AlterKnit Stitch Dictionary takes an unexpected look at stranded colorwork with 200 new motifs. These non-traditional colorwork charts are perfect for the creative knitter looking to break away from the ordinary. Derived from graphic design elements, these fresh motifs include everything from geometric mountains, waves, and spirals to modern bikes, skulls, and sheep.
Dive into stranded colorwork with confidence with a section on reading charts, working floats, and choosing colors. Learn how stranded colorwork can be used in design with five accompanying projects including mitts, cowls, and sweaters. Plus, use your imagination to modify, deconstruct, and combine the unique motifs to create your own designs.
Be inspired to break the rules and use charts in creative ways with AlterKnit Stitch Dictionary.
Hardcover, 164 pages, F+W Media (August 10, 2017), full color, 8.1 x 0.7 x 10.1 inches
Table of Contents
Choosing Yarns & Colors
How to Hold the Yarn
How to Read Charts
Tips for Better Colorwork
Using Stitch Motifs in Projects & Designs
Deep Ocean Mittens
Skull and Bones Pullover
Leaves in Water Cardigan
Swatches by Stitch and Row Counts
Never thought that YOU could knit? Well, with Che Lam's Learn How to Knit with 50 Squares, you will discover all the essential skills that you need, one stitch at a time. Learn a new stitch by knitting a square, following a clear step-by-step tutorial and chart. By the time you've finished the square, you've practiced the new stitch, and you're ready to move on to the next one-quick and easy!
The squares are organized according to skill level, progressing from basic knit and purl stitches to more challenging techniques, such as cable and lace. And at the back of the book you'll find a handful of inspirational projects that show you how to combine your blocks for unique and stylish results.
Softcover, 144 pages, St. Martin's Griffin (February 16, 2016), full color, 7.5 x 0.4 x 9.8 inches
Freelance knitting designer Lam takes a different approach to knitting instruction in her first book. Rather than the traditional method of introducing a skill or technique followed by a project, she uses sampler squares to teach an array of stitch patterns, techniques, and skills. The two-page spread for each square contains a wealth of information, including a photo-based, step-by-step tutorial, a close-up picture of the square, a chart (even for simple patterns such as garter stitch or stockinette), and a written pattern. New stitches or techniques are clearly explained. The consistency is ideal for building beginners' confidence, and Lam expands upon the basics slowly but effectively, taking the intimidation out of skills such as lace and cable knitting, colorwork, and chart reading. Sampler squares are not a new concept—the Knitting Guild Association uses them as the core of their Master Knitter Program, and there are numerous sampler afghan books available—but the use of sampler squares to teach knitting is a novel approach that will appeal to knitters who want to try out techniques without committing to a larger project that may go unused. VERDICT Knitters looking to move on from basic knit and purl will find a wealth of information here—and they'll end up with enough squares for a nice-sized blanket if they work their way through the book. —Library Journal