400 Knitting Stitches: A Complete DIctionary of Essential Stitch Patterns

400 Knitting Stitches: A Complete DIctionary of Essential Stitch Patterns

by Potter Craft


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307462732
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 11/17/2009
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 129,324
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 8.88(h) x 0.70(d)

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400 Knitting Stitches: A Complete DIctionary of Essential Stitch Patterns 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Dina-ReviewTime More than 1 year ago
400 Knitting Stitches is a good resource to have on hand for beginners and advanced knitters. Inside you will find patterns that cover the basics for beginners, intermediate patterns and advanced patterns for skilled knitters. Beginners will find the "Knitting Basics" section to very helpful. This section offers step by step instructions to teach beginners the basics. The tone is easy is to follow, yet remains informative. Also many of the patterns in the "Knit-Purl" section are designed for beginners to practice their knitting. This section also has many patterns that intermediate beginners will enjoy. The "Cross Stitches and Cables" section contains many lovely patterns ranging in difficulty from intermediate to advanced. Seasoned knitters will find the patterns within the "Slipped Stitches, Lacy Stitches, Double Stitches, Twisted Stitches, and Cast-Off Stitches" sections to be a real treat, as these showcase the knitter's skill. Page Count: 256 Page. Size: 8.8 x 7 x 0.7 inches What's Inside? * Knitting Basics: Abbreviations, Understanding a Pattern, Tension, Diagrams, Casting On, Stitches, Knit, Purl, Casting Off, Patterns and techniques. * Knit-Purl Stitches: These 86 stitches include: Stockinette stitch, Garter stitch, Moss stitch, 1/1 rib stitch, Caterpillar stitch, 2/2 Garter stitch rib, Furrowed rib, Dot stitch, Seersucker. * Crossed Stitches and Cables: These 139 stitches include: Simple twist, 10-Stitch cable, Double cable, Stitch plaits, Broken rib, Uneven cable, Chain links, Honeycomb. * Slipped Stitches: These 60 stitches include: Double stocking stitch, Speckled rid, Partridge eye, Grass stitch, Wisteria stitch, X stitch, Wings, Butterflies, Alternating Arrows, Sycamore, Alternating grass tufts. * Lacy Stitches: These 85 stitches include: Simple openwork, Eyelet fabric, Openwork squares, Openwork ladders, Matting stitch, Turkish stitch, Patchwork, Tulle stitch, Horizontal eyelets, Tile stitch, Falling leaves. * Double Stitches: These 12 stitches include: Fisherman's rib, English rib knit-wise, English rib purl-wise, Fancy Richelieu rib, Ladders, Alternating English rib, Wheatgerm. * Twisted Stitches: These 6 stitches include: Double twisted stocking stitch, Twisted stocking stitch, and Two-tone double twisted rib. * Cast-Off Stitches: These 3 Stitches include: Bamboo stitch, and Diamond drops. My Personal Opinion: As an intermediate knitter I find this book to be a valuable resource. The patterns can easily be adapted into a variety of projects such; scarves, throws, afghans, or prayer shawls. Unlike other knitting books 400 Knitting Stitches focuses on stitch patterns, rather than project patterns. This format helps you to learn new stitches, practice them, and apply them to your own project patterns. I highly recommend this edition for those who enjoy new stitch patterns as this is the best resource I have encountered.
DoriDV More than 1 year ago
I had not been knitting for many years, so I found this to be a good refresher course in both basics and more advanced stitches that I had forgotten. I'm not sure if would be useful for regular knitters, but it was helpful to me for starting to knit again. I would recommend it for people like us.
SCfarmgirl More than 1 year ago
This is a great book especially if you like to play around with new stitch patterns. I was hesitatant to order it at first because of the overall rating, but when I read the low rating it was clear that it was meant to be a high rating and the person just misread the scale (thinking 1 would be the best instead of 5) This is a great gift for a knitter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
good photos. clear diagrams. I can see this residing on my shelf as reference and inspiration for years to come.
ShoreToRead More than 1 year ago
Lots of interesting stitches, and old standard favorites. A good resource for your knitting library.
Carolknits More than 1 year ago
This compendium of stitches is a wonderful resource for knitters who like to try out new things and adapt new stitches to already written patterns. It is clear and colorful and easy to follow. I highly recommend it. The price is reasonable, also.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago