Knitting For Dummies

Knitting For Dummies

Paperback For Dummies

By (author) Pam Allen, By (author) Shannon Okey, By (author) Tracy L. Barr, By (author) Marly Bird

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  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 408 pages
  • Dimensions: 188mm x 224mm x 25mm | 635g
  • Publication date: 22 November 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1118661516
  • ISBN 13: 9781118661512
  • Edition: 3, Revised
  • Edition statement: 3rd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: illustrations (black and white, and colour)
  • Sales rank: 99,431

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The bestselling guide to knitting brilliant, timeless pieces This revised and refreshed third edition of Knitting For Dummies features new knitting patterns, refreshed and additional projects, a new bibliography and suppliers list, and improved step-by-step knitting instructions. Plus, from the book, you can access step-by-step instructional videos online that enable you to see and practice the knitting techniques found in the book. From casting on to knitting in the round--and more--this new edition provides refreshed content and new images and access to online videos to help you follow along with the text. The book's user-friendly online instructional videos empower you to get started knitting immediately. Includes refreshed knitting projects Empowers you to confidently knit your own handmade creations A brand-new edition of the bestselling guide to knitting Experienced and novice knitters alike can benefit from the step-by-step instructions and informative videos included in this new edition of Knitting For Dummies!

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Author information

Pam Allen is a designer whose knitting patterns have appeared in such publications as Interweave Knits and Twist Collective . Shannon Okey , knitting author and blogger, can be found at knitgrrl.com. Tracy L. Barr is a professional writer and editor. Marlaina "Marly" Bird, a knitting instructor and Creative Director at Bijou Basin Ranch, teaches at national wool festivals and expos as well as online at Craftsy.com.

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Learn to: Cast on, knit in the round, measure the gauge of a knitted piece, and moreMaster techniques with step-by-step instructionPractice your skills on projects and patterns included in the bookView step-by-step knitting demonstrations onlineCreate unique, hand-knitted hats, scarves, sweaters, and more!Want to learn how to knit? This hands-on, friendly guide shows you how to create beautiful, timeless pieces, whether you're just picking up needles for the first time or a seasoned veteran looking for more advanced patterns. From scarves and sweaters to bags, pillows, and more, you'll find lots of projects for practicing and perfecting your knitting skills. Plus, you get online access to step-by-step videos demonstrating knitting techniques and how-to tips to create projects in the book.Knitting 101 -- find out how to choose yarn and needles, read knitting pattern instructions and charts, and measure gaugeReady, set, knit! -- learn how to cast on, knit and purl, use basic stitches, make increases and decreases, and knit in the roundTake it to the next level -- discover how to add interest with stripes, knit with lace, master Fair Isle and intarsia techniques, and have some fun with fulling and feltingDon't sweat(er) it! -- get the know-how to make sweaters, from blocking and assembling your pieces to adding finishing touches like neckbands, edging, buttonholes, and moreOnline companion videos include: Demonstrations of stitch patterns and knitting techniques from the book as well as video instructions for two knitting projectsOpen the book and find: Access to step-by-step instructional videos onlineHow to read pattern instructions and chartsTrendy knitting patternsWays to experiment with lace, Fair Isle, and intarsia knittingA detailed guide to knitting your first sweaterInstructions on how to fix common mistakesTips for relaxing stiff shoulders and fingers

Table of contents

Introduction 1 Part I: Getting Started with Knitting 5 Chapter 1: Two Needles, a Ball of Yarn, and a Little Know-how 7 Chapter 2: Tools of the Trade 15 Chapter 3: Taking the Mystery Out of Patterns and Gauge 41 Part II: Knitting Primer 55 Chapter 4: The Fundamentals: Casting On, Knitting, Purling, and Binding Off 57 Chapter 5: Basic Stitches You'll Use Again and Again 77 Chapter 6: Techniques Every Knitter Should Know 87 Chapter 7: Oops! Fixing Common Mistakes 107 Chapter 8: Knitting in the Round 121 Chapter 9: Practicing with Simple Projects 131 Part III: Techniques for the More Experienced Knitter 147 Chapter 10: Adding Interest with Stripes 149 Chapter 11: Cable Musings and Interesting Twists 167 Chapter 12: Let the Sun Shine In: Knitting Lace 189 Chapter 13: Fair Isle and Intarsia Techniques 209 Chapter 14: Fulling Fun: Making Your Project's Presence Felt 231 Part IV: Making Knitted Garments 243 Chapter 15: Anatomy of a Sweater Pattern 245 Chapter 16: How to Knit a Sweater, Step by Step 253 Chapter 17: Getting It Together: Blocking and Assembling Your Pieces 269 Chapter 18: Finishing Touches: Neckbands, Edging, Buttonholes, and More 299 Chapter 19: Starter Garments 315 Part V: The Part of Tens 335 Chapter 20: Ten Quick Knitting Projects and Gifts 337 Chapter 21: Ten Unkinking Exercises for Knitters 347 Part VI: Appendixes 351 Appendix A: More Stitches and Cool Effects 353 Appendix B: Knitting Resources 367 Index 371