AlterKnit Stitch Dictionary: 200 Modern Knitting Motifs
By Andrea Rangel (Interweave, 164 pages, $26.99) Had your fill of traditional Nordic motifs? Finding Fair Isle ho-hum? Check out Andrea Rangel’s AlterKnit Stitch Dictionary. Here you’ll find 200 motifs that have a most decidedly modern flair. Where else can you find stranded zombies, Jolly Rogers or Escher bats? There are tapestry-look motifs, and ones that read like optical illusions. While the focus of the book is on the swatches, there are also explanations of how to hold yarn, manage floats, and other techniques crucial to stranded knitting. Patterns for three accessories and two sweaters allow you to practice what you’ve learned about using stitch motifs within a project. No matter how many stitch dictionaries you already have on your shelf, you’ll find all-new material in AlterKnit Stitch Dictionary.