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400 Knitting Stitches: A Complete Dictionary Of Essential Stitch Patterns

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Whether you're a beginning knitter or advanced, whether your tastes range from simple knit-purl stitching to fancy Daisy or Moroccan screen, a dictionary of stitch patterns is indispensable!

Young knitters, old knitters, hip knitters, traditional knitters: they all enjoy different styles. But every knitter from age 5 to 95 needs a good dictionary of stitches. 400 Knitting
Paperback, 1st American Edition, 256 pages
Published November 17th 2009 by Potter Craft (first published January 1st 2005)
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Dina (ReviewTime)
Jan 23, 2011 Dina (ReviewTime) rated it it was amazing
400 Knitting Stitches is a good resource to have on hand for beginners and advanced knitters. Inside you will find patterns that cover the basics for beginners, intermediate patterns and advanced patterns for skilled knitters. Beginners will find the “Knitting Basics” section to very helpful. This section offers step by step instructions to teach beginners the basics. The tone is easy is to follow, yet remains informative. Also many of the patterns in the “Knit-Purl” section are designed for beg ...more
Apr 18, 2013 A. rated it really liked it
A fairly comprehensive and fun collection of, like the title says, 400 Knitting Stitches, sorted into eight categories: 1) Knit-purl stitches, 2) Crossed stitches and cables, 3) Slipped stitches, 4) Lacy stitches, 5) Double stitches, 6) Twisted stitches, 7) Cast-off stitches, and 8) Fancy stitches; the bulk of the book's content is spread through the first four categories. A very little colorwork is included in the slipped stitches category, but otherwise colorwork - Fair Isle, intarsia, etc. - ...more
Dec 12, 2014 Nicole rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love this book. It is such a beautifully comprehensive reference. The pattern instructions are clearly written and a chart is included for every single one of them. This combined with a glossary in the back provides ample opportunity to learn to read charts besides being handy for experienced knitters. I cannot overstate how much I love this book.
Jun 07, 2014 Marilyn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: knitting, owned-books
I have a 40 year old book with 100 different patterns. I LOVE that book. Unfortunately, it is out of print. This is the 2nd best similar book I have found. IF you wish to learn LOTS of different stitch patterns this book will help you. AND you can take the squares you make, slip stitch them together, and create a unique afghan to show off your experience.
K Ryan
Feb 18, 2015 K Ryan rated it it was amazing
Fabulous dictionary on all the different knitting stitches. I was tempted to buy it, but kind of went off knitting for a while. Would be an excellent resource for the keen knitter.
Mar 14, 2015 Anna rated it it was amazing
Would like to own this book for my reference library:)
Aug 24, 2013 Marcia rated it really liked it
Shelves: x2013, knitting
Excellent selection of stitches enhanced by detailed colored photos. Only drawback is that it is not spiral bound; and because of narrow inner margins which would cut off some text, it cannot be rebound at Staples.

Marking this book as read for Goodreads purposes; however, it will be opened many more times to discover new stitches.
♥ Caitlin
Nov 01, 2010 ♥ Caitlin rated it really liked it
Shelves: knitting
The book has good organization. Many of the stitches are basic and there are patterns that are just reflections of each other. This isgreat for those who want to understand how those stitch patterns are constructed. However, those who are looking for advanced stitch patterns may not like the choice of patterns.
Shari Henry
Mar 31, 2013 Shari Henry rated it it was amazing
Amazing, thorough, as-advertised. I've checked this book out from the library twice for three weeks each. It's still not enough time. This title is now on my Must Own list (a very short list because I am a public librarian and have very little need to purchase, and less room to store, books). Enough said.
Apr 23, 2012 Ali rated it it was amazing
This book has the lovliest of photos depicting each stitch accompanied by the instructions. It'a great book for self designing. As mentioned before in comments, it doesn't have an index. One industrious commentor made her own. Now that's committment! I love the many cable stitches!
Sep 08, 2011 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Tons of beautiful stitches, all worked in the same ivory colored yarn, with both written instructions and graphs! There are lots of cables and textures. Be warned: there is no index. I typed up my own, but it's kind silly to publish a stitch dictionary with no index.
Jan 02, 2015 Leigh rated it really liked it
The instructions are clear and the photography is vibrant and seductive—it makes you want to knit. The book itself is a good size for handling while knitting. I have other stitchonaries, but I will consider adding this one to my personal craft book library.
Jill McKibben
Sep 06, 2014 Jill McKibben rated it it was amazing
This is so much as a book to read but rather one to reference. I like it so much, I ordered a used copy from an Amazon seller and will add it to my knitting library.
Jul 21, 2011 Shawna rated it really liked it
Shelves: knitting
This is one to own! How can a person go wrong with this many stitches? The possibilities for custom garments, bags, accessories, etc. is endless with a book like this.

note to self: buy this book!
Janeen K
Jan 19, 2012 Janeen K rated it it was amazing
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A wonderful resource book of knitting stitches, small but good photo's of each design.
Oct 12, 2012 Jams rated it it was amazing
I can't tell you how helpful this stitch guide has been to my knitting.
Katie Smolkovich
Dec 17, 2012 Katie Smolkovich rated it liked it
Not very good for beginners...pretty to look at, but confusing.
Sep 20, 2010 Martha added it
charts could be bigger; great photos
Sep 24, 2010 Kathryn rated it really liked it
Inspirational for a fledgling knitter.
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