Complete Idiot Guide To Knitting And Crocheting Paperback – Mar 10 1999
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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
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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.
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.
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.
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!
Most recent customer reviews
I am a self-taught knitter, and I must say, that when I am in a bind, I can always find help from this book. I also like that it has both knitting and crocheting. Read morePublished on Sept. 17 2003
I tried to teach myself to knit using only this book- don't try it, it doesn't work. I ended up buying some cheap, simple books with big pictures to show me how to follow the... Read morePublished on July 1 2003 by NewKnitter
I love this book and refer to it often. I used it exclusively to learn how to crochet. People can't believe that I learned from a book, as this is usually a skill passed on from... Read morePublished on April 28 2003 by terrinow
Way too little information for such thick book!
(but good info on sewing knitted piece though.. even though it's only on 2-3 pages of the book.)
I bought this book early in my knitting career and find it to be occasionally helpful. It's good with some knitting basics, but the two patterns I tried really weren't that cool. Read morePublished on Feb. 28 2003
The title of this books gives no false pretenses about its contents. It is exactly that~ a complete idiot's guide to knitting and crocheting. Read morePublished on Feb. 20 2003 by Amazon Customer
This was a good book, but it fell short on a couple of things. In my experience someone who is learning to knit needs good illustrations and photos. Read morePublished on Sept. 5 2002 by Nackadoo
I got this book hoping that I could teach myself how to knit. However, the illustrations did not provide enough consistent information for this visual learner, and I found myself... Read morePublished on March 20 2002
I am thoroughly enjoying this book. I have other books that I've been using to learn to knit but this one, I feel is the best. Read morePublished on Jan. 20 2002