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Big Book of Knitting Stitch Patterns Paperback – August 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • 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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #466,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

The patterns are easy to read and follow.
The left handed knitter
This is the best book I have ever seen when it comes to stitches.
Heather G
Perfect for a beginner or an experienced knitter!
Kathleen M. Smith

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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful By PLT on February 28, 2007
This stitch dictionary needs subtitles. It is a translation of an Italian knitting stitch pattern book titled "I Punta Della Maglia". Sterling Publishing, a New York Publisher, edited this English version. Something got lost in the translation.

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.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By R. B. Udnik on October 15, 2005
This was a great stitch reference guide. I personally am not too keen on cable stitches (stitches using double point needles) and the middle of this book was pretty heavy on that. I've seen other stitch reference books that described what yarn weight worked best/examples of what you could use that stitch for--this book had none of that.

However, for someone looking to pick up a few more stitch ideas, this is invaluable.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne Amara VINE VOICE on June 24, 2007
I'm trying to teach myself knitting, and I am trying lots of stitch patterns as I go. I was thrilled at first to see how many patterns this book had, but after a while, it frustrated me. There is absolutely no context to the patterns---no comments, no advice, even very little division into sections. The patterns also seem to use notations and terms that are not the same as most I see. I saw this book was translated from Italian, and I wonder if something was lost in translation. It also seems physically cheaply made, as if the pages might fall out at any times. But it does have about the most stitch patterns of any book I've seen, if you can understand them!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By L. Loranger on October 17, 2005
As a knitter who is just starting to branch out from prewritten patterns, I wanted to find a collection of different stitches so that I could personalize my knits. This book has so many different stitch patterns that it is hard to choose just one. There are a lot of cable patterns, but there are also lacey patterns and basic, everyday stitches like seed and moss, so there seems to be a little something for everyone. It's a great companion for any knitter who wants to create their own designs.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By autumn's daughter on December 5, 2005
for the price. This is simply a wonderful resource for the knitter who is looking for great texture- just page through, and pick one! Other stitch dictionaries go for twice as much or more, and have a lot less information.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Alicia Makowski on August 18, 2006
I just got this book and I just love it! It has actually inspired me to try cables! If you think you would like to try some new stitches, then this book is for you. It has basic, classic, crossover (or cables), creative (wrapping, bobbles, edging), lace, textured, slipstitch, jacquard and multicolored stitches. I love that they use all different colors of yarn for the swatches. They are beautiful! This book has lots of stiches to jazz up your ho-hum knit project. Happy knitting!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Unicornr on July 6, 2006
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This is a wonderful book with a large variety of stitches to choose from. The pictures are large and in color. The patterns are described via charting or words to satisfied both types of pattern readers.

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.

Happy Knitting!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sharon on May 4, 2008
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This is a great book for us devoted knit-wits. It requires that you have an intermediate skill level. It's not how-to-knit guide. You need to understand the basics before it will be useful to you. In combination with a very old book I own, I have a huge selections of patterns to accent various knitted pieces. I found the perfect pattern for an upcoming project. I'm really pleased with the purchase.
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