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    Beginner books 4 knit and crochet

    I would like to learn how to knit and how to crochet. I was looking at books on Amazon last night and I was overwhelmed by the choices. What starter books would you suggest I try?

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    Terri

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    "knitting in plain english" by Righetti is a good one.

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    For easy-to-understand instructions and illustrations, and interesting reading in general: Stitch 'N Bitch.

    For fun, easy patterns that start out at the very simplest and introduce a new technique with each item: Hip to Knit (I actually like the patterns in this book much better than the ones in S'nB, if I may blaspheme that way here).

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    Hip to Crochet is very good. Nice clear illustrations and wonderful patterns, from very easy to fairly difficult. I imagine Hip to Knit would be a great companion for it.

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    I sat down with about 6 books at the bookstore when I wanted to learn how to knit, and after spending quite a bit of time paging through each one, Stitch 'N Bitch appeared to be the best one with the easiest step-by-step instructions. It's full of illustrations and inspirational photos, too, so that's definitely a plus.

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    I like Teen Knitting Club - it was my first book. No, I'm not a teen but it has nice instructions and some easy, simple/basic patterns to try out. I also have S n' B and that has really great illustrations and more details. The one reason I like the teen book better? It is spiral bound so it will lay flat for easy reference as I knit . It was a good place to start for me!
    Good Luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by go-fish
    "knitting in plain english" by Righetti is a good one.
    Agreed as well as "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Knitting and Crocheting."

    I have both of these and they are my fail-proof references!

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    I also agree with "Complete Idiot's...". I am at the very beginning of learning to crochet & knit & I really like this book. I was checking out 'Hip to Knit ' & 'Hip to Crochet ' in a bookstore after it was touted highly here. Everything in both books ROCKED!!!
    I can't wait to be good (or at least decent) at knitting & crocheting. Sigh.

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    I taught myself the basics of knitting with Stitch n' Bitch and Knitting for Dummies, enough to make a bunch of scarfs and a purse.

    Once I had made some stuff and knew enough to recognize what I didn't know (if that makes sense!), Knitting in Plain English helped a lot. The author has a very down-to-earth writing style, and I think she wrote a crochet book as well.


 

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