Beyond Knit and Purl by Kate Atherley
This book is designed to help knitters grow from being confident with their needles to being confident with patterns. In it, key questions are answered, such as "What does it mean when it says to decrease evenly across?", "What skills do I need to knit socks?", and "What's the big deal about not twisting the round?"
The first third of the book is all about working with and from patterns - how to choose a good pattern, how to know if a pattern is going to be easy or difficult. How to choose the appropriate yarn and why and how to swatch (and when not to... ). How to choose what size to knit. And I explain all that strange language you see in patterns... like "work even" and "every foll alt"; I teach you how to read charts. I clearly explain what skills are needed for different types of projects and what the appropriate next steps are for newer knitters.The rest of the book is all about specific techniques... Increasing & Decreasing, Working in the Round, Socks, Cables, Lace and Colorwork. Each chapter explains they key facts, stitches and techniques with lots of helpful photos and diagrams, and then provides four projects for knitters to practice. There's a quick-hit mini project, one or two evening's worth of work, a great way to try out some skills and gain confidence, and then there are three other skill-builder projects, lots of quick and easy knits like hats and mitts and scarves and shawls. Even a top-down one piece baby sweater, to learn all about this important and popular sweater knitting method.