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Elizabeth Zimmermann's Take on Garter Stitch

By January 30, 2013

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It wouldn't be right to talk about Garter Stitch without talking about Elizabeth Zimmermann, who was pretty passionately against purling and who gave us so many interesting things to think about and do with Garter Stitch (example: Baby Surprise Jackets).

Knit one knit allKnit One Knit All. Schoolhouse Press.

In the 1970s she wanted to write a book devoted to Garter Stitch patterns but her editor didn't think a book on a single stitch would sell well. Of course now the knitting marketplace is full of books that drill down into specific niches, so its no surprise that her family has produced the book she always wanted to write: Knit One Knit All.

The book includes patterns for hats, mittens, sweaters, jackets, vests, baby things and more, knit mostly in Garter Stitch. But that doesn't men they're at all plain or simple. There's a lot of knitting origami happening in these patterns, and the interesting construction methods might draw you in to patterns you might not otherwise be interested in. I, for instance, am not sure Garter Stitch gloves would be that comfortable, but I'm way intrigued by the sideways method used to knit a pair in this book.

This one is definitely worth checking out if you're a fan of Zimmermann or of Garter Stitch. Or both!


February 1, 2013 at 4:50 pm
(1) Helen says:

I ordered this book at my LYS, and have found it to be very inspirational. I have yet to actually knit one of the projects, but that doesn’t keep me from dreaming. I like to tell people that I just knit, I don’t purl, so this book was practically written for me! There are lots of nice photos as well as copies of EZ’s original sketches, it’s well worth the cost.

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