- Series: Chicks with Sticks (Paperback)
- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Potter Craft; 5.2.2008 edition (August 19, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780823006755
- ISBN-13: 978-0823006755
- ASIN: 0823006751
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 80 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #824,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Chicks with Sticks Guide to Knitting: Learn to Knit with more than 30 Cool, Easy Patterns (Chicks with Sticks (Paperback)) Paperback – August 19, 2008
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About the Author
Nancy Queen is one of the Chicks with Sticks, the creators of a popular line of knitting and crochet patterns sold in yarn shops. A popular designer and instructor, she is the author of Crochet for Tots.
Mary Ellen O’Connell, the other Chick, is a lifelong knitter who creates knitting patterns for her own line, Meo Designs, as well as for the Chicks with Sticks.
Both Chicks live near Philadelphia.
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Much of it was oversimplified or glossed over quickly, with little instruction or explanation. I ended up stuck and extremely confused by simple techniques that were simply missing a small detail. Some of the projects for a section would incorporate more advanced techniques focused on later in the book. I was constantly searching for techniques that I thought I had simply forgotten, but realized that they were in fact described in sections I hadn't gotten to yet. This might not have been such a big deal, except that book is so poorly edited that the index is completely useless. None of the page numbers correspond to the techniques listed in the back.
After a couple of projects, I finally decided that actually teaching myself by finding projects on my own and then using the free resources on the internet was far less frustrating and far more effective. There are good knitting books out there, but if you're getting started, I would recommend skipping this book altogether and simply watching free tutorials on YouTube.
I recommend this book because it has some great patterns however please be aware there are problems and the authors don't seem to want to be found for help.
However, there are two main reasons I only gave it a four star review. First, I had to look up some of the techniques online to actually understand how to do them. It's not really easy to portray knitting techniques through still pictures, so I do not necessarily fault the book. There are plenty of easy-to-access videos that can be used to supplement this book. Additionally, I wish it had given more attention to the different types of yarn and needles available. As a new knitter, I was overwhelmed by all things available online and in stores.
I would recommend this book to new knitters who want a project-based exploration into knitting. You can start your first project as soon as you get the book!