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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BE Spiral bound
  • Publication: 13 November 2012
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781844488735
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  • Size: 155x215 mm
  • Illustrations: 400
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: $19.95
  • Series: Absolute Beginner Craft
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Knitting for the Absolute Beginner


by Alison Dupernex

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Book Description

If you would love to knit but simply don't know where to start, this fantastic little book is for you!

Previously published as The Beginner’s Guide to Knitting (978-1-90397-583-1), this popular book has been given a completely new and updated look. Now in a handy small format that fits comfortably in a bag and wire-bound so that it lies open while you are working, it also has a useful fold-out flap at the back that provides a quick and easy reference to all the abbreviations used in the patterns. All the essential techniques are covered, including basic garter and stocking stitch, casting on and casting off, and increasing and decreasing, all clearly explained using step-by-step photographs and simple instructions. Alison's designs have a timeless appeal that will delight knitters of all ages, and there are projects for children as well as adults. Within a few pages you will be knitting a fabulous stripy scarf, and by the end of the book you will be able to knit yourself a gorgeous cable-knit cardigan! Packed full of helpful tips and simple projects, this is a 'must-have' book for anyone who would love to knit but doesn't know how to.

In a handy small , wire-bound format and with a fold-out flap at the back, this fabulous little book is easy and convenient to use.
Clear, step-by-step photographs and simple instructions guide the reader effortlessly through all the basic techniques, making this an ideal book for anyone who has never knitted but would love to know how to.
Starting with simple scarves, by the end of the book the reader will be knitting gorgeous children's sweaters with simple motifs, hats and cardigans, as well as cushion covers and cosy throws for the home.

Table of Contents

First, a little bit about knitting... 6
What you need 8
Essentials 16
Making a start 20
Easy scarves 36
Pretty patchwork 44
Simple sweaters 60
Classic cardigans 94
Basic hats 104
Cable and lace 124
Index 143

About the Author

About Alison Dupernex

Alison Dupernex has been a textile designer for 20 years, selling to galleries and shops in the UK and abroad. Her designs are mainly for jackets and sweaters in natural fibres, and her cushions and throws have been featured in interior design magazines. She also writes patterns for magazines and teaches short courses on machine and hand knitting. Her hobbies include gardening and listening to music and she enjoys the theatre.


This step-by-step guide features colorful photographs depicting every stage of the knitting process, including a wide range of techniques, from the most basic on up. Here, youll learn about casting on and casting off, how to increase and decrease, and much more. 

And if you dont know what any of that means, not to worry; youll learn that, too! Before you know it, Knitting for the Absolute Beginner will have you started on your very first project and, by the time youre done, youll be knitting yourself a comfy cardigan or striped scarf in no time!

Knit Today

Sept 13

When you're first learning to knit, you need a companion to run through all the essentials with you. From casting on, casting off and garter stitch to stocking stitch, increasing and decreasing, it's all covered by Alison in her brilliant book for beginners. This knitting bible is small enough to fit in your handbag, so you can take it everywhere with you, and it's also spiral-bound we love this feature, as it means the pages stay perfectly flat while you're reading them. If you're searching for a gift for anyone embarking on an adventure with knitting, look no further.

April 13

Have you ever eyed a handknit shawl or admired a pair of knit fingerless gloves? You see knits on the fashion runway and thought you would like to learn to knit? Get a hold of "Knitting for the Absolute Beginner"as a spiral bound book in hardcover by Alison Dupernex. There were over 400 photographs used in the step by step instructions. Alison will teach you everything from gathering materials, reading a yarn label, casting on, stitches, patterns, techniques like cables and lace.The projects are easy to wear and simple to knit. Projects are for both children and adults wanting to learn to knit. Tips are given throughout the book. The book is just the right size to fit into your new knitting bag. What will you start on first...scarf, hat, sweater?

Library Journal, USA

Apr 13

Dupernex, a UK-based textile designer, provides a straightforward guide to knitting fundamentals in this heavily illustrated primer. Starting with basic skills and projects, the books segments build on previous lessons, and knitters who follow through to the end will have the necessary skills to construct a variety of garments and accessories, including sweaters, hats, and scarves. The exploration of more advanced techniques is fairly brief, but theres enough instruction for beginners to get a feel for the fundamentals of cables and lace. VERDICT This guide will give beginning knitters all the information they need to get started, as well as patterns for some simple projects to reinforce what theyve learned.

Machine Knitting Monthly

March 13

Previously published as The Beginner's Guide to Knitting, this popular book has a new and updated look. It's now in a handy format, wire-bound so it lays open and with a fold-out flap of abbreviations for quick reference. Essential techniques are covered including garter and stocking stitch, casting off and on, plus increasing and decreasing all clearly explained using step-by-step photos and simple instructions. Alison's designs have a timeless appeal for knitters of all ages and she includes projects for children as well as adults. Packed with helpful tips and simple ideas, it's a 'must-have' for anyone who'd love to learn to knit.

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