Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dic­tionary

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By Wendy Bernard (STC Craft, 288 pages, $29.95)

To some knit­ters, stitch dic­tionar­ies are like cook­books to cooks or cat­nip to cats—we just can’t get enough of them! Wendy Bernard knows this, but she also rec­og­nizes that of­ten stitch dic­tionar­ies don’t go far enough. The pat­terns are usu­ally pre­sented for bot­tom-up, back-and­forth knit­ting. But what if you want to knit in the round? Or from the top down? What if the stitch pat­tern doesn’t look the same when knit in the op­po­site di­rec­tion? In Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dic­tionary, the solutions are pre­sented for you, with over 150 clas­sic stitch pat­terns pre­sented for back-and-forth, in-the-round, bot­tom-up and top-down knit­ting. Each pat­tern is pre­sented as both text and charts, and all the ma­jor stitch pat­tern groups are cov­ered (lace, ca­bles, slip stitch and so on).

There’s more here than just stitch pat­terns. You’ll find pro­jects to go with each chap­ter, learn the im­por­tance—and dare I say, fun—of swatch­ing and find in­for­ma­tion on de­sign­ing from scratch. Just think of it as a knit­ting cook­book.

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