In a world driven by technology and never-ending to-do lists, knitting is a quiet oasis that makes you slow down and just relax for a while; the simple, repetitive dance of knitting needles, and the feeling of beautiful fibre running through your fingers, is the practical and gentle way of finally attaining that perfect moment of tranquillity.
In this book, take your first steps into the peaceful and fascinating world of knitting. Starting with just the two basic knitting stitches - knit and purl - build your repertoire up to the 15 essential stitches you need by combining these two essential knitting building blocks to create more complex stitches such as moss, waddle, rib, seed and more.
Each stitch technique is clearly explained and broken down into steps, as well as accompanied by photos and a handy swatch to show you what the finished piece should look like. Finally, with every new stitch, you are given the opportunity to practise your new-found knitting knowledge with a simple, beautiful modern project to knit at your leisure.
Stitch-by-stitch and project-by-project, build up your knitting skills today in this novel guide that will help and inspire those returning to knitting as well as beginners.
Alina Schneider is a knitter and designer based in Mexico, and is the founder of The Gift of Knitting, a blog devoted to fibre crafts.
Alina is in constant search of beautiful natural yarns, inspiring knit textures and interesting knitwear construction. Her background in teaching, love for inspiring knitwear photography, and great passion for knitting encourages her to share her fibre experiments. Alina's blog giftofknitting.com is currently ranked in the Top 100 knitting blogs by Feedspot.
Alina can be found on Instagram: @giftofknitting
Lesson One: Garter Stitch; Project: Chunky scarf
Lesson Two: Stockinette Stitch; Project: Cushion
Lesson Three: 1 x 1 Rib Stitch; Project: Simple beanie
Lesson Four: 2 x 2 Rib Stitch; Project: Leg warmers
Lesson Five: Seed Stitch; Project: Headband
Lesson Six: Moss StitchProject: Chunky cowl
Lesson Seven: Broken Rib; Project: Baby blanket
Lesson Eight: Waffle Stitch; Project: Phone case
Lesson Nine: Basketweave Stitch; Project: Coaster
Lesson Ten: Slip Stitch Rib; Project: Fingerless mitts
Lesson Eleven: Andalusian Stitch; Project: Summer top
Lesson Twelve: Oblique Rib; Project: Bag
Lesson Thirteen: Hurdle Rib; Project: Bedroom rug
Lesson Fourteen: Moss Rib; Project: Double wrap cowl
Lesson Fifteen: 3 x 1 Seed/Stockinette Stitch; Project: Chunky beanie with pompom
Index and Acknowledgments