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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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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.
As a beginner at knitting it took me a little while and a lot of patience to get used to some of the knitting techniques and patterns.
Overall a great guide to knitting, but perhaps best suited for someone with a tiny bit of knitting experience.
I did have to look up a couple things when I was a bit confused, but the descriptions are very good and will get you going. It has a handful of fun patterns at the end to get you started.
It includes an EXTREMELY useful section about how to fix things when you mess up. I know this is invaluable to me :)
This is good for beginners or those trying to brush up on their skills.