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Jan 31, 2009I usually don't put knitting books on the list of books I've read (because does reading K1,P1,*,K2tog,YO,ssk etc. really count as reading?) but this one had lots of other things to read. Each of the 50 patterns included a little bio of the knit designer as well as how the pattern came about. Interspersed throughout are tips like knitting on the airplane, recycling yarn from thrift store sweaters, making needles from chopsticks, splicing yarn, etc. There is also a full section on the many ways I usually don't put knitting books on the list of books I've read (because does reading K1,P1,*,K2tog,YO,ssk etc. really count as reading?) but this one had lots of other things to read. Each of the 50 patterns included a little bio of the knit designer as well as how the pattern came about. Interspersed throughout are tips like knitting on the airplane, recycling yarn from thrift store sweaters, making needles from chopsticks, splicing yarn, etc. There is also a full section on the many ways you can change a pattern in many various ways to suit yourself. ...more
Feb 22, 2011Okay, I really haven't "read" this-perused it more like it.
Nov 01, 2014I haven't knitted from this pattern book as yet, however, I like the progressive knit patterns and how-to instructions that are easy to understand and allow you to apply these simple instructions to other patterns.
Mar 21, 2008I like a lot of the patterns in this book, but I don't know if I'll actually knit any of them. However, the reference portions of the book are great to have around when I don't have a computer on/nearby. The illustrations and explanations are pretty clear.
Nov 16, 2010Yes, another knitting book... yes, it really is that good. Of particular interest are the little blurbs S n B readers sent in - the tips. I've used several of them, and they have helped me out a ton as a beginning knitter.
Sep 12, 2007The second I opened this book, I wanted to make half the patterns. The second I got home, pulled up the errata, and Googled my favorites (in particular the Lucky Clover Wrap), I had to decline the opportunity. Great ideas that maybe went to press before a test knit?
Mar 22, 2008check the errata for this book!! i struggled with the spiderweb caplet until i realized it was wrong. i ended up going to crafster for some good advice because that pattern was so unclear even after reading the errata...
Sep 25, 2012There is a cute pattern in this book for an easy beginner-level Fair Isle cardigan, made with Brown Sheep Company's Lamb's Pride Bulky, that I think I am going to try. Time I learned Fair Isle!
May 22, 2015I love this humorous and clever book that is full of wonderful tips that helped me as a beginning knitter. There were so many good ideas, and it made me want to bust out my knitting needles and start a new project right way! 5 gold stars!
Feb 12, 2010I've made the Fairly Easy Fair Isle sweater for myself and several "head huggers" head bands as gifts. These are pretty simple straightforward projects. They are not finely-finished or finessed projects. In a way, Debbie Stoller's books are supposed to be about real people knitting, but they tend to leave me feeling "not cool enough".
Aug 26, 2007not the most substantial knitting book in the world. it does transcend the granny patterns that we used to be stuck with before knitting became all the rage, but there are a lot of other books that can do that. You put your heart and soul into what you knit. Why make something that is going to date itself within months of it's completion?
Dec 15, 2013I won this book from a Good Reads giveaway. This book is great. I am a novice at knitting and really only loom knit but I can't wait to try out these patterns. The directions seem easy enough. My sister is going to make the Joey Ramone doll for my daughter as a baby doll. I was excited to receive this and excited to begin!
Mar 29, 2008another fun knitting book. i like the cat toys, and have made a few of the mice for my cat. liked this one better than the first due to the fact that there are more colored pics, and i just kind of liked the projects better. truth be told though, i'm way more into crocet than knitting at this point. gotta get the snb crochet book i guess.
Nov 11, 2010i am a bad knitter because i try to teach myself how to do things as i go along, but i like this book, and currently trying to knit up the baby bunny hat for my new lil niece. the directions are difficult to understand being that i am a novice, so i often have to look up how to do things on youtube. but it's coming along quite well.
Aug 24, 2015This book is a great reference book for anyone who knits! I don't love all of the patterns (though I did bookmark a handful that I really liked), and the information on yarn stores in the back is a bit outdated, but there is some really useful stuff in this book. All of the information in the first part of the book is great for understanding patterns, and customizing/altering patterns and yarn.
Sep 26, 2012This is one of my favourite knitting---wait, no, one of my favourite CRAFT books of all time. The patterns are fresh and current and fun, and rather simple to follow. I loved the layout of the book, and the colour pictures are gorgeous. I highly reccomend it, even just for the awesome tips you'll pick up through out.
Nov 27, 2012This book really needs a better directory with photos of the possible knitting patterns, because no one actually reads every page and then memorizes the where each pattern is. I love how Rowan has a photo of each project in the back of the magazine so you can easily find your project when you come back with your yarn.
Dec 20, 2007bless you, debbie stoller, for giving me the confidence to tear a pattern apart and knit a sweater. *and* for making bust magazine. in all seriousness, the 'stich n' bitch books gave me the itch to pick up my needles and remember what my mom taught me when i was twelve. the patterns aren't my favorite (thus the 4 stars), but as far as knitting books go, the writing is great -- very fun and easy to understand.
Aug 19, 2007I bought Stitch n' Bitch Nation after loving the first book so much - there's not much to add in the way of basic knitting information, but it's a great reference for knitters who are ready to get a little more advanced. There are chapters on designing your own projects, and substituting yarn; there are also several more patterns that look less like "I made this myself" and moer like "where did you get that?"
Dec 02, 2007After falling in love with "Stitch and Bitch," I automatically ordered "Nation." Unfortunately, I returned it soon after I got it. I looked through it and realized there wasn't a single pattern that I would wear.
Sep 28, 2013As with the first Stitch n Bitch volume, when I purchased this I found it quite helpful, but I feel as though I've outgrown it. Once in a while I will reference it if I need to clarify something in a pattern I'm working. But I also have found better resources now. Some of the patterns in the book are nice, although others seem a bit dated. Many of them also had to have post-publication corrections posted to the book's website, because of errors. I hadn't realized this the first time I tried to As with the first Stitch n Bitch volume, when I purchased this I found it quite helpful, but I feel as though I've outgrown it. Once in a while I will reference it if I need to clarify something in a pattern I'm working. But I also have found better resources now. Some of the patterns in the book are nice, although others seem a bit dated. Many of them also had to have post-publication corrections posted to the book's website, because of errors. I hadn't realized this the first time I tried to work one of the patterns and ended up rather frustrated. ...more
Jun 15, 2014The book's title is already indicative that it tries to completely change the public perception that knitting is for grannies. As we know now (this book was published in 2004 - now 10 years ago) - it worked. Or at least I think it did. Knitting is hip again.
Jan 10, 2009This year during winter break I decided to make an effort to actually sit down and read through this book. I have had it since it first came out, as the original served as my introduction to knitting. I feel as though I have learned a lot, and I am ready to take on some more advanced projects. That isn't really saying much, because I mostly crochet, but at least I am slightly more interested in taking on some knitting.
Aug 05, 2019Itâ€™s at the sad point where itâ€™s painfully outdated, and not yet outdated enough to be a cute, throwback read. The author is totally legit, though.
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