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How to Knit: The Definitive Knitting Course Complete with Step-by-Step Techniques, Stitch Library, and Projects for Your Home and Family Hardcover – May 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Series: The definitive knitting course complete with step by step techniques, stitch libraries and projects for your home and family.
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Trafalgar Square Books (May 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570761450
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570761454
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.8 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #294,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

Although the title might imply that this is a book for beginning knitters, it should appeal to knitters on all skill levels. In a series of nine workshops, Bliss, a prolific British knitwear designer and author, covers all the major areas of knitting, starting with a beginner's workshop and progressing through simple stitch patterns, aran knitting, color work (Fair Isle and Intarsia), lace, entrelac, decorative details, knitwear design, and finishing. Each workshop includes step-by-step instructions, a stitch library, and several projects. Full-color illustrations abound. One caveat: Rowen yarns, not widely available locally in the United States, are specified for projects, so beginning knitters may need the assistance of a knowledgeble yarn shop owner or knitting friend in making substitutions. An excellent choice for public libraries.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"Always wanted to knit that giant novelty sock but never knew how? Debbie Bliss's 'definitive' knitting manual will teach you how."  —Time Out New York: The Holiday Guide


More About the Author

Debbie Bliss is the foremost knitwear designer for children. With a string of bestselling titles to her name, she regularly tours the US, Canada and other countries, giving lectures and doing workshops and has her own Debbie Bliss branded yarn range which is sold worldwide. Debbie lives in London with her husband and two children. Her website is www.debbiebliss.freeserve.co.uk.

Customer Reviews

The explanations are clear and the instructions easy to follow.
nmorgan
If you are a crocheter, like I am, and are wanting to learn knitting, you will learn with this book.
Tonya Caudle
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn how to knit!
New To Knitting

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 18, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Some of these reviews sound suspiciously like they are written by a paid reviewer. True, the book has big diagrams for basic stitches, but the diagrams are ambiguous. I had to consult other books to clarify the techniques. Any other book I looked at explained it better, with better diagrams. The two needle cast on is not as good as the one I learned from the pamphlet that came with my knitting needles.
I knit up the entrelac sampler, and found a mistake in the pattern. Furthermore, you have to 'pick up and purl' to make this pattern --a technique not explained in the book. These are nits to someone who's been knitting awhile, but very frustrating for the beginner.
For these reasons, I can't recommend this book to another new knitter, yet the book is marketed that way. Beginners, beware!
The book has a bias towards cotton yarn. I like cotton yarn, so I call that a good thing. It's something to think about if you don't happen to like cotton yarn.
On the plus side, the book explains a wide variety of techniques. If you already had the basics down, you could use probably use this book to expand your range of skills. You might have to look at other books to clarify some explanations, but the book does survey a variety of knitting techniques. The photos are very appealing.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Tonya Caudle on August 21, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I really liked this book because it was very detailed. It explains technique, terminology, and patterns that a beginner can understand.
It is written so that you build your skills as you go, with project lessons for each section. I have completed the first lesson, a garter stitch tote bag, and am working on the second lesson, a stockingnette child's sweater.
The only complaint I have is that I will the very beginning projects were a little smaller, so that you can learn quickly and move on to the next lesson or section. But, the directions are very easy to follow and you do really learn the stitches this way in a slow enough method that you really LEARN.
If you have never picked up a knitting needle, I highly recommend this book. If you are a crocheter, like I am, and are wanting to learn knitting, you will learn with this book. I have tried four other books before I found this one and this is the one that I'm sticking with.
Finally, this book does include more advanced techniques such as Fair Isle, intarsia, and jacquard as well as designing your own patterns. Not only do you learn the basics but you can keep advancing your skills as you become more comfortable with knitting. A true book for learning the craft!
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 21, 1999
Format: Hardcover
As a beginning knitter with no experienced mentor to ask questions of, making the jump from scarves to "real" items was intimidating, to say the least. The patterns were all in another language, and many other books (including those written by Debbie Bliss) often showed beautiful but very complicated patterns. Finding this book was a gift. So that's intarsa! That's how to cable! Best yet, the items made are attractive and useful, so you don't feel like you are doing your homework until the real fun starts. A wonderful resource for those not blessed with an experienced friend to show the way.
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50 of 56 people found the following review helpful By sarahbellum on February 22, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I am coming back to knitting after having learned as a child, and really wanted to find a book that not only explains the basics but also helps me expand into new territory. I hoped this was the book but it isn't. The instructions on how to do the foundation stitches are very sketchy--for example, there is no indication at all of what your hands should be doing! There are only diagrams of what the needles and yarn should look like. Then when more advanced techniques are explained, the supposed step-by-step diagrams show only what each step looks like AFTER it has been completed, again with no indication of what the knitter's hands should be doing. I found it confusing at best, and even a bit misleading. The projects are not very inspiring and seem, as has been remarked upon, to focus far too much on items for children. I have some small children in my life but frankly, as a not-very-proficient knitter, I prefer to spend my energy on projects for people who will be the same size when I finish as when I started! All in all, if you can find an old copy of Barbara Walker's Learn To Knit Afghan book, you won't get the slick photography but you will get a terrific, clear, and very complete introduction to knitting. That's a much better way for a new or returning knitter to get started.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Dickinson on April 25, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I taught myself to knit using this book, and I would recommend it to all beginning/aspiring knitters. The diagrams clearly illustrate every technique discussed. They accurately portray the textual descriptions, which provides a visual "quick reference" for each technique. The text is engaging and easy to follow. Bliss explains even the most complicated techniques without "dumbing it down." My only problem was that many of the projects in the course were for children. Since I neither have nor know any kids, I actually found myself searching for easy, similar patterns as substitutes. Even so, Bliss does a great job of walking the beginning knitter through the basic skills and on to more advanced techniques. Probably the best aspects of her book are the Aran and color-knitting (Fair Isle and Intarsia) and Entrelac workshops. They provide me with a lot of inspiration, and something to look forward to as my skills increase. I would also recommend this book to anyone looking to brush up on their skills, or to have around as a reference book.
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