Amy R Singer
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starting Knitty earlier this year, I've gotten a lot
of e-mail asking for information on where a person
should go to learn to knit.
last week, I had no idea where to send them. I do
was fortunate enough to attend a lecture given by
Canadian knitter and knitwear designer, Sally Melville.
The visit coincided nicely with the publication of
her new book, The Knitting Experience, The Knit Stitch.
saw many people buying copies, getting Sally's autograph.
I took a few moments before the meeting began and
paged through the book, just to see if it had any
I'm not good at learning things from books. I'd rather
have someone sit next to me and show me. But then
I met this book.
first page I flipped to showed, with clear step-by-step
photos, how to weave in ends. I can't tell you how
many times I'd wished to find this information
somewhere. Pattern authors assume you'll just
know how to do it without leaving a mess behind your
work. They shouldn't. Sally doesn't. Bless her.
I worked through the book, I found thorough coverage
of introductory techniques from the very first stitch
you'll cast on through knitting, shaping and casting
off. Sally teaches you how to knit in a detailed,
visual, easy-to-follow way. She's intentionally built
the book a step at a time, so that you are taught
a new skill only when you need to use it. And her
patient, encouraging writing style is the perfect
knitting coach when you don't have someone available
to teach you. Don't miss the "Meditation"
index at the back of the book. I loved these writings.
brilliant innovation is the "Oops!" chapter.
It shows the kind of mistakes knitters make and how
to correct them. Wonderful! Pages 148-149 will, I
suspect, be a surprise to experienced knitters other
than myself. Two different problems are addressed
and solved in a way I'd never seen before. I can't
wait to try these solutions!
book also includes a great assortment of patterns,
all using only the knit stitch. The one on the cover
is on my to-do list already. And the Shape It! scarf
is really cool.
you want to learn to knit, improve your basic techniques,
or just love Sally's funky garter stitch patterns,
Knitty wholeheartedly recommends this book.
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Check out their wide selection of books for knitting,
crochet, cross-stich and needlepoint. And please tell
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