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Stitch 'n Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook Paperback – September 3, 2004
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This sassy-looking book offers a little bit of everything. Yes, practical matters are addressed, e.g., learning the stitches, "tools of the trade," and types of yarns, and, yes, there is information that's difficult to find in other places, such as advice about how to start your own knitting group or find free knitting programs online. But it is Stoller's commentary about knitting, its history, and why young women are knitting again that gets the book off to a rip-roaring start. Complementing the narrative sections are vintage pictures, family photos, and funky illustrations. The projects have a hip sensibility (bags, sweaters, a poncho), as do the chapter headings: "Oops, I Knit It Again" for the section on fixing knitting mistakes. A color inset shows the projects off; the illustrations with the instructions are black-and-white versions of the same photos. There's plenty here for beginners and skilled veterans alike. Ilene Cooper
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• Stockinette stitch, rib stitch, seed stitch. Increasing and decreasing. All the bells and whistles: fringes, tassels, cables, intarsia, crab stitch, and Fair Isle.
• Plus the stitch doctor’s own special bag of tricks and how to hook up with other knitters.
• After the how-to comes the why-to: forty hip, stylish patterns, as good for beginners as they are for purly pros.
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I have put off learning to knit for way too long. Debbie Stoller makes everything so fun and easy to understand, which totally takes the intimidation out of taking on knitting. Just buy this book, and now! You won't be sorry.
ALSO, I found her on YouTube, there are a few great videos for beginners so between that and this book you will be almost set.
INSIDE SCOOP: the first project she mentions are using size 8 needles 14 inches long. once you complete that, move on to the next which is a scarf using size 17 needles. I have knitting needles but they are different size, so when my new size 8 show up, I'll be trying this out. Wish me luck!
-Information about knitting needles and yarn (the various weights and fibers, how to read a yarn label, etc)
- How to cast on and bind off
-Knit and purl stitches
-knitting structure and gauge
-knitting flat and in the round
-follow charts (I have never struggled with this and I believe it's because one of the first things I ever knit was this cool little exercise where you knit a textured heart following a chart)
-Increase and decrease
-Work stripes, intarsia and fair isle (while catching the floats as you go!)
-Fix problems (such as drop down a stitch, ladder up using crochet hook. This chapter is amazing and should be required reading for all beginner knitting classes. Learn from the stitch doctor!)
-Buttonholes, seaming, blocking, tassles/fringe/com-poms
Plus fun things like recommended reading, tips and tricks, famous knitters, starting a knitting group...
The book is also a great read! Along with a history of knitting she tells her own story and we get to see cool pics of her family and learn how the tradition was passed down. In fact there are cool, vintage pics of people knitting throughout. Which brings me to a point: get the print edition! The kindle edition only has some of the pics.
This craft has enriched my life in a way that I never imagined when I first picked up this book about 12 years ago. Thank you Debbie!
I just bought the digital copy so that I will always have it with me and do not have to lug the book around. The digital book is illustrated exactly the same as the hard copy, so I am right at home with it. The search function and bookmarking could be improved, I'm finding I have to do a lot of page turning to get to the section I want, but I'm just happy to have the resource at my fingertips without the weight of a book.