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Up, Down All-Around Stitch Dictionary Hardcover-spiral – May 20, 2014
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This one will be used a lot. If you are a new knitter, you will not regret investing in the book. It will teach you new stitches and inspire you to design on your own because all the converting is done for you. And if your are an experienced knitter, you will appreciate the work done because it's going to make your life simpler for the same reasons I just mentioned.
Let me explain. First, this book is a hard cover spiral bound book. Totally awesome, as the pages will lay flat.
The photos are great, large enough to see and appreciate. Granted there are a few color choices I would change in the color work section, but only a few.
And speaking of sections, this book is divided into sections. This is great, makes what I'm looking for that much simpler. The sections include:
How To Use the Patterns.
Knits And Purls
Textured, Slipped, and Fancy
Yarnovers And Eyelets
Hems and Edgings
Not only do you get 157 different stich pattern instructions but you get them Flat bottom up, Flat top down and in the round. You get them written out as well as graphed.
And there is a pattern at the end of each section to make, for practicing your new stitches in that section. Wow! I didn't expect that. I've got the sweater and cowl pegged already.
Wendy Bernard thoughtfully considered everything that a knitter desires and put them all under one cover and did it well.
I'll be recommending to each of my students to invest in this book. A good stitch dictionary not only teaches, it inspires and encourages you to break out of your shell and try new things, and this book gives you plenty of inspiration. It is one book that no matter what you enjoy knitting, be it sweaters, socks, scarves or hats, that you will go to again and again. If this book comes out in a kindle version as well, I'll be investing in that too so that I will not only have a hard copy for the house but a digital copy to carry with me. How about it Wendy? Can we get it for Kindle soon?
In order to make clear what I'm saying, I'll give some specific examples. There are many, many stitch dictionaries, and the majority of them do offer pictures of the finished stitches. It is, however, astonishing to me how many of the pictures in these other dictionaries are stitched using very, very DARK yarn. Why on earth do people not realize that stitchwork--more so perhaps than any other type of craft--must have examples that are in light-enough colors so that people can actually discern each individual stitch? When the yarn for a stitched sample is done in such a dark color that you cannot see the stitches, the sample is completely useless. Although there are a few samples done in dark colors, the overwhelming majority are done in nice, light, colors, and are therefore quite easy to see.
Add to that the spiral binding (always a wonderful asset to any book being used as a guide!), and the list of other outstanding features is just amazing. I don't believe I have EVER seen a knitting book that showed, on every single page, the directions for how each stitch is done (1) on a chart, (2) written out, (3) knitted flat, and also (4) how to knit it in the round! Such a versatile range of directions is more useful than I have ever encountered for any type of craft.
Best so far is Barbara Walker's various stitch dictionaries. You'll have to wade through the volumes but there are gems within. Also, check out Melissa Leapman's 300 stitches, the strength of which is reversible patterns (RS and WS nice-looking), and there are lots of reversible patterns included.