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The Complete Beginner's Guide to Knitting (2004)

Nici Beason-McNally , Nici Beason-McNally  |  G |  DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (231 customer reviews)

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The Complete Beginner's Guide to Knitting + Silvalume 11191 Knitting Needles, Straight, 10-Inch + Lion Brand Yarn 601-610 Bonbons Yarn, Brights
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Product Details

  • Actors: Nici Beason-McNally
  • Directors: Nici Beason-McNally
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Nici Beason Knitting
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2005
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (231 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A0P6A4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,670 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Auto Pause   The video pauses automatically after showing you something new, waits for you to decide when to keep going, or lets you opt to see that last part again.

Booklet   Seven scarf patterns included inside take-along booklet.

Website   Free patterns, tips & advice, links to fun stuff, video clips.


Editorial Reviews

Review

This step-by-step, hand-holding guide to knitting is easy to watch and makes learning fast and simple. Although this DVD is packed with everything a beginner needs to know, the chapters are quick & bite-sized. Beautiful and clear demonstrations can get you started knitting scarf in only 30 minutes. What you'll learn: Casting On, The Knit Stitch (English & Continental), The Purl Stitch (English & Continental), Adding Yarn & Changing Colors, Bind Off, Increasing, Decreasing, Ribbing, Gauge, Finishing, First Aid Kit (how to fix mistakes). Free knitting patterns available for download from the website. Featuring broadcast quality video with close-up demonstrations. Playable WORLDWIDE. --Publisher

Product Description

Auto Pause The video pauses automatically after showing you something new, waits for you to decide when to keep going, or lets you opt to see that last part again.

Booklet Seven scarf patterns included inside take-along booklet.

Website Free patterns, tips & advice, links to fun stuff, video clips.

Suggested Kit Good starter yarn and needles sold on Amazon.com are Lion Brand's Wool Ease Chunky Yarn (avoid black and navy when first learning to knit), and Brittany 10-inch long Single Point Birch Knitting Needles US Size 10, 10.5 or 11. Any other 10-inch long wood needles in those sizes are good as well. Avoid the aluminum and metal as a beginner; they're very slippery!


Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
295 of 296 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Want to knit? Buy this DVD! December 26, 2006
By Annon
I LOVE this DVD! I've looked at books, online instruction, and even had a family member try to teach me. None of those methods worked for me. The way Nici goes about teaching is like having a friend come over to give instructions. She is very clear and goes slowly. The DVD pauses in places so you can go ahead and then press play when you are ready. She teaches two methods, English and Continental. We chose Continental. I found out why my family member could not teach me.......she does English, and I'm all thumbs that way. So having both shown gives you the ability to select which works best for you. The only thing for a beginner that I found difficult was casting on. The DVD shows 3 ways of slip knotting to start, but does not show where the tail should go....front or back? My mom came over to show us - after casting on the tail goes in the front. This is where you will be using the yarn from the cast on your first 10 loops.....when you turn the needle around as you switch hands, your tail will be in the back where it needs to be. I know that sounds simple, but for a beginner it was a conundrum!! If the tail is in the front, you run out of yarn! Other than that tiny detail....every detail for knitting and purling is covered well!! There are close up angles and it is show "over the shoulder" so you are not watching her knit and then try to reverse it. If you want to learn to knit......buy this DVD...within a short while you'll be knitting away!
Nici covers the following:
Casting on - how to get started
the knit stitch - continental or english
The purl stitch - continental or english
add yarn - if you run out or want to add a color etc..
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100 of 102 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Help May 30, 2006
I have been knitting for a little over six months and I know the basics (knit, purl, casting on, etc) but this DVD has still been an immense help to me. I now know how to apply emergency first aid to a swatch, how to block, increasing and other little things that you need on your journey to becoming a knitter. Also as a bonus, some of the knitting terms, SSK and K2tog are explained.

You can't go wrong with this DVD. She shows you English and Continental styles and the best part--she encourages you and tells you it's okay to hold your needle a certain way or knit loosely.

Oh, yes, I have never worked for Nici McNally and have no ties to any knitting company so I am completely unbiased
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112 of 119 people found the following review helpful
I first purchased this DVD in December 2005 and learned to knit immediately. I was able to knit 3 scarves for Christmas gifts just within a week after learning through this DVD. However, the first copy I received did not play properly. I contacted Nici and immediately got a response and a new DVD. That one worked just fine until my husband scratched it (he claims he didn't, and liked to point out the first one was faulty) and the player was unable to read it. And BTW, my husband has commented on Nici's style, saying, "How'd she get so good at teaching when she looks so young?" but he refuses to knit. oh well. So I am on my third copy, and I would continue to replace it if needed because the instruction is so clear, Nici is so personable that you'd think she was right there knitting with you, and the Chapter set up is great. The DVD automatically pauses after showing you a new technique, and then when you are ready you press play. So you never fall behind like in a class! There's a first aid kit chapter to help you figure out your mistakes and how to fix them. My third copy had an updated version of the booklet, with more detailed instruction patterns. I found the first edition of the booklet a bit vague for a beginner, but the new version is just right. I look forward to the sequel in the fall!
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than in-person instruction January 13, 2006
This is the dvd you have been looking for if you have been frustrated in trying to learn to knit. I've sat beside two different people who have patiently tried to instruct me, and I've also taken a class, and I have a good book, but nothing compares with having a close up view of a knitter's hands right in front of you, in the same position as your hands, guiding you through the steps. This is just excellent and the instructor is very pleasant. The stop-and-start-whenever-you-want feature is also perfect for the beginning knitter, who needs to finish a row, or practice for several rows before moving on. It's also very easy to play a section again as often as you like through a menu that comes up on the screen after each new lesson. I originally bought it because I wanted to compare continental and english knitting, which is another real plus of this dvd and the way it is structured. I'm glad I read the other reviews on this site and bought this dvd - it's a must-have and the only one you'll need to get started, whichever style of knitting you feel comfortable with.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not too busy to learn knitting this way- May 22, 2006
I am a busy surgeon and mom, with very little time to do anything for myself. Since my son was born, I've had such a desire to learn to knit for him-but of course, like anything else, I figured that I wouldnt have the time. I stumbled across this video on the amazon site, and ordered it. I cannot believe how quickly I learned how to knit! The instructions are shockingly easy to follow, and I am knitting all kinds of things for my son now whenever I have a free moment. I wish Id ordered it earlier.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The best instructional video I've ever seen
The best instructional video I've ever seen, and I don't say that lightly. The options for left and right-handed students and both English and Continental knitting styles are... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Audrey E. Statham
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Seller - great product !!!
Published 3 days ago by P Shinn
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Gave as a gift
Published 1 month ago by jobo
3.0 out of 5 stars it may have been more useful.
This is for the real beginner, not for someone who has a little bit of experience. If I had not knitted before, it may have been more useful.
Published 1 month ago by merl66
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners and frustrated knitters!
I loved this DVD and Nici Beason's clear and easy instructions. I am just learning to knit and her teaching method is easily understood and her style is easy-going. Read more
Published 1 month ago by S. Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended for Beginning Knitters!
I bought this DVD as a beginning knitter and am very happy with it. The instructor is young, the lessons are paced slow and easy-to-follow. Read more
Published 2 months ago by LeAnn M
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great way to grasp how to knit. Step by step of everything you need to know.
Published 2 months ago by Alison A Baltz
5.0 out of 5 stars Just What I Needed!
Find it a wonderful guide for beginners. I hope to get the technique soon, Great instructions, but I am a slow learner>
Published 2 months ago by redbone
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic !
I so wish part two were available.
the videos are extremely clear and she takes her time, and you can hit the replay button at all times. Read more
Published 3 months ago by dch789
4.0 out of 5 stars Knitting book
This book was a Christmas present for my daughter. Have not heard any complaints, so she must like it! Great!
Published 4 months ago by Brigitte D Yates
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Hi Joy,

You've probably received your DVD by now, and have purchased your yarn & needles, but I'm posting this reply for other people who have the same question.
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