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How to use this book

The book has been divided into colour coded sections to help you find the information you need quickly and easily. Each new technique is explained with clear diagrams, photographs and step-by-step instructions.

Getting Started is colour coded purple and teaches you the basic techniques you need to begin knitting straight away. It offers invaluable information about yarns and choosing the correct needles for your work. At the end of this section is a page of useful hints and tips to improve your knitting and a list of the abbreviations that are used throughout this book each clearly explained.

Creative Options pages are coded blue, and introduce more techniques to expand your range of knitted fabrics, such as lace knitting, cables and colour knitting. Circular knitting is also explained.

Exploring Choices is colour coded gneen and features many exciting techniques to encourage you to expenment and discover the wide variety of fabrics that can be knitted. Beads, embroidery and looped knitting decorate the surface whilst mitred squares and entrelac illustrate the creative use of shapes.This section also includes information on working from knitting patterns, how to alter patterns to fit and how to adapt patterns with new stitches.

Throughout these three sections, there are Knit Perfect boxes, which focus on the important points of each technique and give hints and tips to improve your knitting.

The Stitch Library pages are coded turquoise and include a wide range of over 100 stitches that you can use in the projects or for your own designs.

Throughout the book, the techniques are illustrated by projects, beginning with a simple garter stitch scarf that can be knitted with three basic techniques. Other projects include a cable throw, and bootees, sweater and blanket for baby.

The smaller items like gift bags and scented sachets are quick and easy to knit and will encourage you to try new techniques.

Measurements are given in imperial with metric conversions in brackets. Use either imperial or metric when working, do not combine them since in many cases they are not a direct conversion.

Two ways of holding the needles and knitting are explained: the English method and Continental method. To avoid confusion, throughout this book the diagrams show the English method of holding the needles. Knitters who prefer the Continental method can easily use the diagrams since the position of the needles and the working yarn around the needles are the same for both methods.

Whether you are a complete novice wanting to start knitting, or an experienced knitter searching for fresh ideas and inspirations, this is the essential handbook that will always be at your side.

Gettin Started

This section contains all the techniques you need to start knitting, beginning with how to hold the needles and yarn, how to cast on and work the knit stitch, and how to bind (cast) off. These basic techniques will then allow you to complete your first project. Learn how to purl, the other basic stitch, and combine it with the knit stitch to produce stockinette (stocking) stitch and ribs. More projects follow, using the techniques just learnt. There is useful information on choosing and using different yarns, and an explanation of the different needles and equipment you will need to begin knitting confidently.

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