I love to knit. I’m not that skilled, it’s true, but I love it nonetheless. Knitting takes me away for hours at a time. It’s a great stress reliever for me. I also get a lot of joy from giving hand knit gifts for birthdays and holidays. I haven’t always known how to knit, but one day I got a wild hair, and decided that I wanted to learn to knit, and that’s exactly what I did. I’m not going to attempt to teach you to knit. I would have to copy word for word from the books that I used in order to do that. Instead, I’m going to tell you about the two books that I used to learn to knit, and why you can learn a lot of knitting skills with just these two books.
Knitting for Dummies by Pam Allen. This is a great book for someone who has never knit before. It starts out by giving definitions for basic knitting terms that you must know in order to be able to read a knitting pattern. Ms. Allen explains the different types of needles and their uses. The book has detailed step-by-step diagrams for every stitch, accompanied by specific instructions on how to position the yarn, the needles, and your fingers. Knitting for Dummies teaches you how to read a pattern, and includes some very basic and easy patterns for creating beautiful hand knit items. I wasn’t sure that I could learn how to knit from pictures, but with this book I was knitting in just a few minutes.
It’s important to point out that you will not be knitting like an expert in just a few minutes. There’s a lot more to knitting then just the mechanics. You have to keep consistent tension on the yarn, or your stitches will be different sizes. Making my stitches look even was one of the hardest things for me to learn, and I’m still not a pro at it. All I can tell you is to practice, and you will get better. For knitting tips you can visit the website dummies.com.
The Yarn Girls’ Guide to Simple Knits by Julie Carles and Jordana Jacobs. This is the second book that I used to teach myself to knit. This book teaches the basic skills as well, and also provides step-by-step instructions and diagrams. It then goes a littler further to explain some advanced knitting techniques. This book contains a lot of great patterns, from hats and socks to ponchos and beautiful cable knit sweaters. If you concentrate on learning how to read a knitting pattern, you will soon be able to make the items from this book, even though they are slightly more complicated than the items in Knitting for Dummies. This book goes into a lot of detail about different types of yarn, and which type of yarn is best for which type of project.
If you are a beginning knitter, just picking out a pair of knitting needles can seem like an overwhelming task because of the many types of needles available. With these two books, you can take all the mystery out of knitting. They are both written so that you can read small sections and then tackle a project. You don’t have to read either book in its entirety to get started. So if you want to learn to knit, get thee to the bookstore and pick up these two invaluable resources, get some yarn and some needles, and start knitting. It’s fun and easy, and you’ll be amazed how many people will want you to make them something once they see your hand knit treasures.