If you're an absolute beginner, start at the beginning and read and practice your way through Parts I and II — the basics. Those chapters will ground you in the moves you need to know in order to progress to more complicated kinds of knitting. If you already know how to knit and purl, you'll find plenty in Parts III and IV to build your skills and confidence.
Maybe you've had your eye on a pattern for a complicated-looking Aran sweater (those poetic combinations of twists and turns) but you've never worked a cable, or maybe you've seen a sweater with a knitted lace border but haven't a clue how to read the chart for it. If so, head to the appropriate chapter and jump right in.
Bottom line: You decide where you go. And if you haven't a clue, browse the table of contents or the index for a topic that strikes your fancy.
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