Ja­pa­nese Stitches Un­rav­eled

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(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.

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