The Complete Idiot's Guide to Knitting and Crocheting

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Penguin, Mar 1, 1999 - Crafts & Hobbies - 304 pages

This guide has been a bestseller ever since its first publication. Plus, it's the only book to include knitting and crocheting, with both comprehensive instructions and exciting patterns.

Readers will get:

-- Goof-proof instructions to get them knitting and crocheting in no time

-- Expert advice on how to correct common knitting gaffes

-- Terrific tips that will help them decipher knitting and crocheting patterns

-- Easy ways to check their gauge-and what to do when it doesn't match the pattern


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Part 1Begin at the Beginning
A Yarn Primer
Dont Skip This Chapter Checking Your Gauge
Part 2Knitting Basics
Casting On Stitches
Knitting Purling and Binding
Special Stitches Using Knitting and Purling
Correcting Common Knitting Gaffes
Part 4Crochet Basics
Basic Crochet Stitches
Crochet a Cozy Afghan
Shaping Your Work
Becoming a Colorful
Reading Crochet Patterns
Specialty Stitches and Patterns

Whip Up a NeckLoving Scarf
Make a Knitted Cotton Dishcloth
MoreComplex Knitting
Making Your Knitting Colorful
Knit Up a Hat in the Round
Reading a Knit Pattern
Part 5Final Helps
Part 5Final Helps 24 Finishing Your Work
A Couple Thoughts
BGlossary of Terms

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About the author (1999)

Gail Diven is a freelance needle arts designer specializing in knitting, crochet, and fabric designs. She is the former knitting editor for Vogue Butterick Co.

Barbara Breiter is the knitting guide at and the owner of Knit a Bit, the only website offering downloadable patterns for sale. She also crochets and does needlepoint.

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