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Review: The Knit Stitch Pattern Handbook


First, the facts:

Title: The Knit Stitch Pattern Handbook: An Essential Collection of 300 Designer Stitches & Techniques

Author: Melissa Leapman

Published by: Potter Craft, 2013

Pages: 288

Type: Stitch Dictionary


1. Textured Knit and Purl Patterns
2. Lace and Openwork Patterns
3. Cables and Crossed Stitch Patterns
4. Slip Stitch Patterns
5. Novelty Stitch Patterns

KS: The Knit Stitch

The In-Depth Look:

If you’ve been reading for a while, you already know I love stitch dictionaries. They are filled with pure inspiration, whether you’re looking for something for a specific project like a baby blanket or a cardigan, or if you’re just looking for something to do with that new yarn you bought. They are chock full of possibilities and directions you don’t expect to take, potential for something entirely new. They’re irresistible.

They’re also difficult to do really well. I mean, there are lots of them and, even assuming that they’re all error-free, how many does any one knitter really need?

Judging by my bookcase, the answer is “a lot,” incidentally. I’ve got at least two dozen stitch dictionaries … and now one more because Melissa Leapman’s is a good one. Not only is it full of 300 original stitches, she includes ideas on what to do with them, how to combine them.

Other than that … The photographs are clear and in color, the stitches are rationally organized and overall the collection is a good one. It’s hard to find new and original things to say about a good collection … so, really, maybe it’s best just to let the stitches speak for themselves.

This book can be found at Amazon.com or your local yarn shop.

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This review copy was kindly donated by Potter Craft. Thank you!

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