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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Visual; 2 edition (February 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047052832X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470528327
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Teach Yourself Visually Knitting is the go-to knitting book for crafters who learn faster by seeing and doing than by wading through tedious instruction books. You'll get visual guidance on the basic knit and purl stitches and then advance to bobbles, cables, lace, and fancy color work. Photo by photo and stitch by stitch, you'll learn how to knit socks, hats, mittens, sweaters, and more. With brand-new patterns, even more helpful photos, and expanded coverage of knitting techniques, this Second Edition will have you knitting up a storm in no time.
  • Concise two-page lessons show you all the steps to a skill and are ideal for quick review
  • Each skill or technique is defined and described
  • Step-by-step instructions accompany each photo
  • Detailed color photos demonstrate each step
  • Helpful tips provide additional guidance

About the Author

Sharon Turner is the author of Teach Yourself VISUALLY Knitting, Teach Yourself VISUALLY Knitting Design, Knitting VISUAL Quick Tips, Find Your Style and Knit It Too, and Monkeysuits: Sweaters and More to Knit for Kids. She designs vibrant knitwear for children and sells her patterns and kits through yarn stores and online at Monkeysuits.com. She also runs knitting clubs for kids and teens at New York City schools.

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].

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Customer Reviews

Great written instruction with clear pictures.
Mary Green
I have taught myself to knit through youtube videos and I have used this book if I had forgotten how to knit a stitch.
Mandy
This book is my all time favorite knitting book that I have.
prayingmother

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By codeslinger on January 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
I am glad my wife borrowed the book from the library instead of paying for it. This is not a book for beginners. It tries to condense too much information into too few pages. Both the written instructions and pictures are not adequate for most of the basics. After both of us were completely frustrated, we would always turn to you-tube to see what was left out of the instructions.

For example, the second cast-on introduced is long-tail cast-on. It is impossible to figure this out with the given instructions and 4 pictures. There are 27 pages glossing over the 22 different basic techniques. The basic patterns are even worse than basic techniques. There are 3 different patterns per page and nowhere does it tell what to do at end of rows or how to transition between a knit and purl within a row. My first 5 attempts at seed stitch ended up in a tightly knotted mass. 45 seconds with you-tube and I am able to do the seed stitch. Also forget using this book as an introduction to using multiple colors. Some of the multi-color knitting information is incorrect and the rest cannot be deciphered by a beginner without you-tube or some additional assistance.

Save your money and get a different book.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Liz on March 28, 2011
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This is the best book for knitting. I am a new knitter and was looking for an all inclusive book and this is it. She goes over basic techniques including the English and Continental methods. She has actual pictures next to each written instruction. The pictures are clear and in color. She gives instructions on all basic stitches including: Rib, knit & pearl, bobble, cable, textured, openwork, colorblock, and motifs stitches. With each stitch there is a color picture of each sample swatch. Each stitch pattern is clearly witten according to rows and is easy to follow. There is a chapter on knitting in the round using circular needles, double pointed needles, using two circular needles and knitting small circumferences on one circular needle. This book goes over every point of kntting, from shaping garments to felting, and adding zippers (the list goes on). There are many projects included from scarves to cable sweaters. She has also included a chapter on modifiable patterns for hat, socks and mittens. So you can design your own. At the end of the book she gives a measuring chart to determine your yardage needs and alterations. This book seems to cover everything. If you are looking for one book on knitting this is it.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By prayingmother on March 20, 2012
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I've been knitting for a couple of years, but am still learning plenty. I have purchased several knitting books, including books by Vogue. This book is my all time favorite knitting book that I have. It shows how to do things that I just can't find in my other books with clearly written instructions as well as great photos. It even teaches *how* to make a hat (or socks, or mittens) rather than just giving a pattern. I'd give it six stars to make it stand out from the rest, if I could, but that's not possible.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Prima Donna on August 28, 2012
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I really love this book.It's language and photographs make it VERY EASY to understand. Everything you could ever need to know about knitting is broken down step by step and nothing is left out. This book is 100% better than many of the other knitting books currently on the market that are really just older books that have been republished, given a new binding, and sold to us as brand new, that in the end only make us feel really stupid because not only is their language badly out of date and really difficult to decipher but also because they were written with the assumption that we have already learned all of this either at home or in a home economics class; and of course all of us here in 2014 know all about clothing construction.

Plus, knitting unlike cross stitch is a very three dimensional craft, and it takes pictures to show what the process should look like. The pictures in this book work great. If you REALLY WANT TO KNIT and you feel stuck BUY THIS BOOK! It rises to the modern challenge of teaching knitting to people with no experience. My only regret is that they didn't publish this ten years ago.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Happy Pony Driver on February 10, 2011
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When I start any new hobby or project, I always research (a lot). I just try to hit the learning curve with avengence rather than flub around for years. I bought Nici McNally's DVD to actually learn to knit as lessons are not available in my area. I was super pleased with it as a way to get going and knit your first few projects. She even includes patterns and some finishing tips and instuction on fixing mistakes. You can get rolling with that alone. But then, I bought several knitting reference books. I think you will find, once you branch out from basics, you are going to come upon terms and instructions that leave you with the deer in the headlights look! Of all the books I purchased, this one is (in my opinon) the best reference. The diagrams are the most clear that I have seen. That's not to say I don't Google YouTube for a short video occasionally to see a technique, but the information is quite good. The book covers a lot of useful material, in addition to being colorful and inspiring. There may be a better book out there for you "go-to encyclopedia" but I haven't seen it (yet?) If I had to just keep one book for my knitting reference, it would definitely be this one. And by the way, one of the wonderful things is the section on modifiable patterns for hats and things. If you can't find the exact pattern you want and are brave, even as a beginner, you will find you can do a bit of your own original design work. I especially loved that section!
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