Learn to Knit by Penny Hill
So you might ask – what the H – – – are you doing with a “learn to knit” book? Yes, dear reader, I asked myself the same question. This UK book published in 2003 somehow landed on my book shelf – magically I’m sure!
Learn to Knit – back cover
Since it won’t be staying on my shelf much longer and is most likely destined as a library donation, I will at least give it a review here. It’s an OK learn to knit book for a novice and covers quite an array of material to be sure. The simple projects shown on the back cover go from easiest to easy with some clarification along the way. It’s actually a good book for more experienced knitters, if one might be looking to knit simple projects.
I’m not usually a fan of photo “how-to’s”, but these are fairly clear. Usually drawn illustrations are easier to follow.
How to create stitch patterns
These are clear photos of simple stitches, but the UK version of stocking stitch vs. the US stockinette might be confusing to a beginner.
photo of sweater pieces
This was a clever way to show what the finished sweater garter stitch pieces will look like and more or less how they will be stitched together.
Here’s the finished sweater nicely styled. The book uses no live models which probably keeps the book from looking dated.
How to make a set-in pocket
Towards the end of the book, this technique plus several others such as buttonholes makes the book more valuable in the long run.
Family Circle Easy Sweaters – 50 knit and crochet projects
Another easy week for me. This book is a pattern only book and not one filled with text and technique. With 50 knit and crochet projects, this book is a good value. It’s just not a book that needs to be on my shelf.
On a positive note, I’ve sold 19 books on Amazon so not only are some of my removed books off the shelf, they are gone, gone, gone!
Family Circle Easy Sweaters – back cover
This Sixth and Spring 2001 book is nicely photographed and has really clear, easy-to-understand patterns with good schematic drawings and charts.
Pattern with schematics and charts
Here are a few of the nicer patterns. Most sweaters are for intermediate knitters and crocheters, with a few easy designs.
Double Cross Cabled Pullover
Pattern Play Duo
Stitch Mix Guys Pullovers
There are sweaters for kids, mainly as duos with Mom or Dad and none for babies. Some of the yarns are discontinued, but should be easily substitutes.
Bye-bye Family Circle. This getting easier after almost 2 years of blogging!
Two Stick and a String by Kerry Ferguson
In my quest to remove books from my shelves, I’ve decided to look at a few quick reads (aka mostly or all patterns). This one is the first of that group. Kerry Ferguson, who I knew as the person at the head of Creative Yarns International and importer of New Zealand yarns, is the author of this book published in 1999.
Two Sticks and a String – back cover
With 15 simple and nicely done designs, the book has clear photos, schematic drawings and charts. The sub-title is: Knitting Designs Inspired by Nature. That’s a bit of a stretch, but makes a nice theme. Quite a few of the projects feature color work techniques so this is not a book designed for the novice knitter.
Kerry’s clear drawings make a nice introduction to each design and actually look very much like the actual sweater on the facing page.
If I were to make one project from this book, the Aran Pullover would be high on my list. Unfortunately, it’s probably not in my future.
The Mohair Pullover is the easiest project in the book and would make a great “first sweater”.
I have to give this a Thumbs Down for me. It’s not a bad book, but not one I need or can use.