How to Knit: The Definitive Knitting Course|
by Debbie Bliss
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It takes an enormous amount of patience to sit down and teach someone how to knit. This book is the equivalent of a master class, with Bliss as the teacher. It is thorough, easy to read, and well-illustrated. It makes even hard knitting projects look relatively easy -- a trademark of Debbie Bliss' designs.
The book is divided into nine workshops: Beginner's, Simple Stitch Patterns, Aran, Color, Lace, Entrelac, Decorative Details, Design, and Finishing.
Here's where the fact that this book is by Debbie Bliss matters most. These aren't just your run-of-the-mill patterns. You get over 15 projects total, each with its own distinctive style and flair, from a beginner's garter stitch bag to a textured entrelac sweater. The recommended yarns are Rowan.
What It Isn't
In her introduction, Bliss says this book is for anyone looking to improve their knitting skills. She covers a lot of intermediate-level territory that could easily intimidate the beginner. To test my theory, I shared this book with a friend I'm trying to get involved with knitting. Within minutes she was overwhelmed.
From a pure design perspective, this book is so beautifully laid out that I can't help but keep reading, even if it's a subject that doesn't interest me.
How often do you have insight into the life and mind of a renowned knitwear designer? Not very.
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