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JoliGee
Chatty Knitter

223 Posts

Posted - 12/28/2004 :  09:45:08 AM  Show Profile  Visit JoliGee's Homepage Send JoliGee a Private Message
My $50 Barnes& Noble gift card is burning a hole in my pocket.

What does everyone suggest I purchase with it? I am going slow, re-learning basics and developing technique. My goal for 2005 is personalized Christmas Stockings by December, but I have yet to knit a sock. Any suggestions?

SusanT
Seriously Hooked

950 Posts

Posted - 12/28/2004 :  10:12:47 AM  Show Profile Send SusanT a Private Message
There are many good books for beginners. Knitting for Dummies is my favorite. A lot of people swear by the Vogue Book of Knitting. I'd suggest browsing through several at the bookstore or even test drive them by checking them out of the library and see which one fits your style of learning.
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kbshee
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USA
4160 Posts

Posted - 12/28/2004 :  10:50:32 AM  Show Profile Send kbshee a Private Message
The Stitch N beach books are great, and the book "Socks Soar on Two Circular needles" is a great way to learn socks! Enjoy!

kim in oregon
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kekokat
Seriously Hooked

USA
845 Posts

Posted - 12/29/2004 :  07:37:21 AM  Show Profile Send kekokat a Private Message
Knitting Experience: The Knit Stitch. Same for The Purl Stitch.
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RachelKnitter
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Posted - 12/29/2004 :  08:26:59 AM  Show Profile Send RachelKnitter a Private Message
I agree with kekokat. The Sally Melville books are outstanding--even if you don't like the patterns in the books (which I don't particularly) they are indispensible for their instructional value. Where most knitting books will show you two or three diagrams, Sally's books show you 7 or 8 very clear photos that not only show you where your needles should go, but frame by frame how they got there.
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elliela
Gabber Extraordinaire

433 Posts

Posted - 12/29/2004 :  10:03:33 AM  Show Profile  Visit elliela's Homepage Send elliela a Private Message
I think the first Stitch N beach book is great. Several of my LYS owners agree that the instructions are among the best they've seen.

When I start relearning knitting, the Vogue Book was my best resource.

Also (a teeny shameless plug) you might want to check out The Art of Knitting DVD. It's a great teaching tool and helped me lots. I think it's a great addition to any knitting library. FYI, Volume 2 which is being released early next year, will have complete sock lessons with Nancie Wiseman.

Take care and Happy New Year!
Ellen
www.theartofknitting.com



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knit_chick
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Posted - 12/29/2004 :  10:45:36 AM  Show Profile Send knit_chick a Private Message
The next time you are at B&N, check Knit Wit. Even if you don't find the patterns appealing, check the section of knitting tips and how-tos.

There's also Teach Yourself Visually Knitting and Crocheting. I saw this book at the store and it looked like a great learning tool.

The B&N giftcards should be accepted online, as well. Sometimes you can get a nice little discount, as well as free shipping.


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RoseByAny
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Posted - 12/29/2004 :  10:52:15 AM  Show Profile  Visit RoseByAny's Homepage Send RoseByAny a Private Message
I would be nowhere without my Elizabeth Zimmerman's Knitting Without Tears. It's not so much the technique, but how to be a fearless knitter... it's invaluable to me....

"Choose your friends by their character and your socks by their color. Choosing your socks by their character makes no sense, and choosing your friends by their color is unthinkable."
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megknits
Sustaining Member

USA
729 Posts

Posted - 12/29/2004 :  11:12:39 AM  Show Profile Send megknits a Private Message
I really like The Big Book of Knitting, by Katerina Buss. It's not an instruction book, but is a great reference book. It covers all different levels from beginner to expert and has great photos to illustrate techniques. (Thanks to "of Troy" for suggesting this to me.)

Meg

There's two sides to everything. One woman's knit is another woman's purl.
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CPAknit
Seriously Hooked

USA
739 Posts

Posted - 12/29/2004 :  11:28:55 AM  Show Profile  Visit CPAknit's Homepage Send CPAknit a Private Message
I think Sally Melville's books are great- The Kntting experience "the Knit Stitch" and "the Purl Stitch"- great pictures, good explanations and if you ever get to take a class from her- She's wonderful!

Cindy
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elliela
Gabber Extraordinaire

433 Posts

Posted - 12/29/2004 :  11:48:03 AM  Show Profile  Visit elliela's Homepage Send elliela a Private Message
I forgot to add another one of my favorites:

Mary Thomas's Knitting Book by Mary Thomas.
It's a Dover Paperback and it's got a wealth of information.

Take care,
Ellen
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Margie
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USA
1032 Posts

Posted - 01/18/2005 :  8:47:44 PM  Show Profile Send Margie a Private Message
I agree with Rose By Any (Other Name I assume) about Knitting w/o Tears. When I want to know something, I go to Elizabeth Zimmerman.

Margie
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onealees
New Pal

USA
43 Posts

Posted - 02/06/2005 :  4:18:44 PM  Show Profile  Visit onealees's Homepage Send onealees a Private Message
I would agree that the first Stitch -N- beach book is good. It has helped me quite a bit. I would also recommend a few websites that have video clips on how to do certain stitches. I mean, books are great, but the pictures can sometimes only go so far before you start asking yourself "Are they doing what I think that they're doing?" <--- Gee, I sound like a mom that just walked in on their teenager (and we all know that that could mean any number of things...)

Check these out:

http://www.stitchguide.com
http://www.knittinghelp.com
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SerMom
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Canada
6412 Posts

Posted - 02/08/2005 :  4:42:00 PM  Show Profile Send SerMom a Private Message
Go to the library. Try to preview anythng you might want to buy. I've been sorely disappointed in almost every book I 've bought without seeing it first. Books, like anything else, are a personal choice. Where some would swear by Vogue, I swear at them. They cofuse me about things I already understand. Can't make head nor tail out of their writing.

So, check for yourself. Also, Clara wrote an article on should-have books for the well rounded knitter (sorry, don't have the link).

Barbara
Remember, we're self-selecting!

My photos: I've gone back to yahoo!
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Kimber
New Pal

USA
6 Posts

Posted - 03/03/2005 :  2:20:40 PM  Show Profile Send Kimber a Private Message
Hi everyone! Newbie here...
My experience with knitting instruction books hasn't been all that pleasant until I picked up "stitch'n beach"...now the things that confused me aren't so confusing anymore. I saw that a few others in here suggested it too. I'm even going to try cableing (sp) very soon. I like how its so clearly explained.
I'm selling my other books on Amazon...lol. (more money for yarn!!)
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SaraRachel2004
New Pal

24 Posts

Posted - 03/12/2005 :  11:56:33 AM  Show Profile Send SaraRachel2004 a Private Message
I'm partial to Maggie Righetti's Knitting in Plain English (and for later, Sweater Design in Plain Engish), simply because I taught myself from these books. I really like Maggie's way of talking about knitting, and while she doesn't necessarily provide loads of diagrams, she's a lot of fun to read. You might like her stuff in addition to something like "The Knit Stitch" or "Stitch and beach". She has a lot of really good common sense pointers for things, and she handholds you through the processes of learning increases, decreases, short rows, following stitch patterns, reading abbreviations, and gives some great hints for just about every aspect of knitting from picking out yarn to keeping track of lace knitting to caring for a finished knitted garment. I found her "Sweater Design in Plain English" to be a really fun way to learn about designing my own sweaters.

So, there's my two bits. You can always get things from the library and then buy whichever one (or two or three) which you like best.

SaraRachel
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