Reference for knitting
In the Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible, knitting guru Hitomi Shida shares some of her favourite needlework patterns. Shida's strikingly original designs and variations on every imaginable classic stitch result in intricate patterns that form the basis for beautiful and unique knitted fashions. This is the perfect book for the experienced knitter who is looking for new stitches that yield spectacular results.
This Japanese knitting book features a wide range of rewarding and intricate stitches including: cables, popcorn stitches, twisted stitches, edgings, and many more. A set of detailed, step-by-step diagrams show you how to execute all the basic stitches. Instructions and diagrams for a series of small projects offer practice working with large patterns, lacy patterns, pattern arrangement, and round yokes among other things. Knitting projects include: a classic hat made using large pattern, an elegant scarf in lacy patterns, the ever-popular fingerless mittens, thick socks that can be made using various patterns, a feminine collar using round stitching, and much more.
This Japanese stitch dictionary represents a whole new adventure for knitters and is sure to become a valued reference for experienced knitters and beginners alike.
"Gayle Roehm's translation of noted designer Hitomi Shida's second stitch dictionary represents a sea change in the English-speaking world, because now we have a few words to help us through the standardized Japanese symbol system... think of it as opening a window into the way another culture designs and knits. And Shida's stitches? Like calligraphy: fluid, beautiful and complex."-Vogue Knitting
"This is one of the most beautiful books about knitting we have ever seen, proving that knitting can be an exquisite art form as well as a way to produce humble clothing... Designers and confident knitters alike will enjoy using this book, whether to find the perfect stitch for a small detail or decorative touch for a garment, or to choose an all-over pattern for a sweater (or to combine as many as you can for a show-stopping blanket!)."-The Knitter
"Roehm translates the imaginative work of Shida, one of Japan's best-known hand-knitting designers, into English for the first time. For intrepid knitters looking for a challenge, the pages of stunning stitches will prove well worth the effort." - Publishers Weekly
"A remarkable book...This makes me want to quit my job and knit! [...] I cannot give a big enough thumbs up to this book!" -KnitCircus.com (as featured on their podcast)
"An exquisite book full of new stitches with spectacular results."-Studio Knit blog (Gift Guide)
"...here's the briefest book review ever: wow....The results are worth the effort. The patterns are works of art in themselves."-TheTwistedYarn.com
"...now there's a resource in English that is a `must have' for your knitting library.Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible: 260 Exquisite Patterns by Hitomi Shida, translated with an introduction by Gayle Roehm is that book...I give this book 5 stars for being stunning, useful, and inspiring."-Sheep to Shawl blog
"...every time I turned the page, there was fresh inspiration and utterly stunning designs."-KnittedBliss.com
"This book is on fire-number 1 in knitting! Such imaginative stitch motifs." -Mason-Dixon Knitting
"A feast for the eyes, and perhaps the hands." - Booklist
Reference for knitting
Some of these patterns are going to be very challenging. The friend I bought it for can't decide which one to start first.
Beautifully written and photographed book. You need to be an experienced knitter, and to read instructions carefully to understand patters properly. Very beautiful original knitting designs. Highly recommend if you are a designer or appreciate unique designs.
I have an extensive knitting reference library, and this book is about as close to perfect for a knitting reference as I have ever seen. Clear, precise instructions, beautiful clear photos of the pattern swatches, and the swatches themselves are executed with a technical precision that is just breathtaking. I will be using this book a LOT - the patterns are absolutely stunning, although most definitely not for beginners or people who don't like charts. I have OCD as well and this book actually made me sigh with satisfaction because it is so well presented and the swatches are technically perfect, and everything about it is just beautiful. Wonderful to leaf through just for the sake of looking at the beautiful swatches, but also a great source of inspiration. I suspect I will go through multiple copies of this one from the sheer amount of use it's going to get.
Perth, Western Australia
Fantastic Japanese stitch dictionary. Its written in English with explanations for all the weird symbols in Japanese knitting. If you have other Japanese dictionaries, this one will be very helpful in deciphering those books as well. This book also has a section about adding or altering stitch patterns and gives side by side photographs of before and after. Best of all, its so cheap. I would pay $50 for this book and be happy.
This book is a reference volume for knitting design and it suits my purpose perffectly. I must commend Booktopia on the excellent service, eg reasonably priced shipping costs, incredibly fast turnaround time, especially considering it was purchased a week or so before Christmas and the price of the book. I had seen it elsewhere on the 'net for much more. I will definitely use Booktopia again.
Charts are exceptionally well laid out, the sample images bright and clear. Patterns adapt easily to a variety of uses, and included designs are extremely handy for rushed projects
This book is a great resource and recommended to all levels of knitting.
These intricate patterns are just stunning. Not for the beginner knitter but a great introduction to following charted knitting patterns
I would reference this book every time I see a 'plain' pattern!
"Roehm translates the imaginative work of Shida, one of Japan's best-known hand-knitting designers, into English for the first time. Shida gained an international following with the Japanese publication of a book of couture knitting patterns a decade ago, and here presents hundreds of other patterns, adding scallops, yokes, and edgings to her offerings ... For intrepid knitters looking for a challenge, the pages of stunning stitches will prove well worth the effort." --Publishers Weekly
..".experienced knitters will be tempted to give it a go after paging through the handsomely photographed knit swatches, each of which is accompanied by unlabeled charts. For those who want to jump right in, there are a few patterns for socks and a hat. A black-and-white photo section that shows how to knit the stitches concludes. A feast for the eyes, and perhaps the hands." --Booklist
"A remarkable book ... This makes me want to quit my job and knit! ... I cannot give a big enough thumbs up to this book!" --KnitCircus.com
"The book is a great combo of stitch patterns, clear pictures, illustrations for the fiddly bits and a few patterns thrown in for good measure. It's a worthy addition to your library and something for you to consider. I'm glad to have it at my reach! And of course, it's another way for me to lose countless hours thumbing through and daydreaming." --Knotions.com
"This is mindful, challenging knitting at its best, and this translation opens up a world of Japanese knitting charts to English speakers." --"Starred Review" Library Journal
"You will be stunned by the complexity and beauty of these unique motifs -- and the intensity does not diminish as you page through the book. At the end is a section for Round Yokes, plus a section of dozens of astonishing edgings." --Wool Gathering magazine
"This is one of the most beautiful books about knitting we have ever seen, proving that knitting can be an exquisite art form as well as a way to produce humble clothing..." --The Knitter magazine
"An exquisite book full of new stitches with spectacular results." --Studio Knit blog
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 1st November 2017
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Country of Publication: JP
Dimensions (cm): 29.2 x 21.6 x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.82