Josh Hyrkas, July 25, 2008 (view all comments by Josh Hyrkas)
This is a must-have for any knitter! Excellent for beginners and accomplished knitters alike! The only knitting book you will ever need. Well.....not really....but close!
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But in the last 10 years, no book has been more influential than this one in getting people knitting.
It worked for me. I'd taken up knitting in high school, back when most of the yarn available was acrylic and needles were slippery metal jobs, so I stopped knitting when I went off to college.
But in reading Stoller's book, I rediscovered how joyful the meditative art of knitting could be, and I took up knitting again five years ago because her hip-looking patterns and love of the variety of yarns out there gave me back the knitting bug.
So thank you, Debbie Stoller. The knitting world owes you a debt for making knitting cool again. And hopefully more recent editions have corrected whatever mistakes there were.
p. s. If you like this book, check out her crochet book too. I could never get the hang of crochet before, but her directions made it easier.
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by Publishers Weekly,
"[A] slightly offensive, sassy guide....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."
Part life-style, part how-to, with a funky edge, Stitch 'n Bitch teaches the basics (the knitty gritty) with fully illustrated techniques. By the time you finish you'll be hooked and you'll know all the stitches needed to complete the 40 hip, cool patterns you'll find nowhere else. They are designed by Stitch 'n Bitch members from across the U.S. for this burgeoning new generation of Chicks with Sticks. The age-old pursuit has a hip new image and this book, for beginners and purly pros will set knitting on its head.
A guide to knitting offers instructions for a variety of techniques and stitches, as well as information on the different types of needles and yarns, tips on shopping for yarns, finishing techniques, and forty patterns.
It's the essential guide for chicks with sticks--from the tools of the trade to the knitty-gritty of techniques and patterns, all with easy-to-follow step-by-step illustrated techniques:
• 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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