Stitch 'n Bitch The Knitter's Handbook

ISBN-10: 0761128182

ISBN-13: 9780761128182

Edition: 2003

Authors: Debbie Stoller

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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.
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List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/3/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 8.00" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

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 More
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 Trade
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 Knit
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 Patterns
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 Decrease
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 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
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 Yarn
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 Mistakes
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 Knitters
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 Pattern
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
Chinese Charm Bag
Zeeby's Bag
Meema's Felted Marsupial Tote
Punk Rock Backpack
Cricket's Technicolor Techno-Cozy
Fluffy Cuff Mittens
Pippi Kneestockings
Powerful Wrist Protection
Baby Stuff
Big Bad Baby Blanket
Umbilical Cord Hat
Under the Hoodie
The Go-Everywhere, Go-with-Everything Cardigan
To Dye For
Cape Mod
Big Sack Sweater
Pinup Queen
The Manly Sweater
Cowl and Howl Set
Peppermint Twist
Summer Stuff
Tank Girl
Little Black Top
Queen of Hearts and Wonder Woman Bikinis
Princess Snowball Cat Bed
Sewing Projects
DIY Tote Bag and Iron-on Patch
Roll-Your-Own Needle Case
Circular Knitting Needle Holder
Resources and Yarn
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