Knitting Books for Beginners

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Top 3 Favourite Knitting Books for Beginners:

1. Stitch ‘n Bitch Handbook: Instructions, Patterns, and Advice for a New Generation of Knitters
2. Getting Started Knitting Socks (Getting Started)
3. Knitted Cakes (Twenty to Make)

Reviews

1. Stitch ‘n Bitch Handbook: Instructions, Patterns, and Advice for a New Generation of Knitters Debbie Stoller

There are a lot of ‘how to knit’ books out there, but this is the one I always recommend.

StitchNBitch

Review
This was my first knitting book and I fell in love with the simple patterns that felt modern. The first half of the book walks you through the mechanics of knitting, with chatty commentary exploring why we knit.

Favourite Pattern
For beginner me, my favourite pattern was “ribbed for her pleasure”, it was the first time I learnt to rib and one of my first scarves.

2. Getting Started Knitting Socks (Getting Started) Ann Budd

This is a great beginner’s sock knitting book.

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Review
Good clear instructions aimed at someone who can knit but hasn’t knitted socks before. When I was a freshly minted sock knitter, it was my go-to book for how to do the heel flap and Kitchener stitch. I still use this book as it shows cast on numbers for different yarn weights, different basic techniques and a good stitch directory at the back.

Favourite Pattern
It is difficult to pick a single pattern out of this as I have mainly used this as a guide for designing my own socks.

3. Knitted Cakes (Twenty to Make) Susan Penny

This book is my personal favourite.

knittedcakes

Review
From my own experience, new knitters haven’t quite committed to knitting yet and are wary of “scary” techniques or things that look like they will take ages to make. This is why I love the “20 to make” series, there are a load of different titles and something to tempt everyone. The books are physically small (about A5 sized and as thick as a magazine) and the patterns fall on a double page spread. Most don’t have a named yarn (just “1 ball of DK in pink”) which is perfect as most new knitters don’t buy yarn, they are gifted it.

Favourite Pattern
It has to be the iced doughnut. I bought this book for KnitWit and she knitted two doughnuts from this book.

LouBug

***More to Come***

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