- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Sterling (August 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1402727631
- ISBN-13: 978-1402727634
- Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 6.6 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,036,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Big Book of Knitting Stitch Patterns Paperback – August 1, 2005
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Top Customer Reviews
As lovely as the selection of stitches may be, some of the instructions are incomprehensible, even though instructions come in both written and chart form. The first two stitches I tried proved impossible to decipher. I thought it was me. Being tenacious, I wrote out the stitch instructions for myself and drew the charts over, trying to identify what it was I just wasn't grasping in the instructions on the printed page. Numerous samples later, I still had no luck in duplicating the patterns sucessfully. Nonetheless determined to enjoy this book, I tried a simple cable stitch. Then I decided to write this review!
Rather than adapting instructions to conform to typical English-language formats common in Vogue and similar books, the New York publisher seems to have adhered to an Italian standard. For instance, instructions and charts for many of the cable stitch patterns in the book are written for a single cable, not for a cable with some background. If you wish to knit a rectangular swatch, you need to add stitches to form the background yourself. Otherwise you get exactly one, twisted, snaking cable with no stitches on either side. To correct this problem in complex patterns, you may want to modify the written instructions to reflect these additional stitches. For instance, "Row 11: Knit." might need to be become: "Row 11: Purl 2, Knit 7, Purl 2." Imagine rewriting (or recharting) every cable pattern in the book!
Similarly, one of the "classic" patterns gives instructions for rows 1 to 5, and then says: Repeat rows 3 to 6.Read more ›
However, for someone looking to pick up a few more stitch ideas, this is invaluable.
The stitches run the course of Basic, Classic, Crossover, Creative, Lace, Textured, and Multicolored stitches. In addition there are MANY Slip Stitch Patterns and Jacquard Patterns also in large color clear photos.
I feel this book is a must have in any knitter's library and that it will be used frequently as a reference book over and over.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I purchased this book, thinking to make swatches of the patterns as practice pieces. Of of the first 11 patterns I have tried, 7 have had errors in the written instructions. Read morePublished 4 months ago by H.K. Byers
Great book for different knit stitches and how to do them with pictures.Published 13 months ago by Marjorie L Campbell
I was very excited about finally taking the plunge and getting this item ordered. It was a quick delivery and the item is just as promised....couldn't be happier. Thank you.Published on June 13, 2012 by LJ
I got this book for my sister who loves to knit. She's used it a ton ever since she got it for Christmas (a couple years ago). Read morePublished on December 26, 2011 by Kelsey
This book has a good range of stitches. The row-by-row instructions are excellent. My 2 criticisms are that some of the photographs are taken too close, making it more difficult... Read morePublished on November 28, 2011 by Dottikat
This book contains beautiful stitch patterns so that a knitter can vary knitted works. I will use it again and again.Published on September 6, 2011 by Connie L. Goranson