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Basic knitting : all the skills and tools you need to get started
Berry, Leigh Ann.
First edition.
Publication Information:
Mechanicsburg, PA : Stackpole Books, [2004]

Physical Description:
v, 121 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
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TT820 .B367 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Fully illustrated descriptions introduce knitting needles, yarn, and accessories
Detailed, step-by-step sequences illustrate basic stitches and skills
In-depth skill workshops teach techniques needed to complete 10 attractive projects
Knitting is presently enjoying a renaissance. Around the world, people young and old are discovering--or rediscovering--the joy of working with needles and yarn. Basic Knitting serves as a comprehensive introduction to the fundamental skills you will need to master in order to become a knitter. The focus of the first half of the book is on detailed, step-by-step text and photo sequences that will teach you how to execute the basic stitches and techniques of knitting. The second half of the book teaches you how to apply these basic skills when completing actual projects.

Author Notes

Leigh Ann Chow is editor of five books, including Basic Knitting, Beyond Basic Knitting, and Basic Dried Flower Arranging. She lives in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Anita Tosten and Missy Burns teach knitting at The Mannings in East Berlin, Pennsylvania. Anita's patterns have appeared in Knitter's Magazine, Vogue Knitting's On the Go books, and are frequently featured in Knit 'n Style magazine. In addition to knitting and designing, Anita and Missy also own and manage Wool in the Woods, a company that produces and sells hand-dyed yarn, in Biglerville, Pennsylvania. Alan Wycheck is a concrete specialist and former partner in The SO Factory, a concrete design company. He is also an award-winning photographer and lives in central Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. iv
Introductionp. v
Part I Basic Tools and Skills
1. Tools and Materialsp. 2
Yarnp. 2
Needlesp. 5
Other Equipmentp. 7
2. Basic Skillsp. 11
Holding Yarn and Needlesp. 11
Making a Slip Knotp. 13
Casting Onp. 15
Knitp. 20
Purlp. 23
Stockinette Stitchp. 26
Gaugep. 27
Shaping: Increases and Decreasesp. 28
Joining New Yarnp. 44
Picking Up Dropped Stitchesp. 45
Taking Out Stitchesp. 47
Binding Offp. 50
Knitting from a Patternp. 52
Part II Projects
1. Teddy Bear Sweaterp. 54
Skill Workshop: Finishing
2. Bay Side Scarfp. 61
Skill Workshop: Creating Lace Patterns
3. Biscayne Bay Shellp. 66
Skill Workshop: Picking Up Stitches
Skill Workshop: The 3-Needle Bind Off
4. Northwest Ridge Hatp. 72
Skill Workshop: Knitting in the Round on Circular Needles
Skill Workshop: Making I-Cord
5. 2 x 2 Socksp. 78
Skill Workshop: Knitting in the Round on Double Pointed Needles
Skill Workshop: Kitchener Stitch
Project in Progress: Working the Heel, Turning the Heel, and Creating the Gusset
6. Northwest Ridge Mittensp. 89
Project in Progress: Creating the Thumb Gusset and Working the Thumb
7. Seattle Bound Vestp. 94
Skill Workshop: Knitting Cables
8. Bamboo Forest Sweaterp. 99
Skill Workshop: Slip Stitch Knitting
9. Honeybee Tea Cozyp. 104
Skill Workshop: Felting
10. Comfort in Diamonds Throwp. 108
Skill Workshop: Knitting with Two Skeins of Yarn
Skill Workshop: Finishing with a Slip Stitch Chain Edge
Appendicesp. 113
Knitting Abbreviations Master Listp. 113
Skill Levels for Knittingp. 113
Standard Body Measurements/Sizingp. 114
Standard Yarn Weight Systemp. 118
Resourcesp. 119
Yarn Informationp. 121