Yarn arts like knitting and crocheting are full of benefits. You can learn a new skill, relieve stress, and end up with something beautiful when you’re done! Check out just a few of the library’s great knitting and crocheting guides for beginners:
Teach Yourself Visually Knitting
Uses color photographs and step-by-step instructions to provide a visual guide for creating a knitted scarf, hat, or sweater, covering such topics as casting, purling, correcting mistakes, and deciphering cryptic knitting patterns.
Learn How to Knit with 50 Squares
Learn a new stitch by knitting a square, following a clear step-by-step tutorial and chart. By the time you've finished the square, you've practiced the new stitch, and you're ready to move on to the next one-quick and easy!
Knitgrrl: Learn to Knit with 50 Fun and Funky Patterns
KnitGrrl is an upbeat introduction to knitting, from basic materials, tools, and stitches, to fifteen easy projects designed specifically for teens and tweens.
Big Book of Loom Knitting
Make hats, scarves, sweaters, an afghan and more-- without knitting needles!
I Can't Believe I'm Knitting!
Presents a beginner's guide to knitting, with step-by-step instruction. Projects include creating a spa cloth, easy scarf, basket weave purse, ladder scarf, and toddler hat.
How to Crochet
Get hooked on crochet and bring handcrafted charm to your home and wardrobe. Sara Delaney provides easy-to-follow illustrated instructions for joining, fastening off, selecting color schemes, and much more.
Crochet Your Way
Crochet Your Way has something for everyone. A comprehensive guide, it starts with the basics through a quick review of 20 different pattern stitches. Each stitch includes clear technique tips with accompanying illustrations.
Crocheting is in! Crochet Basics' 12 imaginative crochet projects show beginners how to practice newly-learned skills and inspire experienced needlecrafters with new ideas and projects. Both beginners and experts will enjoy creating unique items for self, family, and home.
Learn to Crochet
Join instructor Ellen Gormley as she makes learning how to crochet fun and easy in this video class that teaches both right- and left-handers.
I Can't Believe I'm Crocheting!
Inspired by Leisure Arts' best-selling book, this teach-yourself crochet DVD makes learning so easy that you'll be crocheting with confidence in just a few hours.