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The Knitting Experience Book 1: The Knit Stitch, Inspiration & Instruction Paperback – November 1, 2002
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1. A preface teaching the novice the basics - holding the needles, casting on, etc.
2. Chapter one has several simple scarves and a triangular poncho - sized for adults and children
3. Chapter two introduces knitting in the round with a mini-skirt, leggings, and a cap. Also a flat knit cap and mittens.
4. Chapter three features a jacket and vest knit from side to side.
5. Chapter four features the "star" of the book - the Einstein coat which is knit in panels going different directions (very cool!). Sally offers the coat in sizes from infant to large mens. There's also a purse and a bunting pattern.
6. Chapter five features features several variations of a summer weight pullover with styling ranging from modest to sexy.
7. Chapter six introduces the skill of slip stitch using the same stitch pattern in a mix of pullovers and cardigans for both children and adults.
Fully half of the book is devoted to teaching skills - big sections at the beginning and end of the book and smaller sections in each chapter. Sally offers an encylopedia of wisdom - often with a sense of humor. Her list of 10 most significant knitting discoveries is terrific.
Bottom-line - run, do not walk, to Amazon.com or whoever has this book in stock and get a copy of your own.
I asked the sales consultant to recommend a good basic instructional manual to teach me to knit. She recommended "The Knit Stitch".
In the past 4 weeks, I have knitted Joel's scarf, the flat knit hat, a couple of basic scarves using luxurious yarns, and am now feeling confident enough to try the ruana!
I have never knitted before. The only knitter I know lives over 400 miles away. This book has taught me to relax, enjoy the simple things, appreciate some hot chai, and learn what satisfaction can be derived from such pleasures.
Thanks Sally! Can't wait for book #2!
I consider myself to be an advanced knitter, and I'm not normally fond of garter stitch. But this book changed my mind! The designs are beautiful and classic, and not just for beginners. The sweaters are simple and elegant, so they will not go out of style anytime soon.
In short, this is a must-have book for any knitting library.
I would probably be considered an advanced beginner (have done a sweater and a few other things, mainly with simple techniques). I found quite a few of the tips and hints to be helpful. For a beginner, I can imagine that the actual photographs of the stitches and process, instead of diagrams, would be very helpful. At the time I borrowed it, I was working on seaming my first sweater and consulted the book often. She teaches only the knit stitch in this book, leaving purling for the second in the series. Personally, I would have preferred both in the same book as a beginner but separating them would let her include much more detail and you perfect one stitch before moving to the other. Each pattern is labeled with the level of difficulty.
My biggest problem is the patterns. Obviously, patterns are going to be a matter of personal taste and style so others may disagree with me. I didn't find anything in this book that I just have to make. Most are in garter stitch, a couple are stockinette on circular or double pointed needles. I just don't like garter stitch, except in a fuzzy or novelty yarn scarf! She does include a few projects for men and children but most patterns are strictly for women.
The sweater and other garment patterns struck me as quite dated. I'm 29, with a personal style that is relatively classic, slightly trendy and didn't find anything in this book I'd like to wear. Some of the garments are cropped, some are modeled with big gold buttons, most are oversized and baggy.Read more ›
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I bought this book about 10 years ago and used it to teach myself how to knit. Although I did not make any of the included patterns, the book itself is top-notch in its approach. Read morePublished 1 month ago by C
This is a fabulous book. I bought it especially for the Einstein Coat pattern. But it's filled with many other fabulous patterns and projects.Published 3 months ago by Donna Heron
Its ok. I was exploring the craft of knitting. I found sweater projects that took to long (6 weeks or more) and I found that I would not wear in public what I knitted. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Paul E. Taylor
Love the instruction and the simple yet elegant designs that will please every skill range of knitter.Published 4 months ago by Suzanne B.
Very good book....the pattern for the Einstein coat is within this book and the author takes the pattern and develops it into several off-season projects. Read morePublished 4 months ago by LML