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Stitch 'n Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook Paperback – September 3, 2004
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"The percentage of women under forty-five who knit or crochet has doubled since 1996," says Stoller (The BUST Guide to the New Girl Order), co-founder of the Stitch 'n Bitch circle in New York, and this slightly offensive, sassy guide-which could easily have been subtitled 'The Bad Girls' Guide to Knitting'-will undoubtedly appeal to this new generation of knitters. Starting with the basics, Stoller explains how to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off, all the steps needed to make a simple Ribbed-for-Her-Pleasure Scarf or a pair of Pippi Kneestockings. Easy-to-decipher diagrams and droll section headings ("Knit Happens," "Oops, I Knit It Again") ease readers through these first steps and will give most the confidence to tackle larger projects-like Cricket's Technicolor Cozy or Meema's Felted Marsupial Tote-designed by Stitch 'n Bitchers in Stoller's group and other knitters she admires. What makes this guide exceptional, however, is its chapter on the "Wonderful World of Knitters," which details how to start your own Stitch 'n Bitch circle and plug into the virtual knitting communities on the Web. Informative, colorful and full of attitude, this book is the perfect primer for 20- and 30-somethings looking to take on this hip "new" hobby.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audible Audio Edition edition.
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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Top Customer Reviews
Upon downloading this book I found it an easy read and very relateable and casual. I appreciate that the author did not use many technical terms but rather really assumed one didn't know anything about knitting (which was my case). There is a very good order to the book as you discover the materials you need, how to hold the needles, begin knitting, binding off and other techniques, and ending with example patterns.
I discovered I am more comfortable with the continental method of knitting as I am originally a crocheter so am used to maintaining my yarn in my left hand. The pictures are very well done as it is simplistic with highlighted portions of what is focused on (I.e. The particular part of the stitch). I did have to occasionally YouTube instructions on various bind offs, etc. as it's sometimes difficult to really figure out how to do things without seeing it actively done. But I did find the initial presentation of techniques such as increasing, decreasing, and bind offs a very good starting point.
I highly recommend this book for the basic beginner just starting off with knitting. If you are a intermediate or advanced knitter definitely do not get this as I am sure you are familiar with all of these techniques. I didn't particularly care for the free patterns as they were not very appealing. I found just googling free patterns on Pinterest and the like offered better options.
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!
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.