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An essential reference for knitters from novice to expert, this fully illustrated sourcebook is the first of three "stitch dictionaries," to be written by the professionals at Vogue® Knitting. Some 300 stitches are detailed, and hundreds of charts, photographs, and illustrations make it easy to understand how to construct each stitch, as well as the ways they can be used iAn essential reference for knitters from novice to expert, this fully illustrated sourcebook is the first of three "stitch dictionaries," to be written by the professionals at Vogue® Knitting. Some 300 stitches are detailed, and hundreds of charts, photographs, and illustrations make it easy to understand how to construct each stitch, as well as the ways they can be used in projects. The experts at Vogue® Knitting demonstrate rib stitches such as brioche, herringbone, chevron, and quilted patterns; traveling patterns like parquet, ripple, and diamond stitches; lace, including daisy and wave patterns; and such unusual stitches as eye of lynx, bobble block, peppercorn, and bamboo. The most complete book of its kind, this is the definitive stitch reference!...

Title : Vogue Knitting Stitchionary Volume One: Knit & Purl: The Ultimate Stitch Dictionary from the Editors of Vogue Knitting Magazine
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ISBN : 9781931543774
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 240 Pages
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Vogue Knitting Stitchionary Volume One: Knit & Purl: The Ultimate Stitch Dictionary from the Editors of Vogue Knitting Magazine Reviews

  • Arielle Walker
    2019-05-21 02:01

    Fantastically comprehensive - one to own, I think.

  • Melody
    2019-06-04 01:46

    Who knew knitting could be vogue?

  • Stacy
    2019-05-17 06:58

    I love all of the stitch patterns. It helps a lot that they used the same yarn with everything.

  • Marie Segares
    2019-05-23 04:49

    (Full disclosure: I received a free review copy of this book from Sixth & Spring Books to review on my blog.)This is a paperback version of the previously published Vogue Knitting Stitchionary Volume One: Knit & Purl. (I assume the content is the same, but since I don’t own the hardcover version, I haven’t verified that assumption.) After a foreword explaining the original motivation for publishing what were to be three volumes of the Stitchionary, the book opens with the How to Use This Book section. This section explains that stitches in each chapter are arranged in order of difficulty and that selvage stitches and rows were added to each swatch to keep them relatively flat with minimal blocking. The yarn used in this book is Lana Grossa Cool Wool 2000, and all the swatches were knit with Lantern Moon size 6 (4 mm) needles.The stitches are organized into four chapters: Knit & Purl, Lace, Traveling, and Unusual. Like other books in this series, it ends with Abbreviations, a key to the pattern abbreviation terms which includes a US/UK conversion chart for the crochet terminology; Yarn Overs, an illustrated guide to forming different types of yarn overs; and Glossary, which explains pattern essentials like “rep from *, end…” and “stockinette stitch.” The book is beautifully presented with great colors and photography.What I like about this bookEach stitch includes a large swatch which is clearly photographed. Each chapter uses one color of yarn for all of the swatches, so there is a uniform appearance which makes comparison between similar stitches easier. The book’s color palette is in the green family and feels very springlike.The book is well organized (by stitch type, and then by difficulty level through each chapter), so it would be easy to find a stitch you like later.The book is beautiful to look at, and is one of those stitch guides that makes you want to pull out your needles and start experimenting.Although the book is paperback, the binding allows it to lay somewhat flat. That combined with generous white space around each pattern allows you to knit and read at the same time. And, just in case, each cover also has a flap that you can use to hold your place.You can find errata online at the Sixth & Spring website.I’ve brought quite a few stitch guides to my knitting classes, and this is the only one a student has ever asked to borrow. I think that says it all.What I don’t like (or what’s missing)I’ve mentioned in previous reviews that I prefer when a stitch guide includes basic information for a newbie (e.g., illustrations of how to form basic stitches). The book is written with the presumption that you already know how to knit.The patterns are written very concisely (perhaps to keep the generous white space around each picture). It can sometimes be unclear what is happening at the end of a row as a result. For example, a pattern might say: K5, *p3, k3; rep from *, end k1. I would prefer a more detailed description (such as K5, *p3, k3.* Repeat from * to * to last 4 sts, p3, k1). I have been bringing the book to my knitting classes and this has been a point of confusion for some students, too.There are no stitch charts used in this book. This isn’t a concern for me, but I know that some knitters prefer charted patterns to written patterns.SummaryThis book is a great addition to the library of any knitter who has already mastered the mechanics of forming the knit and purl and has familiarity with written patterns. A more experienced knitter might think the book is geared towards beginners, but there is actually a range of stitch types which include slip stitches, increasing, and decreasing to create interesting textures and designs, though the patterns are limited to one color. If you love symbol charts, you will wish they were included. If you are a relative newbie, you may want to hold off on buying this until you feel more comfortable with pattern reading (or be prepared to jump onto Ravelry with questions). I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

  • Crankyfacedknitter
    2019-05-29 00:59

    Is it cheating to claim these for my yearly book challenge? I did read them, technically.

  • Erin
    2019-06-03 04:04

    This series is THE best resource for knitting! Just this one book (part of a series) contains more then 250 stitch patterns (and great swatch photos of each one) and they are arranged by order of difficulty, which is really handy!! There's also a bunch of patterns in this book and the instructions are really great. ****Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this book from Sixth & Spring Books/SoHo Publishing.

  • Amanda
    2019-06-12 03:02

    Light on reading, heavy on stitches as I think it should be. Since I haven't been knitting long and have never seen Vogue Knitting, these were all pretty new to me and very neat. I hope I don't have to take this back to the library before I get a couple more scarves in my traveling scarf group. It's going to be hard to choose one of these cool patterns. I may have to buy this for my library...

  • Teresa
    2019-06-06 04:54

    I couldn't decide whether I wanted to get this book or the Barbara Walker classic, "A Treasury of Knitting Patterns"...but ended up with this one because of the pretty color photos. Plus, the photos are larger so that my aging eyes can see the details in the knitted swatches better.I'm hoping for another Amazon gift card from my FIL so that I can buy the Walker volume too.

  • Jenn C
    2019-05-17 07:08

    Large photographs of swatches and concise directions make the "Stitionary" (I love the name!) easy to use. I'm not quite a beginner, but I'm not a very advanced knitter either - a little more directions at the beginning about the types of stitches and directions used would have been more helpful. That being said, I was itching to make something just to try the different patterns!

  • Diane
    2019-06-11 01:57

    This is the first volume of a series by Vogue. It contains a nice selection of stitches using only knit and purl. Covers ribbing, textures, lace, cables and more. If you are a serious knitter with a library this would be a nice addition.

  • Samantha Arias
    2019-05-26 04:00

    I really liked this stitchionary. It has some cute stitch patterns. I love to make my own knitted items from patterns I create. So this makes it nice to pull from when coming to texture. Plus using this you can take an ordinary pattern you've don a thousand times and make it interesting or new.

  • Laura
    2019-05-22 04:49

    This is a nice stitch dictionary with clear photographs and a good assortment of stitches. However, it would have been greatly improved with the addition of charts! That would make it so much easier to follow many of the patterns.

  • Laurajean
    2019-05-26 08:05

    An enjoyable book, but I'm disappointed that the patterns are only in written form. I really prefer charts. I'm looking to buy a stitch treasury, but it won't be this one, because I find I get lost amongst the words in the written directions.

  • Colleen
    2019-05-22 04:08

    This is such a great resource for knitters. Tons of great stitch patterns with clear, easy to follow directions. Clear photos of a swatch for each stitch pattern. A must have for any aspiring pattern designers!

  • MaryAnne
    2019-06-02 04:15

    I cannot tell you how many times I've turned to this book to find the perfect stitch pattern for the project I'm dreaming up. The pictures of the knitted swatches are very sharp and easy to see. The stitch instructions are easy to follow.

  • Ian
    2019-06-03 02:53

    This book is set up beautifully and I can't wait to try out these different designs. The directions are minimal and while I absorb charts more easily, I still found I was able to follow these with a little work.

  • Tanya
    2019-05-30 03:54

    Beautifully photographed. Something I'd consider for my own bookshelves when/if I'm ready to design garments and want to have some lovely patterns within the projects. Makes me want to look at the other volumes too!

  • Marilyn
    2019-05-29 08:13

    IF you want to expand your knitting beyond garter, stockinette, ribbing, and seed stitch, this book offers lots of different patterns to try including lace, traveling, and some unusual ones including brioche.

  • April
    2019-06-10 05:50

    I marked this as "read" but this really isn't a book you just sit down to read.It seems to have a lot of good stitches!

  • Laurie Rockenbeck
    2019-06-07 06:14

    Great to have on the shelf

  • Amanda
    2019-05-30 06:15

    how can you not love a book with 6 shades of sage, er..moss, no on the front cover? the pages show what every type of knit purl combinations can look like. it really is wonderful.

  • Mckinley
    2019-06-17 02:50

    Stitch patterns.

  • Tina
    2019-06-15 06:54

    A nice collection of stitch patterns with a range of Difficulty Could be improved with charted patterns for the more complex patterns.

  • Jules
    2019-05-21 03:01

    An invaluable book for knitters. I knitters several swatches from this book. The instructions were easy to follow & the photos of the swatches were nice!

  • Jen
    2019-06-09 05:12

    This has some AMAZING stitiches and easy to follow instructions.

  • Maylin
    2019-05-25 04:48

    Reference staple

  • Nicole
    2019-06-07 04:57

    Loved this book, its a great reference for knitters.

  • Lucy
    2019-05-24 04:10

    Seriously love this. Indispensable!

  • Kimberli
    2019-06-12 04:48

    A good basic stitch guide with some fancier stitches thrown in. A good reference guide.

  • Jennifer
    2019-05-17 08:01

    Not as good as Barbara Walker's books (seriously, who could be?), but a nice addition to my fiber library.