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A fabulous collection of 300 brand new stitches and timeless classics to knit
This is a creative guide to the 300 knitting stitches you really need to know, including brand new stitches and timeless classics. An invaluable resource of original stitch patterns, this collection is for newcomers, designers and knitters of all abilities. Instead of being merely a round-up of familiar stitches, this is a visual feast of new material put together by two author-designers with a wide experience of hand knitting. It is a must-have addition to existing reference books on the subject.
Organized for easy access, the stitches are organized into knit and purl textures and ribs, twist stitches, cables, lace, bobbles and bells, colour and intarsia designs, and unusual techniques including rarities like entrelac, double-sided fabric and mosaic effects. Easy-to-read charts are provided throughout.
About the Author
Lesley Stanfield is a freelance knitting and crochet designer who has worked on and for several women's magazines. Her previous publications include 150 Knitted Trims, and 100 Flowers to Knit and Crochet. She lives and works in Whitstable, UK.
Melody Griffiths commissioned and designed garments and accessories for women's magazines and worldwide yarn manufacturers for over 20 years. As well as designing, she worked as a knitting editor and wrote 201 Crochet Motifs, Blocks, Projects and Ideas, Crochet in No Time and Knitting in No Time. Sadly, Melody passed away in 2009.
Together Lesley and Melody collaborated on The Essential Stitch Collection and The Encyclopedia of Knitting, which has sold 100,000 copies worldwide.
Booklist October 15, 2021
Stanfield's classic receives a facelift in The Knitter's Stitch Collection. Originally called The Essential Stitch Collection for Knitters, the fundamental framework of the book is relatively unchanged. Divided into eight categories, from knit and purl to letters and numbers, every section first displays all the stitches in color swatches (called the stitch selector), then singles out the stitch, featuring a bit of description along with charts and, usually, written directions.Dominated by cable and lace variations, the stitch names are fairly evocative: Celtic knot, kilimstar, polka dot, allium. Symbols run as a bottom-of-the-page banner and are more thoroughly explained in the last chapter along with inserts on using the stitches, a gallery of ideas,instructions on essential techniques, and abbreviations and symbols. Still a vital reference for any category of knitter.