Teach Yourself Visually Circular Knitting – review

After “2-at-a-time socks” and “Toe-up 2-at-a-time socks” you’d think Melissa Morgan-Oakes had taught us everything that can be taught about Circular Knitting. However, this new book of hers is packed chock-full of advice, techniques and tips to ensure you become a circular knitting evangelist

Teach Yourself Visually Circular Kntiting ( amazon link US / UK ) starts with a small review of whats and hows of knitting in the round (project types, pro/cons and materials), and then delves straight into how to Cast On for in-the-round projects, with super handy step by step images, and tons of advice on how to avoid the dreadful “twist” that happens when casting on in the round (*). Dpns, 1 circ, 2 circs or magic loop, you choose your method, Melissa shows you the start!

(*) What, already twisted?? Fret not, the book shows you how to fix it. As well as how to avoid ladders, make sure your dodgy first rows aren’t so dodgy… and all the other common mistakes!!!

Extra brownie points go for the explanation of the differences between charts flat vs in the round, joining yarns, working colourwork…. Didn’t I tell you it had EVERYTHING you needed to know??

The second part of the book focuses on projects. From your basic headband to planning your sweater, TYV CK teaches swatching, measuring and sizing. It follows up with socks, gloves, mittens, booties and sweaters,  and not just easy stockinette projects! Cables, lace and advanced techniques like steeks are part of this book.

Whether a beginner knitter or someone who wants to take their skills for a ride, TYVCK is the closest you can get RIGHT NOW to having Melissa herself teaching you the ropes.

See that above?? That’s a signed copy of Melissa’s book!!! She sent me a copy for one lucky reader to receive as a prize. If you’d like to be in with a chance for winning this marvel, subscribe to the RSS and keep visiting r+p, because coming up we’re having a heart-to-heart interview with Melissa Morgan-Oakes where the competition details will be announced!!