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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (November 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761135901
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761135906
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #614,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

With its spiffy prose and no-fail instructions, Stoller's 2003 Stitch 'n Bitch made it doable—easy, even—for gals (and the occasional guy) to knit up a cool bag or a happening scarf in a few nights. The book's sequel is a bit like the follow-up to many great movies: it draws you in, but doesn't pack anywhere near the punch of the first one, probably because the first one set the bar so high. Still, Stoller should have no problem packing the theaters, as it were: readers who've mastered most of the lessons in Stitch 'n Bitch will flock to it. Its opening section explains the complicated but worthwhile process of changing a pattern to suit your tastes: shortening sleeves, changing necklines, using a heavier or lighter yarn to create different effects, etc. Stoller uses her signature sharp, matter-of-fact voice to demystify these potentially confusing processes. After these lessons, the book takes a 180, launching into a smorgasbord of patterns for knitted designs ranging from the beautiful (sweaters like the Spiderweb Capelet and Clover Lace Wrap) to the hackneyed (a Two for Tea teapot cozy or been-there-done-that Roller Girl Legwarmers). Vignettes covering Stitch 'n Bitch knitting clubs from Arlington, Va., to Seattle, Wash., add a community feel, and the photos of models sporting knitwear superimposed on quintessential American backgrounds (Mount Rushmore, an urban Chinatown) add to the book's "knitting for the masses" spirit.
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From Booklist

A sequel to the best-seller Stitch 'n Bitch (2003), this volume is just as entertaining and twice as useful as its predecessor. For entertainment value, Stoller takes readers on a whirlwind tour across the country, visiting women (mostly) who have set up their own stitch-'n-bitch groups and detailing just what they're bitching about. Stoller also provides kicky patterns that include everything from outfits for kids through outfits for dogs and on to purses, toys, foot warmers, and more. But the reason this book is so valuable is that Stoller takes readers by the hand and shows them how a pattern is written and how to adjust patterns to an individual's own body measurements. This vital aspect of knitting tends to be either mysterious or off-putting because it involves the m word--math. But Stoller speaks very clearly and peppers her explanations with humor. By the time she's finished, writing one's own patterns seems like a real possibility. Inadequately reproduced photographs in the galley copy made the pictures difficult to see, but what comes through the gray haze looks very cute. Ilene Cooper
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More 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.

Customer Reviews

I highly recommend it to knitting enthusiasts.
Edward C. Austin
This knitting book, with a title that just makes my kids cringe, has a fun take on patterns.
There could be mistakes in the other patterns too.
Susan B Anthony

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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful By anon-new-yorker on November 20, 2004
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There are many appealing patterns in here, from a mock-cable scarf to a gorgeous felted bag customized with one's initial to an aqua kimono jacket. My only gripe is that I think it would have been helpful to rate the patterns by difficulty. For this beginning knitter, some projects look like they would be simple but then require more advanced skills (such as the grafting in the felted slippers project). It definitely helps to have the first Stitch N Bitch book to refer to, in those cases.

The beginning section about the spread of the Stitch N Bitch phenomenon and about customizing one's own patterns is very enjoyable to read because the author has an engaging, enthusiastic writing style. I admire her for starting and capitalizing on a trend that is providing hours of creativity and enjoyment for many new knitters... and indeed ceasing to be a trend, instead becoming part of our popular culture and a link to the past.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Lynn B. on January 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
I recieved this book as a birthday gift less than a month ago. I've been knitting for a couple years, but I'm self-taught and usually just make things up myself rather than following a pattern. But I decided this year I would take some classes and start trying to be a more technically proficient knitter.

First let me say what I like about the book:

-Good selection of fun, interesting patterns.

-Nice photos and page layouts.

-Enough non-clothing patterns to keep me interested. (I hate wearing sweaters and have no interest in knitting them, thankyouverymuch!)

But I have some definate gripes about this book, and here they are:

-The patterns I have tried are not written very clearly, or explained well. Now, if I alone had trouble with them, I'd be more forgiving, because I don't have much experience with pattern reading. But at the class I'm taking, the teacher has been stumped several times and had to figure things out by trial and error. And my instructor is a knitting goddess, she *knows* what she is doing! So the fact that she in confused by these patterns tells me something is wrong here. Things could be explained a LOT better, but it seemed like it was more important to keep the page count down.

-There are a LOT of errors in this book. As I read reviews and look at messages boards discussing knitting, it seems like it's just a given that most of the books out there will have a lot of errata that need to be corrected by finding the book's website and downloading corrections. It's not just this book, and I find the trend alarming and I think better editing needs to be done in all these books. I mean comeon people, test these patterns out before you publish them!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By somewheres on December 14, 2004
Format: Paperback
I'm knitting my first sweater, "jesse's flames" from this book and found a "duh" mistake in the pattern. I assume that when she says to change to the main color, she really means contrasing color 2, to match the stripe in front with that in back.

There are more mistakes, like in the razor's edge poncho lace pattern, which was completely rewritten. There were some problems with her first books, but mostly stuff that can be worked out with a change of a word or two, but most of the corrections in this book are long. fix the errors, and you have a five star book. And check out her website before starting in on any of that patterns.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Diana F. Von Behren TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 5, 2005
Format: Paperback
In Debbie Stoller's first book "Stitch N' Bitch," the author provides a fun and whimsical whirl through the ABC's of knitting, including patterns with color photos of the latest trends in the craft. Now, in her second tome - utilizing the same lush squatty trade paperback format as the first, Debbie explores what she calls the "Stitch N' Bitch" Nation, a veritable sorority of knitters from all around the United States. Simply put, this volume adds the dimension of camaraderie and grafts in a sense of mutually shared satisfaction that every knitter has experienced individually after gazing at his/her finished craft. Essays from the nation's knitting "sisters" succeed in generating a newly-found 21st century pride in an update of an age-old tradition as they attempt to explain their fascination with the art of creating a garment or work of art with two sticks and a ball of fancy string.

The theme of this common thread runs through the book with the quick and unexpected downward thrust of a wayward ball of yarn. Stoller garnishes about 50 new and very funky pattern contributions for all knitting aficionados and their ilk ( cats, babies, cars and couches are decked out in knitted splendor) with lush color photos, diagrams and creator's bios, and by including fun-to-read tips in highlighted "aside" format by sisters-of-the-stitch alumni. Some of my favorites include: "making perfect side to side seams", "pre-knitual agreement" making a nicer decrease," and "knitting two pieces at the same time." Although some of the patterns may not appeal to the traditional knitter, the contributors nonetheless offer a sparkling array of fresher ideas that can be tweaked to produce whatever effects the creator wishes to achieve.
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