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Stitch 'n Bitch Handbook: Instructions, Patterns, and Advice for a New Generation of Knitters [Paperback]

Debbie Stoller
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Book Description

Oct 2003
A complete guide to the craft of knitting offers detailed instructions for a variety of techniques and stitches, from plain to fancy, as well as information on the different types of needles and yarns, tips on shopping for yarns, finishing techniques, and forty stylish patterns.

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  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing; 1st Edition edition (Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761128182
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761128182
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 1.3 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Debbie Stoller is the bestselling author of the Stitch'n Bitch series of knitting books and calendars. She comes from a long line of Dutch knitters, has a Ph.D. from Yale in the psychology of women, and is the editor-in-chief of Bust magazine. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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New York Times:Debbie Stoller, the founder of the popular Stitch 'n Bitch knitting circles across the country, has been credited with jumpstarting the knitting rage with her popular series of Stitch 'n Bitch books. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Debbie Stoller comes from a long line of Dutch knitters. She is the co-founder, co-publisher and editor-in-chief of the feminist magazine BUST ( http://www.bust.com ) and the co-author of The BUST Guide to the New Girl Order. She is the author of Stitch 'n Bitch Nation, Stitch 'n Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker and Son of Stitch 'n Bitch: 45 Projects to Knit and Crochet for Men, coming November 2007. She lives in Brooklyn with a closet full of yarn. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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123 of 124 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to follow and funky patterns 12 Jun 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is a brilliant book for anyone who is just starting out or is fairly new to knitting. Like the author I had been taught to knit at an early age but gave up fairly quickly due to my lack of co-ordination and terrible results! This gives simple step by step instructions which are easy to understand and will have you knitting like a pro in no time. It also provides a fresh look at knitting in the 21st century. No fuddy duddy old granny jumpers in here. The patterns are funky and practical but even if you don't like them I'd recommend this book as a reference guide anyway.
My only complaint is that the yarn used in the book is available only in the States and the quality and variety seem to be far better than what you can get here. There are on-line knitting stores which can ship items over but obviously its pretty costly.
All in all, an excellent book. If I can knit - so can anyone!
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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, but american yarns 19 Feb 2004
Format:Paperback
I really love this book. Its well written and easy to dip into. It also gives a good range of instructions for beginners, teaching both right hand and left hand methods of knitting, a range of cast ons, and what to do when it all goes wrong!
The book makes a good starting point for new knitters, explaining everything really well and even including reviews of other knitting books.
The patterns are also lovely. They are largely aimed at twenty-somethings, and range from the fairly plain that could be made more or less funky by the choice of yarn, to a (rather skimpy) knitted bikini. There are a few patters especially designed for new knitters to get up their confidence, and a good range of smaller projects, as well as a few jumpers. There are a few errors in the patterns themselves, but you'll get this with most knitting books, and corrections are on the books website.
The only reason this doesn't get 5 stars is that because it is American many of the yarns specified cannot be purchased over here. They can of course be substituted, and the patterns include the yardage of the yarn to make this easier. Also, some of the yarns specified are pricey. But still, overall a very good book
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No profanity allowed! 24 Mar 2004
By sarahalliez VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
I tried to write a short review of this book for my Amazon list but was told sternly "no profanity allowed". This book is totally fabulous and every knitter should have one. Debbie Stoller takes knitting out of the realm of grannyland and into the realm of hip and trendy (post) feminism. The patterns are quirky, fun and funky and Debbie even tells you how to set up your own Stitch 'n'Bitch group (or knitting circle as Amazon prefer)
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for Beginners 28 Jan 2006
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I had never knitted before but after getting this book I had made my first scarf within 2 days! I found it very easy to follow and really liked how you were given easy things to make from the beginning - this made me feel as though I was making great progress and gave me motivation to stick with it.
The book explained all about the tools of the trade as well as all the basics and some really funky patterns.
Would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn to knit.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Knitting for newbies! 1 Sep 2005
Format:Paperback
I was taught to knit as a child but didn't have the patience for it and never got beyond your basic stitch. I bought this book a few weeks ago and can have already learned a variety of stitches, how to increase and decrease and have produced one lovely scarf. Trust me, if this book can teach me to knit it can teach anyone! All the directions are straightforward and most of the patterns are pretty cool.
My only gripe is that I've recently become flummoxed by British knitting patterns because some of the terminology is different and americans use different needle sizes. Also as other reviewers have mentioned the patterns in S n B use yarn that isn't readily available in the UK and it's not always clear what a suitable alternative would be.
I still think it merits 5 stars however since it's turned me into a knitting fiend!
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable handbook for the novice knitter 8 Nov 2004
Format:Paperback
This book is fantastic! As well as explaining in very simple terms how to start knitting, it also details online resources, such as knitting blogs - I had no idea of the huge knitting community out there. I bought this book because I needed help in casting off (or binding off, depends where you are from), but it's fired me up to try all the various projuects in the book - Wonder Woman Bikini (yes really!) here I come!
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulicious 8 Mar 2004
By Hm Fish
Format:Paperback
This book is a delight. It gives clear instructions for beginners and the rest of us, including a knitting method called "continental" that I wish I'd learned as a 7-year-old left-hander!
The patterns are lovely although some on the small side for me -nothing I can't fix. I enjoyed the details about the designers and also the fact that the photos are linked to the patterns.
It's disappointing that the yarns specified don't seem to be available over here, although it's easy enough to substitute - the originals seem to have more colour choices though (judging from websites).
The book is also well designed, with clear print, large margins and yummy 50s-style illustrations.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good primer. 13 Aug 2007
By jazzy pom VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
I came to knitting in 'the second wave' when it started to attract interest, but before the deluge of books that we have now.

This book is good for the beginner, in that the instructions are direct, the drawings are sweet and clear, and patterns are simple and inspiring, but not overwhelming. I learnt to cast off (bind off) by using this book. I also learnt how to cast on, and how to tell my knit from my purl stitches.

As much as the patterns will use all American yarns, you can use European yarns as subsitutes.

A con with this book is that the instructions for the yarn over seems to be wrong (I only found out about this when I started to investigate lace knitting as an option).

Also, you might find that the more advanced you get in terms of your knitting, the more simplistic (and even clumsy!) the patterns may seem.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The instructions and diagrams looked crystal clear and the patterns...
Bought as a gift for an inexperienced knitter. The instructions and diagrams looked crystal clear and the patterns are useful, stylish and fashionable.
Published 1 day ago by lesley
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Fun and interesting way to learn how to knit and purl.
Published 29 days ago by J.PASSY
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
This book is informative and entertaining! The author makes learning to knit even more fun with her sense of humor. Read more
Published 1 month ago by JanellyChin
5.0 out of 5 stars knit knit knit :)
this book has everything for the knitter in here,from basics to special designs :) a fantastic bargain in great condition,with all of everything you will need!! Read more
Published 3 months ago by maxine hagerty
3.0 out of 5 stars Can't follow
You know there are teachers you just can't understand? That's what this book is like for me. The words and the pictures just don't quite work for me, not because they're wrong, but... Read more
Published 3 months ago by MoriyaSensei
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for the novice knitter!
Sounded good when I read the other reviews, but very disappointed when I purchased it. I haven't knitted a single thing from this book, I didn't find it very helpful at all as a... Read more
Published 4 months ago by lucyh
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I 've just begin learning how to knit. This is a very helpful book even for beginners. I made a very good choice
Published 5 months ago by Georgia Kousiouri
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have book for any knitter
A must have book for any beginner knitter, informative yet easy to follow instructions , will cover most stitch and Knit methods
Published 6 months ago by caroline NI
5.0 out of 5 stars very nice
very nicey nice for my job and bisnes I love knitting books so I have alemoste 250 books and meny magazine
Published 10 months ago by saelinsig
4.0 out of 5 stars great
Was just what I was looking for, as I decided to take up knitting. Also, very modern and helpful book.
Published 11 months ago by hollie thornett
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