Japanese Stitches Unraveled
(by Wendy Bernard, Abrams, 288 pages, $29.99) Wendy Bernard is back with another of her signature knitting stitch dictionaries. This time she takes her inspiration from Japanese stitch dictionaries, which have beautiful patterns but are often out of reach for American knitters. Recognizing that most stitch dictionaries present stitch patterns in only one direction, Wendy expands on this by presenting each stitch pattern as bottom up, top down, back-andforth (flat) and in-the-round.
There’s a little bit of everything in this 160-stitch-pattern collection: interesting cables, delicate lace, fancy twisted stitches, and unique takes on knits and purls, all presented with fully illustrated charts and swatches. There are even a few “from-scratch” projects to ease you into designing with stitch patterns. If you’ve been itching to get into the Japaneseknitting aesthetic, here’s the perfect opportunity.