What knitting book do I read first?

I just got my order of knitting books from www.overstock.com
Which would you suggest I start with as I don’t have a clue?

*The Complete Idiot’s Guide To Knitting & Crocheting by Barbara Breiter and Gail Diven

*The Knitters Book Of Finishing Techniques by Nancie M. Wiseman

*The Knitters Companion by Vicki Square

*The Knitting Experience ,The Knit Stitch Book One by Sally Melville

*Stitch & Bitch, The Knitter’s Handbook by Debbie Stoller

The only one of those I have is the one on Finishing Techniques–I use it religiously, but I don’t think it will help too much to learn the basics. When you want to know how to do something specific, though, it has excellent directions and pictures.

Ok, thanks.
I’ll do some glancing through them all later on tonight and maybe I can figure it out. I need the basics of course first.

that Stitch n Bitch book you got was super helpful to me when just starting.

That is the one I was just peaking at. This is so fun. I’m sure it has going to be a big help to have these books and to have the videos from that Amy offers to let us watch. :slight_smile:

I second Stitch 'n Bitch. Its awesome for learning. And getting ahead

Thanks, I think that is the one I’m thinking about reading through first.
Appreciate you gals,

From your selection the only one that I have is the SNB and it is great! It is my understanding that Sally Melville’s book is very, very good; as is the Vicky Square book…and, if the Idiot’s Guide to Knitting & Crocheting is 1/2 as good as the Dummies Book for KNitting you are set! And all of Nancie Wiseman’s books are great. You have quite a library beginning :smiley: Good for you! I love all of my books, use them all of the time…well, look at them all of the time, anyway :wink:

Thanks for assuring me that I did a good job picking out my books.
I think I will go do a little knitting before hubby comes home,
Susie :happydance: [/color]

Sally Melville’s book is pretty good but it doesn’t teach you how to purl-thats a whole other book. Purling is not all that complicated. The other problem with that book is that some of the projects are enormous and really taxed my patience. I’d probably go with the stitch and bitch and then try some of the projects in Melville’s book. The Einstein sweater is in there and is really well known and liked although I have not tried it. Good Luck. :thumbsup:

Thanks for taking the time to recommend what you think is best. I think by looking at them all and what some of you have said I will start with the Stitch & Bitch Book and keep the Knitter’s Companion book in my knitting bag.

I am reading Stitch N Bitch now and I :heart: it!! :slight_smile:

Just got downstairs from “Susie’s Sewing Sanctuary” :roflhard: and noticed I had emal that there was a post.
So glad you let me know how you are loving The Stitch & B*itch book. :slight_smile:
Back to my quilting.

I love the Idiot’s Guide. I used it when the other resources I was looking at had crappy pictures and made no sense.


Thanks for letting me know which you liked. Did you have the one with knitting and crocheting??? I don’t know why I got that one but you never know I may get into that.

Stitch N Bitch!!! That was the one I learned the most from. I also have the Book of Finishing Techniques, but I haven’t really gotten into that one too much. I also find that in my “Family Circle Easy Knitting” magazine, there is a section in the back that illustrates basic knitting and I think the pictures are really good. If you’re in a bookstore, try paging through one and see what you think. The patterns are usually pretty good too!

Thanks for letting me know what you think about Stitch & B*tch.
I had never thought about a magazine so the one you suggested is a good place to start.

I only have the snb helped me out alot and I keep it my knitting tote so if I get stuck I have it with me…

:rollseyes: kinda funny but I didn’t want my son asking me what the b word was so I taped an E after it so my book looks like Stitch and Bite :roflhard:

Oh my goodness. You are so funny. Stitch and Bite…lol…love it.
Thanks for letting me know which book you like,

that’s a great idea!!