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Knitting From Start to Finishing: Everything You Need For Learning and Improving Your Skills

Bev Dillon , David R. Willingham  |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bev Dillon
  • Directors: David R. Willingham
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Delta Productions
  • DVD Release Date: October 31, 2005
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 1929512236
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #321,112 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Product Description Relaxed and patient, Bev teaches knitting basics plus all the skills you need to finish a garment. Both Continental and American methods are shown, as well as short rows, cables, lace knitting, several methods of increasing and decreasing, buttonholes, fixing errors, and more. A free down-loadable pattern booklet which accompanies the program is available online at The programs are also available on VHS. Contents: 8 chapters Knitting Basics Needles, Yarns & Measurements Decreases, Increases & Short Rows Textures, Cables & Lace Seams & Joinings Finished Edges & Trims Buttonholes, Pompoms & Fringe Color Knitting This DVD is part of a three-program set including also Crochet From Start to Finish*ing with Bev Dillon and Tatted Lace From Start to Finish*ing with Bev Dillon.


As a self-taught knitter, I have one question for Bev Dillon: "Where were you twenty years ago?" --Knitter's Magazine, Summer 1989

Hosted by knitting expert Bev Dillon, this is a pleasant low-key introduction to the art of knitting. --Video Librarian, March 1989

Knitting From Start to Finish*ing with Bev Dillon is like having your own personal knitting instructor on call. --Craft Connection, April/May, 1989

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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
This is a clear, straightforward video that teaches the basics of knitting and a few more complicated techniques - perfect for beginners! Advanced knitters won't learn much; intermediate ones will pick up a trick or two. The patterns given are easy and simple enough that you can memorize them and knit hats, tams, booties, etc even if you haven't got the book handy. There's no attempt to turn knitting into some kind of 'artsy farsty' endeavour, either. Bev appears genuine, friendly, a bit awkward in front of the camera - obviously a Real Knitter whose goal is to teach you how to knit, not to impress you or sell you something. Many videos are more concerned with beautiful scenery and showing off the instructor (Erica Wilson's comes to mind) but not this one. You see more of Bev's hands than her face so you can actually see what she's doing. The focus comes and goes in a few of the close up shots, but never so much that you don't get a really good look at what's happening.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even one new skill is worth the price. July 29, 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I have been an enthusiastic knitter for decades. But I could never master the yarn-in-the-left-hand technique, certainly not for the purl stitch, despite many attempts and much effort. I even came to the conclusion that the difficulty of purling while holding the yarn in the left hand was the reason for (beloved and dearly missed) Elizabeth Zimmerman's devotion to garter-stitch-in-the-round. (No purl.) HOWEVER, this video showed me the way! The finger movements that Bev Dillon demonstrates make it as easy and natural as... scratching an itch! All my knitting is faster, easier, and less tiring now, and knitting with two yarns (one in each hand) is a joy. OVERALL, the video is probably most informative for beginners. And for beginners, it is indeed terrific. If you want to learn to knit for the first time, this video is definitly an excellent choice. If you are already an experienced knitter, there may be less here for you--unless you want to master yarn-in-left-hand knitting!
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS DVD February 16, 2006
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I have purchase several DVD's in order to retain what I have learned in knitting classes. This is the best so far. I am a basic beginning knitting and in less than 2 hours I made a pair of baby botties. It is clear, concise and easy to follow.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This dvd will help novice knitters. It gives you the basic knitting foundation with a grandma type of feel. There are absolutely no bells and whitles on this dvd --infact it seems it was originally recorded on VHS or beta (ha-ha!) and the production crew coverted it to dvd. What I'm trying to say is, this dvd was way too expensive for the quality of the dvd. Now, if you can get passed that, it is good for establishing basic knitting skills. The one BIG negative though is the instructor prefers Continental Knitting and most of her knitting examples use Continental method instead of American/Throw method. She does begin the video with American, but all of the projects use Continental. One should know that before shelling out the bucks for this dvd.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just what I needed April 18, 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
I haven't finshed watching the whole video but what I've seen has been very helpful. Yes, it's boring but I expected it to be boring -- it's a video about knitting, after all! But what I've seen so far has been very instructive and things I didn't know how to do before I now can do. The one drawback I found was that she uses a knitting style that is foreign to me so either I must relearn her style (not sure I'm going to do that) or I must continue to translate her left-handed knitting in my brain to my right-handed style. But overall I thought this was a great buy.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what you're looking for... October 14, 2006
I checked this title out from the library as a beginning knitter, and it really cleared up a lot for me. My technique is better and I can now knit more than just scarves! Bev (although not overly animated) is darling and anticipates the mistakes beginners will make, then clearly explains how to avoid them. She may be a bit bland, but who wants an aerobics instructor for a knitting teacher, anyway? The other thing that surprised me about this tape was my mother-in-law, an expert knitter, also picked up a few tricks. I was so impressed that one video was able to help both of us, even though we are on opposite ends of the ability spectrum.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't watch this video if you are tired. March 6, 2003
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
If you are tired, this video will put you to sleep. No offense to Bev, but the quality and speed at which this video moves is poor. The picture is fuzzy and the colors are not good. I am sure her talent as a knitter is excellent, but this is a very over-priced video. Maybe all of this is due to the date it was copyrighted, the video is over 10 years old. I gave this video a high rating at 3 because, like I said, I am sure she is talented, but the video isn't.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT Learning Video!! May 10, 2004
By rover
Format:VHS Tape
I just learned to knit 3 weeks ago and believe me, I'm at the bottom of the class in terms of skill. After watching Bev Dillon's video, however, I instantly began to relax and understand basic skills I couldn't seem to retain from class to class. Now I'm not so ashamed of my projects and I actually have a usable scarf! I think Bev is very talented and has the ability to instill the love of knitting through her gentle and clear manner. Get this video if you need help with your knitting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Old, but helpful
The movie looks like it as filmed a hundred years ago, but very insightful and helpful. They do a lot of close up of her hands and she speaks slowly and clearly.
Published 21 months ago by Jennifer
5.0 out of 5 stars Bev Dillon rules! Superior quality video and worth every penny and...
Full of excellent techniques and tips, far superior in quality, content and value for the money than any other videos by other experts! Read more
Published on July 12, 2012 by Bev Dillon Fan
3.0 out of 5 stars Knitting Video Review
Anyone could learn to knit from this video. But, the picture qulity is rather poor. It's just very outdated looking. I'm donating mine to the library.
Published on March 18, 2012 by Elizabeth A. Pingley
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful DVD for learning to knit
I first purchased a differemt DVD for how to knit Continental Style. Then decided to try Bev's DVD. This is much the better DVD and certainly the better VALUE! Read more
Published on June 9, 2011 by Anami Bremer
5.0 out of 5 stars very good DVD for beginners
I recommend this DVD for beginners who would like to learn the basics of knitting. The instruction is clear. Read more
Published on January 2, 2010 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Good info, but boring to watch...
Sorry, I realize this lady has lots of experience, but she's far too dull to watch. I am a self-taught knitter who has been knitting for years, so I was hoping to pick up some... Read more
Published on February 9, 2008 by Gwenevere
5.0 out of 5 stars Knitting
I ordered at least five DVD's for Knitting. This is the best one out of the five that I watched. Very Good, would recommend it to anyone.
Published on May 9, 2007 by L. D. Middleton
5.0 out of 5 stars Knitting from Start to Finish*ing
Great way to learn to knit especially all the details involved with the process. I loved it! Thank you!
Published on March 20, 2007 by Jamie A. Jenott
1.0 out of 5 stars boring, lousy and not very good.
Someone sent me this DVD because they knew I liked kntting DVDs and had learnt to knit from THE ART OF KNITTING. This was a real let down. Read more
Published on June 17, 2006 by GINA THE KNIT QUEEN
2.0 out of 5 stars Way over priced !!
Although I learned to crochet with Bevs crochet video I was greatly disappointed with this knitting video. Read more
Published on June 28, 2005 by B. Bomersbach
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