"Every week students ask me the same questions: What’s easy to knit? What’s a good first project? Where can I find good patterns? And inevitably:I’m tired of scarves. What’s next?
This book is my answer to all those students, to help them find their way once they know how to knit and purl. All new knitters have run headlong into the same challenge that I did when I first started knitting: there’s a big gulf between knowing how to knit and purl and knowing how to choose and successfully work a pattern." Kate Atherly
Beyond Knit and Purl fills a gap in knitter's knowledge. Often times knitter's take a beginning class on knitting and then are let loose into the knitting world, unsure of how/where to go next. Unless you have a network, or mentor, choosing your next projects and understanding how to read patterns can be a huge obstacle. In her new book Kate breaks down all of the skills you will need to be tackling knit patterns independently.
One of the things that Kate does in this book is not make any assumptions (and you know what they say about assumptions) about your knitting skills. This means she explains EVERYTHING you need to know to tackle the patterns in the book. The first section on choosing appropriate patterns is brilliant, there are charts to help you match your skills to a patterns included techniques. There are fabulous sections on chosing yarn, swatching, joining yarn, weaving in ends, increasing and decreasing, and so much more, The goal of this book is to ensure that you experience SUCCESS with your knitting. How can that be a bad thing? The book is chock full of basic patterns that will help reinforce the skills she explains in the first half of the book. Want to see them?
It's no secret that Kate has been my technical editor for the last few patterns I've released... working with her has been such a treat as she makes sure I don't make assumptions about your knitting knowledge base in my patterns. I'm honored to be on Kate Atherly's Beyond Knit and Purl blog tour, Thanks Kate and Shannon!! Stop by Marnie's blog tomorrow to learn even more about this great publication!
So, would you love to win a pdf copy of this book? Share a funny assumption or mistake you made when you were first learning how to knit and a way to get in touch with you. Leave a comment below by April 16th at noon for your chance to win.
Want to hear/see my first BIG mistake?
I decided to knit my honey a lovely BIG cardigan in worsted weight superwash at a loose gauge... without understanding anything about gauge, the effects of yarn weight, and the characteristics of superwash. By the time I finished knitting it, sewed in the zipper, and got it on his body it had GROWN. I don't think he'll ever let me take a pic of it for you to see. I should have knit the gauge WAY tighter and chosen a smaller size and probably not used superwash.... if I only had had this book back then!