Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary
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.