- Paperback: 1 pages
- Publisher: Alpha Books; 1 edition (1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0028621239
- ISBN-13: 978-0028621234
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,791,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Knitting and Crocheting Paperback – 1999
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The projects are about the best I have ever seen in a beginners book. There are only three but they are enough to teach basic knit/purl patterns, increasing and decreasing, knitting in the round and stripes. Rather than the usual garter stitch scarf (rather boring) we are taught a checkerboard pattern that is simple but looks challenging. This was my first ever project (I knit it on two skeins of Lopi) and no one could believe I was brand new!
As to the technique debates, I HIGHLY reccomend that anyone endeavoring to learn from a book should buy TWO or more books on the subject. These need not be expensive, just get a second opinion. The reason is simple: everyone is wired differently and a diagram that may make perfect sense to everyone else may confuse some. Getting another book with different pictures is the best way to prevent this. For example, I could not get the long-tailed cast on. I tried several books and finally, a book on hats had the perfect instructions for me.
I have not tried much crochet, only enough to complete my knitting project when needed, but I am sure that it is just as good.
I think the section on crochet is a little better but I still had several issues. The drawings were too small and the directions didn't go into enough detail. I've spent the past two evenings trying to follow the granny square example that is in the book. All I've managed to do is make an ugly round knot. For instructions that have almost 20 items, there are only three pictures which just show completed sections but don't actually show what the square should look like while in progress. Also, the section about working around the post just has a small desciption with no pictures to explain to me what the heck I'm supposed to do!
There are two projects in the crochet section. The first is an afghan blanket. But, this project requires you to use two skills (weaving in ends and changing yarn) that aren't explained until later in the book. The other project is a placemat which I have no interest in making. I bought a crochet manual from Michaels for six bucks that answered a lot of the questions this book gave me and went into a lot more detail.
This is an OK resource but I'd say get at least one or two others as well.
If you have never seen anyone knit, how do you know what it looks like? The illustrations skip steps, they are small and they are dark. You can barely tell which needle is on top, much less what the yarn is doing.
This might not have been the death knell for this book if the written instructions had been clearer -- by they weren't. I *read for a living past the college level*, and I couldn't follow the instructions as given without the visual cues.
I have a good college education and I am an experienced crafter. I still find it hard to believe, but I cannot learn this craft with this book OR Knitting for Dummies. (It has basically the same flaws, only some are worse.)
If you need visual aids to learn a new craft, DO NOT buy this book! Buy a video, talk to a knitter, call your local craft store to see if there are classes or knitting groups that can help you.
I just can't believe that the author so completely failed to convey the single most important aspect of this craft in a visual sense. Truly unbelievable.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the greatest books in stock for all crochet patterns, projects. Look no more, this book is sooooooo good.Published 17 months ago by Laurie Jeffreys
I am very pleased with the content, having used it already several times.Published 17 months ago by Shirley Harvey
This is a great way to learn crochet or knitting. Thank you!!Published 20 months ago by Theresa Eckert
I learned to crochet from the bottom up with this book. Great for beginners. Highly recommend.Published on August 21, 2014 by kms0904