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

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

by Melissa Leapman


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Beloved knitwear designer Melissa Leapman offers a comprehensive stitch dictionary and guide with more than 300 original knitting patterns, including slip stitches, cables, and lace.

Knitters love their stitch dictionaries. Melissa Leapman, known for her knitting references, shares 300 of her favorite stitch patterns developed over her long career. With basic step-by-step knitting instruction, information on how to most effectively use a stitch dictionary, and a wealth of original stitch patterns, this book will appeal to all levels of knitters looking for a comprehensive, yet portable volume. The book includes stitch patterns in five categories from imaginative novelty stitch patterns to traditional knit designs. Each stitch pattern includes a gorgeous photograph as well as written and charted instructions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780449819906
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 11/05/2013
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 198,915
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

MELISSA LEAPMAN is a widely published knitwear designer whose patterns have appeared in every premier needlework publication in the country. Her knitting, crochet, and design workshops are popular with crafters at all skill levels. She has been a featured guest on DIY's Knitty Gritty, Lifetime TV's Handmade by Design, and HGTV's Sew Much More. Melissa is the author of thirteen knitting and crochet books, including Knitting the Perfect Fit, Stashbuster Knits, Mastering Color Knitting, Cables Untangled, and more. She lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

What Is a Stitch Dictionary? 8

How to Use This Book 8

Using the Patterns 9

Shaping Within Pattern Stitches 13

Combining Patterns Within a Design 17

Chapter 1 Textured Knit and Purl Patterns 19

Chapter 2 Lace and Openwork Patterns 55

Chapter 3 Cables and Crossed Stitch Patterns 107

Chapter 4 Slip Stitch Patterns 191

Chapter 5 Novelty Stitch Patterns 225

How to Read Instructions for Knitting Stitch Patterns 257

The Foreign Language of Knitting Symbols and Charts 257

Knitting Patterns Written in Words 260

Abbreviations 262

Comprehensive Stitch Key 263

Knitting Techniques 268

Resources 285

Material Resources 285

The Knitting Community 285

Index 286

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TextileWiz1 More than 1 year ago
I just enjoy looking through this book to see what it will inspire me to make as a new design! The only downside to this book is that some of the directions are written in a rather cumbersome way and it may make it confusing to beginners. I found that once I try the pattern so I can understand the stitch pattern I end up re-writing the pattern in a simple and clearer format. Call me old school but putting in too many explanations in with the directions is just too confusing. The variety of stitch patterns is very diverse and has some new stuff I'd never seen in any of my other books. I used to teach knitting and would definitely used some of the stitch patterns in this book as a means of teaching techniques.