Stitch 'n Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook

Stitch 'n Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook


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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761128182
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date: 09/03/2004
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 365,911
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.75(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Part One: Stitch 'n Bitch
Chapter 1:
Take Back the Knit: Why Young Women are Taking up Knitting Once More

Chapter 2:
What a Girl Wants, What a Girl Needs: Tools of the Trade

Chapter 3:
The Knitty-Gritty: Learning to Cast On, Bind Off, and Knit

Chapter 4:
Purl, too: Learning to Purl and Make Simple Stitch Patterns

Chapter 5:
Shaping Up: Learning to Increase and Decrease

Chapter 6:
Finishing School: Learning to Sew Seams, Pick up Stitches, and Block Your Work

Chapter 7:
Getting Knitty With It: Fancy Things to do With Needles and Yarn

Chapter 8:
Oops, I Knit it Again: The Stitch Doctor’s Guide to Fixing Mistakes

Chapter 9:
A Loosely Knit Group: A Guide to the Wonderful World of Knitters

Part Two: Stitch 'n Bitch Patterns

Scarves and Hats


Baby Stuff


Summer Stuff


Sewing Projects

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Stitch 'n Bitch 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 99 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.
segal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Easy to understand instructions. I've knitted two sweaters from this and they both worked out well (as opposed to some of my attempts).
Crowyhead on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of the handiest, most fun knitting books I own!
Kareydee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I bought to learn how to knit. It was more than worth the money. Easy to understand instructions, great diagrams, and stories. I use book all the time to reference for stitches and yarn substitution.I once took the book on vacation and when we pulled into a rest area I put the book into the pocket on the front door. I went to put something in the garbage and left the door open. As I went back to the car I heard a gasp and saw a young girl who spotted the book and was pointing it out to her father and said "See the title?". Her father grinned at me and they left. I would definetly buy this book is one of my favorites.
bluenettle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book taught me to knit. It's fun, informative and has all the information you need even if you've never knitted before. If you're not a complete beginner, you will still find it a good addition to your shelves as there's plenty of intermediate level instruction in here, such as cabling and fairisle. You might even pick up a new knitting style - I was happily converted from English to Continental.The diagrams are clear and easy to follow, and the whole thing is written in a slightly irreverant style which stops the learning part from becoming dull. The patterns may not be to everyone's taste - I've never tried any of them - but if you want something to have a go at there's patterns for all levels. Try the knitted bikini if you dare.
r0ckcandy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I got this book hoping that it would teach me how to knit. It didn't. I eventually did learn and I was able to knock out a few patterns featured in the book. The patterns are written clearly enough to understand. I recommend it if you're a beginning knitter.
cacgilman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A wonderful learn-to-knit book I refer to this often while working on knitting projects of all kinds. An especially nice pattern feature is that they have the required skills listed amongst the required supplies so that you can choose a project based on your abilities.
firefly1234 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A well explained guide to knitting. Pictures are clear and the language is direct and easy to follow. I've knit the striped scarf and really want to knit a bunch of the other projects in the book such as the Skully sweater, the hoodie and the most backpacks!
Shnooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Most useful book I've ever bought for knitting.
irinipasi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I learned to knit solely from this book- its instructions are straightforward, down to earth, and point you in the right direction for other great resources. I constantly refer to it for certain techniques, and I love the totally modern patterns.
IreneF on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The great thing about this book is that it's got a variety of easy but non-boring patterns. How much you like them is a matter of taste, but I've made two kitty hats and the alien illusion scarf. They came out perfect, even though I used different yarns.
qwiksilver on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
TAKE BACK THE NEEDLES! For years and years knitting was what your grandmother did. Women involved in the women's movement didn't knit. Now it's what the young and hip do because they want to. The women's movement moves on to a new generation and a new chapter. Knitting like racing cars or running corporations is a way a woman asserts her independence. That was the message of this book. It intrigued me on so many levels. When I picked up this book I was a brand new knitter who had barely learned the knit and purl stitch from a kit. I have made a hat and a sweater directly from this book. I enjoyed that any stitch or technique you were using was quick referenced on the pattern to the page in the book. I've since taken a sweater pattern, and using just the front of the sweater, started making a cable shawl from some of my 50/50 camel/silk homespun. (I'm also a spinner.) This book inspires that much confidence in your abilities.
badrabbyt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
the book that taught me to wield my sticks! i really like the patterns and information.
tiglancey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved every page. Great starter book as well as reference book.
imperfectmanx on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good book to make knitting hip. It's good for basics, though definitely not the bible on knitting. Most of the patterns are too trendy to make or too basic. Though I did learn some basics for finishing.
jtho on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing - I have completely taught myself to knit (and purl, change colours, bind off, increase, and decrease so far) from it. There are a few things that I find very helpful: the order in which new skills is introduced is very sensible and not intimidating. I trust that I won't be scared off by the next new thing each time I'm ready to move on. Also, the diagrams show the HANDS - so many books show the position of the needles and yarn, but not how your hands hold them. This is very helpful. Finally, each of the fancy projects in the back of the book (after the main instructional part) have a small chart that lists which skills you need in order to attempt it. It's really easy to see what you have the ability to make, and which projects you'll be able to make soon. Great knitting book for beginners!
adanagirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am left-handed and easily learned to knit using this book and positioning my hands just like in the pictures.
arlette on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I taught myself to knit with this book -- it clearly covers super-basic through reasonably advanced techniques with clarity and style. Totally recommended.
BookishRuth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Three years ago I tried, quite unsuccessfully, to teach myself to knit using another book. I gave up, thoroughly convinced that I would never be able to knit. Stitch 'N Bitch, thankfully, has proved me wrong. This is a wonderful book for a new knitter! Stitches are clearly illustrated and the step-by-step instructions are easy to follow. Something I found incredibly helpful was Stoller's explanations of the differences between types of yarn, yarn weight, and types of knitting needles. I've already finished my first project, the Go-Go Garter Stitch scarf, and I am well on my way to completing several others. I wish I had had this book three years ago!
xicanti on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome, inspiring book. I figured I'd just browse through the patterns a little, but the next thing I knew I'd read it cover to cover. I've been knitting since I was five, so I wasn't relying on this book to teach me how, but it still got me thinking about the whole process of knitting in an entirely new way. It also got me thinking about issues of "women's work" vs. "men's work," and gender roles in our society. Very good stuff. The instructions are readable and entertaining, and most of the patterns are really funky.
suavisvinum on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
my first knitting book! i actually taught myself how to knit using this book. i would reccomend it for anyone looking to learn the basics, or for a more experianced knitter looking for some fun patterns
sammimag on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Some great beginner projects I want to do: devil and/or the cat hat, pippi knee stockings, maybe the cable sweater for something comfy. I like the umbilical baby hat it's a hoot. Maybe the pinup queen - fitted sweater but it might not be my style not sure yet.
aproustian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I first learned from this book, but it teaches yos in an unfortunate, confusing way and the patterns are only so-so.