If you are new to knitting or just want to learn a new knitting technique, then this is the book for you! Everything from the basics to embellishing your knitting with surface embroidery, Swiss darning, smocking, beads and sequins! All you need to know about knitting is here, from beginner's basics to advanced techniques. With clear instructions and helpful photographs, this complete resource walks you from first casting on through basic stitches, increasing and decreasing, reading patterns and fixing mistakes. Soon you'll be mastering knitting in the round, Aran, Fair Isle, intarsia, lace knitting and more. Starting with the basics, we teach you about the different types of tools and the wonderful array of yarns that are available today. We give you easy to follow step-by-step instructions for various ways to hold the yarn and needles, cast on and cast off, work basic stitches, increase and decrease, make buttonholes, knit bands, read and adapt patterns, finish off, fix mistakes and care for your knitted garments. And then there's more ... learn about knitting in the round, loop knitting, Shaker knitting, slanted knitting, lace knitting, and much more. Be inspired to embellish your knitting with surface embroidery, Swiss darning, smocking, beads and sequins.