Thursday, 31 October 2013

Book Review Stitch 'n Bitch The Knitter's Handbook

photo from Amazon

Chapter One

Take Back The Knit

Why Young Women are Taking Up Knitting Once More
My Craft Family
I knit, Therefore I Am 
The New Knitting Craze
A Stitch in Time, A Brief History of Knitting

Chapter Two
What a Girl Wants, What a Girl Needs
Tools of the Trade
Everything you Need to Know About Yarn
Yarn Weights
Tools of the Trade
The Long and Short of Needles
How to Read a Yarn Label
Making a Centre Pull Ball
Managing Your Stash

Chapter Three
The Knitty Gritty
Learning to Cast ON, Bind Off and Knit
Casting on Using Double Cast On Method
Knitting in both English and Continental Styles
Yarn Holds
Binding Off Your Work
Starting a New Ball
Changing Colour
Making Stripes
Weaving in Yarn Ends
Beginners Basic 1
Go Go Garter Stitch Scarf

Chapter Four
Purl, Too
Learning to Purl and Make Simple Stitch Patterns
Purling in Both English and Continental Styles
How To Make Stockinette, Rib and Seed Stitch
How to Tell weather to Knit or Purl
Making Stitch Designs
Reading Charts
Edge Stitches
Binding Off in Pattern
Using Circular and Double Pointed Needles
Beginner's Basic 11 Ribbed for Her Pleasure Scarf

Chapter Five
Leaning to Increase and Decrease
How to increase
The Bar Increase
The Making 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
Beginners Basic 111
Kitschy Kerchief
The Rule of Engagement What Not to Knit for Your Boyfriend

Chapter Six
Finishing School
Learning to Sew Seams, Pick Up Stitches and Block Your Work
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
Never Look a Gift Hat in the Mouth The Fine Art of Knitting for Others

Chapter Seven
Getting Knitty with it
Fancy Things to Do with Needles and Yarn
Bells and Whistles, Fringes, Tassels, Pom poms
How To Make Blanket and Duplicate Stitches
Making Clothes
Advanced Colour Knitting
fair Isle
How to Make a Crochet Chain
Single Crochet
Crab Stitch
In the Loop Crochet Tips

Chapter Eight
The Stitch Doctor's Guide to Fixing Mistakes
Picking Up Dropped Knit and Purl Stitches
Changing Purls into Knits and Vice Versa
Fixing Extra Stitches
Unknitting One Stitch At a Time
Unravelling Rows of Knitting
Tightening Saggy Stitches
Adding Length to an Unintentional Crop Top
Frogging your Work
Quick Fixin' Tricks

Chapter Nine
A Guide to the Wonderful World of Knitters
Starting Your Own Stitch 'n Bitch
Virtual Knitting Communities
The Knit List
On-line Knitting Blogs
Free Knitting Patterns
Computer Programs for Knitters
Real Life Knitting Organizations
The Best Knitting Books
Magazines for Knitters
A Field Guide to Knitters
How to Read Knitting Patters

Chapter Ten
Scarves and Hats
Coney Island Fireworks Scarf
Windy City Scarf
Alien Illusion Scarf
Hot Head
Sparkle Hat
Adults Only Devil Hat and Official Kittyville Hat
Loopy Velez Cowl

Chapter Eleven
Chinese Charm Bag
Zeeby's Bag
Meema'a Felted
Marsupial Tote
Punk Rock Backpack
Cricket's Technicolour
Techno Cozy
Fluffy Cuff Mittens
Pippi Knee stockings
Powerful Wrist

Chapter Twelve
Baby Stuff
Big Bad Baby Blanket
Umbilical Cord Hat

Chapter Thirteen
Under the Hoodie
The Go Everywhere, Go With Everything Cardigan
To Dye For
Cape Mod
Big Sack Sweater
Pin-up Queen
The Manly Sweater
Cowl and Howl Set
Peppermint Twist

Chapter Fourteen
Summer Stuff
Tank Girl 
Little Black Top
Queen of Hearts and wonder Woman Bikinis

Chapter Fifteen
Princess Snowball
Cat Bed

Chapter Sixteen
DIY Tote Bag and Iron on Patch
Roll Your Own Needle Case
Circular Knitting Needle Holder
Resources and Yarn
Stitch n Bitch The Knitters Handbook is available from Amazon

Disclosure: I buy sewing books from on-line shops with my own money, I am not being paid for writing this review. All my reviews are honest and on things that I genuinely love and would recommend to my readers. 

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