Crafting classes can be a real treat. Joining a group to make a few new friends and work with the help of a teacher who can catch your mistakes as they happen, can be a blessing.For those of us who prefer to work on our own or in the infrequent free moments that can be coaxed out of a already busy schedule, it may be easier for you to try something a little different.Quince & Co. has recently designed a terrific little kit that will allow you to learn how to knit with the guidance of a cleverly illustrated book. "It takes a distinctly visual approach, geared specifically towards those learning to knit for the very first time.Knit: First Stitch/First Scarf starts new knitters off on the right foot with the very first step—how to open and wind off a skein to make a knit-ready ball of yarn. From there, they explain how to cast on, how to orient the yarn and make a knit stitch, complete a row, and then onward to purling, fixing mistakes, weaving in ends and finishing.Two scarf patterns by Pam Allen are included: One in garter stitch, the other in 1x1 rib. Absolutely perfect for first-time projects. Using these as examples, the book covers a very important skill, often overlooked and left to the knitter to figure out for themselves—learning how to read knitting patterns.The kit comes with:a copy of Knit: First Stitch/First Scarf2 skeins of luscious Aran-weight Osprey wool yarn in choice of 5 colorsa pair of straight wooden needles in size US 10 (6 mm)a tapestry needleEverything you'll need to knit your first stitch, and first scarf, is included, packaged up neatly in a pretty wood presentation box—perfect for holding keepsakes long after your scarf is off the needles."We have a selection of these kits in a variety of colors that may be a perfect gift for an adventurous friend eager to cast on for the first time. Or treat yourself to a project that could be the start of something very special.