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Beginner's Guide to Knitting (Beginner's Guide to) [Paperback]

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Novice knitters will discover the delights of working up quick-knit ideas with Alison's clear, practical approach. Starting with materials, she shows how different yarns can be used - from wool and cotton to mohair and ribbon. Experimenting is fun too. String, raffia and fabric can be used to create wonderful textured textiles. Stitches, techniques and patterns follow with clear photographs showing how to start. Casting on, increasing, decreasing, shaping, joining in colours and more, are all illustrated in easy sequences, with a range of beautiful, practical ideas - from scarves, hats and cushions,to cardigans, sweaters and throws. This book is for anyone who is interested in textiles and the joy of working with different textures, colours and natural materials. It is for anyone who wants to give something handmade as a gift, and it is for anyone who wants to experience the pleasure of knitting something special by hand.

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Pages   96
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.16" Width: 7.87" Height: 0.47"
Weight:   0.88 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2004
Publisher   Search Press
ISBN  1903975832  
ISBN13  9781903975831  

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More About Alison Dupernex

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Alison Dupernex has been a textile designer for 20 years, selling to galleries and shops in the UK and abroad. She has mainly designed jackets and sweaters in 100% natural fibres and her cushions and throws have been featured in interior design magazines. She also writes patterns for magazines and has taught short courses explaining machine and hand knitting.

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unclear pictures  Jan 29, 2006
The instructions in the book were fine, however the pictures used to show the steps were unclear. For example when the author describes how to cast on the first stich the description calls for you to make a loop and bring the end of the string up through the loop. That sounds easy enough but since in the picture you can't see where she is holding the end in the finished product you are left to experiment on the direction. I am not sure it is the only book you'll need to begin knitting.
Not a great book for beginners to use  Jan 7, 2006
I just finished my second and third projects out of this book. I encountered a number of problems with the pattern, and the use of non-standard techniques. I understand this book is based on English knitting, but it took two experienced knitters to determine what the pattern was trying to do when creating a repeat. The pattern instructions reference incorrect page numbers when siting "how-to" guides. This is very frustrating for a beginner, and had I not had previous sewing experience, two other knitting guides, and experienced knitters to help me I would have given up before finishing the project I set out to finish. I am extremely proud of my final product, and have been told the work is beautiful, but I would highly caution any true beginner from relying on this book as their sole guide.
Really easy to follow photos every step of the way!  Sep 24, 2005
I enjoy this book so much. The easy to follow explanations on how to cast on and off, garter and stockinet stitches, along with clear step-by-step color photos, makes this book an accessible learning tool. I like it so much better than books that teach with drawings.

The author explains all tools and different yarns used for knitting, the importance of swatches for gauging your knitting and exactly how to measure them (again with great photos), and then takes you into practice by creating simple projects. She starts with scarves (with color changes and fringe), then to a patchwork throw-pillow with buttons and tassles. She clearly shows you how to do swiss darning on a cute blanket (baby-size, but easy to expand to whatever size you want). On the blanket, she offers clear instructions on edging choices, including (again with fantastic photos) crochet, and blanket stitch. Next come sweaters with clear guidance on increases and decreases, neckbands, collars, and buttonholes very clearly shown. She then proceeds to teach more knitting techniques with a variety of hats. After that comes instruction on lace edging, mock cables, and cables with instructions on six different cable variations.

This book is relatively compact, but the essentials are so beautifully laid out, I would recommend this to any new knitter. I also have The Big Book of Knitting to guide me, which has a lot more information, but I keep refering back to the Beginner's Guide of Knitting because the basics are so vividly explained. I'm now working on a project from Patricia Werner's book, Dazzling Knits, which is stunning! But I know how to follow the directions in Dazzling knits because of Alison Dupernex's book.

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