Recommended Books: Complete Idiot’s Guide to Knitting and Crocheting by Barbara Breiter and Gail Diven

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This is the book I used when I learned how to knit. It's got tons of illustrations, straightforward explanations, and best practices for knitting correctly and understanding what you're doing. A great starter text.

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