Easy Stitch 1.0 (iPhone, iPod) provides full-color, step-by-step instructions on how to get started in knitting, crocheting and embroidering.
The embroidery lessons explains the equipment needed, the type of threads to use, and the basic stitches you need to master. You'll receive instructions for the blanket stitch, cross stitch, french knot, running stitch, stem stitch, chain stitch, cross stitch star, lazy daisy, satin stitch, and straight stitch. The diagrams are easy to follow and demonstrate how to form each of the stitches. I was very impressed with this section.
In the crochet section, you'll learn about the various crochet hooks available, threads used, and the abbreviations used in crochet instructions. Again, the instructions are easy to follow and demonstrate how to chain, single crochet and double crochet. Again, a very helpful section.
The knitting section was a bit harder for me to understand. I found the pictures a bit confusing and the text harder to understand, especially in the casting-on section. The sections on knitting, purling and binding off were easier to understand. With some experimentation and a little patience, this section is helpful.
There is also a section which includes patterns for beginner projects including a crocheted lace trim, knitted beverage jacket, knitted ladies scarf, knitted dish rag and a butterfly embroidery design.
Considering that the average instruction book for just one type of stitch is $9.95, the price of this app ($2.99) is a steal. You'll learn the basics and have a few patterns to practice with. Once you're done, you'll be ready to go on to something a bit more advanced.
Easy Stitch provides an easy and interesting introduction to needlework that just might encourage you in a new hobby.