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Stitch 'n Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook
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Stitch 'n Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook

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by Debbie Stoller

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Knitting is hot, with 4 million newcomers in the last few years joining a core group of 38,000,000 knitters nationwide. And these are primarily young, creative, connected chicks with sticks who are coming together in living rooms, knitting cafes, and chic yarn stores, and making everything from funky hats to bikinis.

In Stitch 'n Bitch, Debbie


Knitting is hot, with 4 million newcomers in the last few years joining a core group of 38,000,000 knitters nationwide. And these are primarily young, creative, connected chicks with sticks who are coming together in living rooms, knitting cafes, and chic yarn stores, and making everything from funky hats to bikinis.

In Stitch 'n Bitch, Debbie Stoller-founder of the first Stitch 'n Bitch knitting group in New York City-covers every aspect of knitting and the knitting-together lifestyle: the how-to, the when-to, the what-to, the why-to. Writing with wit and attitude (The Knitty-Gritty, Blocking for Blockheads), she explains the different types of needles and yarns (and sheep, too) and all the techniques from basic to fancy, knit to purl to cast-off. She also shares her special brand of corrective surgery for when things go wrong, and offers fun and informative sidebars on such topics as how to find the best yarn for less, how to make a buttonhole, knitting etiquette, and what tools to keep in your knitting bag. At the heart of the book are forty stylish patterns: Alien Scarf, Big Bad Baby Blanky, Mohair Hoodie, Kitty and Devil Hat, Cell Phone Cozy, and Wonder Woman Bikini. And for anyone interested: how to start a Stitch 'n Bitch group.

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Library Journal
Once thought to be a hobby for grandmothers, knitting has become for today's twentysomethings what macram was to that same age group in the 1970s. In this nifty guide, Stoller introduces that age-old craft in-depth, making use of the modern products and patterns that have come about as a result of its resurgence. An introduction chronicles the history of knitting from the female perspective, while subsequent chapters cover topics such as yarn type, instruments, stitches, and patterns. Perhaps the most exciting bit is Stoller's "knit as you learn" technique: with every new stitch, she presents a new pattern, thereby allowing knitters to build on their knowledge. Another enticing part of this project, the decidedly hip patterns (collected from women around the world) range from a string bikini to beanie hats; all include easy-to-follow directions and illustrations. Essential for all crafts collections and perfect for a display, given the growing interest in knitting. [See also "Must-Reads for Fall," p. 38.-Ed.]-Rachel Collins, "Library Journal" Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Meet the Author

Debbie Stoller is the bestselling author of the Stitch'n Bitch series of knitting books and calendars. She comes from a long line of Dutch knitters, has a Ph.D. from Yale in the psychology of women, and is the editor-in-chief of Bust magazine. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Stitch 'n Bitch 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 62 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is yet another book published quickly to get the author on the bandwagon because everyone is knitting again. Her writing tone is contrite and lame. She tries to teach you using 'hipster' language but it would be more easier to understand if she just used plain English. Her subtitles for different categories are downright silly and often have sexual tones. The line drawings of hands and string positions are difficult to interpret. She devotes one measly paragraph to 'intarsia' which is using more than one color to knit. It made no sense to me, yet quite of few of her patterns require this technique to produce the finished product.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is very helpful on most things, but there are a lot of explaining and not a lot of photos, plus the photos are not always very clear on which piece of yarn is what. This book does a wonderful job on teaching basic english style knitting and how to read patterns. This book will NOT teach you very well how to make tubes (socks and mittens) nor how to use double pointed needles very well. If you are looking for a nice 101 this is your book a lot of my friends who wanted to start simple projects have photocopied this book over and over again. However, if you are looking for more of a leap off from what you know look at it in the store. This book isn't a bad book at all, but there are some pitfals that me and my knitting buddies have found with this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a beginning knitter, I was disappointed in this book. It's true, the stories at the beginning of the book are interesting, but that's where it stops. It definately targets the younger generation. It has a bunch of patterns that might be good for practice, but are hardly useful in the real world. The only pattern I found half way interesting was the alien scarf. I'm attempting to make it, but the instructions are not really easy for the beginner. Their are mistakes in the patterns of this book too. You can go online (if you know where to look), and get the corrections, but I think it's unprofessional to print without proof reading and checking it first.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very useful
Jacquie83 More than 1 year ago
I already had a copy of this book. I started a knitting group with 3 friends to knit andso pend tme together. One member of the group is an experienced knitter and is our teacher. The other two woman had no knitting experience. I bought each of them a copy of this book. It is extremely easy to follow for a beginner and a great reference book for a little more experienced knitter. It also has projects to try. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning how to knit.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everything you wanted ti know and more plus some short cuts I have certainly found invaluable. Also, the patterns themselves are fun funky elegant.Something for every taste! Thanks for the hard work compiling this book a regular go-to for me!
divinemissjenn More than 1 year ago
I am new to knitting, mainly because it always looked so complicated and I am one of those people who is 'all thumbs'. I decided to give it another try, and I went searching for books that would be easy for me to understand. This was the book that clicked best for me: the basic instructions are written in an everyday, conversational way that engages me as opposed to making me feel as if I don't know what I am doing. I have yet to try most of the patterns as I am still learning the basic stitches, and even though most patterns are for a 'younger' crowd (I am 41), I would still wear them. Give this book a try, it's done wonders for me so far!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I basically learned to knit from this book. There are plenty of easy to follow instructions for everything from how to cast on, how to fix mistakes, mattress stitch, even how to knit lefty. There are also several good patterns. In my opinion, any beginning knitter should have a copy of this book, it was my lifeline as I started out and continues to be a favorite reference when I run into a problem.
Tazio More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for the beginning knitters out there. I had the basic idea of knitting but I was having trouble following videos and tutorials to perfect my attempts, this book solved my problems and answered many questions! I found the tips, tricks and techniques in the book extremely informative and helpful. I would highly recommend this book for any beginning knitters who are looking for more information of knitting and techniques.
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jewels10 More than 1 year ago
This book teaches you how to knit by explaining things in a way you can actually understand. So many knitting books I have picked up have very few illustrations and the way they explain knitting techniques is too confusing for a newbie. After checking out about 20 books from my local library, I found this one and loved it so much I bought it. It explains things in a easy manner like a friend would tell you and not like an encyclopedia. It also provides good illustrations of the techniques. It is well organized, easy to use, and covers everything you need to know to knit.
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Of-The-Eagles More than 1 year ago
This isn't exactly a book but knitting graph paper and diary for items you create for yourself. A portion has a section for body measurements and the rest are blank for your own ideas and instructions. It's perfect for clothing items that you design but aren't a lightening speed knitter, so you need to be reminded of patterns or other directions. Or for when you find the perfect sweater but you like the neck line of another...you need something to get those adjustments down. Why cut up a bunch of other books when you could get this and put all those patterns for colored designs inside this compact and portable diary.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Griffincat More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent starting point for someone who wants to learn to knit (like me) who has no one around who can teach him or her how to knit (also like me). The how-to sections are well-illustrated and show where needles and yarn go more clearly than most of the books from yarn and needle makers. Is this the only knitting book you'll ever need? No, but it's got enough in it to keep you interested for quite a while. Not everything is scarves and afghans (very little of it is, actually) and the presentation tends towards slightly snarky but not condescending. My only caveat would be to try to find a later edition if you're looking to pick it up used, as there are a lot of errata in the 1st edition that, while available online, are important.
JennLR More than 1 year ago
I bought this book to help me get started knitting. I loved all the background info about yarn, making balls, and general knowledge. The patterns offered in the book were a little on the odd side, but I do plan to make a couple of them.
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Spasticmunki More than 1 year ago
I have owned several copies of this book.. The reason why you may ask.. Because people want me to teach them how to knit. I am not a good teacher. So I let them "borrow" this book. I never see it again. Then I have to buy a new copy. I have lent it out and bought it 3 times now. I need to buy a fourth and final copy that will be strictly for me.. ANYWAY I digress... This book fits both learning personalities.. Those who read and follow instructions and those (like myself) who look at diagrams and figure it out. The text of the book is very witty, and extremely entertaining.
RunnergirlNY More than 1 year ago
I'm pleased with my choice of this book. The instructions are easy to follow and the pictures are useful. Although I have known how to knit for years, I have never progressed much past a simple knit or purl. This book quickly showed me how to do some more advanced stitches with no problem. I look forward to moving past knitting just a scarf. :)
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy to read and entertaining. Once you've mastered the basics it's a good source for referencing basic techniques. Projects are cute too.
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