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« on: January 11, 2009 06:21:36 AM »

Hello fellow knitters.  When I learned that I was being sent to Iraq for a year I decided to learn to knit and now I need to know what to knit!  Cheesy  What is the first knitting book you bought?  I want a small book that I can carry on the plane (I can always order more books when I get there).  I flipped through First Knits by Luise Roberts and Kate Haxell.  This book has the basics (scarfs, hats, mittens, socks) that are knit flat and a pattern to make baby booties out of your swatches.  What are your opinion on the Knitting to Go Deck?
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2009 08:38:59 AM »

I think the 1st Stitch -n- Bitch book is a great one for beginners.  Is it too big?  It has alot of good info and instructions.  When I teach friends to knit, that's the book I usually recommend.  It also has more fun projects than other "beginner" books. 

Best Wishes in Iraq.  You'll be in my thoughts! Smiley
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2009 10:30:58 AM »

I have to agree about the first Stitch n bitch book. I taught myself to knit from one of those "Learn to Knit" books, where you get the book and needles and all the stuff you need. It was fine, but the stitch n bitch book explains a lot. And when I was first learning, I forgot a lot. It was nice to have the patterns in the book with the information about learning to knit, so I could go back and reference what I wasn't sure on. Although, I do have to admit, I grabbed it from the library and don't actually own it.

Good luck over there. And stay safe.  Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2009 05:34:06 AM »

I agree with getting the Stitch N Bitch Knitters Handbook. I literally take it everywhere. I taught myself to knit with this book. All of the patterns are a lot of fun. I got the book about 2 months ago and have already made all the basic projects(ribbed for her pleasure scarf, kitschy kerchief and go-go garter scarf) and am comfortable enough to move onto intarsia. Good luck. I don't know what sort of internet you will have access to but I sometimes find myself double checking on youtube since I sometimes need that extra visual instruction.

Good luck!
« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2009 05:27:08 AM »

I liked the book 'First Knits'. They had some really cute ideas in there--and it's great for beginners because there aren't a lot of hard techniques that can make a beginner feel overwhelmed. However, I didn't buy this book. I borrowed it from my library. The first book I actually ended up getting was a pre-teen knitting book. Because I could actually understand it!  Roll Eyes

Annie's Attic-'I Can Knit!' (Which is geared toward pre-teens, including all the patterns. But it helped me learn the basics, even if the projects were kind of dorky. LOL)
« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2009 11:18:56 AM »

I used Stitch N Bitch as well as Teach Yourself Visually Knitting.

If you have the opportunity now, you could go to your local  library and browse through a few books before you decide which one to finally buy for travel.

"Our whole American way of life is a great war of ideas, and librarians are the arms dealers selling weapons to both sides."
James Quinn
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