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The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Knitting

Knit, Purl, Create

by Becca Smith

Knitting has always fascinated me. I’ve tried it several times but my conclusion has always been that I don’t have enough fingers and hands to make it work. Now, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Knitting attempts to teach me a skill I would love to learn.

Authored by Becca Smith, the step-by-step instructions make it a “learn-as-you-go” course. Starting with the purl stitch and lots of photos along the way there’s a project waiting for you to complete. Projects like scarves, hats, mittens, blankets, pillows, sweaters, socks, and a stunning kimono. 

This book features:

  • A new “learn-as-you-go” way of teaching makes this book perfect for beginners 
    •Packed with hundreds of clear and easy-to-understand photos 
    •According to the Craft Yarn Council of America, 53 million American women knit or crochet 
    •Author is an expert knitter and owns her own knitting and yarn company

It took me some dedication to “get” knitting. The book was very informative and patient as I struggled with needles and yarn. In the end, I was able to complete a chain. I was delighted, however, my carpel tunnel zapped the fun and then my Zac took the book to begin his own learning to knit adventure.

If I can knit a chain from nothing more than following the step-by-step instructions in this book, it’s possible for anyone to do it.

Product Details

 ISBN: 9781615640515

Author: Smith, Becca

Publisher: Alpha Books

Subject: Needlework – Knitting

Edition Description: Lifestyle Paperback

Series: Complete Idiot’s Guides

Publication Date: October 2010

Binding: Paperback

Language: English

Illustrations: Y

Pages: 304

Becca Smith is a lifelong passionate knitter, the author of Big Stitch Knitting, and a regular contributor to Knit ‘N Style Magazine. Becca is also founder and president of The BagSmith(r), a supplier of unique and innovative products to independent yarn shops in the United States.

I received a copy of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Knitting by Becca Smith in order to facilitate an honest review. No other compensation was received. The opinions where expressed are my own and in no way were influenced by the sponsor. Other experiences may vary.

About Julee: Julee Morrison is an experienced author with 35 years of expertise in parenting and recipes. She is the author of four cookbooks: The Instant Pot College Cookbook, The How-To Cookbook for Teens, The Complete Cookbook for Teens, and The Complete College Cookbook. Julee is passionate about baking, crystals, reading, and family. Her writing has appeared in The LA Times (Bon Jovi Obsession Goes Global), Disney's Family Fun Magazine (August 2010, July 2009, September 2008), and My Family Gave Up Television (page 92, Disney Family Fun August 2010). Her great ideas have been featured in Disney's Family Fun (Page 80, September 2008) and the Write for Charity book From the Heart (May 2010). Julee's work has also been published in Weight Watchers Magazine, All You Magazine (Jan. 2011, February 2011, June 2013), Scholastic Parent and Child Magazine (Oct. 2011), Red River Family Magazine (Jan. 2011),, and more. Notably, her article "My Toddler Stood on Elvis' Grave and Scaled Over Boulders to Get to a Dinosaur" made AP News, and "The Sly Way I Cured My Child's Lying Habit" was featured on PopSugar. When she's not writing, Julee enjoys spending time with her family and exploring new baking recipes.
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