Knitty Gritty - The Absolute Beginner's Knitting Book

About Knitty Gritty

I've written a book! It is a tried and tested guide for everyone at the very beginning of their knitting lives, looking for guidance and patterns for projects that they can use to make that first all-important step to 'Beyond the Scarf'.

Contents include: Knitting Basics: Getting Started; Knitter's First Project: The Scarf; Workshops: Decreasing; Creating a Rib; Changing Colour; Increasing; Finishing; Knitting a Flower; Cable: Making a Cable; Making a Cable Bag; Eyelets and much more...

Feel free to download this sample Baby Booties pattern from the book!

Where to buy

Knitty Gritty is available to buy directly from myself at the RRP £14.99. You can pick up a copy at one of my knitting classes or I can post you one (+ £4 recorded delivery p&p within the UK). If you wish I can also write a message and sign it inside! Just contact me and I'll arrange for you to receive a copy.

You will also find my book at all good bookshops, your local yarn store and on Amazon. By following this Amazon link and then buying the book you will earn me a small percentage! :-)


So far more than 180 readers have been kind enough to leave a review of Knitty Gritty on Amazon. The average rating is over 4.7 stars out of 5! Here's the first review left which I'm obviously very fond of!

Knitters reviews
"My absolute favourite knitting book!!!" • "Excellent beginner's introduction" • "I learned to knit thanks to this book!!!!!" • "Perfect for Beginners!!" • "A must for any beginner" • "At last, it all makes sense!"

Read more on Amazon!

Press reviews
"This is one of the best beginners knitting books I have ever seen."
--Read Craft Newsletter, Oct-Dec 2008

"Full of absolute beginner-proof instructions and patterns. The must-have accessory this winter."
--The Sunday Telegraph

"This comprehensive resource is a must-have for the new generation of knitters."
--Craftsman Magazine

January 2012 update: Another print run of 5000 copies!

March 2011 update:  5th print run now available!  That means 3000 copies have been sold this year alone so far! 15,000 copies of Knitty Gritty in total!  WOW!!! :)

January 2011 update:  4th print run fiiiiinally out!  Knitty Gritty is once again available in all good knitting shops, book shops, Amazon and from me.  : )

September 2010 update: Just heard from A&C Black today that the 4th print run of Knitty Gritty is on it's way!  That's a total of 12000 Knitty Gritties!  : )  A Big Thank You to everyone who's helped make it a success.

April 2010 update: KNITTY GRITTY NOW BACK ON SALE!!! Here's the Amazon link that will earn me a few exta pennies if you buy the book via it.   Signed copies still available from me if you email me direct.

February 2010 update: 6000 copies sold! More on their way - read more »

Errors & Corrections

Errors and corrections to the 1st edition of Knitty Gritty.