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Very clear Photos on Basic Techniques. plus Lots of Patterns
on 20 March 2013
I am a returning knitter. Having not touched my needles for 22 years I am needing some instructions to jog my memory. I also want to expand my knowledge base and learn knitting skills I never had. After searching around, buying books on Amazon and raiding the local library I didn't have a clear fit to my ability until I found this book at the library.
It's the photographs that make this book really good. They are possibly the clearest I have seen anywhere.
Want to know what continental/European knitting looks like? How to hold the yarn and needles while you do it? It's here. I have read about it, now I can see it.
Cables, twists knitting in the round, with double pointed needles etc are all here in clear photographic instructions.
There is plenty of information on basic equipment and techniques.
The book also contains over a hundred patterns/projects in different sections.
Clothes: Cardigans, Sweaters, Hats, Scarves, Gloves, Socks.
Home: Blankets , Cushions, Bags and Toys.
I found the Home Projects the most appealing.
The designs are modern, stylish and use beautiful colours. nothing is crude or clashing.
The Clothes are a good selection though not up to a plus size, they do have four sizes for all garments, including a classic cardigan, while not very exciting it is what it is. I think the women's clothes selection is my least favourite, However here is a beautiful lacy shawl I have to make. Plus great socks at least four patterns I want to try out.
The Home projects are more exciting for me. I like the throws, blankets and cushion. The toys are also more original and attractive.
Each project has essential information made very clear. What yarn what level of ability the pattern requires. All the usual, but the bonus here are the very clear lay outs out which makes you feel more capable.
I think for either someone like me who needs to regain confidence, or a beginner who wants to learn to knit will find a lot of help.
I think even an advanced knitter will like the projects as they are attractive and some look very original. Whether the patterns alone justify the cost I can't say. I have looked through a lot of books in a short space of time and this one really stands out.
Now I have to buy my own copy. As I don't want to give it back to the library and I have to !