The Knitting Experience Book 1: The Knit Stitch, Inspiration & Instruction

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The Knitting Experience Book 1: The Knit Stitch, Inspiration & Instruction [Paperback]

Sally Melville , Alexis Xenakis
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Book Description

November 1, 2002
The Knitting Revolution? What`s revolutionary about knitting today is who is knitting (the new knitters are young women and retiring baby-boomers), what they are knitting (exciting yarns and projects), and most of all, why they are knitting (it feels good: the process, its creative and relaxing qualities, is at least as important to them as what they are knitting). What better time for a fresh approach to the learn-to-knit book?
Join The Knitting Revolution focuses on the knit stitch. With introductory chapters titled The Basics of Knitting, What You Need to Know Before You Begin a Project, and So You`re Ready to Start Knitting, this primer is the closest thing betweeen two covers to a knitting coach. Hundreds of clear, step-by-step photographs take you through each skill. Always the goal is to show you what you need to know when you need to know it. Choices are given, so each knitter can find the way that works best. Then the skills are put to work (and into a meaningful context) in the chapter`s projects. Loads of tips and special attention to details ensure that absolute beginners can complete any of the more-than-30 projects successfully; class, yet fun designs assure that they will want to.Like knitting today, this book is personal, passionate, powerful—exactly what the new knitter is looking for and irresistible to the already-converted.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 162 pages
  • Publisher: XRX Books (November 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1893762130
  • ISBN-13: 978-1893762138
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Sally Melville teaches knitting and is the author of Sally Melville Styles: A Unique and Elegant Approach to Your Yarn Collection and The Knitting Experience: Book 1: The Knit Stitch. She lives in Waterloo, Ontario.

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299 of 304 people found the following review helpful
I ordered this book sight unseen based on the strength of Sally's previous book - Styles. I couldn't be more delighted with what the came in the mail. The Knitting Experience may not cover everything about knitting. It's all about the knit stitch - nothing about purls (until the next book). So what's in the book---
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 or whoever has this book in stock and get a copy of your own.
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65 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book taught me to knit! January 22, 2003
It was a rainy December day in Northern California when I stepped into a yarn shop to avoid being drenched. I couldn't believe the beautiful yarns I saw. It wasn't like a trip to Woolsworth with Grandma when I was a kid! After feeling almost every ball of yarn in the store, I knew I just had to start knitting. But how? I remember a very funky chain stitch with a crochet hook when I was 7 years old...
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!
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You NEED this book! June 11, 2003
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Whether you are brand new to knitting or have been knitting for 30 years, you will find something in this book to love. I've only had the book since the second printing came out in March and I've already knit several of the projects in it (and want to knit more!)Excellent close-up color pictures of every technique described; beautiful, fashionable projects that anyone would love to wear or give as a gift. Every project in the book is made all with only knit stitches. Sally has managed to design projects that are simple enough for a beginner, but interesting enough for a seasoned knitter to enjoy making. She also presents some wonderful ideas about knitting in her 'knitting meditation' breaks between the chapters. I would add this book to my list of must have knitting books. If you want to start knitting, start with this book. I am recommending it to all of my beginning knitting students. If you've been knitting forever, you will have a hard time deciding which project to knit first. Go ahead, knit them all. I know I will!
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The must have knitting book of this or any year!! October 28, 2002
By Gail Z
As a fly by the seat of my pants, no help needed knitter, I questioned my need for a ground up knit stitch manual. Well, this is possibly one of the best written, most enjoyable knitting books I've ever read, and I would tell ALL knitters of every skill level to purchase the Knitting Experience ASAP! Sally, if you read this, my hat is off to you. Inspiration, instruction, meditations, and beautiful projects, what more could be asked for? I can't wait for the next book in the series!
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible book for beginners or experts November 18, 2002
First of all, this book has one of the best visual and textual explanations of knitting techniques that I've ever seen, and I have quite a library of knitting references. I believe that a beginning knitter could learn to knit from this book alone.
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.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good instruction but I'm not a fan of the patterns January 23, 2005
By Stacy
The Knit Stitch was among a group of knitting books I borrowed from the library to review before making a decision on which to purchase. I was pleased to find it because I had heard quite a bit about it. It is not one I'll be purchasing for my own 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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book because it gives details that are so ...
I love this book because it gives details that are so clear that you can hold your work up to the photos to help you with your knitting experience. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Artisticpens
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Easy to read instructions with pictures.
Published 16 days ago by Cathy L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Sally is a timeless treasure that provides both outstanding garnets...
Sally is a timeless treasure that provides both outstanding garnets and secondly , detailed descriptions and pictures outlining each project - what an investment because I... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Simona
5.0 out of 5 stars The patterns are nicely styled and the photography is excellent
This is the go-to guide for novice and experienced knitters. The patterns are nicely styled and the photography is excellent.
Published 1 month ago by Jeannine V. Pitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Arrived as expected. Lovely patterns.
Published 1 month ago by Susan Cleaves
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love the book. Made 3 sweaters from it.
Published 2 months ago by Sally Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars For beginners and lovers of garter stitch
I'm an advancing beginner. I like this book very much and use it as a reference frequently. I agree with one critic that the patterns are not 'young' but they have some great... Read more
Published 4 months ago by S. Dane
5.0 out of 5 stars The Knitting Experience Book 1: The Knit Stitch, by Sally Melville
This book is excellent in teaching the knit stitch with many very nice patterns that use the first stitch everyone should learn. Read more
Published 5 months ago by techluv
4.0 out of 5 stars Sally Melville Books
I bought three of these books at the same time.....I had been away from knitting for a bit and wanted some basic information as a refresher with some fun patterns. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Nora Moser McMillan
4.0 out of 5 stars The Knitting Experience Book 1
This arrived in just three days instead of the usual 7. Its been well used but still in fair shape. Read more
Published 7 months ago by grandma judy
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