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Loom Knitting Primer: A Beginner's Guide to Knitting on a Loom, with Over 30 Fun Projects (No-Needle Knits) Paperback – March 20, 2007
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About the Author
ISELA PHELPS is the author the bestseller Loom Knitting Primer, and other titles in the popular series, including Loom Knitting Pattern Book and Loom Knitting Socks. She is an active member of the online knitting community, where she promotes looms as an alternative to needle knitting. Isela is also the editor and publisher of Loom Knitters Circle, an online magazine for loomers.
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While most of the time instructions are clear, I sometimes had to look up videos or alternate explanations online for some stitches. This may have been because I'm a better visual learner or the stitches were particularly difficult, but be aware you may need to do the same. The other problem I had was that the writing was sometimes a bit cutesy for me. This was particularly a problem in the introductions (or at least that's where I noticed it the most). I found this bothersome and distracting at time, but obviously not everyone will. Overall still a great choice. You'll be knitting in no time with this book!
For the beginning loomer it assumes no previous knowledge, and explains step-by-step how to use your loom, from casting on to binding off and everything in-between, with clear illustrations throughout.
For the more advanced loomer, how to do stitches other than the e-stitch are explained, and then used in projects from simple to advanced.
If you can only buy one book on loom knitting, make it this one!!
Secondly, if you are looking for just Long Loom patterns, just skip this. This book is primarily devoted to making things on the round loom and making socks. Great for those that round loom. I was looking for the long looms. Not a single afghan pattern in the book. The author loves the round loom, as is her choice, but to advertise it as for both is wrong.
You get a lot of illustrations that require you to look very very closely as to what is going on, photos are abysmally lacking, unless you are looking at a finished project from a distance.
I found alot of help on you tube. Sad I had to pay money for a book that left me wanting to figure out something when I could have easily gone to other sites that are free.
Luckily I know how to knit anyways, so the book wasn't in complete greek to me and I was able to discern some of what the author was saying.
PRO: If you want to learn to knit on the round looms it's the book for you. If you don't mind getting additional help from other sources, then definitely buy this.
If you are a long loom knitter, you will have to look very closely to find your directions, because they are scattered. But the baby blanket and scarf are nice. If you wish to make socks, this is awesome, there are pages and pages of sock patterns.
Felting is also included.
Con: do not buy if looking for an afghan project, it's not there. Do not buy if looking for patterns for the long boards, the patterns for the long board are short, you have to look at the round loom patterns in order to figure out how to do it on the long loom. The info is there, just badly organized.
If you like your glossary and index in the middle of the book, it's awesome.
Three stars because the general information is good, you really have to want to do this and be willing to spend hours digging for what you need by flipping the book back and forth.
Also,I have no idea why a felting section is included in the last portion of the book. If I was interested in felting, I would be buying a completely different instructional book.
I would recommend the Boye "I taught myself to Loom knit," books instead. They seem to be easier to read for beginners (like me), and come with an instructional DVD.