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

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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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10 of 10 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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6 of 6 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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5.0 out of 5 stars 400 knitting stitches Jan. 16 2014
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the book arrived very fast and was a great purchase much better than expected I cannot wait to try out all of the patterns
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource Oct. 29 2013
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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!
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