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Teach Yourself Visually Knitting (Teach Yourself Visually) Paperback – December 19, 2005
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Concise two-page lessons show you all the steps to a skill and are ideal for quick review
- Each skill or techniqueis defined and described
- Detailed color photos demonstrate each step
- Step-by-step instructions accompany each photo
- Helpful tips provide additional guidance
Top Customer Reviews
The projects are beautiful, and none of them are terribly difficult. I've already made the Tweedy Pointed Hat and the Cozy Mittens. I've also used some of the finishing techniques shown, such as how to make a twisted cord and how to crochet an edging.
When you're done with this book, check out Monkeysuits, the author's book of beautiful knitting patterns for kids.
There are too many gaps. For example, there is the assumption that you instinctively know which is the "right" side and which is the "wrong" side, among other basic bits of knowledge. This may or may not be important, but when the instructions say do this on the right side and that on the wrong side, you'd like to know before proceeding. Being told that the "wrong" side is the side you don't see when you're wearing it is not helpful because, right now, you're not wearing it. Being shown what the right side looks (or should look) like and what the wrong side looks like, would be. (When you are really beginning, the anatomy of a stitch is not exactly obvious. You're just following a sequence of instructions and not sure why or how it all fits in at the end).
I also didn't find the "mistakes" section as clear as I would have liked: what is a "dropped" stitch? How did it happen? What can I do to prevent it? At a critical point such as a mistake (where you're close to panicking that you've just blown the whole project!) a few more photographs in the sequence of steps would have made an already tense situation a little less tense.Read more ›
The writing is straightforward and insightful - the author Sharon Turner is clearly incredibly intelligent. And the accompanying pictures make it the perfect book for any beginner. I have fallen in love with knitting, and also feel confident enough with my technical ability to take on more ambitious projects. I am so impressed that this book really did teach me how to knit - I was hoping just to learn some basic stitches so I could make a scarf, but now I feel comfortable experimenting with more interesting garments.
I have since purchased Sharon Turner's other book "Monkeysuits" and knit some more complicated patterns. I never thought I'd see the day when I'd be knitting up a storm, but this book has truly been amazing!
My own personal opinion is that the continental style seems quicker once you learn it than the English style, so if you are just starting out go with continental. You will move your hands less to make stitches with the former method hence more stitches per minute. Just be aware that most knitters in the US seem to have learned the English method, so may have fewer people who can help you initially.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If I could give this book 20 stars I would. Lots of illustrations and detailed pictures to help visual learners like myself teach themselves to knit. Read morePublished 6 months ago by AliseB
A very informative book detailing just about everything one needs to know to learn how to knit. I highly recommend reading this book and keeping it on a bookshelf for many years... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Carol Ann Cook
I got this book out of the library and like it so much, I intend to purchase a copy for myself. For a book of this type, I always make a point of checking it out thoroughly before... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Sea Laughing
still to new to knitting to understand some of the instructions.Published 23 months ago by Suzan Brashers
Not what I hoped for nor what I expected. There are no illustration. Very disappointed to say the least. Too bad that I can't return the downloads.Published on April 19, 2014 by DonnaB
This is an excellent tutorial with clear photos to "visually" teach yourself (which is what I did) I have already been able to make a pair of socks!Published on March 28, 2014 by S. Sukup