The Knitting Experience Book 1: The Knit Stitch

by Sally Melville

Paperback, 2003






This primer uses clear, step-by-step instructions to teach the basics of knitting. Beginners will learn to master the techniques that are needed before starting a project and learn which choices result in successful garments. A natural progression of skills is taught, and each skill is punctuated by a knitting project, enabling first-time knitters to create simple scarves and sweaters. Patterns are presented in an accessible format, with text, photographs, and line drawings to offer advice, anticipate difficulties, and provide rescue techniques.


XRX Books,US (2003)

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LibraryThing member bookweirdo
In reality, I'd give this book 5 stars for the patterns and information contained in it, but two stars for having a full book on the knit stitch. Nothing wrong with that, unless you're a total beginner. I personally believe that it is very important for the beginning knitter to learn both the knit
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stitch and the purl stitch 'out of the gate', so to speak. Of course there are knitters who never use anything but the knit stitch. But most of us knit *and* purl, and it's best to become equally comfortable with the two stitches at the same time. if you make your first entire garment using only the knit stitch, you will automatically privilege that stitch, and perhaps even dread purling.

But if I set aside my gripe about the best way to *learn* knitting, I can say that this is an amazing book, with excellent instructions and enough inventive-yet-basic patterns to be worth both the purchase price, and the space on the knitting bookshelf.
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LibraryThing member kseelass
this is a must for first time knitters.
LibraryThing member ashleytylerjohn
I'm loath to give 5 stars to anything that doesn't move me to tears (in a good way, like Middlemarch, so this is 4.5 rounded up because Ms. Melville's so delightful in person and such a great teacher. I'm a 53 year-old guy, so I'm less likely to get excited about making some of the garments
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illustrated (unless they were gifts), but if one worked one's way through the book one would learn an awful lot.

I've been knitting for over 4 years and still have much to learn, and there were new tips in this book. It's not terribly long, and the new tips stand out in stark contrast to the patterns, so I'd suggest everyone at least skim through it to see what you might pick up, even if you know the basics (and then some) already.

(Note: 5 stars = amazing, wonderful, 4 = very good book, 3 = decent read, 2 = disappointing, 1 = awful, just awful. I'm fairly good at picking for myself so end up with a lot of 4s).
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