The Knitter's Bible is a great series of small but information-packed books on many different aspects of knitting. The Knitter's Bible Stitch Library by Claire Crompton offers knitters 200 different stitch patterns to try in their knitting, as well as some sample projects to help them see how different patterns can be used in different ways.
There are a lot of stitch dictionaries out there, and it's in no way necessary to won them all, but if you're lacking space and want a good general collection of a range of stitch patterns, this book is a great choice.
The stitch patterns are divided into general categories for ease of browsing depending on the knitter's needs:
- knit and purl stitches
- gansey patterns
- texture stitches
- rib stitches
- cable stitches
- cable fabrics (allover patterns and panels rather than single cables)
- twist stitches
- embossed fabrics
- lace stitches
- lace panels
- drop stitch patterns
- slip stitch patterns
- slip stitch color patterns
- color stitches
Sometimes it can be a little difficult to determine why a stitch pattern was placed in a particular category or why there are so many different categories. For instance a pattern that is made up of bobbles in a circle is in the textured stitches category, while one with bobbles in a heart shape is in the embossed fabrics category.
It doesn't matter much where different stitches are found in the book, though, you can just happily browse until you find something that appeals to you.
There's a nice variety of stitches here, with a mix of things you'll find in any book (Feather and Fan, Moss Stitch, basic cables) and some things you might not have seen before (a loop pattern where the loops are tied into bows, for instance).
There are also patterns that are perfectly suited to beginners and those that only knitters with some experience will want to tackle.
Following the knitting stitch library section of the book, there are nine projects offered: a patchwork cushion, a place mat and matching coaster, a cabled throw, a cabled poncho, a set of accessories, a felted bag, a lace bag, a multicolored rippled scarf and a lacy throw and pillow set that include attached roses.
What's nice about the patterns is that they include suggestions for other possible stitch patterns found in the book that you might want to try and how using a different pattern would change the look of the finished piece. Information like this helps people who aren't that comfortable making their own design decisions see that it isn't that hard to change something basic about a pattern -- particularly if the finished object doesn't have to be an exact size.
The Knitter's Bible Stitch Library is not the most comprehensive knitting stitch collection out there, but it does manage to pack a lot of information and tips into a small package.
Flipping through the pages complete with full-color photos inspired me to think about a couple of different projects I might not have otherwise envisioned, and I think it will do the same for other knitters who like to look at stitch patterns and see what sorts of projects pop into their heads.
Publication date: October 2010