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Date: 12/9/11 11:45 PM

I am looking for some kind of knitting book that would help me to learn how to go from a beginner knitter to a more advanced beginner knitter. All I have made in the past are scarves. And that's about it. Oh yes the dishcloth. That is true. I've tried reading knitting patterns. But I just don't understand most of it. Sewing, I can get more easily.
I guess that I am thinking of Diana Rupp's Sew Everything Workshop. She teaches the nuts and bolts of sewing, plus a number of projects.
Any ideas? For some reason, with the cold weather I am wanting to knit.
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Date: 12/10/11 6:02 AM

I really like Sally Melville's books The Knit Stitch and The Purl Stitch. Nice projects, user friendly.

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Date: 12/10/11 8:25 AM

I second the Sally Melville recommendation. She explains the common abbreviations, and there are sections in the back on finishing techniques needed both for the projects in the book, and also in general for a lot of other knitting patterns.

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Date: 12/10/11 1:48 PM

There are so many offerings, it really helps to look through the books everyone has a different way of learning.
I would see if you can borrow some from te library before buying. Also the website knittinghelp.com is really helpful.

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Date: 12/10/11 2:10 PM

I'll second the Sally Melville, The Knitting Experience: Book 1 The Knit Stitch and Book 2 The Purl Stitch for learning; then graduate to the other books in the series that will teach what you're interested in.

Besides teaching you to knit, there are great, wearable patterns in the books.

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Date: 12/10/11 2:47 PM

Thank you everybody! I found the Sally Melville books on the library website! Also thank you for the website. I will have to go and check it out.

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Date: 12/10/11 4:52 PM

I find the TV show on PBS Knit & Crochet Now ... or previously titled Knit & Crochet Today helpful. You can also buy the DVD's of the show online & they have e-newsletter updates they send for free. .... I learned to do socks at our local yarn shop. Once you get the basic how to down then you can make more on your own. I went for 5 weeks & then a follow up class for 2 more sessions for those who had to relearn the "heel". .... I hope this helps. Some yarn shops also have "Free" classes when you buy their patterns. I have learned some that way too.

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Date: 1/8/12 11:21 AM

I'm late to this topic, but I wanted to add that I think that you will like the Sally Melville books. I learned to knit with The Knitting Experience. Once you get past knit and purl, I also recommend Nancy Wiseman's The Knitter's Book of Finishing Techniques. I probably pull this out more than any other knitting book that own (and I own a lot). There are chapters on Cast On's, Increases, Decreases, Selvages, Bind Offs, Seams, Picking Up Stitches, Borders, and Buttonholes

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Date: 1/9/12 7:34 AM

I don't know the books recommended above, but I can suggest a few.

First of all, go see what your library has and borrow as much of them as you can, this is a good way to see who's style of teaching/writing suits you.

I like the stitch n bitch books, I thought they were funny but very accurate about how to do things. Aimed at beginner level, but plenty of good advice for knitters of all levels, and fun to read.

I also like the Vogue Complete Knitting book (or whatever it's called). It's more of a plain book that lists a lot of different techniques, but if it suits you the information is clear and accurate. It has a few patterns, but most of it is information on techniques. I use this book a lot though.

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Date: 1/9/12 9:27 AM

I find the patterns by Carol Anderson.... Cottage Creations in Iowa also good. They have a fairly good explanation & illustration of the steps needed to complete the patterns. Also they are not real pricey at about $7 each & the paperback books are well made to use many times & have margins to make notes in.

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