Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Landauer's Knitbook

Brought to us by the editors at Landauer, the Knit Book is a great resource for the beginning knitter.  It begins at a very basic level explaining various kinds of wool and needles and other supplies needed for knitting.  It continues on to showing the basic stitches and five projects that can be completed with just this entry level knowledge of knitting.  Another section introduces stitches that provide texture in the finished project and also includes the patterns for five projects that can be completed with these stitches.  The final part of the book deals with knitting on specialty needles, circular and double-pointed.  There are seven projects outlined that you can knit using these needles.
This is a great book to use as a knitting resource if you are basically a beginner knitter like me.  It contains lots of pictures, the instructions are clearly written, and I really like the projects they have chosen to include.  In particular, I love a poncho pattern that you knit as a rectangle, then cleverly join to form a circle.  There is another shawl pattern that looks easy enough for me to tackle as well as several scarf patterns that look intricate but have surprisingly easy instructions.
The book includes blank pages for note-taking , a number of vinyl zipper bags for storing yarn samples or materials, and an instructional DVD.  I borrowed this copy from the library but now I will be looking to buy my own copy on-line to keep as a resource.