When you're first learning to knit, you need a companion to run through all the essentials with you. From casting on, casting off and garter stitch to stocking stitch, increasing and decreasing, it's all covered by Alison in her brilliant book for beginners. This knitting bible is small enough to fit in your handbag, so you can take it everywhere with you, and it's also spiral-bound - we love this feature, as it means the pages stay perfectly flat while you're reading them. If you're searching for a gift for anyone embarking on an adventure with knitting, look no further.
* Knit Today *
Previously published as The Beginner's Guide to Knitting, this popular book has a new and updated look. It's now in a handy format, wire-bound so it lays open and with a fold-out flap of abbreviations for quick reference. Essential techniques are covered including garter and stocking stitch, casting off and on, plus increasing and decreasing all clearly explained using step-by-step photos and simple instructions. Alison's designs have a timeless appeal for knitters of all ages and she includes projects for children as well as adults. Packed with helpful tips and simple ideas, it's a 'must-have' for anyone who'd love to learn to knit.
* Machine Knitting Monthly *
Dupernex, a UK-based textile designer, provides a straightforward guide to knitting fundamentals in this heavily illustrated primer. Starting with basic skills and projects, the book's segments build on previous lessons, and knitters who follow through to the end will have the necessary skills to construct a variety of garments and accessories, including sweaters, hats, and scarves. The exploration of more advanced techniques is fairly brief, but there's enough instruction for beginners to get a feel for the fundamentals of cables and lace. VERDICT This guide will give beginning knitters all the information they need to get started, as well as patterns for some simple projects to reinforce what they've learned.
* Library Journal, USA *
Have you ever eyed a handknit shawl or admired a pair of knit fingerless gloves? You see knits on the fashion runway and thought you would like to learn to knit? Get a hold of "Knitting for the Absolute Beginner"as a spiral bound book in hardcover by Alison Dupernex. There were over 400 photographs used in the step by step instructions. Alison will teach you everything from gathering materials, reading a yarn label, casting on, stitches, patterns, techniques like cables and lace.The projects are easy to wear and simple to knit. Projects are for both children and adults wanting to learn to knit. Tips are given throughout the book. The book is just the right size to fit into your new knitting bag. What will you start on first...scarf, hat, sweater?
* www.examiner.com *