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Knitting for Dummies 2e [Kindle Edition with Audio/Video]

Tracy Barr , Pam Allen , Shannon Okey
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Whether you're just picking up knitting needles for the first time or you've been knitting for years, Knitting For Dummies, 2nd Edition, will be your pattern for knitting success.

Have you always wanted to knit, but are just not sure how or where to start? Have you been knitting for years and want to perfect your stitches? As a beginner you will learn the tools of the trade: the basics, how to read a pattern, the fundamentals, basic stitches, techniques no knitter should be without, what to do when you make a common mistake, tips for knitting in the round, how to knit some easy projects. More advanced? Try your needles at stripes, cables, twists, lace, Fair Isle, intarsia, and full garments.

Knitting For Dummies, 2nd Edition, will not only enhance the skills you already have, it'll teach you new ones, from expert knitters who will guide you every step of the way. You'll be on your way to knitting a new wardrobe in no time!

Kindle Edition with Audio/Video features:

  • 6 demonstration videos for knitting techniques

Editorial Reviews


'...invaluable aid to learning to knit...covers absolutely everything you need to know...bestselling guide.' (Let's Get Crafting, January 2010).

From the Back Cover

The bestselling guide to knitting — now featuring new projects and patterns!

Want to know how to knit? This fun and easy guide shows you how to create beautiful, timeless pieces, whether you're new to knitting or you're ready for more advanced patterns. From scarves and sweaters to bags, pillows, and more, you'll find lots of projects for practicing and perfecting your skills. Plus, you get the latest knitting techniques and resources!

  • Get ready to knit — choose yarn and needles, read pattern instructions and charts, and measure gauge

  • Now you're knitting! — cast on, knit and purl, use basic stitches, make increases and decreases, and knit in the round

  • Expand your knowledge — knit stripes and cables, work with multiple colors per row, do lacework, and more

  • Make great garments — assemble and block pieces, make bands and buttonholes, close seams, and add finishing touches

  • Handle common mistakes — know what to do if you drop a stitch or inadvertently add one

  • Make great gifts — knit a baby's layette, a child's sweater, pullovers, jackets, and more

  • Reap the added benefits of knitting — increase your creativity, learn patience, gain a sense of purpose, and soothe your soul

Open the book and find:

  • Step-by-step instructions with helpful illustrations and color photos

  • A fresh variety of projects, from beginner to advanced

  • The latest yarns and stylish patterns

  • Techniques every knitter should know

  • Felted knitting projects

  • Tips for relaxing stiff shoulders and fingers

  • A detailed guide to knitting your first sweater

Product Details

  • File Size: 153.1 MB
  • Print Length: 392 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003JH8WGU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #662,442 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for the Novice December 9, 2010
If you are brand new to knitting (never even picked up needles) then this book is NOT for you. The directions and pictures are on different pages so while your trying to read the directions and related them to what your doing with your hands with the pictures your expected to flip back and forth with your hands busy with the needles and yarn. Not very convienent. I recommend 'Knit:101, the indespensable self-help guide to knitting and crochet (vouge knitting)' I spent over a half an hour yesterday trying to cast-on using knitting for dummies and never got it and in less then 5 min I was on my way with knit:101. A far superior book for beginers.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle A/V edition missing photos of projects July 3, 2010
By Carol
Format:Kindle Edition with Audio/Video|Verified Purchase
The videos are very helpful; but I can't find the "color insert", mentioned in nearly every project, containing photos of the finished items. I feel this is a grave omission. How can one decide which projects to make, or tell if it is being constructed correctly without the photos? The publisher should offer a free "upgrade" edition.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, some clarity. February 5, 2009
I began knitting with Debbie Stoller's Stitch and Bitch, but the instructions were frequently either wrong or poorly written. I bought this book thinking that it could fill in the gaps, and it does. I wish I had bought this one first, and saved myself the twenty dollars.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read & understand June 12, 2009
Great book for both beginners & experienced knitters. Easy to read, plenty of diagrams & great if you get in a jam & need to fix it. Would definitely recommend this book to everyone.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FABULOUS!!!! April 1, 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I'm 65 years old and am just STARTING to learn how to knit. Go figure.....I'm REALLY a quilter. This book is FABULOUS!!!! It has helped me soooo very much.....for someone who has NEVER had any knitting experience. It is well worth it!!!! And such a good reference tool. ANYTHING you ever wanted to know is in here. I would higly recommend it for anywone who wants to learn how to knit.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the Best, But rather helpful in many places July 12, 2009
By Bella
I've had this book for several years, but never really bothered to pick it up and learn to knit until this past year. I am a self-taught knitter and all I knew how to do was a knit stitch. BTW, my copy is an earlier one, from 2002. If there are any corrections or additions to the new 2008 version, I am unaware of them. I am primarily concerned with older versions, and this new one probably hasn't changed much.

First, I would not recommend learning to cast on or purl with this book, as I was severely vexed (and started to cry in my frustration) trying to follow the instructions. I pulled a tutorial off youtube for both, though after a really hard look and rereading the text several times, you can figure it out, but it's not easy. You would probably be better off going to a yarn shop and asking for help or talking to friends and their relatives to get you started. There are many ways to cast on. The Ultimate Knitting Book by Vogue Knitting (check the title) has at least 20 ways to CO.

I haven't bothered learning to knit any of the projects in this book, as I have more interest in learning the craft completely before I pick up a pattern for a sweater or a scarf (I have plenty of both).
I will say that the stitch patterns that are included are fairly easy to follow, using basic knit and purl stitches, though be careful with the lace: I found some of the patterns don't work for me, but maybe it's me. I don't have a very firm grip of increase/decrease, but I couldn't work any of the patterns, save the faggot lace because it didn't make sense. I also had difficulty with the Chevron pattern for the Knitting Notebook (pg 143, 2002 ed.) and the Increase/Decrease Sampler (pg 145, 2002 ed) Neither worked and the directions were not clear or concise.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Knitting for Dummies review January 17, 2011
By Brownie
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book has helped me so much! I have people that are pro's who have helped me, too, but when I'm home and they're not around, this book was able to answer all of my questions. Things are explained very clearly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great resource December 3, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I am a knitter from way back but bought the book as it was recommended and I have gotten a lot out of it. I am in the process of breaking old habits and doing things by the book that are actually easier and better. I would recommend this for anyone who knits or is interested in learning to.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 2 months ago by TerrieLulu
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for knitting enthusiasts
Great book for beginner knitters as well as advanced knitters. I have this book as well as the first book. Both are very informative.
Published 4 months ago by Carlyta M. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
As a part-time knitter when not crocheting I need a refresher reference and this is a good one. Helps me to get back on track and I would buy it again.
Published 6 months ago by C. Richards
1.0 out of 5 stars if you can knit already, and done some projects.. this book not for...
Not a book i look for. Its good for real beginner. Although it is clearly made for starter knitters.. but if you have done some knitting project, this book is useless. Read more
Published 6 months ago by A. Soraya
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Directions are easy to use, and follow, good book for someone new to crocheting. Would recomend to have on hand for new patterns too.
Published 7 months ago by Cindi
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference book
All knitters should own this book.
Excellent for quick explanations.
Great way to find solutions to mistakes. Informative re tools,yarns.
Good resource lists. Read more
Published 9 months ago by enid brazier
5.0 out of 5 stars Knitting for Dummies
It has all the information this dummy needed.:) Look forward to knitting tops for children that our church is involved in. Thank You
Published 9 months ago by Nellie DeFrance
5.0 out of 5 stars Knittin For Dummies
Vey good instructional book, that has many good instructtions for knitting different patterns, that I will be trying. Thank You!
Published 9 months ago by Nancy L. Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource.
This is my go-to guide. I use it all the time. I am a self taught knitter so I don't have a lot of the basics. This helps fill in those holes of knowledge.
Published 12 months ago by Billye Silvester
5.0 out of 5 stars Knitting for Dummies
This book has come in handy on various occasions. I do a lot of knitting and refer to it whenever I don't understand some of the abbreviations.
Published 12 months ago by Valarino
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