- Audio CD: 3 pages
- Publisher: Knitting Out Loud; Abridged edition (1 Sept. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0979607329
- ISBN-13: 978-0979607325
- Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 13.3 x 14 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,445,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Stitch 'N Bitch the Knitter's Handbook: The Essential Knitting Guide for Chicks with Sticks Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook
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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.
From the Back Cover
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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Top Customer Reviews
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
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!
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!
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fabulous book, easy to follow with great information. Would recommend.Published 8 months ago by Ms. S. Sysum
Brilliant beginners book. Started at 6pm on Sunday and by 8pm I was able to cast on, knit, purl and cast off! Easy to follow and includes hints and tips which is really useful. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mim
As a beginner knitter, this is my favourite knitting guide. I am teaching myself knitting, so a clear guide is very important. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Leigh Howard
Love this book and have loved learning from it.
The only thing to point out is that it is American so the terminology is ever so slightly different and also the casting on... Read more
Bought as a gift for a knitting enthusiast, she loved it.Published 18 months ago by Mrs L. A. Trevor
Excellent service as usual ,and book will be much valued for many a yearPublished 19 months ago by Priscillas James