What kind of knitter are you?
Are you a beginner who doesn’t know much about the craft? This book is for you. It starts off with a basic how-to section on knitting and includes overviews of the simplest, most common types of fabric you can make using the rudimentary knit and purl stitches. Maybe you’ve just learned to knit, and you’ve been flipping through patterns wondering “what is reverse stockinette stitch?” or “how do I make a seed stitch?” This reference book includes photos and instructions for each of its 400 stitch patterns, making it easy for novices to identify common stitches in both patterns and actual fabrics. Knitting instructors may also value this book as a teaching tool.
Are you an intermediate knitter who wants to expand your skills and repertoire? This book is for you. Try using this stitch dictionary to make a patchwork sampler. Intersperse textured fabrics with cables and squares of lace, and learn how to create intricate stitches like chain link cables, wisteria stitch, and alternating English rib. Afterwards, you can use your encyclopedic knowledge of stitches to impress your stitch n’ bitch group!
Are you an advanced knitter? This book is for you. Now is the time to break into the world of designing if you haven’t already! Flip through this book for inspiration, and then feature some of your favorite stitches in a familiar type of project that you’ve made several times before. If you’re a sweater lover, try a complicated, interlocking cable stitches down the front and sleeves of your favorite sweater shape. If you’re into shawls, pick a lace motif and craft an ethereal, drapey masterpiece. Whatever your designing passion, you’re sure to draw inspiration from this exhaustive book of ideas!
Are you a free-spirited knitter with a healthy disregard for patterns? This book is for you. You know who you are. You’re the knitter that starts off with one pattern but adds a shawl collar here, extends a hem there, and improvises a lace panel right down the middle until you’ve created a new project altogether. Use this book when you hate the cable pattern a designer used, but you’re not sure what to substitute it with. Use this book when you find a ho-hum sweater with a fantastic shape and you want to add lace detailing. Use this book when you decide that the tote you’re making should be reversible, and you need to know how to make each stitch pattern backwards (yes, the book has that too!).
400 Knitting Stitches also caters to knitters with different learning styles. With photos, charts, and written instructions for each stitch, every reader is sure to figure out how to make even the most complicated stitch patterns and learn to embellish their projects with style.
If you’re looking for similar reference guides that will give you a look at the most beautiful stitch patterns you can knit, check out these books:
Knit Edgings & Trims
Knit & Purl
Lace & Eyelets
Cables & Arans
101 Stitches to Knit
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