Stitch 'n Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook Hardcover – 29 Sep 2000
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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.
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.
" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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
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.
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.
I also knitted 'to dye for' using some mohair from ebay. I got kool-aid from the internet and dyeing it was really easy and fun and looks great. I'm going to knit some socks next.
The 'how-to' section is one of the best I've seen, very well explained and clear, and the instructions for sewing up if followed result in a really professional looking finish.
It's got useful web links, useful tips, and models who look like the sort of people you might want to know.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 19 days 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 5 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 8 months ago by Mrs L. A. Trevor
Excellent service as usual ,and book will be much valued for many a yearPublished 9 months ago by Priscillas James