According to World Book, knitting was first practiced almost 2,000 years ago - in Arabia!

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A House of Tailors by Patricia Reilly Giff
Thirteen-year-old Dina leaves Germany for America, only to find that her American relatives are even poorer than her family back home. She sews to help support them, then finds that sewing may be her ticket to a better life.

Designs by Isabelle by Laurence Yep
Isabelle, a dancer at the School for the Arts, enjoys designing costumes for herself, until one day her design skills save the day for her sister!

Ghost Dog Secrets by Peg Kehret
A sixth-grade boy faces a tough choice when he discovers an injured dog kept outdoors in terrible weather. Includes instructions for an animal-shelter cat blanket.

Sew Zoey a series by Chloe Taylor
The adventures of Zoey, a middle-school student who designs and sews her own clothes and starts a fashion blog. The books include Zoey’s blog posts and fashion illustrations.

The Christmas Doll by Elvira Woodruff
A young girl is excited to be assigned to help hand-sew special dolls at Thimblebee’s Doll Shop.


Crafts for Styling Your Wardrobe by Susannah Blake
Make a skirt, transform a jacket, "upcycle" your used clothes into fashion-forward fun!

12 Easy Knitting Projects by Peg Blanchette & Terri Thibault
Starting with the basics on yarn and stitches, you’ll go on to fun, stylish projects. Step-by-step directions and plenty of illustrations make them easy!

Fully Woolly by Ellen Warwick
Eighteen truly cool projects to do, in knitting, crocheting and felting- all doable and giftable! From the Planet Girl series of books.

Kids Learn to Crochet by Lucinda Guy
Cartoon illustrations help guide you while you learn to make easy projects, and fix mistakes along the way.

Made by Me! by Jane Bull
Learn basic sewing, embroidery and knitting. Lots of gorgeous photos.

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Simply Sewing by Judy Ann Sadler
An introduction to sewing, including basics of using a sewing machine, and a dozen fun projects to sew yourself.

Stitch-by-Stitch by Jane Bull
Learn the basics of embroidery, crochet, patchwork, knitting, and needlepoint!

The Jumbo Book of Needlecrafts by Judy Ann Sadler
This one shows you how to knit, crochet, even do embroidery, quilt and sew!


The Art of Crochet 4 Kids [DVD]
Learn how to do this cool craft from a kid who can crochet - and an alpaca!

Beginner Knit - The Craft Yarn Council
Beginner Crochet - The Craft Yarn Council
The Craft Yarn Council has some cool resources on the Web, including basic pages about knitting and crochet.

Cool Projects from the Craft Yarn Council.
This website has instructions for making lots of fun projects, both knitted and crocheted, including a super-simple curly tie, a bracelet, a purse and lots more! The first project they list is a for a small square you can make and donate to a charity, Warm Up America, where volunteers will join your square with others to make blankets for those in need.

ANG KIDS from the American Needlepoint Guild.
Easy needlepoint projects for beginners ages 7-14.

Sometimes getting started is the hardest part. Here’s a video that shows how to "cast on" your stitches, the first step in a knitting project. To see more videos, go to the "Free Videos" tab at the top of the page, and choose a topic!