I must say, I have been slacking in the Book Review department this year. I think I have been pre-occupied with my own book project. And honestly, I am not finding as many new books that I think you all will be interested in. Perhaps it is book burn-out for me.... but if you know of any books you think I might enjoy and want to share, please send me a note.
In April, I received Wendy Bernard's The Knitting All Around Stitch Book and I have been meaning to share it with all of you. It was published in April but for me, knitting season is over in April. I decided to hold it back because knitting season is coming up SOON. This is a good book!
This is the second "Stitch Dictionary" in Wendy's book writing career. She is also the author of the blog Knit and Tonic and the author of 3 "Custom Knits" books all published by STC. It is a follow-up to Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary. I love this book! If I were at the beginning of my Knitwear Design career, I would have been overjoyed to have this book in my arsenal of stitch books.
The premise of The Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary is that each stitch photographed includes directions in both Chart Form and Written Out.
Besides having instructions both written out and charted, each stitch pattern gives instructions for beginning at the top of a project and at the bottom of the project. This concept makes a knitwear designer's pattern swatching and writing chores so much easier.
The stitches are photographed very appealingly, aren't they? Types of stitches include, mosaics, knits and purls, lace, cables, and "fancy".
I also like the portability and usability factor of the spiral binding. It seems very sturdy so that you can easily tote it around in your bag and not ruin it. I've had lots of experience with ruining books in my knitting bag so I appreciate this attention to such detail. (You should see my shredded "Mon Tricot" Stitch Dictionaries.)
I've photographed my favorite stitches from the book and shared them here but let me tell you, there is so much more in it.
There are also basic patterns given, including this cute hat. These patterns give a beginning designer a basis to try out different stitches on. Nice.
And this chapter called Designs from Scratch which helps beginning designers or those who want to customize patterns.
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What do you have plans to knit this coming autumn/winter? OR What are your favorite kinds of stitches to knit?
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Contest is over. Lisa has won and been contacted. Thanks for everyone's interest!