book: Knitty Gritty – knitting for the absolute beginner

by KateG on 02/04/2009

in Books, Features

Knitty Gritty: Knitting for the Absolute Beginner by Aneeta Patel. A & C Black Publishers Ltd (August 1, 2008) (Distributed in Australia through Allen and Unwin)

I am an absolute beginner knitter, after being a crocheter for so long – I am excited by all the new possibilities, and am in the perfect place to review this book! Aneeta Patel runs knitting classes for adult beginner knitters, and all through her book is evidence that she really understands how adults learn, and how to teach knitting.

This book is full of very clear photos, diagrams and explanations for all sorts of knitting minutiae, like tension, needle sizes and yarns, casting on and off, increasing and decreasing, and most importantly picking up dropped stitches!

One of the best things about this book is the way the author views the reader as intelligent, but not assuming that a brand new knitter has any prior knowledge at all. My other favourite feature of this book how the projects are designed – using delicious yarns to make useful and gorgeous items, such as fingerless gloves, a lacy shawl, a cable bag and a child’s cardigan. No longer do complete beginners need to start out with ugly acrylic yarn to make endless squares or boring scarves!

Knitty Gritty is a wonderful companion for any beginner knitter.

About the reviewer: Kate is a busy mother of four and has far too many craft projects on the go at any one time. These could include, but are not limited to, crochet, sewing, dyeing, paper making, spinning, felting and bookbinding. Kate has challenges in the areas of finishing things, saying no and craft supplies storage. She makes babyslings in her freetime – find them here.

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