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Gorgeous Sweaters for the Brand New Knitter

by Catherine Ham

This is a nice book and one that would give the beginning knitter something "pretty" and stylish to work on because of the yarns that the author has chosen for her patterns. Ms.Ham does assume that you have mastered the knit and purl stitch and are ready to try a sweater.

The Introduction includes an explanation of tools and supplies, different yarns and how to store them. The first sweater is a simple garter stitch pattern of four rectangles and easily shaped sleeves. The instructions are quite detailed with specifics about 'swatching' for gauge and sizing, and finishing.

After the first simple sweater the author has chapters on cardigans and jackets with different collars, vests of several designs, and tops with different finishing touches. A chapter devoted to 'kids' has some very colorfully detailed sweaters. She concludes with a chapter on Embellishments even showing the reader how to cover a damaged sweater with an embellishment.

What makes the patterns so appealing are the lushly designed yarns that Ms. Ham has chosen to use. The book is truly for 'beginning knitters' as the patterns are simple with excellent instructions and schematics. Altogether a good book that would be useful to anyone teaching someone to knit or as a gift to a beginning knitter. It is one that the Knitting Guild might consider having in its library.

Respectfully submitted, Hareth McNally

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