Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Outstanding Teaching Resource: How to Knit by Leslie Ann Bestor

This outstanding beginner's book from Storey is one I can recommend as a knitter of over 30 years and a sometimes knitting teacher.  Bestor recommends beginners get someone experienced to cast on for them and I heartily agree!  Beginners tend to cast on too tightly, making every stitch of the first row a struggle to get the needle in and out, causing discouragement, etc.  For children, I even knit a row or two to give them something to hold on to.

This book also has excellent illustrations and an emphasis on "reading your stitches". Understanding how stitches are oriented on the needles and how they connect to one another is something many experienced knitters still don't/can't do.  Teaching this skill from the beginning is as fundamental as a musician learning to read notes and rests.

I will add this to my list of recommended knitting books, especially since it includes both Continental and English knitting.  This book will be available in August.  I received a free electronic review copy through NetGalley.