says, e.g. #5 needles, is she talking US #5, or 5.0 mm?

Other than this, I'd highly recommend it. :)
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I learned how to knit! 25 Sep 2006
By E. Scott - Published on
I've bought so many "how to" books that it's become a bit of a joke in my family. I received this book as a gift and it is fabulous. It's packed with funny tidbits and comics about knitting (Did you know Russell Crowe is a knitter??) as well as patterns/directions on knitting different pieces. What stood out the most about this book, however, is the VERY dumbed-down approach to knitting. It uses real words for real people who've never knit before at all. Each step has a detailed no-jargon description and several photographs to get you through it. It's easy to read and very well illustrated and will have you knitting and in stitches (no pun intended) the first day. I recommend this 100% to anyone wanting to try a new hobby.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Knitting book I own 8 Jan 2006
By Andy - Published on
This book is fun and easy to read. I'm so glad I brought it! They have some cool designs you can make(like a cell phone or ipod holder, make-up bag, leg warmers, scaf,a dog sweater,a hat......).
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best book that I have 15 Jan 2007
By Lucie Peek - Published on
This book is alright, but I think it makes a lot of assumptions about the user. The pictures of the projects are great, but I am a really visual person, not to mention that I am left-handed and therefore have some trouble reading patterns anyway, so I would have had a lot more luck with this book if I could have had more pictures of the procedures as well. It is supposed to be a beginner's book, but I had some trouble getting started just because the instructions were not as clear as they could have been for a beginning knitter. Vague instructions coupled with no pictures to illustrate what it is I'm trying to do generally turn out badly for me. I'm not a super-great knitter, but I have finished a couple projects and I just don't think this is one of my better project books.

I really loved the pattern for the fingerless gloves with the little pocket on the front though. Those gloves are adorable and even though I have been working on them for awhile now, I still really like the project. Some of the projects are kind of ho-hum, but some are very cute.

Are there any books out there that have patterns written specifically for lefties??
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