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. Volume IX Number 18. . . . May 9, 2003
A FEW TIPS
The first stitch is the most difficult to knit because it sometimes gets big and loose. Keep it small by firmly holding on to the working yarn.
Don't get discouraged if the first few rows aren't perfect. Begin one of the projects, and you'll soon find your own knitting style.
Before you put your knitting down, finish the row you are knitting. This saves confusion when you pick up your needles the next time.
If you get a chance, watch someone who knits often to see how he or she does it. Some knitters tuck one needle under their arm. Some position their right hand so they can loop the yarn over the needle with their index fingers. Others knit so quickly you can hardly see what they're doing!
Knitting is set up for the beginner, and you probably could learn to knit just from this book - which is saying something. Things like knitting are most easily learned one-on-one! The book covers equipment, yarn care, casting on and off, knit stitch, purl stitch, increasing and decreasing. Instructions are given for 13 projects with kid appeal, including the feathery boa scarves that are currently very popular at this end of the country. Other projects range from scarves to socks, pillows to book bags. The projects are fairly simple, with mittens probably the most complicated.
As with other entries in the "Kids Can Do It" series, the illustrations are excellent. Step-by-step instructions are illustrated with clear, detailed, colour drawings by Esperança Melo. Finished projects are shown in colour photographs.
Text is concise, easy to follow, and the type face and illustrations are big enough that you can follow along with the book propped up nearby as you begin to knit.
It's a winner.
Janet Delgatty is Collections Manager - Programming and Youth Services with Vancouver Island Regional Library, based in Nanaimo, BC.
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