Guest Author - Lisa Linnell-Olsen
For teens and young adults who don't know how to knit, finding the right how-to-knit book can sometimes be troubling. It is nice for people to be able to produce something they will actually like while learning the craft of knitting. Fortunately, Author Anna Wilkinson is a textile designer who understands this need, and has recently released her book "Learn to Knit, Love to Knit" to fill this niche.
This book is divided into two parts. The first part, "Learn to Knit," has ten patterns in it along with instructions on how to knit. The instructions on how to knit include basic advice on how to choose yarn, how to read a pattern and a guide to pattern abbreviations. The parts showing how to cast-on and create knit stitches have lots of clear photographs, showing each step in a highly visual way that todays technology oriented generation can easily understand. The style of knitting taught in this book is Eastern Uncrossed, or yarn-in-right hand. Left-handed or continental method is not shown in this book. There is a short section on how to fix the basic mistakes that newcomers are likely to make.
The projects in the book begin with the easiest project for a beginner, and then become progressively more difficult and include new skills. This is a nice idea as a new knitter could knit the projects in order to build up to being a pretty solid intermediate level knitter with one or two advanced skills. The very first project given is a two color scarf with mittens. This project uses a bulky weight yarn, which will make the project go faster. Still, some new knitters or really young knitters may find a scarf to be too big of a project for their first knitting experience. The next project is a shopping bag that is knit on circular needles with crossed over dropped stitches. The fifth project is a simple, one color raglan sleeved sweater. The pattern design is classic with a modern fit.
The second part of the book, called "Love to Knit" has another ten pattens with a variety of techniques for a knitter who is going from beginning level to intermediate. The designs are modern looking and will appeal to people under about 35. All of the patterns are clothing or accessories for women. The bust size on the tops range between 30 - 38 inches, so only average size women will be able to fit into them. The tops are all other short (bolero length) or regular waist length, so if you have a figure that needs longer tops to look good, you will have to adapt the patterns or skip these altogether.
Overall, this is a nice book for the target age group to have when they learn how to knit. Since the projects progress quickly, it would be wise for a brand new knitter to make sure they have a trusted friend or yarn shop employee that they can turn to if they get confused or need advice. This may also be a good book for busy knitters to explore, as the early projects are fairly simple and would knit up quickly for anyone with knitting experience. I hope to knit the shopping bag for myself, and to make up pairs of the wrist warmers shown on the cover to give as gifts.
FTC requirements: the publisher provided me a free review copy of this book. All of my reviews are my honest opinion. I received no compensation from the publisher or book author for this review.