I thought that I’d write a short book review of The Knitter’s Bible: The Complete Handbook for Creative Knitters by Claire Crompton, which my Mum gave me for my birthday last month (I’ve been 30 for a month already – where is time going – ugh!)
The book is proving to be an excellent tool as I learn to knit. The first section takes beginners through the basics of casting on/off, knit and purl, increasing and decreasing and demonstrates both the Continental and English techniques. It also explains the differences between different yarns which I thought was helpful for beginners and there is a long list of knitting pattern abbreviations and what they mean. The instructions are easy to follow and there are clear diagrams to explain where to put the needle and yarn.
For knitters who are beyond the basics, the book gently guides you through other more advanced techniques, such as Cables, Intarsia, Fair Isle, Circular Knitting, Twisting stitches, Entrelac and more.
A stitch library is also included as well as helpful instructions on how to fix your knitting when it all goes wrong!
The book also features patterns for a variety of projects, which allow to you have a go at the various techniques.