I’m a huge sucker for stitch dictionaries even when they don’t really bring anything new to the table, but this one is seriously amazing because not only do you get all these great stitch patterns – and there are a TON of beautiful stitch patterns in the book! – Wendy tells you how you can get the same stitch pattern knitting in different directions. For me this is PERFECT because I do a lot of unusual construction garments, and it’s hard to get the stitch pattern to go the direction of my knitting if my knitting goes up in one part of the sweater, but down in another part. And it’s always a challenge to switch a stitch pattern from straight to in the round.
Wendy’s brilliant book makes all of that easy. So this is not only a great tool for a knitwear designer, but even if you dabble in modifications this is a fantastic book for you. Take, for instance, my favorite pattern in the book, Checkerboard Mesh Pullover:
(and yeah there are knitting patterns in this book as well! 11 super cute ones)
I love this simple pullover because it starts with a fantastic, simple shape. Love the shape but feel like you’d like to switch out that stitch pattern? Dig around in the book to find a stitch pattern you like more to substitute! Easy right?
So let’s take a look at the Cables section of the book.
It’s no secret I’m a huge fan of cables and overall texture, and this book is FULL of killer cables and lace cables and, of course, patterns for all directions. Isn’t that Tilted Cable Ladders SO amazing?! You’ll absolutely be seeing that motif in a design very soon.
Cables not your thing? This book is cut up into different sections of stitch patterns including Knits and Purls, Ribs, Textures Slipped and Fancy, Yarnovers and Eyelets, Cables, Lace, Colorwork, and Hems and Edgings, so there is something for every knitter in here. And, as you can see in the pictures I took of my copy of the book, it’s spiral bound! Perfect for referencing while your hands are full of knitting.
This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much!
Have I sold you on this book?! Then you better leave a comment on this blog because I’ve not only got a copy of Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary to give away, but Blue Sky Alpaca, who supported every swatch and pattern in the book, have also included three skeins of yarn in the giveaway.
Oh you want that cute project bag, too? Ok you can have it! That is a Pretty Cheep Project Bag. How adorable is that?!
So leave a message on this blog post to enter. For more entries tweet, share on facebook, and pin this post, and come back and leave additional comments for each place you’ve shared.
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Good luck! I’ll be picking a winner one week from today on Friday June 6th. And be sure to check out all the other great posts about this book along the book tour:
May 20: Knit and Tonic – we will also post Tour Info & Schedule on the Blue Sky Alpacas Blog.
May 22: FreshStitches
May 24: Hey Jen Renee
May 26: Very Shannon
May 28: Miso Crafty Knits
May 30: The Sweatshop of Love
June 3: Stockinette Zombies
June 4: Mari Knits
June 6: Lattes and Llamas
June 21: Wendy Bernard on the Ready, Set, Knit! podcast