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how to Knitting for Beginners: Using the Continental Method [Kindle Edition]

Lucy W. DeFranco , James Welsh , Raphael DeFranco
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Perhaps you are a beginning knitter and want to start by learning the most efficient and effective fundamentals. Or, you may have been knitting for a while, but you knit slowly and wish you could knit faster. Have you ever wondered if you could increase your speed AND your efficiency at the same time?

What if there were a book that could teach you, in just a few short weeks, the fundamentals you need to enjoy a lifetime of confidence and satisfaction in your knitting skills? What if that book also included knitting patterns for hats, scarves, baby blankets, and more? And what if that book had dozens and dozens of high quality photographs showing you exactly what your hand and finger positioning should be as you go through the steps of a technique?

Many knitters in the US and the UK have learned to 'throw' their yarn onto their needles with a lot more effort than they need to, resulting in a consistently slower rate of knitting and an inefficient use of the fingers and hands. Strangely enough, this is a holdover from World War II, when the Continental knitting method fell out of favor among Allied populations due to its association with Germany. The Continental method is the most efficient and quickest way to knit, yet many English language knitting books still teach the English or American styles.

A woman named Elizabeth Zimmermann famously used her books and a PBS series to reintroduce the Continental method and 'knitting in the round' to several generations of American knitters from the 1950's until her death in 1999. Although EZ, as she was affectionately referred to by many knitters, had a major influence on the contemporary knitting scene, a glance through many recent books and instructional videos still reveals a widespread lack of knowledge about the most efficient away to manipulate the yarn and needles with your hands and fingers.

This book was written to address that gap in knowledge and is divided into six weekly lessons which start with basic fundamentals, and end with intermediate level skills and projects. In this book you will find: how-to knitting for beginners, knitting patterns for hats, knitting patterns for scarves, knitting patterns for baby blankets, a wealth of high quality photos showing you how to perform the techniques properly, and a rich listing of additional resources the blossoming knitter can go to for further development and inspiration.

Lucy W. DeFranco taught beginning knitting lessons for a number of years, and elaborated and expanded upon the lesson plans for those classes to create this book. Although her particular techniques are not quite identical to Zimmermann's, like her grandmother before her she is capable of producing prodigious amounts of knitted material when she wants to, and she credits this to the efficiency of the Continental method. Ms. DeFranco is also an accomplished weaver, fiber artist, and language teacher, and has raised many different kinds of wool-bearing animals. She was also one of the co-founders of The Web*sters, a knitter's and weaver's supply store in Ashland, Oregon.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2635 KB
  • Print Length: 211 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Lucy W. DeFranco (24 Jan 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0071H3UU2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #280,754 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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how to Knitting for Beginners: Using the Continental Method is just what I needed to help me understand this method.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 31 May 2013
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This gives clear easy instructions. It is wonderful. I have been a slow knitter for years and within a couple of days of having this little book I have really speeded up. I have tried other methods of learning this method but this book is amazing. Having it on the kindle is great.
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By Hwyl
Difficult to give this item the correct number of stars - because I haven't read all of it! I have received a short extract on my Kindle and it appears to be really excellent, teaching the very basic knitty (excuse the pun) gritty of continental knitting. Because there are exercises to do for each section, I am sure they will prove to be a really big motivation in sticking to the practice, and the reader will soon begin to feel at ease with this very efficient way of knitting. I think for content, it would probably get five stars.

BUT, I REALLY, REALLY want this book in paper and print. Apart from anything else, knitting books are 'eye candy', and I just love having a collection of them - ebooks just don't hit the spot. (No, I don't actually stroke them - but it's close!)

I have the most basic Kindle - black and white and small in size which will probably prove adequate - I just won't enjoy the process much. Am I going to buy it - not sure yet.

Another reason for wanting it in print is to give it as a present to the friend who first told me about continental knitting and that when she retires (very soon now) she is going to try it. Whether or not it will be possible to buy Kindle books as presents, I would still want a hard copy to give as a gift.

So, apologies to the author for downgrading the number of stars because of the format - nag your publisher.

If you have a more sophisticated, larger format, coloured e-reader, then I'm sure you will find this book fantastic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Praise for the Continental Method 18 April 2012
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I get to say my grandmother taught me how to knit when I was very young. However, she used the old 'throw the yarn over' method, still my favorite but highly unpleasant when working with multi-stranded projects. I have attempted to learn the Continental Method on my own, with limited success. I kept twisting my stitches. When I received a gift of the Kindle Fire (I live on a Tall Ship and I was collecting too much ballast because I am a *big* fan of novels) I immediately looked for knitting books to download. How to Knitting for Beginners: Using the Continental Method was too hard to resist. What a delight, for Lucy has provided excellent photographs and instructions.I was able to see where I was going wrong- without a magnifying glass. I now know how to do the Continental Method and I can't think of higher praise for a How-To book, except a competent bibliography. Here too, Lucy excels. Knitting is one of the few creative endeavors I can have on board. Yarn tucks in nice and it does not weigh much. Knitting books, however, are problematic. I had to *carefully* (and painfully) choose a few out of my well loved collection.Lucy's bibliography contains all I chose and the many I had to leave behind. Her selections are comprehensive and well known by any knitter who knows her (or his) stuff. Thank-you Lucy for giving an excellent start to a dying Art and for providing a means, with your links and bibliography, for all to *continue* learning and loving to knit. My only complaint, and I am not sure this qualifies as a complaint, was the prevalence of very wintry wool projects. We in the south, who love to knit, have need of lighter projects, especially with plant fibers...perhaps a sequel?
The Continental method is a fast, charming, multi-functional method of knitting and is user friendly on the wrists, your fingers do all the walking. I highly recommend this method and I highly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hooray! Nice clear instructions! 17 April 2012
By Tater - Published on
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With so many knitting books available, it's nice to find one that's not full of fluff. This author has accurately identified her readers and communicates with them in a direct but friendly manner. Clear and plentiful instructional photos, cool patterns, and plenty of extra information and sources. What a bonus to have it available electronically!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book for a beginner 28 April 2013
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I've never knit before and learning from a book was a less than ideal format for me -- or so I thought. DeFranco gives very clear written instructions, has photographs that help explain, and she builds her lessons on previously learned skills. In addition, the Kindle version photos are in color! This was a big help for me. I recommend this book for anyone wanting to learn how to knit holding the yarn the continental way.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible - Even if it was free 12 April 2013
By Margo Cragle - Published on
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I have been knitting continental style since I started to knit 40+ years ago. The descriptions for the pictures are confusing. The pictures are hard to see. Telling people to only use wool to practice is impractical as many only have access to acrylic. Telling them to contact manufacturer for washing instructions is silly since every yarn band I have ever seen gives instructions. Even free I wouldn't waste my time with this book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Impossible to follow 1 Feb 2014
By Robert M. Harvey - Published on
The pictures are not helpful and this is made even worse because of the poor quality of paper they are printed on. Explanations are confusing. Stick with you tube videos.
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