The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Knitting & Crocheting

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Knitting & Crocheting
author: Gail Diven
name: Elaine
average rating: 3.00
book published: 1999
rating: 2
read at: 2011/10/01
date added: 2011/10/05
shelves: crafty, non-fiction, own, knitting
I bought this at Half-Price Books several years ago and promptly stuck it in the back of a closet. Found it again two weekends ago and figured it was time to give knitting a try. This book, however, was not as helpful as I had hoped it would be. I managed to figure out single cast-on, but could not make enough sense of the instructions to get a basic knit stitch started.* There are a couple of interesting patterns at the back of the book that I might try out, but otherwise I was pretty disappointed with this.

I had much better luck with Red Heart’s free ebook
Knitting Made Easy
(learned knit stitch) and The Chicks with Sticks Guide to Knitting: Learn to Knit with More Than 30 Cool Easy Patterns (learned binding off). I’m still working on my first actual project – a basic scarf in knit stitch.

* I’ve always been somewhat spatially challenged — and I’m left-handed. FWIW, after reading the lefty instructions, I decided to just learn knitting right-handed. I already use scissors and mouse right-handed, and the thought of spending the rest of my life trying to figure out instructions backwards was NOT APPEALING.