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400 Knitting Stitches: A Complete Dictionary of Essential Stitch Patterns Paperback – November 17, 2009
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So I immediately went to the library and found the perfect stitch dictionary "Knitting Stitches Visual Encyclopedia" by Sharon Turner. OMG what a huge difference. I can hardly wait to get my new book by mail from Amazon.
SO many of these are SO gorgeous I can't wait to make lots of them yet I'm not quite sure where to start!
The only things I would change are:
1) there is no instruction on how to change colors (even though there was space dedicated to the usual basics on how to knit)
2) I REALLY wish there was some kind of gauge indication so that I might be able to plan a project better.
at the beginning of each pattern there is a quick "for symmetry work on a multiple of .... stitches" but I won't be able to know how many repeats that includes until I put some real time into trying it (because i'm new and slow). So.. I guess it's a newbie issue but it would have been nice anyway.
-It is very well organized in sections for different types of stitches
-It has a huge number and great variety of stitches
-The images and instructions are very clear and easy to use
-It has many levels from easy to more complicated stitches
I've seen similar books with less organized formatting, lower quality images, and many books geared toward beginners that I feel don't contain a lot of useful conent for me. In my opinion, this is THE book that any knitter at any level should own, it is a great tool and reference guide.
The book describes the rows in paragraph format:
"1st row and 3rd rows: do this. 2nd and every alternate row: do that. 5th and 11th rows: knit all. 7th and 9th rows: do that. These last 12 rows form the pattern."
So the reader has to take the time to wade through the paragraphs to search for the row. Hmm, this one must be an alternate row... what do you do on row 6? According to the chart, 6 isn't an alternate row like 4, 8 and 10... of course, unless you also read the chart you don't know it isn't just an alternate row. The text doesn't give instructions for row 6.
It would be far easier to follow if the book was large enough to accommodate row-by-row instructions:
Row 1: Do this
Row 2: Do that
Row 3: Do this
Also, the stitch charts are tiny. I have good eyesight and it's a problem to read them, even with reading glasses. I have to photocopy them, enlarging them at least 200% to make them readable.
The Vogue Knitting book doesn't have nearly as many stitch patterns, but uses this row by row approach so the instructions are easy to follow. (I own and like both books, for different reasons. Each stands on its own.)
It would be well worth the extra expense to publish an instruction book such as 400 Knitting Stitches in a larger format to make it easier to use. I know publishing it with 3 ring binding instead of book binding is wishful thinking, but...
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Just what I needed. Was trying to describe a stitch pattern I wanted to use for a gift and there it was in this book. Turned out very well.