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Stitch 'n Bitch : The Knitter's Handbook - Debbie Stoller

Stitch 'n Bitch

The Knitter's Handbook


Published: 1st May 2004
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A complete guide to the craft of knitting offers detailed instructions for a variety of techniques and stitches, from plain to fancy, as well as information on the different types of needles and yarns, tips on shopping for yarns, finishing techniques, and forty stylish patterns.

Knitting is hot, with 4 million newcomers in the last few years joining a core group of 38,000,000 knitters nationwide. And these are primarily young, creative, connected chicks with sticks who are coming together in living rooms, knitting cafes, and chic yarn stores, and making everything from funky hats to bikinis.

In Stitch 'n Bitch, Debbie Stoller-founder of the first Stitch 'n Bitch knitting group in New York City-covers every aspect of knitting and the knitting-together lifestyle: the how-to, the when-to, the what-to, the why-to. Writing with wit and attitude (The Knitty-Gritty, Blocking for Blockheads), she explains the different types of needles and yarns (and sheep, too) and all the techniques from basic to fancy, knit to purl to cast-off.

She also shares her special brand of corrective surgery for when things go wrong, and offers fun and informative sidebars on such topics as how to find the best yarn for less, how to make a buttonhole, knitting etiquette, and what tools to keep in your knitting bag. At the heart of the book are forty stylish patterns: Alien Scarf, Big Bad Baby Blanky, Mohair Hoodie, Kitty and Devil Hat, Cell Phone Cozy, and Wonder Woman Bikini. And for anyone interested: how to start a Stitch 'n Bitch group.

About the Author

Debbie Stoller is the bestselling author of the Stitch'n Bitch series of knitting books and calendars. She comes from a long line of Dutch knitters, has a Ph.D. from Yale in the psychology of women, and is the editor-in-chief of Bust magazine. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Stitch 'n Bitch
Take back the knit: Why Young Women are Taking up Knitting Once Morep. 2
My Crafty Family
I Knit, Therefore I am
The New Knitting Craze
Plus: A Stitch in Time: A Brief History of Knitting
What a Girl Wants, What a Girl Needs: Tools of the Tradep. 14
Everything You Need to Know About Yarn (and Sheep)
Yarn Weights
Tools of the Trade
The Long and Short of Needles
How to Read a Yarn Label
Making a Center-Pull Ball
Plus: Managing Your Stash
The Knitty-Gritty: Learning to Cast On, Bind Off, and Knitp. 28
Casting On Using the Double Cast-on Method
Knitting in Both English and Continental Styles
Yarn Holds
Binding Off Your Work
Starting a New Ball
Changing Color
Making Stripes
Weaving In Yarn Ends
Plus: Beginner's Basic I: Go-Go Garter Stitch Scarf
Purl, too: Learning to Purl and Make Simple Stitch Patternsp. 46
Purling in Both English and Continental Styles
How to Make Stockinette, Rib, and Seed Stitch
How to Tell Whether to Knit or Purl
Making Stitch Designs
Reading Charts
Edge Stitches
Binding Off in Pattern
Using Circular and Double-Pointed Needles
Plus: Beginner's Basic II: Ribbed-for-Her-Pleasure Scarf
Shaping Up: Learning to Increase and Decreasep. 59
How to Increase
The Bar Increase
The Make One Increase
The Yarn Over
Decreasing Stitches
Knit Two Together
Slip, Slip, Knit (ssk) and Slip, Knit, Pass Slipped Stitch Over (skp)
Single and Cable Cast-on
Beginner's Basic III: Kitschy Kerchief
Plus: The Rules of Engagement: What Not to Knit for Your Boyfriend
Finishing school: Learning to Sew Seams, Pick Up Stitches, and Block Your Workp. 72
Joining Knit Pieces Together
Sewing Side Seams Using Mattress Stitch and Backstitch
Connecting the Tops of Knit Pieces
Joining a Top to a Side Edge
Fake Grafting
The Kitchener Stitch
The Three-Needle Bind-off
Learning to Pick Up Stitches
Blocking for Blockheads
Plus: Never Look a Gift Hat in the Mouth: The Fine Art of Knitting for Others
Getting Knitty with It: Fancy Things to Do with Needles and Yarnp. 85
Bells and Whistles: Fringes, Tassels, Pom-poms
How to Make Blanket and Duplicate Stitches
Making Cables
Advanced Color Knitting
Fair Isle
How to Make a Crochet Chain
Single Crochet
Crab Stitch
Plus: In the Loop: Crochet Tips
Oops, I Knit It Again: The Stitch Doctor's Guide to Fixing Mistakesp. 102
Picking Up Dropped Knit and Purl Stitches
Changing Purls into Knits and Vice Versa
Fixing Extra Stitches
Unknitting--One Stitch at a Time
Unraveling Rows of Knitting
Tightening Saggy Stitches
Adding Length to an Unintentional Crop Top
Frogging Your Work
Plus: Quick-Fixin' Tricks
A Loosely Knit Group: A Guide to the Wonderful World of Knittersp. 112
Starting Your Own Stitch 'n Bitch
Virtual Knitting Communities
The Knitlist
Online Knitting Blogs
Free Knitting Patterns
Computer Programs for Knitters
Real-Life Knitting Organizations
The Best Knitting Books
Magazines for Knitters
Plus: A Field Guide to Knitters
Stitch 'n Bitch Patterns
How to Read a Knitting Patternp. 156
Abbreviationsp. 157
Scarves and Hats
Coney Island Fireworks Scarfp. 158
Windy City Scarfp. 159
Alien Illusion Scarfp. 160
Hot Headp. 162
Sparkle Hatp. 163
Adults-Only Devil Hat and Official Kittyville Hatp. 165
Loopy Velez Cowlp. 167
Chinese Charm Bagp. 169
Zeeby's Bagp. 170
Meema's Felted Marsupial Totep. 172
Punk Rock Backpackp. 174
Cricket's Technicolor Techno-Cozyp. 178
Fluffy Cuff Mittensp. 180
Pippi Kneestockingsp. 182
Powerful Wrist Protectionp. 185
Baby Stuff
Big Bad Baby Blanketp. 187
Umbilical Cord Hatp. 188
Skullyp. 190
Under the Hoodiep. 192
The Go-Everywhere, Go-with-Everything Cardiganp. 196
To Dye Forp. 198
Cape Modp. 201
Big Sack Sweaterp. 203
Pinup Queenp. 207
The Manly Sweaterp. 210
Cowl and Howl Setp. 212
Peppermint Twistp. 216
Summer Stuff
Tank Girlp. 218
Little Black Topp. 220
Queen of Hearts and Wonder Woman Bikinisp. 224
Princess Snowball Cat Bedp. 228
Sewing Projects
DIY Tote Bag and Iron-on Patchp. 231
Roll-Your-Own Needle Casep. 234
Circular Knitting Needle Holderp. 236
Resources and Yarn
Storesp. 238
Indexp. 243
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ISBN: 9780761128182
ISBN-10: 0761128182
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 250
Published: 1st May 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 20.3  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.58
Edition Number: 1