Stitch 'n Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook Paperback – Sep 3 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
"The percentage of women under forty-five who knit or crochet has doubled since 1996," says Stoller (The BUST Guide to the New Girl Order), co-founder of the Stitch 'n Bitch circle in New York, and this slightly offensive, sassy guide-which could easily have been subtitled 'The Bad Girls' Guide to Knitting'-will undoubtedly appeal to this new generation of knitters. Starting with the basics, Stoller explains how to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off, all the steps needed to make a simple Ribbed-for-Her-Pleasure Scarf or a pair of Pippi Kneestockings. Easy-to-decipher diagrams and droll section headings ("Knit Happens," "Oops, I Knit It Again") ease readers through these first steps and will give most the confidence to tackle larger projects-like Cricket's Technicolor Cozy or Meema's Felted Marsupial Tote-designed by Stitch 'n Bitchers in Stoller's group and other knitters she admires. What makes this guide exceptional, however, is its chapter on the "Wonderful World of Knitters," which details how to start your own Stitch 'n Bitch circle and plug into the virtual knitting communities on the Web. Informative, colorful and full of attitude, this book is the perfect primer for 20- and 30-somethings looking to take on this hip "new" hobby.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This sassy-looking book offers a little bit of everything. Yes, practical matters are addressed, e.g., learning the stitches, "tools of the trade," and types of yarns, and, yes, there is information that's difficult to find in other places, such as advice about how to start your own knitting group or find free knitting programs online. But it is Stoller's commentary about knitting, its history, and why young women are knitting again that gets the book off to a rip-roaring start. Complementing the narrative sections are vintage pictures, family photos, and funky illustrations. The projects have a hip sensibility (bags, sweaters, a poncho), as do the chapter headings: "Oops, I Knit It Again" for the section on fixing knitting mistakes. A color inset shows the projects off; the illustrations with the instructions are black-and-white versions of the same photos. There's plenty here for beginners and skilled veterans alike. Ilene Cooper
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Try as I might, I really couldn't find a book that had anything that I would want to make and actually WEAR MYSELF. Then I happened to pick up this book and leaf through it. Very cool, very "alternative" patterns (for instance, a scarf with a pattern for an alien head that can be viewed behind the striped pattern from a distance--an "illusion" scarf).
Now, that is not to say that I like ALL of the patterns, or find all of them useful. The knit wrist-bands? Not for me. And the patterns for the baby blanket and baby hat aren't really anything new or special. But some very cool womens' sweaters of various styles (one with skull and crossbones, some with bell-sleeves, cowl necks, tanks, etc.), one nice pattern for a guys' sweater that I think my husband actually wouldn't be embarrassed to wear in public, and other, funky things like a cool little knit backpack, striped stockings, a knit bikini (don't know if I'm brave enough for that one, though), and funny pet items--a cat bed, and a dog sweater.... And included are some items to sew, like a circular and straight-needle caddy, and a knitting bag.
I think that this knitting book is so fun, and so unique that it's a great addition to anybody's knitting library. Especially if, say, you'd like to make things for yourself or a favorite teen or twenty-something you know. I haven't found anything else like it and, especially for the price, I don't think that it can be beaten.Read more ›
Not only does this book have some neat facts/stories about knitting, it also is easy to use, providing layman's definitions for all of those counfusing knitting terms. It lays the groundwork for future knitting projects, and has patterns that even a beginner can use (and look like a pro!). This is definately the best book available for the beginning knitter.
This wasn't the first book I picked up. I got Knitting for Dummies from my bookshelf (I had ordered it by accident when on my crocheting craze) and started with a pair of needles and some crappy acrylic yarn. As soon as I started to cast on I knew I was hooked. I had a hobby that I not only loved, but that I could take anywhere.
Knitting for Dummies was great, but a few concepts left me scratching my head. I did it just as instructed (I think) but didn't get the right result. I saw Stitch n' Bitch at my local book store and scooped it up. (it was the word "bitch" in the title, I won't lie).
Are you familiar with the "ah-ha" experience? Its the moment that you look at something that you've looked at before, and, just like a cartoon, that little lightbulb over your head turns on. This book is full of the "ah-ha".
And its a joy to read! Debbie Stoller leads you into this hobby using stories from her younger days, raised by Dutch women who had to knit to keep their families clothed. She also recounts what it was like "coming out" to the world as a femiist knitter. And then she explains why those two things (feminism and knitting) go together so well.
And the final tickle that this book gives are the patterns. No dorky baby blankets or tired dishrags here! (There is a baby blanket, and its beautiful!) No, My husband flipped through the color insert of the 40 patterns and actually asked me to knit up two different things for him!Read more ›
i recommend this book to any newbie learning to knit, or knitter needing a laugh and some truly hip patterns that are REALLY wearable/useable!!
I can't wait til Ms. Stoller's next book comes out!
Most recent customer reviews
A few things I didn't know, helpful for somethings. Free patterns are a bonus.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love this book, it is so easy to read & follow. Even a non knitter can learn to knit with this.Published on April 7 2014 by Joanne Howells
What a perfect book to start out with. I bought this book to refresh my skills. I learned to knit as a child but I wanted to learn some more advanced skills and learn to do... Read morePublished on March 19 2013 by EmEV
I am a beginner, never done knitting or crochet or else and I learned with this baby. Thnaks Debbie, your knitting bible is interesting, useful and funny.Published on Feb. 22 2013 by Joannie Lavoie
If I could give this book 6 stars I would. This is the best book you could possibly pick up if you want to learn to knit, and the patterns are easy to follow and very fun to make. Read morePublished on July 30 2005 by Ashley
I am a new knitter, and bought this book from the great reviews that it received. I recommend this to any first-time knitter. The projects are simple and oh-so-much-fun!! Read morePublished on Aug. 13 2004
I'm an intermediate knitter and I bought this book for the great patterns but was very impressed by the way it was written. It's easy to understand and offers tons of information. Read morePublished on July 13 2004 by Lauren Leach