Leisure Arts has been publishing learn to knit patterns and pamphlets for years. They provide some of the best learn to knit books for beginners. The Leisure Art books are great with easy-to-follow instructions and detailed photos to get you through each step. They're super thin so they won't take up much space in your knitting bag either.
Here are some of the best Leisure Arts Knitting Books to help you learn how to knit:
I Can't Believe I'm Knitting
I know that I never thought that I would be able to learn how to knit. There was a mysterious complicatedness to knitting. I could never quite figure out how my grandmother got the yarn around the needles. She moved so fast that I couldn't see that she simply wrapped the yarn around the needle and pulled the new loop through the stitch. I Can't Believe I'm Knitting eliminates the mystery behind the knitting needles and gets you started in no time.
10 - 20 -30 Minutes to Learn to Knit
Knitting seems like it would be complicated, but really you can learn in 30 minutes. It might take you a little longer to become proficient. You may still hold the needles and yarn a bit too tightly, but 10 - 20- 30 Minutes to Learn to Knit will get you started on your knitting path. All you need is the yarn and needles.
I Can't Believe I'm Knitting Socks
Once you're knitting scarves and washcloths, you might find that you want to knit something a little spicier. Socks provide just the right amount of complication. Once you knit your first pair of socks you might find yourself addicted, knititng socks for everyone in your family.
I Can't Believe I'm Felting
What the heck is felting anyway? It's when you take that beautiful piece of knitting you've made and wash it, agitating the fabric at the same time to produce a more consistent felt. Sometimes you do this by accident by putting a wool sweater in the wash. That's when the sweater shrinks and you lose all the holes typically found in handknitted fabric. All of the wool fibers shrink and lock together, and the scales from the wool fibers connect to each other, providing a more cohesive and sturdier fiber. You end up with a fabric texture perfect for handbags, shoes and knitting needle rolls.
Donna Kooler's Encyclopedia of Knitting
Knitting is more than just the knit and purl stitch. There are variations on everything and techniques to create a better finished product. Use this encyclopedia to get better fit on your sweaters, to get more consistent gauge and improved edges. Avoid making mistakes on that big knitting project and keep this encyclopedia in your knitting library.
I Can't Believe I'm Knitting Lace
Lace can be considered the ultimate in knitting. You have to be able to follow a pattern, know all of the different kinds of stitches, how to increase and decrease and most of all be able ot keep track of the number of stitches you have in each row. Leisure Arts I Cant Believe I'm Knitting Lace will show you all the things you need to know about how to knit lace, plus some special tips and tricks to help keep from making big mistakes. It's a big pain in the you-know-what to undo lace knitting so do yourself a favor and learn all the secrets to lace knitting ahead of time. It will save your sanity for sure.
Have you learned to knit with Leisure Arts books? How did they work for you?