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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Visual (December 19, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764596403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764596407
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 7.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"It's the next best thing to a knitting class."  (Crafts ‘N Things, July 2006)

From the Back Cover

Do you learn faster by seeing and doing than by wading through tedious instructions? Then get yourself some yarn and needles and get knitting! Teach Yourself VISUALLYKnitting shows you the basics—photo by photo and stitch by stitch. You begin with the essential knit and purl stitches and advance to bobbles, cables, lace, and fancy color work. With fun, innovative patterns from top knitting designer Sharon Turner, you'll be creating masterpieces in no time!

Concise two-page lessons show you all the steps to a skill and are ideal for quick review

  • Each skill or techniqueis defined and described
  • Detailed color photos demonstrate each step
  • Step-by-step instructions accompany each photo
  • Helpful tips provide additional guidance

More About the Author

Sharon Turner designs knitwear, and when her daughters were babies, published Monkeysuits, a line of knitting patterns for babies and children. She is the author of Teach Yourself Visually Knitting, Monkeysuits: Sweaters and More to Knit for Kids, Teach Yourself Visually Knitting Design, Knitting Visual Quick Tips, Find Your Style and Knit It Too, Teach Yourself Visually Knitting 2nd Edition, and Knitting Stitches VISUAL Encyclopedia. In between books, Sharon also had the good fortune to work as technical editor on a few fun books written by aspiring/inspiring designers. While working on her last two books, Sharon went to nursing school and in 2011, became a registered nurse. She recently added CHPN [Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse] to her title, and works nights in a small inpatient hospice unit in a large New York City hospital. She is learning a lot from her supportive and talented colleagues, as well as from her patients and their families. Sharon lives in Brooklyn, New York, and sometimes in Hague, New York with her wonderful husband and three rapidly growing daughters [two of whom are taller than she and are therefore no longer monkeys].

Customer Reviews

Used this book to learn how to knit.
Charmaine
You can really see what you're supposed to be doing with the needles and yarn at every point.
Busy B
The pictures are colorful & clear, the directions are VERY easy to understand.
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188 of 191 people found the following review helpful By Joan M. Parlin on January 23, 2006
Format: Paperback
I have literally used this book every day since I bought it. What especially appeals to me are the photographs. Having up-close picures of actual knitters' hands make the direction more clear than in any book I have ever used before. Anybody could really follow the simple directions. Even though I call myself an intermediate knitter, I have discovered some very basic things I was doing wrong, and using the clear text and photos, I have corrected myself. I sincerely recommend this book over all others I have ever used.
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96 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Shoupster on February 1, 2006
Format: Paperback
I have tried several times to get the hang of knitting, but for some reason have never been able to put it all together. This book was instrumental to my finally figuring things out. Plus, unlike so many other knitting books out there, it actually had patterns a person might actually be interesting in wearing. The book isn't just for beginners like moi, however. A close friend of mine, who is a very experienced knitter, has also enjoyed using this book.
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139 of 146 people found the following review helpful By knitter on February 1, 2006
Format: Paperback
Chock-full of great, detailed photos, this book shows everything you need to know to learn to knit in the first place or to brush up on particular skills. Even with nearly 20 years of knitting under my belt, I still learned some great tricks from this book. (Ever had trouble with stair-stepping when knitting a striped hat in the round? This book shows how to fix that problem.)

The projects are beautiful, and none of them are terribly difficult. I've already made the Tweedy Pointed Hat and the Cozy Mittens. I've also used some of the finishing techniques shown, such as how to make a twisted cord and how to crochet an edging.

When you're done with this book, check out Monkeysuits, the author's book of beautiful knitting patterns for kids.
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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful By tachi1 TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 28, 2008
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This book is excellent for someone who either already has limited experience knitting or who has a friend or teacher who can answer really basic (as in "stupid") questions. If you don't fit into either of these categories, there is no way you will "teach yourself visually knitting" just with this book.

There are too many gaps. For example, there is the assumption that you instinctively know which is the "right" side and which is the "wrong" side, among other basic bits of knowledge. This may or may not be important, but when the instructions say do this on the right side and that on the wrong side, you'd like to know before proceeding. Being told that the "wrong" side is the side you don't see when you're wearing it is not helpful because, right now, you're not wearing it. Being shown what the right side looks (or should look) like and what the wrong side looks like, would be. (When you are really beginning, the anatomy of a stitch is not exactly obvious. You're just following a sequence of instructions and not sure why or how it all fits in at the end).

I also didn't find the "mistakes" section as clear as I would have liked: what is a "dropped" stitch? How did it happen? What can I do to prevent it? At a critical point such as a mistake (where you're close to panicking that you've just blown the whole project!) a few more photographs in the sequence of steps would have made an already tense situation a little less tense.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Anna on January 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
In the past few years, I have had neither the time nor the patience to seek out a knitting instructor, for what other college student in Texas wants to learn how to knit? But I wanted to learn the basic stitches just so I could knit myself a scarf for my trip home to New York. I bought this book on a whim, and have been delighted with my purchase!

The writing is straightforward and insightful - the author Sharon Turner is clearly incredibly intelligent. And the accompanying pictures make it the perfect book for any beginner. I have fallen in love with knitting, and also feel confident enough with my technical ability to take on more ambitious projects. I am so impressed that this book really did teach me how to knit - I was hoping just to learn some basic stitches so I could make a scarf, but now I feel comfortable experimenting with more interesting garments.

I have since purchased Sharon Turner's other book "Monkeysuits" and knit some more complicated patterns. I never thought I'd see the day when I'd be knitting up a storm, but this book has truly been amazing!
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 25, 2007
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I had given up on ever learning to knit until I found this book. I had many hours of frustration and tears under my belt because I could never see clearly and for sufficient time to get the picture in my head of what to do next. This book has very clear color photos with sufficient explanation that even someone who is awkward using their fingers like me can finally learn to knit. I'm definitely a "visual" learner in all areas of my life. Finally a craft book for me!

My own personal opinion is that the continental style seems quicker once you learn it than the English style, so if you are just starting out go with continental. You will move your hands less to make stitches with the former method hence more stitches per minute. Just be aware that most knitters in the US seem to have learned the English method, so may have fewer people who can help you initially.
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