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The Beginner's Knitting Manual: The Ultimate Book of Tips and Techniques

The Beginner's Knitting Manual: The Ultimate Book of Tips and Techniques

by Debbie Tomkies


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Learning to knit can be frustrating when it takes too much time and effort to begin your first project. The Beginner's Knitting Manual introduces an array of stylish projects — cardigans, scarves, socks, and more — that offer a quick start. Even if you've never tried to knit, you'll find that it offers plenty of chances to make something interesting, satisfying, practical, and beautiful.
Step-by-step instructions, accompanied by full-color photos and stitch patterns, are suitable for intermediate-level knitters as well as beginners. As you advance through the book, you'll notice that the patterns gradually become more complex. But they'll remain easily achievable, as your skills and confidence gradually develop. Even the more experienced will find this volume a great go-to reference for essential techniques, including cables, knitting in the round, colorwork, and much more.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780486842882
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication date: 10/14/2020
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.75(h) x (d)

About the Author

Debbie Tomkies has designed for many major knitting and crochet publications, including Knit Now, Simply Knitting, and Yarn Forward. She is the author of several how-to books, including Knit Stitch Dictionary. Debbie presents workshops on knitting, crocheting, dyeing, and textile arts to crafters at all levels. She lives in the United Kingdom.

Table of Contents

Welcome/About This Book 6

Chapter 1 Getting started 8

Needles 10

Your knit kit 12

Yarn 14

How to read knitting patterns 18

Chapter 2 Essential stitches and techniques 20

Holding the needles 22

Holding the yarn 23

Making a slip knot 24

Casting on 25

The knit stitch 28

The purl stitch 30

Increasing 34

Decreasing 41

Binding off 44

Gauge 46

Be inspired 48

Quick start project: Raspberry tote 50

Quest designer project: Simple scarf, Amanda Kaffka 52

Chapter 3 Stitch patterns for texture 54

Charted designs 56

Introducing lace 60

Introducing cables 64

Be inspired 74

Quick start project: Cabled cowl 76

Guest designer project: Baby's shawl, Diane Ugo 78

Chapter 4 Knitting in the round 80

Introducing knitting in the round 82

Using double-pointed needles 83

Using a circular needle 88

The magic loop method 92

Be inspired 98

Quick start project: Tubular ski socks 100

Guest designer project: Knitted baskets, Jacinta Bowie 102

Chapter 5 Colorwork 104

Working stripes 106

Fair Isle colorwork 112

Intarsia colorwork 122

Be inspired 126

Quick start project: Fall-inspired pillow 128

Guest designer project: Colorwork mitts, Di Gilpin 130

Chapter 6 Finishing techniques 134

Seams 136

Weaving in ends 139

Blocking and finishing 141

Picking up stitches 142

Buttonholes 146

Be inspired 148

Quick start project: Pagoda easy cable beanie 150

Guest designer project: Clutch purse 152

Glossary 154

Resources 157

Index 158

Credits 160

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