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Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary: More than 150 stitch patterns to knit top down, bottom up, back and forth, and in the round

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Stitch dictionaries are to knitters what Webster’s is to a writer. Within the pages of these inspiring reference books are the endless variations of knit and purl stitches that produce the fabrics of all knitting. But in the Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary, designer Wendy Bernard does something no other author has done before— she presents instructions for working 150 popular stitch patterns four different ways: top down, bottom up, back and forth, and in the round. This hefty collection, ranging from lace...

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Overview

Stitch dictionaries are to knitters what Webster’s is to a writer. Within the pages of these inspiring reference books are the endless variations of knit and purl stitches that produce the fabrics of all knitting. But in the Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary, designer Wendy Bernard does something no other author has done before— she presents instructions for working 150 popular stitch patterns four different ways: top down, bottom up, back and forth, and in the round. This hefty collection, ranging from lace and cables to colorwork and fancy edgings, is loaded with beautifully photographed swatches of each pattern, plus charted and text instructions. To showcase the stitch patterns in action, Bernard also includes instructions for eight garments as well as her famous formulas for knitting garments without a pattern. This is an invaluable go-to resource, sure to inspire legions of knitters to use stitch patterns in new and exciting ways.

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Editorial Reviews

Knitty
“A super-useful book, well thought out and beautifully executed.”
Marly Bird
“We are all excited that the book is spiral bound.”
BookTrib
“It’s so good! There’s nothing out there like this. It’s right up there with Barbara Walker.”
Library Journal
06/15/2014
Stitch dictionaries are the bread and butter of the knitter's library, demonstrating the wide variety of patterns that can come from a few simple stitches. Bernard (Custom Knits Accessories) puts an uncommon spin on the genre with this collection of more than 150 stitch patterns, which include written directions for knitting each pattern flat as well as in the round—the technique used for tubular projects such as socks (the swatches in the photos are knitted flat, however). As with any solid stitch dictionary, the swatches show multiple repeats of the pattern, and the color photos are clear and large enough to display detail. Charts are present as needed. Examples incorporating the stitch patterns in the book are sprinkled throughout, for a variety of small accessories such as hats, socks, scarves, and mittens, as well as some larger garments such as sweaters and vests. VERDICT The four volumes of Barbara G. Walker's Treasury of Knitting Patterns remain the gold standard of stitch dictionaries, but Bernard's collection, with its attractive color photographs, could be the heir apparent.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617690990
  • Publisher: STC Craft/A Melanie Falick Book
  • Publication date: 5/20/2014
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 78,555
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Wendy Bernard is the author of STC Craft’s Custom Knits, Custom Knits 2, and Custom Knits Accessories. Her patterns have been published online by Knitty and Stitch Diva Studios; in Interweave Knits and Knitscene magazines; in the books No Sheep for You, Brave New Knits, and STC's My Grandmother's Knitting; and in a DVD series teaching top-down knitting techniques.

 

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