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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 26 August 2020
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782218531
  • Stock: 50+
  • Size: 190x246 mm
  • Illustrations: 450
  • Pages: 160
  • RRP: $36.99
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Knitting Learn It. Love It.


Techniques and projects to build a lifelong passion, for beginners up by Debbie Tomkies

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Book Description

The ultimate beginner's knitting book with tips, techniques and step-by-step guides to everything you need to start knitting!

Knitting Learn It. Love It. is designed to serve as a long-term reference guide to all the essential knitting techniques. Each chapter teaches basic skills in detail, with step-by-step guides and carefully annotated photographs and diagrams to ensure the reader knows exactly what to do and how to do it.

There are simple 'quick start' projects to build confidence and help the reader progress; galleries of inspirational projects made using the techniques learned in that chapter; guest designers and bloggers share some of their favourite patterns. There are also really useful listicles sprinkled throughout the pages for readers who want to quickly understand the essentials, plus knitting clinics for insider tips and advice on spotting and avoiding common mistakes.

This comprehensive knitting reference guide is a valuable resource for beginners and more experienced knitters alike.

Table of Contents


Chapter One: Getting Started
Tools, equipment and materials
Starting to knit

Chapter Two: Essential Stitches and Techniques
Cast on
The knit stitch
Cast off
Fastening off
The purl stitch
Joining in a new yarn

Chapter Three: Stitch Patterns for Texture
An introduction to knitting charts
Charted designs
Introducing lace
Introducing cables

Chapter Four: Knitting in the Round
Knitting in the round basics
Using double-pointed needles
Using a circular needle
Using two circular needles

Chapter Five: Colourwork
Fair Isle

Chapter Six: Finishing Techniques
Weaving in ends
Blocking and finishing
Picking up stitches

Chart Symbols
Useful Conversion Tables
Index and Credits

About the Author

About Debbie Tomkies

Debbie Tomkies has designed for many major knitting and crochet magazines including Knit Now, Simply Knitting, Knitting, Let’s Knit, Yarn Forward, and Inside Crochet. Debbie has been the agony aunt and 'How-to' technical feature writer for Knit Now magazine for over four years. She has written three books, Hand-dyed Yarn Craft Projects, Complete Knitting Skills, and 250 Knitting Stitches. Debbie is a successful tutor and teaches knitting, crochet, dyeing and textile arts to students of all ages as such, she has a genuine understanding of the needs of knitters at all levels. She lives in Cheshire, UK. For more information, visit


This is a great book that covers all essentials about materials and optional extras to start knitting or to enhance knowledge for the novice or beginner knitter. I particularly like the way ideas are given for using ones stash, as many knitters do not know how to mix and match yarns from different companies and by doing this will avoid waste.

Written instructions for casting on and off and using a variety of techniques are clear and easy to follow and the images aide one when embarking on new challenges.

The book contains great hints and tips for following charts, knitting cables and lace patterns. I like the fact that there are projects and practice designs to develop skills and raise the knitters confidence.

Working in the round is demystified and the diagrams and clinic notes and written instructions are easy to follow for the knitter new to this method of working.

The section on colour work is explained clearly and gives the knitter the chance to try some simple techniques and then progress onto more complicated ones.

An excellent book for all ages. ****

People's Friend

With quick-start projects and plenty of tips, this is the ideal book for those beginning their knitting journey. Step-by-step instructions will teach you all the essential stitching techniques, making it a great reference for both beginners and the more experienced knitter. Look out for input from the guest designers and bloggers who share their favourite patterns, too.

Lets Knit

Whether you are new to knitting or have a loved one in mind that you would like to tempt, this comprehensive guide is an absolute must-have. Packed full of tips and techniques, this engaging new release also features 'quick start' projects that promise to help you grow in confidence and enjoy almost instant gratification as you explore the world of wool. This terrific title would also be a great pick for more experienced knitters who are looking to refresh their skills.

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