I recently received two great knitting books for review: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Knitting, and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Amigurumi!
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Knitting, by Becca Smith is a wonderful book that includes a full color insert as well as wonderful pictures to help you get started knitting. I teach knitting classes and showed this to some of my students, they loved it! This book takes you from the basic stitches, to making patterns and changing sizes, a very helpful tool for the new and old knitter wanting to learn new tricks!
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Amigurumi, by June Gilbank is a fun little book that helps you learn the ins and outs of amigurumi....what is amigurumi? For starters it is pronounced: ah-mee-goo-roo-mee, and amigurumi is the art of knitting, or crocheting cute little toys! Now, I can't think of a more fun way to use up all of those little balls of left over yarn than by knitting tiny little stuffed animals and this book shows you how. It gives you tips on adding different types of eyes, making joints that can move and it has some of the cutest little patterns!
Both of these books would make great gifts for a new knitter as well as a knitter wanting to brush up or learn new skills! The amigurimi book is mainly crochet, but does have a lot of tips that a knitter can use as well!
**I received these two complimentary books from Penguin Publishers for review