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Skill Set – Beginning Knitting


There’s never been a how-to-knit book like this. It’s little. Smart. Encouraging. In 9 short lessons, with dozens of clear illustrations, we teach everything a new knitter needs to know, and nothing they don’t.


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Skill Set: Beginning Knitting
By Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne

This is it. Skill Set gives you the keys to the kingdom.
The 9 Lessons

Everything a new knitter needs to know, short and sweet. These lessons draw on decades of knitting experience by Kay and Ann.

  • Lesson 1 Supplies, Casting On, Knit Stitch, Binding Off
  • Lesson 2 Purl Stitch, Combining Knits and Purls
  • Lesson 3 Basic Shaping: Increases and Decreases
  • Lesson 4 Knitting in the Round
  • Lesson 5 Basic Lace and Cables
  • Lesson 6 Basic Colorwork: Stripes, Stranding Intarsia
  • Lesson 7 Finishing: Weaving in Ends, Seaming, Blocking
  • Lesson 8 Patterns, Yarn, and Gear
  • Lesson 9 Fixing Mistakes

We emphasize practice in each lesson, so there are swatches to make for each technique. There’s just one pattern, for a simple hat, that lets a new knitter try out the techniques.

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