Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Complete Idiot Guide To Knitting And Crocheting Paperback – Mar 10 1999

3.4 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews

See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
"Please retry"
CDN$ 37.27 CDN$ 3.03

There is a newer edition of this item:

Idiot's Guides: Knitting
CDN$ 19.32
In Stock.

Unlimited FREE Two-Day Shipping for Six Months When You Try Amazon Student

No Kindle device required. Download one of the Free Kindle apps to start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, and computer.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your e-mail address or mobile phone number.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Alpha Books; 1 edition (March 10 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0028621239
  • ISBN-13: 978-0028621234
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 2 x 23.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,651,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  •  Would you like to update product info, give feedback on images, or tell us about a lower price?

Product Description


"The knowledge you will gain from reading and using this book will bring you great satisfaction." — Nancy J. Thomas, editorial director of Lion Brand Yarn Company; co-author of Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Book; and former editor of Knitter’s Magazine, Vogue Knitting, and Family Circle Easy Knitting
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

From the Back Cover

You're no idiot, of course. You can sew a button, tie a knot and even thread a needle in under 30 seconds. But when it comes to knitting and crocheting, you feel as prickly as a pin cushion. Don't unravel just yet! The Complete Idiot's Guide to Knitting and Crocheting shows you how to create beautiful crafts worthy of becoming heirlooms. In this Complete Idiot's Guide, you get:

See all Product Description

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback
I bought this book about two months ago because I wanted to learn how to knit and crochet. But, I haven't found this book to be the all in one resource that I had hoped. The pictures are too small to really help me understand what is going on, the descriptions are sometimes to vague. For example, after you complete a row in knitting you are supposed to turn your work. The book tells me to turn my work but never tells me what turning means. I had to get another book to help me out. I still can't do a purl stitch correctly despite several hours of practice.
I think the section on crochet is a little better but I still had several issues. The drawings were too small and the directions didn't go into enough detail. I've spent the past two evenings trying to follow the granny square example that is in the book. All I've managed to do is make an ugly round knot. For instructions that have almost 20 items, there are only three pictures which just show completed sections but don't actually show what the square should look like while in progress. Also, the section about working around the post just has a small desciption with no pictures to explain to me what the heck I'm supposed to do!
There are two projects in the crochet section. The first is an afghan blanket. But, this project requires you to use two skills (weaving in ends and changing yarn) that aren't explained until later in the book. The other project is a placemat which I have no interest in making. I bought a crochet manual from Michaels for six bucks that answered a lot of the questions this book gave me and went into a lot more detail.
This is an OK resource but I'd say get at least one or two others as well.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
I bought this book along with Knitting for Dummies, and they both have the same problems: NO PICTURES on how to actually knit. OK, there are four pictures. Not much better than none, if you ask me.
If you have never seen anyone knit, how do you know what it looks like? The illustrations skip steps, they are small and they are dark. You can barely tell which needle is on top, much less what the yarn is doing.
This might not have been the death knell for this book if the written instructions had been clearer -- by they weren't. I *read for a living past the college level*, and I couldn't follow the instructions as given without the visual cues.
I have a good college education and I am an experienced crafter. I still find it hard to believe, but I cannot learn this craft with this book OR Knitting for Dummies. (It has basically the same flaws, only some are worse.)
If you need visual aids to learn a new craft, DO NOT buy this book! Buy a video, talk to a knitter, call your local craft store to see if there are classes or knitting groups that can help you.
I just can't believe that the author so completely failed to convey the single most important aspect of this craft in a visual sense. Truly unbelievable.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
I taught myself to knit entirely from books and this is one book that I used to get started. The sections are yarn selection, guage and the history of knitting are rather good and definately inspired me.
The projects are about the best I have ever seen in a beginners book. There are only three but they are enough to teach basic knit/purl patterns, increasing and decreasing, knitting in the round and stripes. Rather than the usual garter stitch scarf (rather boring) we are taught a checkerboard pattern that is simple but looks challenging. This was my first ever project (I knit it on two skeins of Lopi) and no one could believe I was brand new!
As to the technique debates, I HIGHLY reccomend that anyone endeavoring to learn from a book should buy TWO or more books on the subject. These need not be expensive, just get a second opinion. The reason is simple: everyone is wired differently and a diagram that may make perfect sense to everyone else may confuse some. Getting another book with different pictures is the best way to prevent this. For example, I could not get the long-tailed cast on. I tried several books and finally, a book on hats had the perfect instructions for me.
I have not tried much crochet, only enough to complete my knitting project when needed, but I am sure that it is just as good.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
I taught myself to knit - and knit only - off of a pamphlet in a store. I could start, I could do the basic knit stitch, then I could make the world's longest scarf, because I couldn't for the life of me figure out how to stop! This book helped a great deal, with simple instructions and ways to fix all those mistakes you make in the beginning.
There aren't a LOT of illustrations, but the ones they have were very helpful. I can't imagine true photographs would be better - hello? yarn is fuzzy! It blends together in a photo, but in a drawing can be more distinctive.
The special sections which help prevent snarls and give helpful pointers are great, and make it easy to follow. Also fun are the suggestions of dialogue heavy movies (so you can watch your hands more as you knit) and various "famous" knitters and how their styles have influenced the knitting world. There's a bibliography at the back (I'm looking at it right now - 8 books on knitting, 7 on crocheting) as well as a glossary, and perhaps most importantly - how to fix mistakes without ripping out and starting over!!! The overall format is easy to read, and very approachable!
To quote the owner of a frequently visited yarn store - you'll never need another book on knitting!
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse

Most recent customer reviews