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400 Knitting Stitches: A Complete DIctionary of Essential Stitch Patterns [Paperback]

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Book Description

Nov. 17 2009
Whether you're a beginning knitter or advanced, whether your tastes range from simple knit-purl stitching to fancy Daisy or Moroccan screen, a dictionary of stitch patterns is indispensable!
Young knitters, old knitters, hip knitters, traditional knitters: they all enjoy different styles. But every knitter from age 5 to 95 needs a good dictionary of stitches.  400 Knitting Stitches is a comprehensive guide that invites knitters to experiment with a variety of new stitch combinations. The book is conveniently divided into eight categories: knit-purl, crossed and cables, slipped, lacy,double, twisted, cast-off, and fancy stitches.  Making a romantic lacy wrap or a classic cable sweater? Whatever your style, there's a stitch in here for you.
Each of the 400-plus featured stitches is accompanied by easy-to-follow written and charted instructions,as well as a full-color photograph. A section on basic knitting information and techniques at the front of the book makes this volume even more invaluable.

From advanced knitters experimenting with their own designs to beginners looking for clear instruction and explanation, 400 Knitting Stitches is an essential reference for knitters of all kinds.

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400 Knitting Stitches: A Complete DIctionary of Essential Stitch Patterns + Ultimate Knitting Bible: A Complete Reference with Step-by-Step Techniques + Cast On, Bind Off: 54 Step-by-Step Methods; Find the perfect start and finish for every knitting project
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Helpful Little Stitch Book... Dec 28 2010
This is my favorite English knitting stitches dictionary to date. The book starts off with clear concise descriptions of knitting basics which are actually very helpful. I like that they included sequential photos to illustrate some of the techniques.

The bulk of the book is the stitches dictionary and they are broken up into categories: Knit-purl, Crossed stitches and cables, Slipped stitches, Lacy stitches, Double stitches, Twisted stitches, Cast-off stitches, and Fancy stitches. A color guide assigned to each category helps you to find the section you are looking for quick and easily. The swatches of the stitches are bright and very clear. There is a written instructions for each stitch but best of all, at least in my opinion, each one is charted as well. You will LOVE this feature, especially if you want to try your hand at designing knitting patterns. Or if you want to take your knitting to the next level and learn how to read knitting charts. At the back of the book, there is a symbol key section.

All in all, this is a really handy book and definitely worth its price and spot on my "keeper" knitting bookshelf.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 400 Knitting Stitches: A Complete Dictionary Jan. 22 2012
I fell in love with this book. Sat in a Mall for 5 hours trying out every stitch I could to make a pattern for a scarf from what is in this book. It is a wonderful collection of knowledge and info and a valuable resource for one to have and is clear, well worded and written and the photos are great examples of what the stitch will look like and it includes info for some stitches ie. not to use it for certain things since it can be this and that. I will treasure this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good reference book for stitches Jan. 7 2011
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This book gives a good range of stitch possibilities and the instructions are easy to read. Any dedicated knitter would find this reference book a valuable addition to their knitting library, and possibly a source of inspiration.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for anyone!!! Oct. 18 2010
By nv_jenn
I got this book in Sept 2010. I read a few previous reviews that said this book is great... Absolutely amazing would have been a better choice of words. I cannot believe all the different stitches there are. To me it is my main knitting book now and I assume will be forever. You can create your own patterns with this book. I have made a bunch of different swatches or dishclothes just to test them out, beautiful. Now I have been making scarves by some of the stitch patterns from the book. I haven`t boughten a knitting magazine since!!! I have only been knitting a year but have already made a sweater, still consider myself just easy level but this book is GREAT!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Jan. 15 2013
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I was looking for a comprehensive stitch dictionary and this is definitely it. Clear instructions and excellent photos of all stitches
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By mgard
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Good value for the money shipping was fast, the charts were a bit on the small size though. overall i am very happy with it. thank you
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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As I said in the title, my issues with this book may only reflect my own idiosyncratic needs/desires, but I was a little disappointed with it when I first received the book; I kept it, but I'm still not absolutely sure if I like it as I haven't tried any of the patterns yet and I feel I should at least try some before I ultimately decide to keep it or not. The reasons for my dissatisfaction are that the inside of the book is shot in full-colour, as it states, but the author only uses white yarn (except for about 5 pp when she uses b & w wool to show up slipped stitches). This is not a major flaw and really doesn't affect the quality of the stitches and patterns; this is just my own little 'bete noire'- I love colour and sometimes a different shade can change the look of a pattern, so for me, it would have been nice to have more variety. I believe the author most likely wanted to show off the stitches clearly, but it does add a somewhat monotonous tone to the book for me. Also, there is no section for ribs, which I would love to know more about. There are about 3 or 4 rib patterns scattered throughout the book, but I would have preferred to see a much larger sampling. In addition, the cables section is over 100 pp and in a 256p book that is an awful lot of cables, which consequently are not my favourite stitch. It is for these reasons, that I rate it lower than others.
Having tried some of the patterns since I wrote this first review, I have to make some changes and corrections- some positive, some not. I found out that ribbing is quite simple- just a combination of knit and purl stitches depending on the size of the rib, so that there isn't a need for a large section on ribs. My bad.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars July 12 2014
I ordered this book because I`m SO into afghans right now. Looks very exciting indeed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars but now don't want to part with it There are a lot of good patterns...
I bought this book as a gift, but now don't want to part with it
There are a lot of good patterns and I like the use of the picture
Published 2 months ago by Annette Haleen
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad I bought this.
I found this book to have quite a lot of information about knitting stitches that I did not know. I had known only the basics.
Published 2 months ago by V. Moar
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Stitch Dictionary
Many of the stitch patterns are beyond my skill levels but give me something to aspire to. It is an excellent reference with good illustrations. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jan
5.0 out of 5 stars 400 knitting stitches
the book arrived very fast and was a great purchase much better than expected I cannot wait to try out all of the patterns
Published 8 months ago by Denise Arbuckle
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource
A great book, with pics, to explain stitches in a way that's easy for a beginner to understand. I will use this a lot!
Published 10 months ago by Heather Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone that Knits should have this book
Great book with Great instructions .I would recommend this book to beginner & experienced Knitters. many new stitches to tryout.
Published 11 months ago by Moira Glennie
1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly produced
There is nothing intrinsically wrong with the stitches and the photos are quite good - but - the charts are ridiculously small and faint, while the written instructions 'run on'... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Dorothy E. Haswell
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Love Love it!!!!
I was so excited to get this book and when I opened it up and looked inside it and started reading it I was not disappointed. Read more
Published 13 months ago by KristenL
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This book is amzing in instructional information Easy to read and understand and very helpful with knitting
projects where I need some help
Published 18 months ago by Gayle Storey
3.0 out of 5 stars Complete but incomplete
There is so many stich but the colors and the limited draws or in confection pictures may be hard to understand for a beginner.
Published 19 months ago by Joannie Lavoie
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