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A First Book of Knitting for Children

written by Bonnie Gosse and Jill Allerton
with photography by Eric Furman and Dave Gosse

NEW 2020 EDITION - Fully revised and expanded

A knitting book with a difference! Rhymes and photos combine to bring a thorough introduction to knit stitch and purl stitch, followed by simple, enticing patterns for animals. The patterns are easy and exciting to make and the completed projects are fun to play with. Further instructions and more complicated patterns follow in the latter half of the book.

Thoroughly revised, combining both the original A First Book of Knitting for Children together with the authors' follow up title Knitting for Children, this book is great for both children and adults, an invaluable resource for anyone learning how to knit. The clear instructions, the interesting patterns and artistic photographs make this book a must for all who have an interest in knitting.

Recommended for all ages!

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Book Contents

History of Knitting
Making your own wooden knitting needles
Disappearing knot
Disappearing knot verse
Finger knitting
How to begin knitting
Holding the needles
Casting on
• Casting on verse
Knit stitch
• Knit stitch verse
Knit stitch problems – where they occur and how to correct them
Knitting the latch by mistake
Forgetting to knit the last stitch
Putting your needle in the wrong place
Knitting backwards
Undoing knitting
• Undoing a stitch
• Undoing stitches verse
• Undoing a row
Recovering a dropped stitch
Another way of fixing a dropped stitch
Slipped stitches
Shaping your knitting by decreasing
Shaping your knitting by increasing
Increasing at the beginning of a row
Changing colours
Dividing work to make 2 or more sections
Using a stitch holder or safety pin
Rejoining yarn
Casting off
Casting off verse
Weaving in ends
Sewing up projects
Stuffing projects
Making a pom-pom
Patterns using knit stitch only
Striped ball
Purl stitch
Purl stitch verse
Stocking stitch
Purl stitch problems – where they occur and how to correct them
A mistake in stocking stitch
Mistakes in ribbing
Forgetting to change the yarn location
Patterns using knit stitch and purl stitch
More skills
Reading a pattern
More shaping your knitting by decreasing
Decreasing • purlwise (p2tog)
More shaping your knitting by increasing
Increasing in a stitch
Make 1 (m1)
Pass slipped stitch over (psso)
Picking up stitches
Using different colours
Creating simple stripes
Fair Isle knitting
Simple 2 colour pattern
Dancing men pattern
Knitting in the round
Wrap and turn (going the wrong way to market on purpose)
Double casting off
Firm casting on
Knit one, slip one (k1,sl1)
The challenge patterns
Leaping cat
Boy with hands in his pockets
Girl with hands in her pockets
Hat with rolled brim
Hat with ribbed brim
Lily the Lamb
Mother Sea Otter
Baby Sea Otter
Wriggly Snake
Coiled Snake
Howling Wolf
Slipper socks in three sizes
Hand dolls
• Granny and Grandpa pattern
Clothes for your doll
• Pleated skirt
• Plain skirt
• Granny skirt pattern
• Trousers
• Jacket or shirt
• Granny's pullover sweater
• Hat with rolled brim
• Hat with knitted brim
• Baseball cap
• Grandpa cap or plain hat

Knit stitch verse

In through the front door,

Dance around the back,

Peek through the window

And OFF jumps Jack

Sheryl MacKay's interview with Bonnie Gosse

Scroll down the programs to "April 3, 2021: Saturday April 3"
The interview is at about 22:10 into the program