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Field Guide to Knitting (Field Guide) [Paperback]

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Pages   295
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 5" Height: 6"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2007
Publisher   Quirk Books
ISBN  1594741581  
EAN  9781594741586  

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At last, a field guide to identifying and working more than 200 knitting stitches, from stockinette to Orenburg lace!
There are so many intriguing ways to knit yarn that it’s often tough to pick the right stitch. Help is on the way with Field Guide to Knitting, the stitch dictionary that belongs in every knitting bag.
This handy go-to reference book takes a comprehensive look at knit and purl stitches as well as cables, laces, ribs, and edge treatments. Learn to tell k2togs from ssks and to differentiate between ribbed basketweave and basket cable. Each entry reveals the history of the stitch, the best stitch gauge for achieving pattern definition, the garments most suited to the pattern, and more. Complete patterns for executing the stitch (and its variations) are also included. More than 200 full-color photographs make it easy to compare how stitches will look before committing yarn to needles.
Whether you just need to know if moss stitch is the same as seed stitch or you’re planning a complicated Aran sweater, Field Guide to Knitting has all the answers.
Jackie Pawlowski is a Manhattan-based writer and knitwear designer. She writes about knitting at

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knitting  Nov 17, 2008
Field Guide to Knitting: How to Identify, Select, and Create Virtually Every Stitch (Field Guide To...) I bought this and find it has helped me very much and think this is a book every knitter should have in in their knitting room, as has helped me very much.
Superb knitting resource!  May 28, 2008
This little book is great. Firstly, it is small. It will fit in your purse, if you happen to be a commuting/on the road knitter, or your pocket if you travel without a purse. There are 161 photographed stitches and trims, with common variations also included. All stitches are clearly described in words (not charts), and their properties are described: puffy, thick, drapey, etc. Projects and needle sizes are suggested, yarn usage is estimated for you (which is super handy if you have fun yarn and nothing to make with it) as compared to stockinette.

In the front and back of the book are tips and information -- basic stitches, increases, decreases, cast on/off, helpful books and web sites, and and a little chart to keep track of your needles.

If you like to make stuff up as you go (easiest way to never mess up, right? right????), this book is perfect to keep handy. If you like to follow patterns, this book will give you a better idea of the sort of FO you are working on.

Why are you still reading this? Order the book already! Get copies for your friends! And an extra copy for you, just in case!
Not quite what I expected  May 8, 2008
This book does have lots of patterns. It however does not thoroughly explain all of its symbols. Maybe they're supposed to be obvious to a knitter. If that's the case then I'll need a book that's been more simplified. It was also smaller than I expected.
Handy little book  Apr 24, 2008
While this book does have nice stitch patterns, what I really liked was the information in each listing. Things like how much yarn relative to stockinette stitch is used, what the stitch would be good for, what needles work well with it, and the little history given for each stitch. It's a nice little book to add to your collection.
Stitch guide for a beginner going beyond the basics  Dec 16, 2007
The organization of the book follows the field guide structure such as found in the Audubon Society Field Guides to Birds of North America (Eastern Region/Western Region). Knitters who have also used the Audubon Field Guides to birds or wildflowers will feel quite at home with this knitting field guide. As anyone who has used nature field guides knows, the field guides are written by experts and used by non-experts who wish to expand their experience on their own when out in the field practicing their hobby. I know a Robin and a Crow without a field guide but it took a field guide to help me identify my first non-mating male Lesser Goldfinch or my first Bronzed Cowbird.

Just as the bird field guides' glossy photo pages are organized by type of bird (waders, owls, perching birds, etc) and color of bird, this knitting field guide to 200 stitches (which other reviewers have pointed out are considered common to experienced knitters) has a glossy photo section color coded by type of stitch. Knit and purl stitch photos contain samples knitted in shades of pink & red yarn; cable stitches are knitted in shades of yellow and orange; open work & lace stitches are knitted in shades of blue; and ribbings are knitted in shades purple while edgings are in shades of brown. This makes finding a particular type of stitch in color sample pages easy. With the color stitch samples all in one section, one can flip rapidly through them when trying to decide on possible stitches for use in a planned project. The glossy color photos have excellent definition -- so how the stitch looks knitted up is quite clear, unlike the black and white photos in the comprehensive Barbara Walker treasuries which do not always do justice to the stitches.

The rest of the field guide contains white non-reflective pages that describe the stitches with a cross reference to each stitch sample photo in the glossy section. Along with a written description of each stitch covered, there are icons that give one a quick grasp of certain characteristics of the stitch. I love the icons. I can quickly skim the description pages looking for stitches with icons for the characteristics I am looking for. Is it stretchy? Is it reversible? How much yarn does it use compared to other stitches? Is it mindless (good for knitting while watching TV indicated by a TV icon) or does it required single minded attention (indicated by a warning sign icon)? Will it look particularly nice in a variegated yarn? In addition to the basic description of the stitch, the text also includes comments about the thickness/bulkiness of the fabric; its drape characteristics; and whether the fabric lies flat or has tendency to curl or form pleats. Lastly, the guide contains a "Suggested Uses" paragraph for each stitch which I also love: would this stitch pattern be good for a scarf? a belt? an afghan? a pillow? a boxy jacket? a baggy sweater? clothing for a child?

While not useful to experienced knitters who know everything in this book, this book is very useful to someone like me who is ready to go beyond the basics and beyond reliance on patterns written by others. It's a small handy size and does not take up much space: a good book for my knitting bag rather than my knitting bookshelves where my copies of the comprehensive Barbara Walker treasuries and Vogue Stitchionaries must reside due to their size.

Unlike the Audubon Society field guides, the knitting field guide does not have a water-proof cover but it probably does not need one :P.

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