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Learn-To-Knit-Afghan Book [Paperback]

Barbara G. Walker
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lace and Cables and much else for new knitters Jan. 16 2004
Format:Paperback
When I was young and Richard Nixon was in the White House...I knew how to knit and purl and that was about it. I had never done a project. I had made a rather dinky scarf, but that was about the extent of it. Somebody else had to cast on and bind off for me.
Almost 30 years ago, I saw Barbara Walker's book and immediately purchased it. Then I got the yarn. I worked through all the squares in a few months--I could have gone quicker but was also going to graduate school, had an infant. Not only was the afghan beautiful, but Walker's notes were so helpful and abundant that I had no trouble whatsoever. Walker really helps you to learn to identify the sundry scenarios that yarn on the needle can create and also to demystify it.
I emerged from the experience and went on to knit fisherman sweaters, lacy christening gowns, and was able to take on any pattern I encountered.
Walker's book is somewhat like going to university and then to graduate school in knitting: I really can't think of any technique that she did not explain.
It's a great first project since it will teach you everything you need to know to do almost any knitting project. I felt as if I had been awarded a Ph.D. in knitting by the time I completed the afghan. It's enormously gratifying to move from little knowledge to creating cables and lace in a matter of weeks.
Since then, I've made several more Learn to Knit afghans in many different colours. I have used Walker's other knitting pattern books to substitute squares when I've wanted more of a challenge.
Other great aspects of this project are its portability; the immediate satisfaction of completing a square and looking at the results, and its beauty. You can use as many colors as you like, or you can limit yourself to two colors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Learn to knit, and keep warm too! Feb. 4 2001
Format:Paperback
I can't remember HOW many times I've been asked to recommend a book to improve their knitting. And often I'm asked for a fun afghan to make. This book has it all. You take each project as a small square and when you are finished, you have not only made a very interesting looking afghan, you've advanced your knitting skills. One of my top recommendations for beginning knitters who want to get good at knitting. This is a very wonderful book and I am so glad it was reprinted (it was out of print for a while.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Treasure of Patterns March 16 1999
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This book takes you from easy patterns to very difficult patterns. The fact that there are many squares keeps one interested. The project is down right fun, and once i finished most of the squares (i'm still working on it) i discovered as i approached other projects that i had gone from a beginner to an intermediate knitter thanks to this sweet little book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful guidebook Jan. 6 2000
Format:Paperback
A terrific book for a beginner and a great guide for those of us who need structure as we learn (and who have trouble finishing projects we start). In a very short time I learned very helpful techniques to improve my knitting and a score of new patterns.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Learn to knit Afghan Book Jan. 10 2007
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This book is excellent for people wanting to learn lots of different stitches as well as basic knitting. The diagrams are very clear and the "how tos" well written. I borrowed the old edition of this from the library and was unable to buy it. I photocopied the old edition. The library eventually lost their copy and I have been using my photocopy to learn new stitches whenever I need to. I was unaware that a new edition had been published. So here I am years later finally getting one for myself. :) Hurrah! A great reference for any knitter.
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