April 28, 2016

Book review: The Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary

I’m so happy to be launching the blog tour for Wendy Bernard’s brand new book, The Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary: 150 new stitch patterns to knit top down, bottom up, back and forth & in the round.  As designer, I love a good stitch dictionary, which this definitely is, but it has plenty of awesomeness packed in for non-designers as well!  Besides the 150 stitch patterns, which you can use different ways for different projects, there are also customizable project patterns for every type of stitch pattern, into which you can plug your favorites of the stitch patterns from each chapter.

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Wendy Bernard’s first book in this series was Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary from 2014; this new book adds all those new stitch patterns and projects, and also incorporates some reader feedback to improve on the ideas of the first book.  So the new book shows more views of the reversible patterns, and shows when stitch patterns look slightly different in the top-down and bottom-up versions, etc.  There are chapters on knit & purl, ribs, twisted, slipped & fancy, cables, lace, and mosaics, with all the stitch patterns both written and charted, in the different ways they can be knit.

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For the blog tour, I was given a stitch pattern to share with you!  This is the Fuji Rib pattern, which uses a cool technique in which a stitch is slipped up and over multiple stitches – very easy to do but makes an interesting look/texture in your knitting.  I’ve used this type of stitch technique in a couple of patterns in the past, it’s fun!  Anyway, here is the stitch pattern!

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Fuji Rib FLAT

(multiple of 14 sts + 1; 18-row repeat)

Pkok: Slip third st on left-hand needle over first 2 sts and off needle; k1, yo, k1.

ROW 1: *K1-tbl, p1; repeat from * to last st, k1-tbl.

ROW 2: P1-tbl, *k1, p1-tbl; repeat from * to end.

ROWS 3 AND 4: Repeat Rows 1 and 2.

ROW 5: *[K1-tbl, p1] 3 times, pkok, [p1, k1-tbl] twice, p1; repeat from * to last st, k1-tbl.

ROW 6: P1-tbl, *[k1, p1-tbl] twice, k1, p3, [k1, p1-tbl] 3 times; repeat from * to end.

ROW 7: *[K1-tbl, p1] twice, pkok, k1, pkok, p1, k1-tbl, p1; repeat from * to last st, k1-tbl.

ROW 8: P1-tbl, *k1, p1-tbl, k1, p7, [k1, p1-tbl] twice; repeat from * to end.

ROW 9: *[K1-tbl, p1] twice, k2, pkok, k2, p1, k1-tbl, p1; repeat from * to last st, k1-tbl.

ROW 10: Repeat Row 8.

ROW 11: Repeat Row 7.

ROW 12: Repeat Row 6.

ROW 13: Repeat Row 5.

ROW 14: Repeat Row 2.

ROWS 15–18: Repeat Rows 1 and 2.

Repeat Rows 1–18 for Fuji Rib Flat.

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Fuji Rib IN THE ROUND

(multiple of 14 sts; 18-rnd repeat)

Pkok: Slip third st on left-hand needle over first 2 sts and off needle; k1, yo, k1.

RNDS 1–4: *K1-tbl, p1; repeat from * to end.

RND 5: *[K1-tbl, p1] 3 times, pkok, [p1, k1-tbl] twice, p1; repeat from * to end.

RND 6: K1-tbl, *[p1, k1-tbl] twice, p1, k3, [p1, k1-tbl] 3 times; repeat from * to end.

RND 7: *[K1-tbl, p1] twice, pkok, k1, pkok, p1, k1-tbl, p1; repeat from * to end.

RND 8: K1-tbl, *p1, k1-tbl, p1, k7, [p1, k1-tbl] twice; repeat from * to end.

RND 9: *[K1-tbl, p1] twice, k2, pkok, k2, p1, k1-tbl, p1; repeat from * to end.

RND 10: Repeat Rnd 8.

RND 11: Repeat Rnd 7.

RND 12: Repeat Rnd 6.

RND 13: Repeat Rnd 5.

RNDS 14–18: Repeat Rnd 1.

Repeat Rnds 1–18 for Fuji Rib in the Round.

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And then the book includes the pattern for this Fuji Rib Wrap, using the stitch pattern; but you can plug in a different stitch pattern from the book if you prefer.  I love the unusual styling in the photos, but the wrap is just a big rectangle with buttons, so it can be worn lots of different ways besides the way it’s shown here.  You know how much I love knits that can be worn in different ways!

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And, in addition to the customizable patterns like this one, at the end of each chapter, the book also includes a Designing from Scratch section at the end, with formula-style patterns for socks in two directions, caps in two directions, and triangular shawls in two directions, all of which can be made with your choice of stitch patterns from the book.

The publisher has arranged a giveaway for you!  Wait but not just the book… Blue Sky Alpacas, the lovely yarn company who provided all the yarn in the book, is throwing in two skeins of yarn for the lucky winner!  So leave a comment, telling us what kind of project you’d like to plug stitch patterns into, or something else that excites you about this book, and I’ll choose a winner at random a week from today (end of the day on Thursday May 5th).  Important: make sure you receive replies to comments in your email inbox so that you will learn if you’re the winner and can claim your prize! :)

Follow the rest of the stops on the blog tour to see more stitch patterns from the book!

5/2: Yarniacs

5/5: Mason-Dixon Knitting

5/9: Craft Sanity

5/16: Knit Circus

5/18: AboutKnitting.com

5/23: Craft Gossip

5/11: WEBS

5/28: Blue Sky Alpacas

Filed under: books,contest/giveaway,knitting — Lee Meredith @ 8:00 am
  • http://www.whatsyourlist.net/ The Valerie

    Ooooh, I’ve been on the hunt for a good stitch dictionary (or several, let’s be honest)! I love to try out different stitch patterns in on-the-fly hats & bags. Oh, & knitting up washcloths in the same cotton but different stitch patterns makes for a great quick gift to have on hand!

  • Debbie Messimer

    I LOVE knitting from charts! This looks great.

  • Yarn Kidd

    I’m really intrigued by wrap patterb featured here. I would probably use a different stitch pattern, so the book would be handy for that. Having just moved to LA, I’m finding that a rectangular shaped shawl is becoming my go to for an outer layer and I love the idea of adding buttons!

  • MYTHICAL MAN-MOTH

    I’ve been wanting to get a good stitch dictionary to play around with! The customizable patterns sound great; I like the idea of having some templates I can plug different designs into.

  • Amanda

    I would use it toknit cowls. I hate converting stitch patterns from other dictionaries into the round. And I love reversible patterns too!

  • Karen

    Ditto Amanda, I’m even currently wearing a cowl whose construction involved converting a stitch pattern. This would be so helpful!

  • florapie

    Adding the “in the round” part is the game-changer: I’m working with a couple of stitch patterns right now that are stumping me in the conversion. I’d love to plug stitch patterns into the basic shawl shapes!

  • Taine Hatch-Rymer

    Socks! Everything plugged into socks, now and forever!

  • yolanda v

    Such fun to try new stitches! I’d use some for edging…hats, wraps. I like learning new stiches or techniques on almost every project I knit.

  • Rebecca

    Omg thanks for the giveaway! I *love* Wendy’s first stitch dictionary and use it a lot for mitts, hats, sweaters, socks. I’m sure this book will be just as useful and probably even more inspiring. I think I’m due next for a custom pair of socks.

  • Erin Heckeroth-Brown

    Right now, wraps and shawls have been my go to knit wear; mostly because I’m nervous about converting the stitch patterns in the round. Am so intrigued by this book, to see how it’s done. Then I can do hats. And probably some really big cowld, to wear around my shoulders for those windy days.

  • MelodyJ

    I would like to make skirts, hats and tops.

  • Kate M

    Thanks for the review. I would love this book to make shawls. I think I would use it for other projects too but shawls would be too on my list right now. The yarn addition is amazing to the prize. Thanks for sharing the review of the book!!!

  • Sue M

    With two skeins of BSA yarn, I’d incorporate the stitch patterns into mitts, and if enough yardage, a hat. Or maybe, a cowl! Their yarns are scrumptious, and this book would be a great addition to my knit library, pairing up with Wendy’s first book which I have and enjoy. Thanks!

  • craftygirl1964

    I loved the first book and can’t wait to get my hands on the second!! I would use the patterns for my latest obsession with HATS!! you can never have too many!! Love your blog – keep up the good work!

  • ronnie g

    I would plug these stitches into the chemo caps I knit for charity- I am always looking for something unique and fun to bring a smile to the face of someone who desperately needs it… in fact, I am envisioning matching shawlettes to go with!

  • Jessica Cheney

    Would love to plug these stitches into a shawl or a large wrap. The first book was great.. and I’m sure this one will be too!

  • Jennifer W.

    I met Wendy once and she was so funny and charming! I’d like to increase my go to stitches. You know, when you just want to pick up some needles knit something, anything. I have a few stitches that I use, but I want a few more.

  • Suzanne

    What a kind and thorough review. Thanks for including all the links. I love the idea of making a wrap like this one. With Wendy’s book, the possibilities of changing its look are infinite.

  • Melanie Spatgen

    Love that wrap. I am in awe of Wendy and excited to read the fruits of her labor.

  • carolhandshue

    This is such a great resource. I might start small on a pair of mitts….

  • Sheila

    I like to plug a stitch pattern into a basic sock, trying to pick a stitch pattern that will complement the yarn colors, simple for self-striping and variegated, more complex for tonals and solids.

  • Ana

    What a lovely little pattern- I could see it working beautifully, along with several other options, as squares all making up an amazing blanket (different patterns, but all knit in the same color). Thanks for posting it!

  • Kris Marie

    What an awesome idea that wrap is! I’m working on an afghan of knit squares right now – I need more patterns! Thanks for the review and giveaway!

  • gale zucker

    This is fabulous. I like messing around with designs and inserting stitches but my brain stops just short of fwanting to figure out how to do what Wendy did with all these stitches. It would be a blast to have this book on my shelf.

  • Ségolène Tallis

    Pattern mastery…I’m a good knitter, but not a great one, and I’d like to use this book to expand my stitch knowledge. More knowledge never hurt anyone. :)

  • ikkinlala

    I’d put them into socks, because that’s still the thing I knit most often.

  • http://www.leethal.net/ Lee

    Congrats, you are the WINNER! Either reply to this comment with your email, or reply to the comment-notification email you received from disqus and I’ll hook you up with your prizes!

  • Yarn Kidd

    Whoopie! I’m definitely going to put these prizes to good use!

    Susannah Laramee Kidd

  • Yarn Kidd

    slarameekidd AT gmail DOT com

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