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Topic: Do you recommend the Stitch N Bitch Book for newbie knitters?  (Read 9165 times)
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« Reply #10 on: January 01, 2007 07:30:49 PM »

I taught myself just about every knitting skill with the original SnB. Good luck!

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« Reply #11 on: January 01, 2007 09:31:43 PM »

I taught myself to knit (a wee little bit) about seven years ago, using diagrams from a book that came with a beginner kit.  I felt like I really accomplished something when I figured the stitches out--it was like a puzzle.  All my little "projects" (I use the term loosely, because I learned mostly to do it for show in my job) looked really wonky, and I really never got into it.  (Crochet was much easier to for me to improvise with.)

This weekend, I decided to re-teach myself to knit (I didn't remember a single bit of it).  I thought I'd try instructions online before buying a book that might not work for me.  My decision:  knittinghelp.com rules!  If your internet connection is fast enough to watch videos, then try it!  It's like having a knitting instructor in the room with me, and she doesn't get irritated when I ask her to repeat the same instruction twelve times in a row.  And it didn't cost me a thing.  And I am knitting now, by the way.  Smiley  No experience with SNB, but I've known others who learned how to knit with it.  I'm just really cheap!

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« Reply #12 on: January 02, 2007 06:03:25 AM »

i learned to knit from the original SnB & i still find myself referring back to it all the time. i definitely recommend it!

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« Reply #13 on: January 02, 2007 08:21:21 AM »

I couldn't figure knitting out til I got the original SnB.  The website knittinghelp.com has also been absolutely indispensable.
« Reply #14 on: January 02, 2007 11:26:11 AM »

SnB was a godsend for me. it's one of those books that i'm constantly going back to as well.

« Reply #15 on: January 03, 2007 06:45:32 AM »

This is the book that I bought for my sister in law to teach her how to knit. I don't know if she's had any luck with it, but it had great directions. I, myself, learned from a book that I think was called "I taught myself knitting". It was helpful to learn the very basics, but it took me two years to learn to purl. (Go ahead and laugh.)

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« Reply #16 on: January 03, 2007 07:45:17 PM »

definately- its fantastic!!  very fun to read, as well...her crochet book is excellent as well (the Happy hooker)

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« Reply #17 on: January 03, 2007 07:54:32 PM »

I used this book to get back into knitting!  I highly recommend the first book for instruction. 
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« Reply #18 on: January 03, 2007 08:06:07 PM »

Love love love my SnB book!  So glad I've got it.  I also have "Not your Mama's Knitting" or something to that effect and the directions are piss poor.  The projects are decent so I'm not that upset (it was a gift) but I'm CONSTANTLY double checking myself and referring to my SnB book.  I think it's just the way she explains things that I really connect with for some reason.  I also love knittinghelp.com and have used it on many an occasion.  It's great to see the video from the same perspective as if you were holding the yarn yourself.
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« Reply #19 on: January 03, 2007 08:29:11 PM »

Absolutly YES!! I just bought the first SnB last week, and I'm in love with it. I previously had the knit and crochet for dummies book and found the illustrations not very helpful - but after hearing such great things about Debbie's books, I decided to give this one a try. I find that the illustrations and written directions are incredibly clear - I just can't say enough about this book - and am looking forward to picking up SnB Nation (I was going to grab it at the same time as I picked up the first, but my husband limited me to picking one for now and getting the other one later - although, I am glad that I picked this one to go with first   Smiley)

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