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400 Knitting Stitches: A Complete Dictionary of Essential Stitch Patterns
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57 of 57 people found the following review helpful
on 12 September 2011
I have had this book for a couple of months now but have been too busy knitting to get around to writing a review. Having started to knit little hats for the Age Concern + well-known smoothie drink company campaign to raise money for the elderly, I was looking for inspiration to make the task more interesting. This book was exactly what I was looking for. There are rather a lot of large cable patterns, which I can't use for this particular project but I'm sure they'll come in handy in the future. There are lots of simple but effective patterns and it's great to be able to chose between written and chart instructions.

One note of caution however. On page 47 there is an omission in the written instruction for the pattern called 'small fancy twist'. You need to K2 after slipping one knitwise. On page 142 the written instructions for Wisteria stitch do not tally with the chart.
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66 of 68 people found the following review helpful
on 23 June 2011
Firstly - the good:
FORMAT: the size makes this easy to handle . It is a paperback but very good quality and the integral folded cover means marking a page is simple.
PICTURES: Very clear photographs, and all samples are knitted WELL in the same cream colour. This makes comparing and choosing really easy. This colour also shows patterns very clearly.
LAYOUT: It is split into various sections eg Knit/purl stitches, Crossed stitches & Cables - again making it easy to choose and compare.
Now the reason it lost a star (for me):
INSTRUCTIONS: Both written and charted instructions are printed beside the picture. For those who can read charts (not me!), there is an appendix of the symbols at the back, which is great. BUT -the written instructions are unnecessarily complicated. There is no matching appendix of abbreviations at the back. As it is, the first time an instruction comes up in a pattern, the full instruction is printed and when it comes up again in the same pattern, the instruction is not concise enough. This makes the pattern clumsy to read. Not impossible but I find it irritating.
I can see why another reveiwer writes the instructions out for themself.
A simple, eg 'C6F', with explanation in an Appendix, would simplify the pattern instruction. Also, the more usual method of printing each row on a separate line would make it easier to follow.
I wouldn't be without this book, though; it is full of inspiration, well illustrated and generally an excellent buy.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on 31 October 2010
I find this book very useful for every knitter since it has so many stitches to choose from.It has really answered my questions as to how are the stitches used by famous designers made.I like to experiment and get new ideas for my knitting and this book has given me plenty.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 2 January 2014
I think I have just purchased the perfect knitting book! If you are a keen knitter you will think you have died and gone to heaven when you get your hands on this. There is enough information to enable you to produce each stitch/pattern without the inclusion of a lot of explanations and waffle. For someone who is new to knitting, the author has included a few pages of basic advice at the beginning of the book which would be enough to get you started. Probably not a good 'first' knitting book though.

This book is really a gem and well worth the money.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on 30 March 2011
This book has so many choices that you really do not need anything else for daily knitting. Most can be adapted to any ply of wool and can even be used for silks and ribbons. I had lost my, very expensive, a-z of stitches and needed a new one...this turned out to exceedingly low cost and had more items listed than the book I lost.
I recommend it to any knitter...learner or professional, and, yes, I was a professional for many years, now I do it for fun.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 22 April 2012
Knitting is one of my passions, as it relaxes me very much, and I was looking for some new patterns. This book is all you need if you know the basics and you don' t need guidance on how to shape your project. You' ll find the patterns kitted in small squares, all having the chart, the description of the technique and the picture of the pattern itself. Indeed, some may say that it repets itself at times (e.g. diagonal 5 to the right, diagonal 5 to the left)...but it still has so many, diverse patterns, that you will find something you like or need, for sure. I am very pleased with this book and can' t wait to start at least some new projects.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on 25 November 2009
The stitches in this book are interesting, with excellent photos alongside.
However, the written patterns are very confusing - I have had to resort to writting them out in longhand.
So I recommend you leave Potter Crafts 400 Knitting Stitches on the shelf and make the superior purchase of 'The Ultimate Sourcebook' by Harmony Guides.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 April 2015
I have had this book about a month. I have used it to make a multi pattern panel blankets and so far have done 35 patterns,
I am finding it quite repetitious - making for almost the same pattern, just a bit deeper or wider. Also it leans heavily on cables I found no real pleating stitches and no border stitches or gathering. I also would would have preferred more multi coloured patterns. So overall I found this book not that helpful unless you are into a lot of cable! However, the patterns are easy to follow and the pictures are helpful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 January 2013
Just what I've been looking for - this for me is the book others claim to be but are not.

I think this book fills it's description of being for any level knitter - for a beginner it's an excellent resource that will grow with you as you get experience and for an advanced knitter it's all you need for making your own patterns.

A book of stitches with clear instructions, good pictures and charts and no useless patterns or "projects" tacked on to pad out the book -
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 June 2012
How i wish I had ordered this a long time ago. It is filled with such an amazing variety of stitches and some of the best are simple combinations of knit and purl. I can't wait to start doing something I thought I would never be able to do and that's design my own stuff instead of looking for a design I like. All I need to do is take some of my old patterns and exchange their designs for some of the gorgeous stuff in this indispensible book.
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