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Knitting For Dummies, 3rd Edition

Pam Allen, Shannon Okey, Tracy Barr, Marly Bird

ISBN: 978-1-118-80526-8 October 2013 408 Pages


The bestselling guide to knitting brilliant, timeless pieces

This revised and refreshed third edition of Knitting For Dummies features new knitting patterns, refreshed and additional projects, a new bibliography and suppliers list, and improved step-by-step knitting instructions. Plus, from the book, you can access step-by-step instructional videos online that enable you to see and practice the knitting techniques found in the book.

From casting on to knitting in the round—and more—this new edition provides refreshed content and new images and access to online videos to help you follow along with the text. The book's user-friendly online instructional videos empower you to get started knitting immediately.

  • Includes refreshed knitting projects
  • Empowers you to confidently knit your own handmade creations
  • A brand-new edition of the bestselling guide to knitting

Experienced and novice knitters alike can benefit from the step-by-step instructions and informative videos included in this new edition of Knitting For Dummies!

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with Knitting 5

Chapter 1: Two Needles, a Ball of Yarn, and a Little Know-how 7

Chapter 2: Tools of the Trade 15

Chapter 3: Taking the Mystery Out of Patterns and Gauge 41

Part II: Knitting Primer 55

Chapter 4: The Fundamentals: Casting On, Knitting, Purling, and Binding Off 57

Chapter 5: Basic Stitches You’ll Use Again and Again 77

Chapter 6: Techniques Every Knitter Should Know 87

Chapter 7: Oops! Fixing Common Mistakes 107

Chapter 8: Knitting in the Round 121

Chapter 9: Practicing with Simple Projects 131

Part III: Techniques for the More Experienced Knitter 147

Chapter 10: Adding Interest with Stripes 149

Chapter 11: Cable Musings and Interesting Twists 167

Chapter 12: Let the Sun Shine In: Knitting Lace 189

Chapter 13: Fair Isle and Intarsia Techniques 209

Chapter 14: Fulling Fun: Making Your Project’s Presence Felt 231

Part IV: Making Knitted Garments 243

Chapter 15: Anatomy of a Sweater Pattern 245

Chapter 16: How to Knit a Sweater, Step by Step 253

Chapter 17: Getting It Together: Blocking and Assembling Your Pieces 269

Chapter 18: Finishing Touches: Neckbands, Edging, Buttonholes, and More 299

Chapter 19: Starter Garments 315

Part V: The Part of Tens 335

Chapter 20: Ten Quick Knitting Projects and Gifts 337

Chapter 21: Ten Unkinking Exercises for Knitters 347

Part VI: Appendixes 351

Appendix A: More Stitches and Cool Effects 353

Appendix B: Knitting Resources 367

Index 371