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The Knitter Book Club: five of the best books for beginners

With plenty of lazy summer days ahead of us - plus the school holidays - it's a great time to teach someone else to knit. So we've collected together our five best beginners' books so you can help them get started:

19th August 2015

Grannies Inc



Grannies Inc Guide to Knitting – Katie Mowat

Who better to give knitting advice than your granny? That’s the premise behind Grannies Inc Guide to Knitting by Katie Mowat. This fun book is chock full of ‘purls of wisdom’ from the author’s ‘crack squad’ of 15 grannies who knit for her British company, along with tips, techniques and illustrated, step-by-step guides to nearly every knitting eventuality – and emergency! There are 20 patterns, which range from funky to practical, to inspire all levels of knitter. So whether you want to knit a laptop case, slouch socks, a bag, beanie or lacy cape, there will be something for you to get your needles into.

It's published by Ebury Press, and costs £12.99.

First Knits - Luise Roberts & Kate Haxell

Taking your first steps in knitting can be a daunting prospect, a fact that Luise Roberts and Kate Haxell understand well. Their book (which was originally published in 2005, this is a re-release) takes you through the basic steps with a selection of knit-only projects, before introducing purling in section two. The final section covers basic colourwork, so you’ll find yourself quickly progressing to more complicated projects.

Experienced knitters will be familiar with much of the content, but the patterns are enticing, including a cabled bag, kimono jacket and lacy shawl, so it’s still an interesting read. If you’re just starting to knit, or returning after a long break, this book is worth a look.

It costs £7.99.

I’m a beginner – Bergere de France

New from Bergère de France is this pattern book, which contains 41 patterns that are quick and easy for experienced knitters, or that will make a great introduction for knitting newbies. There are lots of trendy patterns for snoods, tunics, berets and the like that will appeal to younger knitters. Also, there are patterns for kids and men, plus fun designs such as pot covers and phone socks.

It costs £7, and is available here.


Learn to knit, Love to knit – Anna Wilkinson 

Award-winning Anna Wilkinson is a leading young designer who won Gold in the Knitted Textile Awards in 2009. She designs her own garments as well as knitwear samples for major fashion houses, including Ralph Lauren and Paul Smith. With a CV like this, we were eagerly anticipating her book – and we weren’t disappointed.

Learn to Knit Love to Knit by Anna Wilkinson is a collection of 20 contemporary garments and accessories, divided into 10 ‘Learn to Knit’ projects and 10 ‘Love to Knit’ ones for more confident knitters. There is also a section teaching basic techniques and stitches, illustrated with clear photographs, to help new knitters get started.

Beginner projects introduce basic techniques. Once mastered, you can move on to the next group of projects. Now, where are our needles?

Learn to Knit, Love to Knit is published by Quadrille Publishing, and costs £14.99.

The Yarn Girls’ Guide to Simple Knits – Julie Charles & Jordana Jacobs

If you liked the friendly tone of the original Stitch n’ Bitch books, you’ll love this collection of designs, perfect for beginners or knitters who are a little rusty. From simple sweaters to accessories and throws, all of the patterns have been created with nervous knitters, or those who want quick results, in mind. As a nice touch, each project is introduced with a particular knitter’s experience of making it. The book also includes plenty of hand- holding, with essential stitches and finishing techniques explained using clear diagrams.

It's available for £14.99.


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