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Stitch 'n Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook Hardcover – 29 Sep 2000

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing (29 Sept. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761132589
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761132585
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 2.1 x 20.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,196,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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The best knitting book I have ever read! Fantastic patterns and great hints and tips. A brilliant book for the new knitter as it has step by step instructions on how to begin knitting and other techniques. The patterns are some of the best I have seen in a knitting book for years. Also includes lots of information on how to correct your mistakes easily.
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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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Whether you're a beginner or a more experienced knitter like me this is a great knitting book. I have knitted the 'hoodie' which is a wonderful design, hangs well and fits perfectly. I used a substitute yarn (Debbie Bliss Aran) which worked out really well, so don't worry too much about the yarns not being available here in the uk. My only gripe is that the pattern was not that well written, as there are places where it's not entirely clear what you do which might confuse beginners.
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.
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