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Knitty Gritty: Knitting for the Absolute Beginner
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on 20 September 2008
This book is ideal for beginners or those, like myself, that learned to knit years ago and haven't picked up needles since. It takes you through all of the basics first and includes some handy hints. I really liked the section on mistakes and how to undo them, many other knitting books I have seen don't include this. There are also some good patterns for beginners' projects using techniques you have learned. I really liked the necktie, my Dad is in for a treat this Christmas!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 13 September 2009
I purchased this book to remind me of the basics as I haven't knitted for about 20 years. It all came flooding back though. I found one or two of the instructions might have been a little confusing for an absolute beginner but nothing that couldn't be worked out by reading carefully. The book covered all the basic topics that would be needed to make simple garments, and indeed had patterns for scarves, mittens, bags, a lacy wrap, knitted flowers, childrens cardigans and more. All projects that a beginner could do. The only thing I would change is 'The Knit Mantra' which, to my mind, is too wordy to remember easily. My mother taught me 'in, round, through and off' which is so easy and which I have passed on to my daughter. In summary though, I would say that this is a good knitting book for beginners and for those that need reminding.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 20 December 2009
This is a great book if you, like me, have picked up knitting after more than 15 years of not knitting (and was never a real knitter). Explanations are excellent, it has good "workshops" to practice and knit something useful at the same time. I found this book reallt helpful, and even when I'm following a pattern on a different book, if I have doubts about a technique, I always come back to this book to check the explanations as they are much clearer than in any other book. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who is really a beginner and wants a chance to learn without frustration!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 31 October 2011
I brought this book about 2 weeks ago, i was very doubtful i would be able to knit but this book is brilliant! Within 10 minutes of opening the book i had cast on! Within 15 minutes i was knittintg! Now bare in mind i was a complete begineer!! I have never ever picked up a knitting needle before let alone knit! The book as pictures and a very clear and precise instructions. Its very simnple and uncomplicated! knitty gritty has a loads of prjects in starting from total begineer and slowly getting harder as the book goes on, but the projects progress in hardness so you dont get baffled. Knitty gritty shows you a few different stitches, how to correct you work if you make a mistake, busts all the knitting jargon so you know whats being said. Knitty gritty is a fun, modern and very very simple book to follow. If you are a total begineer this is the only book you will need :) If you have knitted before this would be a very good book to refresh you also. 10/10
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 11 October 2010
At the time of writing this, a new knitting book for the absolute beginner has just been launched - Purls Of Wisdom by Jenny Lord. It's a *beautiful* book and the patterns are gorgeous. But like all the other "beginner" books out there, the how-to-knit section consists of drawings that I personally find very confusing. This is where Knitty Gritty differs. Aneeta uses photographs to show you what to do, which is 10 times easier to follow. I still maintain that it's easier to learn from a relative/friend but if you have to do it from a book, buy Knitty Gritty.

Additionally, while Lord learned to knit in her 20s and has thus written the book she wished she had when she started (which sort of makes her the Laetitia Maklouf of knitting) Patel is an experienced knitting teacher. Lord starts you on a Bramble Stitch Scarf, which is beautiful but not something I can achieve with so little experience - snaps for those of you who managed it; I'm happy to admit I may be in the minority. Patel goes for a big, chunky scarf that only requires the knit stitch. A lovely, simple project with a much bigger pay-off, even if the garment round your neck isn't quite as elegant as Lord's. The second project, baby booties, is also knit-only, giving you time to build up your confidence before bringing in the purl stitch.

Both books are great but if you're a true beginner who has struggled to learn from diagrams, I would recommend Knitty Gritty hands down.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 10 December 2009
This book is worth buying for the pictures alone, some of which made me laugh out loud as I turned the pages whilst reading it on the tube! Does the man on page 100 seriously wear that pink and yellow stripy knitted tie?!

I love the 'Manly' scarf (page 112), and the hot water bottle covers - and how cute are the baby mittens?!

The book is well written, easy to read and the instructions easy to follow.
Lots of different patterns and stitches are detailed and illustrated, the only improvement I would volunteer would be to add a little bit more detail to some of the patterns which can be rather plain, or at least to have two versions, one basic and one for the more daring novices out there.

However this is a beginners' book, and it offers a good grounding to progress from.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on 18 January 2010
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 17 October 2013
My granny taught me some basic knitting as a child, and thirty years later, having had a sudden inexplicable urge to knit for my children, I thought I'd buy a book to refresh my knowledge and give me a few new skills. I chose this book as it looked good and had good reviews. I was not disappointed. It has refreshed my casting on/ off skills and basic stitches as well as teaching me how to understand patterns, basic cabling and other new skills. There are 'handy hints' , ruler edged pages, and other useful information about knitting. The book is nicely presented, instructions were clear and the pictures nice. It is a very good book for beginner and rusty knitters. Once I've finished my various basic works in progress I will likely buy the next book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 1 July 2009
Knitty Gritty: Knitting for the Absolute Beginner

I had never knitted before in my lfe until my daughter taught me the basic stitch in January. Then I got this book and within days was turning out wearable items. It is so practical and easy to follow and best fo all the patterns are inspiring - you want to knit them/wear them/give them away with pride....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 3 September 2011
Hi everyone,

I am from Germany and last year I spend in Scotland studying at university. I was an ABSOLUTE BEGINNER at knitting! One day I went to a library in Scotland and found this amazing book - I thank God for this day!

Knitty Gritty has guided me through the process and I actually felt like Aneeta (the author) was sitting NEXT to me helping me to understand if I am on the right path! The pictures explain every little step and author's kind words support you like personal teacher. Joy and fun guaranteed!!!

This book is an amazing work of an artist and a teacher at once. In about 2,5 months I have learned and created about 7 beautiful works from Knitty Gritty and gave them to my family for Christmas, they loved it!

Now I am back to Germany and I could not find another book like this - not in English, Russian or German! I have searched on the Internet, in libraries, at bookstores - Aneeta can be sure she is not just The Best UK Author, but also The Best in Europe, Russia and USA!

I am looking forward to buying the new book in August 2012.

Aneeta, your work has made my life even more joyful, peaceful and beautiful! Thank you and your team!
Knitty Gritty: Knitting for the Absolute Beginner

Best wishes and many thanks from Germany,
Anna
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