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Really only for absolute beginners,
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This review is from: Knitty Gritty: Knitting for the Absolute Beginner (Paperback)
I learnt to knit at junior school, and wanted to get back into it after a 30 year break. I bought this on the basis of the reviews, but have found it's really aimed at complete beginners. The stitches covered are: cast on; cast off; knit (garter stitch); purl (stocking stitch). It goes on to cover ribbing; moss stitch; increasing and decreasing. There is also a simple cable stitch, which is the main new thing I learnt.
There are 16 projects in the book and a lot of them are for babies/ children or are (I'm afraid to say) rather ugly! The baby patterns are: baby booties; baby mittens; baby hat; baby cardigan; child's zigzag scarf; kiddie mobile phone cover. For adults there are several scarves/ wraps: really plain garter stitch scarf; ribbed scarf for men; 'girly' scarf (garter stitch but in nice lacy yarn); a triangular ladies' wrap (also lacy yarn). Home projects: cable stitch cushion cover; moss stitch hot water bottle cover. Other adult items: wristwarmers (nice); garter stitch knitted tie (yuck); cable stitch bag (so-so). Plus a (disgusting in my opinion!) knitted flower. The child's hat and mittens can also be made up in adult sizes but they really don't look very nice (and of course have seams since this book doesn't cover knitting in the round).
On the plus side, the illustrations are really good; the tips are good; it's helpful about choosing the right yarn types. I really like the format and how it's written, so have ordered the second book - Knitty Gritty Next Steps. In retrospect, I should probably have ordered that one first, and just used YouTube as a refresher.