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Sweaters for the Brand New Knitter
This is a nice book and one that would give the beginning
knitter something "pretty" and stylish to work
on because of the yarns that the author has chosen for her
patterns. Ms.Ham does assume that you have mastered the
knit and purl stitch and are ready to try a sweater.
The Introduction includes an explanation of tools and supplies,
different yarns and how to store them. The first sweater
is a simple garter stitch pattern of four rectangles and
easily shaped sleeves. The instructions are quite detailed
with specifics about 'swatching' for gauge and sizing, and
After the first simple sweater the author has chapters on
cardigans and jackets with different collars, vests of several
designs, and tops with different finishing touches. A chapter
devoted to 'kids' has some very colorfully detailed sweaters.
She concludes with a chapter on Embellishments even showing
the reader how to cover a damaged sweater with an embellishment.
What makes the patterns so appealing are the lushly designed
yarns that Ms. Ham has chosen to use. The book is truly
for 'beginning knitters' as the patterns are simple with
excellent instructions and schematics. Altogether a good
book that would be useful to anyone teaching someone to
knit or as a gift to a beginning knitter. It is one that
the Knitting Guild might consider having in its library.
Respectfully submitted, Hareth McNally
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