Great resource for the beginning knitter.Between this book, youtube, and my friend JK, I am now able to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off CONSISTENTLY and with success Dudes, let the yarn bombing begin When people see you knitting in public or when they come to your house they often ask you to teach them I hope that doesn t sound like bragging, but to clarify, people don t ask me to teach them to knit because I m such an amazing superlative knitter, I think it s because they realise on some level that it s actually not too difficult a skill once you pick it up I ve given some super basic knitting lessons to a looooot of people.This book is the one that I recommend to EVERYONE who wants to When people see you knitting in public or when they come to your house they often ask you to teach them I hope that doesn t sound like bragging, but to clarify, people don t ask me to teach them to knit because I m such an amazing superlative knitter, I think it s because they realise on some level that it s actually not too difficult a skill once you pick it up I ve given some super basic knitting lessons to a looooot of people.This book is the one that I recommend to EVERYONE who wants to learn to knit Yes, the best way to learn is probably to get someone to show you, but this book is the second best thing for a when your teacher can t be around to help you or b if you don t know any knitters to begin with In my case, it was my mother who first taught me to knit but this book taught me how knitting works Kind of like the difference between knowing a foreign phrase from memory and knowing which part is the verb, subject, object, etc Thanks to this book I don t just know how to knit, I know how to solve my own knitting problems and make my own decisions rather than relying on a pattern or my mum.My only criticism is that a few years on from its initial publication, the sassy language of the book seems pretty dated Knitting has gone from uncool grandma hobby to a hip resurgence, and now it s gone back to being lame again because it s the last decade s hot fad The idea of young people doing crafts isn t particularly subversive any, so there s nothing really shocking or ironic about captions like knit happens and it kind of makes me cringe That said, under all the sass it s a really useful book It s basic enough to stop you getting lost, and it s comprehensive enough to cover most of the problems you ll encounter Withstylish patterns, this guide aims to show young knitters how to get started, how to make it fun and how to make the hip clothes they want Step by step instructions illustrate every technique This book is a lot hipper than I am While normally I could take or leave that kind of attitude, the book is genuinely helpful There s an earnestness in its hipness It almost reads like Take Back the KNIT This book is truly for the beginner, and targets a younger audience or one with a younger sensibility It helps you start out, select your yarn, it sits with you while you go about your business in text and charts, and flub up and talks you through some potential fixes It has all sorts This book is a lot hipper than I am While normally I could take or leave that kind of attitude, the book is genuinely helpful There s an earnestness in its hipness It almost reads like Take Back the KNIT This book is truly for the beginner, and targets a younger audience or one with a younger sensibility It helps you start out, select your yarn, it sits with you while you go about your business in text and charts, and flub up and talks you through some potential fixes It has all sorts of information that I painfully picked up over time, paid other people to teach me, or have sadly managed to do without But no longer Knitting is visual and kinetic, and it s a problem when dealing with written material this book, say I mean to say it s best taught in person with the teacher moving around and pointing and talking where you can see it and bring it up to your face and poke turn the work But in book form, it s a completely different thing.The diagrams are pretty clear, but I have issues with drawn art vs the photograph Photography might be difficult to see,complicated illustrations have some element of not quite seeing it for me because I suspect wrongly, I m sure that the illustrator is taking a short cut or two because drawing all of those loops is a pain and that what I m really looking for is the part where the yarn just somehow becomes some other strand I suppose my ideal is the photograph with an illustrated line or two overlaid describing the thing the writer is talking about.The patterns at the second half of the book are hit or miss for me, but like I said, it s hipper than I am And it was published in 2003, if that gives you any idea of how unhip this reviewer is Still, there s a good handful I d be interested in trying and another handful I think would be interesting to people I know Very easy and fun to read I know some people have trouble learning to knit from a book, but I found SnB to be very accessible Deb Stoller really gives you all the basic tools you need to go off and start knitting Her writing style is laid back and humorous while still being informative and I loved all of her little illustrations I was 18 when I learned how to knit, and it was nice to have a book that wasn t geared toward old ladies with old lady patterns No offense to any old ladies rea Very easy and fun to read I know some people have trouble learning to knit from a book, but I found SnB to be very accessible Deb Stoller really gives you all the basic tools you need to go off and start knitting Her writing style is laid back and humorous while still being informative and I loved all of her little illustrations I was 18 when I learned how to knit, and it was nice to have a book that wasn t geared toward old ladies with old lady patterns No offense to any old ladies reading this There is at least one error when describing the yarn over increase, she teaches it as if yo equals yarn over knit 1 I somehow missed this and always did my yo s correctly, but I ve heard of people who learned to knit from SnB and would screw up on lace patterns by adding that extra stitch in their yarn over I also wish one of the patterns in the book had included lace work, since it s so widely used and not too complicated for a beginning knitting book just a series of increases and decreases Oh well, can t have everything This book haspotential than it lives up to It was the first knitting book I ever bought and I relied heavily on its instructions for how to knit purl As a result I can knit, but my purl is backwards not a knit, not a purl, something peculiar but effective as far as I m concerned I ve since found better instructions on the internet I appreciate the attempt to create a guide for the younger set, but besides the scarves, there are no patterns I d care to follow Skulls on sweaters i This book haspotential than it lives up to It was the first knitting book I ever bought and I relied heavily on its instructions for how to knit purl As a result I can knit, but my purl is backwards not a knit, not a purl, something peculiar but effective as far as I m concerned I ve since found better instructions on the internet I appreciate the attempt to create a guide for the younger set, but besides the scarves, there are no patterns I d care to follow Skulls on sweaters is a bit too cool for me This book was on my Currently Reading list for a whole year It definitely helped me learn to knit, but I got stuck with projects that werecomplicated than a basic scarf I m going to take a class to expand my skills and then pick up the book again and tackle some of the cool projects in it Bottom line is that when it comes to something like knitting, you can only learn so much from a book That being said, this is a great place to start.Update Now that I am taking a knitting class, th This book was on my Currently Reading list for a whole year It definitely helped me learn to knit, but I got stuck with projects that werecomplicated than a basic scarf I m going to take a class to expand my skills and then pick up the book again and tackle some of the cool projects in it Bottom line is that when it comes to something like knitting, you can only learn so much from a book That being said, this is a great place to start.Update Now that I am taking a knitting class, this book has become invaluable It s given me great pattern ideas, and it s a reference between classes when I get stuck on something Really glad I have it around and am upping my rating from three stars to four I love this book I ve made five of the patterns in it, and they all came out beautifully The illustrations are very clear and ideal for the beginning knitter Plus, Debbie Stoller is just funny and awesome read BUST If you re just starting out and you can only buy one knitting book, buy this one Her crochet book, Happy Hooker, is great too I taught myself how to crochet in a night using only that book no web videos needed not your grandma s knitting book this is an excellent knitting 101 primer, and i m not just a member, i m the fan club president it made a knitter out of me who else can explain stitches to you using When Harry Met Sally idiot proof instructions to get you on your way and a great reference book to keep coming back to to brush up the patterns are actually something you would make witness the very cute wristbands i knit my first week and the illustrations are very clear yay for this series not your grandma s knitting book this is an excellent knitting 101 primer, and i m not just a member, i m the fan club president it made a knitter out of me who else can explain stitches to you using When Harry Met Sally idiot proof instructions to get you on your way and a great reference book to keep coming back to to brush up the patterns are actually something you would make witness the very cute wristbands i knit my first week and the illustrations are very clear yay for this series i m taking up crochet next This book opened my eyes to so many possibilities in knitting Having grown up in the 70 s with garish acrylic yarn afgans on the back of the couch of not only our home but every home I went to and every home on tv to open this book and see what people thought up Awesome It s hipster knitting at it s best because it s not Hipster SNOTTY I have made the Hot Head hat in this book several times The patterns are well written by actual knitters Debbie Stoller has a wonderful writing style H This book opened my eyes to so many possibilities in knitting Having grown up in the 70 s with garish acrylic yarn afgans on the back of the couch of not only our home but every home I went to and every home on tv to open this book and see what people thought up Awesome It s hipster knitting at it s best because it s not Hipster SNOTTY I have made the Hot Head hat in this book several times The patterns are well written by actual knitters Debbie Stoller has a wonderful writing style Her tone is light and funny but she still manages to get the concepts through at the same time I love the illustrations as well In the How To portion of the book there are sketches and the model is wearing black nail polish in the drawings LOVE THAT.I have bought this book several times and given it as gifts I gave one to my teenaged niece and another one to my Mom who is pushing 70 Put away the ball of acrylic mom and take a look at this It s a great book and every knitters library should hold a copy of it