Previously published as The Beginner's Guide to Knitting (978-1-90397-583-1), this popular book has been given a completely new and updated look. Now in a handy small format that fits comfortably in a bag and wire-bound so that it lies open while you are working, it also has a useful fold-out flap at the back that provides a quick and easy reference to all the abbreviations used in the patterns. All the essential techniques are covered, including basic garter and stocking stitch, casting on and casting off, and increasing and decreasing, all clearly explained using step-by-step photographs and simple instructions. Alison's designs have a timeless appeal that will delight knitters of all ages, and there are projects for children as well as adults. Within a few pages you will be knitting a fabulous stripy scarf, and by the end of the book you will be able to knit yourself a gorgeous cable-knit cardigan! Packed full of helpful tips and simple projects, this is a 'must-have' book for anyone who would love to knit but doesn't know how to.
Alison Dupernex has been a textile designer for 20 years, selling to galleries and shops in the UK and abroad. Her designs are mainly for jackets and sweaters in natural fibres, and her cushions and throws have been featured in interior design magazines. She also writes patterns for magazines and teaches short courses on machine and hand knitting. Her hobbies include gardening and listening to music and she enjoys the theatre.
First, a little bit about knitting... 6 What you need 8 Essentials 16 Making a start 20 Easy scarves 36 Pretty patchwork 44 Simple sweaters 60 Classic cardigans 94 Basic hats 104 Cable and lace 124 Index 143