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Product Details

  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; Original edition (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761135979
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761135975
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

It’s a definitive publishing brand now, growing from workshops and knitting groups to a great (and funky) series called Stitch ’n Bitch. Once again, author-editor Stoller and her contributing designers hit the knitting needles with élan and nerve, basing the 41 patterns on the assumption that readers have mastered knitting and purling, and increasing and decreasing. This newest volume is definitely geared to the experienced stitcher, although brave knitters will be able to follow the up-front directions and illustrations for cables, bobbles, laces, intarsia, steeks, and, yes, even how to design it yourself. Instructions are detailed, with much colloquial language; the latter actual begins with chapter titles (for instance, Lace: The Final Frontier) and continues throughout. The designs, unfortunately, are not labeled in terms of ease/difficulty; plus many only capture one or two sizes. Yet the how-to’s are rich, featuring each contributor’s story as well as prefatory prose about the item’s creation. With abundant photographs, illustrations, and charts, knitters can choose among a sea-and-surf sweater, a fertility blanket, and a Coco Chanel–like cardigan with sequins. --Barbara Jacobs

From the Back Cover

Take your knitting to the next level! Learn intarsia knitting in a single sitting. Work Fair Isle with a smile.  Knit lace with grace, and don’t freak when it’s time to steek. Plus cable, double knitting, beading, embroidery, how to work short rows, and useful cast-ons, bind-offs, increases and decreases.

Debbie Stoller’s easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions lead you through 20 advanced techniques, and you’ll discover how to create your very own patterns for different kinds of sweaters, including drop shoulder, raglan sleeve, circular yoke, and even the notorious set-in sleeve.

After that, get your knit on with 41 gorgeous, inspired patterns that make use of all your newfound skills.

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Customer Reviews

The patterns are so easy to understand.
This is a great knitting book for me to learn new techniques (at least new to me) There are some good patterns in there, too.
Barbara Cramer
Overall, I would recommend this book to the advanced beginner or intermediate knitter as a must have.

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76 of 76 people found the following review helpful By M. Gibson on November 9, 2010
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I preordered this book a really long time ago and then worried that since I'd waited so I might be disappointed when it finally got here. It was definitely worth the wait.
There are three parts to this book - Part 1: the stitches, Part 2: How to create your own patterns and part 3: the patterns.
The first two parts are awesome. 164 pages of detailed instructions, pictures and diagrams. Short rows, cables, colorwork, lace, a selection of cast-ons, buttonholes, decreases, increases, steeks, adding beads ... it's all in here, and more. The reading is easy and the concepts are clearly explained (at least the sections I've read so far).
I'm also very pleased that there's a section on creating your own patterns. As a knitter I'm pretty fearless, but I'm a wuss when it comes to designing my own patterns. It seems so complicated and usually I can find an already existing pattern for what I want to make, anyway. But now maybe I can finally make a sweater to fit my tall, skinny husband who has long arms.
The first stitch n bitch book gave a lot of young new knitters (like me) great instructions and patterns for things we would actually want to wear. This book does the same thing for advanced techniques. Cables are cool but those bulky aran fishermen sweaters might not be for everyone. The patterns in this book are fantastic. There are only a couple I'm not crazy about - it's not that I don't like them, I just don't like them as much as some of the other patterns in the book. There are 41 patterns for adults and children (and 1 dog coat) - sweaters, cardigans, shrugs, socks, hats, blankets, bags, scarves ... even a couple of dresses and skirts. The only trouble is deciding which to knit first. I've read through a few of the patterns I'm likely to start soon and the instructions seem clear, and there are charts and pattern notes where required.
Great book if you're new to these advanced techniques or if you're an old pro.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By K. Lacis-Huff on November 11, 2010
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Debbie has the gift of writing clear, easy to understand (and humorous!) instructions even when the technique may be an advanced one--I'm now knitting cables without a cable needle! The original patterns in the book are fresh and interesting with beautiful photographs. There is a wide selection of projects covering a variety of the techniques highlighted in the book. There is also a large section in the book on creating your own knitting designs--again, presented in an easy-to-follow writing style.

I'm relatively new to knitting and didn't know about Debbie Stoller and her books. I was lucky enough to meet her at a recent book signing and knitting class to promote this latest in her series--I've found a new favorite knitting guru! The book is a user-friendly joy to read, and I have already been using it as a resource as I navigate my way through my latest project.

I can't imagine any knitter being disappointed in this book. Highly recommended.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Sandy P on December 19, 2010
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I've been knitting for a couple of months now and am fairly comfortable with the various stitches (or more accurately, how to read a pattern because that's all you need to do in order to get any stitch you want). However, as I advance beyond scarves and hats, I'm finding it hard to locate knitting books that address the more complex questions like how to increase or decrease a pattern that isn't available in your size or how to design your own simple raglan sweater or even what the differences (pros and cons) are between the various sweater types.

This book answers them all. And unlike others, which spend half of the pages rehashing beginner steps again (I mean, how many times do we really need to be shown how to knit and purl? It's not like we forgot between reads), it starts off with a bang and you're reading about doing wraps and short rows. Another chapter discusses how to measure yourself and formulate the perfect fit. Another after that is going into detailed instruction on designing your own sweater in each of the popular shapes.

Plus, I love the fact that she "talks" in her book just like a gal down the street. Some people like formality in their instructional books...I don't. I need plain speak and a simple visualization for things I may never have seen or done. For example, instead of telling me the cord is made from this material or ranks a five on a flexibility scale, just tell me it looks and feels like aquarium tubing and I'll have an instant frame of reference. Having Stoller talk about short rows being used to make a "pouch for your boobs" let me know instantly what they were used for and what shape they created. Down and dirty knitting. Emily Post need not attend.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By JELGeo on November 23, 2010
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I have to say, I have all of Debbie Stoller's books and I think this one may be the best yet. The layout is great and the explanations are clear as always. The design tips are great and the patterns fit the book. Would recommend even for experienced knitters.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By red87red on December 27, 2010
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I learned to knit with Stitch 'n Bitch volume 1 and I'm a long-time Bust subscriber so I'm a little bit biased toward the author. The technical instructions in the first book were excellent and, dare I say, second to none. But while I enjoyed the first book's technical instructions and a couple of its patterns, I steered clear of the author's recent book projects. The patterns just weren't my cup of tea. (No disrespect, Ms. Stoller). Instead I focused on loading up my knitting library with classics on lots of specialty subjects (Alice Starmore for Fair Isle, Barbara Walker for stitch patterns) and, of course, plenty of Elizabeth Zimmerman. When I saw this book in the store and skimmed the first couple chapters I knew it was what I wanted for Christmas. And my family delivered :) The author does an amazing job of collating tips and time-tested techniques for managing some of the trickier knitting skills. It's not an exaggeration to say that you could spend years reading (and buying) knitting books before you'd have all this wisdom for yourself. And there are plenty of lovely patterns just like in the first book!

In the intro, Ms. Stoller bends over backward to point out that her first book was just one of many fresh, hip knitting books in the new Millenium. She writes that she never meant to put herself out there as the face of Gen X/Y knitting. Well in this she does herself a disservice. Hers are not just "with it" pattern book. She's earned the title of the queen of contempo knitting because of her ability to teach the technical stuff in the clearest terms possible.
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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.

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