Saturday, 6 February 2010

Knitting For Dummies(US Link)Ravelry Link
Name of Book: Knitting for Dummies 2nd Edition
Author: Pam Allen, Tracy L. Barr & Shannon Okey
Any other info: 9780470287477

Types of patterns: mostly accessories, a few garments

Number of Patterns: Bag (4); Scarf (10); Cushion (2); Hat (2); wristlets/hand warmers (3); Jumper (1); Baby cardigan (1), Baby Booties (1), baby hat (1), baby Blanket (1); Jacket (1); Pot holder (1); Recycling/hot glue projects 3; Knit Journal Cover [vague directions] (1); Drink Cozy (1); Flower brooch (1)

Split of patterns: women mostly but hats and scarves tend towards unisex

Size Range: the top down jumper is custom sized in heavy worsted (Malabrigo or Brown Sheep Bulky is the suggestion); Jacket is 42-49"

Colour/Black & White: Colour insert but the majority is Black and White

Schematics: for the garments

Target Audience: Beginner

How to knit guide: yes

Experimental/Classical/Modern: Pretty classical

Comments: Not a bad how-to guide and the 2nd edition layout flows a bit better than the 1st, the changes are pretty minor and I wouldn't rush to buy the 2nd edition if you already have the 1st.

Buy/Borrow: As a starter book I'd buy if you're looking for a pretty comprehensive book on how to knit, the diagrams are clear and the text pretty clear too. I wouldn't buy it if you already have a good starter book or if you have the 1st edition.

Where found: Dublin City Public Libraries has a copy or two of both editions.

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