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Teach Yourself VISUALLY Knitting

Teach Yourself VISUALLY Knitting

by Sharon Turner


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A new edition of one of the top knitting primers on the market

Teach Yourself VISUALLY Knitting has been one of the top knitting primers on the market since its publication five years ago. Now, updated with brand-new patterns, even more helpful photos, and expanded coverage of knitting techniques, Teach Yourself VISUALLY Knitting, 2nd Edition, is the go-to knitting book for crafters who learn faster by seeing and doing than by wading through tedious instruction books.

You'll get visual guidance on the basic knit and purl stitches and advance to bobbles, cables, lace, and fancy color work. Photo by photo and stitch by stitch, you'll learn how to knit socks, hats, mittens, sweaters, and more.

  • Concise two-page lessons show you all the steps to a skill and are ideal for quick review
  • Detailed color photos demonstrate each step, and helpful tips provide additional guidance
  • Other titles by Turner: Knitting VISUAL Quick Tips and Teach Yourself VISUALLY Knitting Design

Packed with step-by-step instructions and fun, innovative patterns, Teach Yourself VISUALLY Knitting, 2nd Edition, will have you creating masterpieces in no time!

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780470528327
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 02/08/2010
Series: Teach Yourself VISUALLY Consumer Series , #21
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 123,647
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

SHARON TURNER is the author of Teach Yourself VISUALLY Knitting, Teach Yourself VISUALLY Knitting Design, Knitting VISUAL Quick Tips, Find Your Style and Knit It Too, and Monkeysuits: Sweaters and More to Knit for Kids. She designs knitwear and published Monkeysuits, a line of knitting patterns for babies and children. She also runs knitting clubs for kids and teens at New York City schools.

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Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1 Introduction to Knitting.

Getting Started.

Yarn Types.

How to Read Yarn Labels.

Care Instructions and Symbols.

Needles and Accessories.

CHAPTER 2 Basic Techniques.

Make a Slipknot.

Cast On.

Hold Needles and Yarn.

Knit: English Method.

Purl: English Method.

Knit: Continental Method.

Purl: Continental Method.

Join New Yarn.

Slip a Stitch.

Knit with a Double Strand of Yarn.

Bind Off.

CHAPTER 3 Basic Stitch Patterns.

Start with Simple Stitch Patterns.

Learn Rib Patterns.

Try More Complicated Knit and Purl Stitch Patterns.

CHAPTER 4 Shaping.

Increase 1 Stitch.

Increase Multiple Stitches.

Decrease 1 Stitch.

Decrease Multiple Stitches.

Shape with Short Rows.

CHAPTER 5 Correcting Mistakes.

Avoid Accidental Increases.

Correct Twisted Stitches.

Correct Incomplete Stitches.

Pick Up Dropped Stitches.

Unravel Stitches.

CHAPTER 6 Learning to Read Written Instructions.

Getting to Know Gauge.

Make and Measure a Gauge Swatch.

Knitting Terms.

How to Read a Knitting Pattern.

How to Read a Knitting Chart.

CHAPTER 7 Knitting in the Round.

Cast On with Circular Needles.

Knit Using Circular Needles.

Cast On with Double-Pointed Needles.

Knit Using Double-Pointed Needles.

Knit in the Round on Two Needles.

Knit Small Circumferences on One Circular Needle.

CHAPTER 8 Bobbles, Cables, and Textured Stitches.

Make Bobbles.

Make Simple Cables.

Knit 1 in the Row Below.

Knit or Purl Through Back of Loop.

Knit with Bobbles and Knots.

Learn More Cable Patterns.

Combine Cables with Bobbles, Knots, and Textured Stitches.

CHAPTER 9 Openwork.

Learn Drop Stitch and Yarn Over Patterns.

Experiment with Eyelet Patterns.

Work with Lace Patterns.

CHAPTER 10 Color Knitting.

A Look at Color.

Make Horizontal Stripes.

Work Seamless Stripes in the Round.

Master Corrugated Ribbing.

Learn Fair Isle Knitting.

Weave Yarns in Color Knitting.

Experiment with a Few Simple Color Patterns.

Try Intarsia.

Work a Few Simple Intarsia Motifs.

CHAPTER 11 Finishing Techniques.

Weave In Ends.

Block Your Knitting.

Sew Seams.

Graft Seams.

Assemble a Sweater.


CHAPTER 12 Finishing Details.

Pick Up Stitches.

Button Bands, Neckbands, and Collars.

Make Buttonholes.

Sew On Buttons.

Sew In Zippers.

Make Pockets.

Turned Hems.

Knit In Hems.

CHAPTER 13 Decorative Details.

Make Pompoms.

Make Tassels.

Add Fringe.

Knit a Cord.

Decorate with Embroidery.

Crochet Edgings.

Knit Fancy Borders and Edgings.

Knit with Beads.

Make a Felted Flower.

Make a Knitted Ball.

Line a Knitted Bag.

CHAPTER 14 Easy Knitting Projects.

Easy Horizontal Scarf.

Easy Baby Booties.

Baby Washcloth Set.

Lacy Cabled Scarf.

Textured Pillow Cover.

Cozy Mittens.

Felted Tote.

Eyelet Hat.

CHAPTER 15 More Knitting Projects.

Ribbed and Fair Isle Bag.

Beaded Headband.

Men's Cabled Sleeveless Pullover.

Striped Sweater and Hat for Babies and Kids.

Fair Isle Winter Headband.

Women's Pullover with Big Cable.

Toe-Up Socks.

CHAPTER 16 Modifiable Patterns for Hats, Socks, and Mittens.


Hat: Master Pattern.

Finishes for the Hat Top.


Socks: Master Pattern.


Mittens: Master Pattern.



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