13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Couldn't use this alone but useful,
This review is from: Knitting for the Absolute Beginner (Hardcover)
I've been learning to knit for a little while and used You Tube videos to get me started. I have to see how something is actually done and pictures always miss out the inbetween stages of how you get from *here* to *there*. However, that's all about learning styles and I think you need to figure out what works for you.
I bought this book because I wanted to fill in some gaps in my self-taught knowledge and to help me progress from doing endless scarves and squares in knit stitch. A British knitter may notice that a lot of helpful information (especially online) is American and therefore uses different terminology. Well, this book gives you a chart of needle sizes and yarn weights, so this goes some way to help decode things.
The idea is that you can work your way through the patterns (from the most basic through to an amazing looking cable cardigan at the end), get to grips with the basics and move on from there. It certainly does do this and it give you some helpful troubleshooting tips, such as picking up dropped stitches. I also love that it's spiral bound and so you can have it out in front of you while you're knitting.
It certainly doesn't have everything but then I don't expect any single book to provide everything I need in precisely the way I want it. The biggest criticism is that she only uses Rowan branded wool and doesn't usually specify the yarn weight (dk, aran etc), so I have to look up the yarn online in order to use an alternative (I tend to avoid sheep's wool because it makes me itch).
Overall, I would recommend this as a handy, knitting bag book but will certainly be adding to it with others (I definitely want something that gives lots of different types of stitches and explains different types of yarn and what they're useful for).