The Knitting Guild Association
They have chapters all around the country that you can join. They also
sell a kit on the site that teaches you how to knit. Unlike other kits
that are sold, this one offers you the option of sending it to another
Guild member to be critiqued. Like having your own personal instructor.
Craft Yarn Council of America
They sponsor a lot of great events to get people excited about knitting a crocheting.
Barnes & Noble Basics: Knitting and Crocheting
Authored by Nancy J. Thomas, 2004. Barnes & Noble Books: New York, NY.
One of my favorites, it was the first book I picked up when I decided
to start learning. The step-by-step instructions and illustrations were
extremely useful. The book lists various other resources and web sites
that you can turn to for additional information. The glossary and index in
the back of the book come in handy, especially for beginners.
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Knitting & Crocheting
Authored by Barbara Breiter and Gail Diven, 2003. Alpha Books: Indianapolis, IN.
Another great basic book for beginners, it lays the foundation for those learning
to knit and crochet. It also helps that Ms. Breiter hosts the About.com Knitting site (see below)
to offer her expertise to all levels.
Stitch 'N Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook
Authored by Debbie Stoller, 2003. Workman Publishing: New York, NY.
This was recommended to me by many of my friends and I love it too. If you can get past the
profanity in the title (and the two or three other expletives in the book) then this will be a
great reference book for your knitting collection. The book's instructions follow a
logical and simple progression and the numerous patterns and project suggestions will
keep you busy for months. The first book was so successful that Ms. Stoller release a second book
in the series in 2004 (Stitch 'N Bitch Nation
About.com's Knitting Page http://knitting.about.com/
Barbara Breiter is the face on this site. She's shared some of her knowledge and patterns as
have the masses of other people who use the site. There is a true sense of knitting community
at this site because of everyone's willingness to share tips, tricks, techniques, etc. Ms. Breiter
also maintains her own site with free patterns, amny submitted by other people in the knitting
Learn to Knit & Crochet http://learntoknit.com/home.php3
This site is sponsored by the Craft Yarn Council. Sections on the site include "Knit vs. Crochet: What's the Difference?,"
"Getting Started," and "Project Ideas."
Wool Works: the online knitting compendium
One of the most comprehensive sites I've come across, it's a collection of
links to various other resources for knitting information. Sections include "Patterns," "Resources,"
and Stores" among other things.
Manufacturers & Retailers
The sites tag line is "The Place for Boutique Knitwear Designs." This retailer offers a large selection of
unique patterns - some free and some for sale. They also offer video instructions for beginners on the site for free.
Knitting at Knoon Designs http://www.knittingatknoon.com/home.html
This site offers tons of free resources including videos designed for
beginners to demonstrate the various techniques (i.e., casting-on, finishing,
Lion Brand Yarn
A favorite yarn of many of my friends, they offer a large selection of colors, weights, and
fibers for your knitting pleasure. They also have a ton of free downloadable patterns along
with guides that teach you to knit and crochet. The free weekly newsletter notifies you of any new
patterns they've posted to the site.
Many retail sites also offer instructions. My guess is that they're trying to demonstrate
to non-knitters just how easy it is to learn, thus recruiting potential new customers.
In any case, I think the instruction offered by Wonderful Things is phenomenal. There's
no attempt to sell any of their wares while they teach, and the instructions are so