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Stitch 'n bitch : hét eigentijdse breihandboek

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  4,403 ratings  ·  421 reviews
Dit boek is hét breiboek voor de eigentijdse hippe breister, of, zoals Debbie in het Engels zegt: 'voor chicks with sticks'. Niet oubollig, niet truttig, niet alleen voor boven de 55 jaar: Breien is hot, breien is hip, kortom, breien is het helemaal! Op luchtige, vaak humoristische wijze legt Debbie de techniek van het breien zorgvuldig uit. Alles komt aan bod: steken opze ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published March 24th 2005 by Cantecleer (first published September 29th 2000)
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Lilly G
not your grandma's knitting book!

this is an excellent knitting 101 primer, and i'm not just a member, i'm the fan club president. it made a knitter out of me. who else can explain stitches to you using When Harry Met Sally?! idiot-proof instructions to get you on your way and a great reference book to keep coming back to to brush up. the patterns are actually something you would make (witness the very cute wristbands i knit my first week) and the illustrations are very clear. yay for this series
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Jennifer
Dec 12, 2008 Jennifer rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Knitters
Shelves: knitting, non-fiction
This book opened my eyes to so many possibilities in knitting! Having grown up in the 70's with garish acrylic yarn afgans on the back of the couch of not only our home but every home I went to and every home on tv... to open this book and see what people thought up? Awesome! It's hipster knitting at it's best- because it's not Hipster SNOTTY!

I have made the Hot Head hat in this book several times. The patterns are well written by actual knitters. Debbie Stoller has a wonderful writing style. H
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Abigail
I moved into my aunt and uncle's attic seven winters ago, graduated from college but without a job. No friends except my five-month-old cousin (who was good company, but still!). I had never lived in Minnesota before, but I had heard that the winters were long, cold, and dark. I decided to take up a hobby. Given my newfound nordic surroundings, I thought knitting was just the thing.

I didn't have the money to take a class, so I checked out Stitch 'n Bitch from the library and got some yarn and ne
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M
This book is a lot hipper than I am. While normally I could take or leave that kind of attitude, the book is genuinely helpful. There's an earnestness in its hipness. (It almost reads like "Take Back the KNIT!")

This book is truly for the beginner, and targets a younger audience (or one with a younger sensibility). It helps you start out, select your yarn, it sits with you while you go about your business in text and charts, and flub up and talks you through some potential fixes. It has all sorts
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Ariane
When people see you knitting in public (or when they come to your house) they often ask you to teach them. I hope that doesn't sound like bragging, but to clarify, people don't ask me to teach them to knit because I'm such an amazing superlative knitter, I think it's because they realise on some level that it's actually not too difficult a skill once you pick it up. I've given some super-basic knitting lessons to a looooot of people.

This book is the one that I recommend to EVERYONE who wants to
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Dyah
Debbie Stoller berusaha mempopulerkan kembali kerajinan merajut karena ia melihat kegiatan ini dipandang sebelah mata dan dianggap tidak cool, 'terlalu kewanitaan, terlalu oldies'. Sebagai seorang aktivis feminis ia tidak rela akan bias gender masyarakat terhadap kegiatan merajut. Tulisnya, "why couldn't we all -- women and men alike -- take the same kind of pride in the work our mothers had always done as we did in the work of our fathers?".

Beberapa tahun yang lalu ia mulai dengan membentuk St
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Emily
This book was on my "Currently Reading" list for a whole year. It definitely helped me learn to knit, but I got stuck with projects that were more complicated than a basic scarf. I'm going to take a class to expand my skills and then pick up the book again and tackle some of the cool projects in it. Bottom line is that when it comes to something like knitting, you can only learn so much from a book. That being said, this is a great place to start.

Update: Now that I am taking a knitting class, th
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Samantha
This book has more potential than it lives up to. It was the first knitting book I ever bought and I relied heavily on its instructions for how to knit/purl. As a result I can knit, but my purl is backwards (not a knit, not a purl, something peculiar - but effective as far as I'm concerned). I've since found better instructions on the internet.

I appreciate the attempt to create a guide for the 'younger' set, but besides the scarves, there are no patterns I'd care to follow. Skulls on sweaters i
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Kristin Jones
I am always just missing things. I was born a generation late for the women’s lib movement. I completely missed Brat Pack movies; I was a mere 5-year-old when St. Elmo’s Fire came out and just watched it for the first time a few weeks ago. I found Stitch ‘N Bitch ten years after its first printing.

But what a jewel in the desert, this treasure I found in a used book store. Stitch ‘N Bitch highlights the anti-knitting sentiments of the early feminist movement, how it was looked down on as domesti
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Phil
Well, what can I say - I learned to knit from this book (with perhaps a few You Tube videos where watching someone's fingers was needed) so it must have been a success.

Stoller's jokey, irreverent style can get a little irritating at times, but it's still much preferable to a dry old Reader's Digest How To ... style, because a cuss and a joke can make things stick. And I've gone from barely knowing one end of a knitting needle from another to knitting a snood (you may know it better as a cowl) an
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Kat
Very easy and fun to read. I know some people have trouble learning to knit from a book, but I found SnB to be very accessible; Deb Stoller really gives you all the basic tools you need to go off and start knitting. Her writing style is laid-back and humorous while still being informative -- and I loved all of her little illustrations. I was 18 when I learned how to knit, and it was nice to have a book that wasn't geared toward old ladies with old lady patterns. (No offense to any old ladies rea ...more
Joline Pruitt
I haven't followed any of the patterns yet, but I love this book without them. The author has a PhD in psychology of women and is the founder of a feminist magazine called BUST, which also happens to be very cool. Along with some of her own family history, which I thoroughly enjoyed, she gives a short history of knitting. Who knew that Egyptians knitted blue and white socks in 1000 A.D.?! I also loved the American Red Cross poster from WWI asking women to "Knit Your Bit" because "Our Boys Need S ...more
Christine
I was looking to learn how to knit and was recommended this book as a learning manual by both a friend and a reliable knitting store in my neighborhood. And so I enthusiastically purchased it.

I have to say that for cold start beginners (I knew how to crochet had NEVER knitted before, had never closely inspected anyone knit before), you're better off watching a video of knitwitch.com (which is really how I learned how to cast, knit, and purl--it's an amazing site!) It's just way too difficult to
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Johnida
This was the first real knitting how-to + projects book I ever purchased. I actually bought it before I had taken any knitting classes in the hope that I would be able to teach myself. Ultimately, that little plan didn't work out. I also attempted a pattern from this book as one of my first non-supervised projects: a felted bag. Despite my vast lack of knowledge and expertise, the bag turned out pretty well, but I ended up donating it to Goodwill.

There are a few intriguing patterns in this book,
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Jenn
I've never even attempted to knit before and was suddenly over taken with the urge to start. What better guide than one written by one of the founders of Bust magazine. If I'm going to go ahead and be a librarian who knits, I certainly want to at least try to maintain some level of kick-assedness by learning from a book that has the word "bitch" in it. Take that, you stodgy old knitting librarians.

I'm still just figuring out the whole knitting thing, but I'm looking forward to working through th
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Stacy Pershall
I love this book! I've made five of the patterns in it, and they all came out beautifully. The illustrations are very clear and ideal for the beginning knitter. Plus, Debbie Stoller is just funny and awesome (read BUST!) If you're just starting out and you can only buy one knitting book, buy this one.

Her crochet book, Happy Hooker, is great too -- I taught myself how to crochet in a night using only that book (no web videos needed!)
just sarah
in my opinion, this is the best basic knitting book on the market. the illustrations are easy to understand, the instructions are clear and the patterns are fun & funky. it was perfect for me when i was a newbie & continues to be my reference book of choice for all the basics i forget from project to project. if i could only own one knitting book, this would be the one.
Lisa
I'm so inspired after visiting Hill Country Weavers in Austin (http://www.hillcountryweavers.com/main/) and talking with knitting buddies Kristen and Chaiti!

The instructions in this book are clear and I look forward to making some of the patterns... but does anyone actually wear knit bikinis? Ew.
Elaine Nelson
Slightly more helpful in getting me going with knitting; in particular, picked up good technique for holding yarn while working. Only made one pattern, and that was a basic ribbed scarf. Wouldn't mind trying some other things if I pick up my own copy.
Elizabeth
Great resource for the beginning knitter.
Between this book, youtube, and my friend JK, I am now able to: cast on, knit, purl, and bind off CONSISTENTLY and with success.

Dudes, let the yarn bombing begin!
Mollie *scoutrmom*
Those who are looking for a knitting handbook can do much better. This was a great documentation of a 2003 fad, and appeals to a young set, but other books not by the same author do it better.

It has a breezy tone and some decent illustrations, but those wanting to acquire knitting skills would do better searching YouTube.

Knitters who'd like one in-depth hard copy guide to all things knitting should check out some library books to see which they'd like to own before committing $$. I suggest June
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Adriana
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Riona
I've recently taken up knitting again, so I checked this book out of the library, having heard great things about it over the years. It's super informative, with neat drawings, photos, and diagrams as well as very clear text that explains all steps in detail. There are lots of useful tips and it's all presented in a cute, witty way. Apparently I knit wrong, though, so I may need to unlearn and relearn some things. I'm not very advanced at all so that shouldn't be a problem.

Almost all of the proj
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Annie
This was one of those books that tried so hard to be """hip""" that it actually made me roll my eyes a few times. Some of it was genuinely funny, and some not so much. It's like the author was trying to hit me over the head with her coolness at every turn. Haha, look how well I relate to the younger generation!! I make snarky little comments about women's bodies!! So cool!! Real talk: telling "full figured" women that they will look like they've been put into a fat suit and will look like a "bar ...more
Erin
The book that taught me to knit. It might sound like learning to knit from a book would be difficult, but I found it to be really effective and straightforward. Granted, I kind of gave up the first time -- but not because of the book; I was just frustrated with my own beginner slowness, and crochet was so much easier and faster. But after a little break -- during which I read Stoller's book on crochet, The Happy Hooker, and spent a lot of time crocheting -- I revisited the book and knitting, and ...more
Cole
boo! goodreads ate my review. so here is the considerably abbreviated version.

cute stories, inspiration, and gentle encouragement to start that hobby: 5 stars! this is really where this book excels. the book makes a good contribution to make knitting interesting and more accessible to potentially war beginners.
basic and to the point instructions on the things beginners need to know: 3 stars! frankly, throughout my first year of knitting as i got through beginner confusion, i found other books
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Karen
Stich 'n Bitch teaches knitting with clarity and wit. The instructions make knitting seem less scary, and the illustrations are helpful--you can tell what piece of yarn is s'posed to go where. Also, the projects look great. Even if you never get around to making them, you can look at them and think, "Yeah, next year I'll be good enough to make that!" Finally, I like some of the extra material in the book, such as the list of famous knitters. Now I can say that I have something in common with Haw ...more
Kate
Knitting is not just for grandmothers anymore. This book is great for a beginner and someone who wants to knit for a younger crowd. The first half of the book consists of directions for the basic stitches, increasing and decreasing, sewing seams, and other basic knitting skills. What I liked about this section was the pictures--you can actually see the stitches up close and what the finished product is supposed to look like (unlike the cheap how-to book that came with a kit I bought). The second ...more
Stephanie
I will probably always be currently reading this, as it is oh-so helpful and funny for all my knitting endeavors.

This is a knitting basics handbook with attitude (the instructional drawings feature hands decorated with black nail polish, and subtitles include "Oops, I Knit It Again" and "Knit Happens"), but Stoller's introduction provides a very relevant discussion of feminist views on knitting. Basically, she says, female knitters are not conforming to pre-feminist ideas of women's roles, but a
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Desiree'
This was one of my first knitting books I had purchased to learn how to knit. I like how simple Stoller's instructions are and the simple how to patterns; they progress from beginner to advanced. I don't like all of the patterns, however, you can choose to knit which ones you want and still learn basic knitting knowledge.
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Stoller is the co-founder, co-owner, and editor-in-chief of the third wave feminist, popular culture magazine Bust magazine.
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