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Vogue Knitting Stitchionary Volume One: Knit & Purl: The Ultimate Stitch Dictionary from the Editors of Vogue Knitting Magazine (Vogue Knitting Stitchionary Series) Hardcover – September 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Series: Vogue Knitting Stitchionary Series
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Sixth&Spring Books (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931543771
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931543774
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book has so many great looking stitch patterns.
D. H. Timmons
This book doesn't have patterns but it covers hundreds of different stitches. that you can master.
Melissa House
The instructions are very clear and the photos of swatches are beautiful.
S. Davis

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219 of 237 people found the following review helpful By mwr on April 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover
First of all, I will admit that I am a sucker for knitting and crochet dictionaries. I have all of the classics from the Harmony guides, Barbara Walker's treasuries to the older Mon Tricot books. There have been several other dictionaries, and I have also purchased them rationalizing that if I miss a pattern in one book, I may give it more attention in another one.

I was excited when I heard Vogue knitting was going to publish a series of dictionaries based on all of their magazines; I am not only a subscriber but have kept all of the back issues. I pre-ordered the book from Amazon, and awaited its arrival with anticipation.

As a dictionary, it does stand on its own and if you use knitting dictionaries, it is good to have it in your collection.

But wait a minute.

This is supposed to be Vogue Knitting who publishes a first rate knitting magazine as well as many books based on their magazine patterns. Moreover, their knitting on the go series was innovative. When a publication aspires to promote knitting and high standards, this dictionary is a disappointment, and I saw it in minutes after I read through it for the first time. The editors missed an opportunity to make this book stand above the other dictionaries for the following reasons:

No charts! Any stitch dictionaries published today should now have charts! Even Barbara Walker saw this in her early classics and did them for her cable work. The newer dictionaries chart their patterns and there is no excuse to exclude them in this kind of book.

Color choice and yarn weights. If this book is to be considered a classic, the faddish use of this color was a bad choice.
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96 of 101 people found the following review helpful By D. H. Timmons on December 10, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book has so many great looking stitch patterns. I wonder about the choice of the dull green yarn for some of the chapters, as it completely distracts from the beautiful stiches. I've tried out a few patterns already and.. maybe it's just me, but a few of them seem to have problems. I'll await other reviews to see if anyone else has had this problem with some of the patterns. It seems that the issues are with the intial stitch counts for some of the lace patterns. I've worked them, reworked them, frogged them, and tried again, but some aren't adding up. If I chart out the stitches, I can see that in some cases, the pattern has me working in multiples of five stitches, when the initial instructions ask for multiples of four.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Susanne Koenig on March 21, 2006
Format: Hardcover
If you are serious about knitting--like I am--and want to know if this book is for you, ask yourself the following question: Do I write my own patterns or will I in the future? If so, then this guide is indespensible. It contains all the knitting stitches featured in Vogue knitting since it's creation some twenty years ago which in reality is really what is what you want from a stack of old Vogue Knitting magazines anyway! The styles certainly fade and change, but the stitches will always come in handy and here they are--in one neat, tidy package. It's a gift to a knitter--corrections needed here and there nonwithstanding--to have a consice guide of a large vareity of stitches and as a fledgling designer, I was estatic to discover it. It has several sections: Knit and purl, lace, traveling, and unusual.

That being said, I can't say I wouldn't recommend this guide to someone who doesn't design their own patterns. Eventually, we knitters all like to do our own thing with an established pattern, such as substituting a more interesting stitch where a pattern calls for stockinette. Or when we would like to whip up a scarf in something other than the usual k1p1, k2p2 or garter stitch. So when it comes to branching out in your knitting and putting a more personal touch on established patterns, buying this book is the equivilent of dipping your toes in the water before you jump in. Either way, it's a good buy.

So my recommendation is this: if you're a designer or a patternless wonder, then buy it ASAP--it is a bargain for what you get, which is the real reason I give five stars to anything--it was well worth the money.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By L. Kelly on February 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Stitch dictionaries are useful to inspire original knitting patterns, as well as to check the accuracy of printed knitting directions. So I was excited to find Volume 1 of Vogue's 3-volume Knitting Stitchionary series. However, I must say that I am quite disappointed in this book. Having grown used to almost all knitting instructions (however simple) being accompanied by a chart to quickly show the knitter the pattern, I found the lack of charts in this book to hamper its usefulness. Also, I found the lack of an index to be seriously annoying. For example, I wanted to refer to directions for the "Harris Tweed" stitch, and I ended up having to thumb through 40 pages of the book, only to discover that this quite common and beautiful pattern is not included!

The book does include 265 stitches made using only the knit and purl stitch,including a fairly extensive collection of lace patterns.

If your knitting library has room for only one stitch dictionary, I think there are better ones available. For the money, I recommend "The Big Book of Knitting Stitch Patterns" which is much more user friendly and available in paperback.
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