Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible: 260 Exquisite Designs by Hitomi Shida
In the Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible, knitting guru Hitomi Shida shares some of her favourite needlework patterns. Shida's strikingly original designs and variations on every imaginable classic stitch result in intricate patterns that form the basis for beautiful and unique knitted fashions. This is the perfect book for the experienced knitter who is looking for new stitches that yield spectacular results. This Japanese knitting book features a wide range of rewarding and intricate stitches including: cables, popcorn stitches, twisted stitches, edgings, and many more. A set of detailed, step-by-step diagrams show you how to execute all the basic stitches. Instructions and diagrams for a series of small projects offer practice working with large patterns, lacy patterns, pattern arrangement, and round yokes among other things. Knitting projects include: a classic hat made using large pattern, an elegant scarf in lacy patterns, the ever-popular fingerless mittens, thick socks that can be made using various patterns, a feminine collar using round stitching, and much more.This Japanese stitch dictionary represents a whole new adventure for knitters and is sure to become a valued reference for experienced knitters and beginners alike.
"An exquisite book full of new stitches with spectacular results." --Studio Knit blog "You will be stunned by the complexity and beauty of these unique motifs -- and the intensity does not diminish as you page through the book. At the end is a section for Round Yokes, plus a section of dozens of astonishing edgings." --Wool Gathering magazine "This is mindful, challenging knitting at its best, and this translation opens up a world of Japanese knitting charts to English speakers." --"Starred Review" Library Journal "The book is a great combo of stitch patterns, clear pictures, illustrations for the fiddly bits and a few patterns thrown in for good measure. It's a worthy addition to your library and something for you to consider. I'm glad to have it at my reach! And of course, it's another way for me to lose countless hours thumbing through and daydreaming." --Knotions.com "Not only is this book truly inspiring, but it is educational and is sure to up your knitting game!" --RaglineKnits.com "Recommended for cable lovers, knitting designers, and confident knitters who are ready to move beyond basic lace. This book will be especially useful for anyone who wants an English explanation of untranslated Japanese stitch dictionaries." --GannetDesigns.com "This book is on fire--Such imaginative stitch motifs." --Mason-Dixon Knitting "A remarkable book ... This makes me want to quit my job and knit! ... I cannot give a big enough thumbs up to this book!" --KnitCircus.com "Profusely and beautifully illustrated throughout, thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible is a unique and highly recommended addition to personal, professional, and community library knitting instructional guide collections. --Midwest Book Review ..".experienced knitters will be tempted to give it a go after paging through the handsomely photographed knit swatches, each of which is accompanied by unlabeled charts. For those who want to jump right in, there are a few patterns for socks and a hat. A black-and-white photo section that shows how to knit the stitches concludes. A feast for the eyes, and perhaps the hands." --Booklist "Roehm translates the imaginative work of Shida, one of Japan's best-known hand-knitting designers, into English for the first time. Shida gained an international following with the Japanese publication of a book of couture knitting patterns a decade ago, and here presents hundreds of other patterns, adding scallops, yokes, and edgings to her offerings ... For intrepid knitters looking for a challenge, the pages of stunning stitches will prove well worth the effort." --Publishers Weekly "Shida's original designs and variations on classic stitches fill out this book, intended for tyro and veteran knitters alike, illustrated with detailed, step-by-step diagrams." --Publishers Weekly
Hitomi Shida is a well-known Japanese designer of hundreds of original knitting stitches and knitted garments. She has been teaching, designing and writing books for over 20 years and her work already enjoys a worldwide following among Japanese knitting fans. Gayle Roehm now devotes herself to fiber arts and happily spends her days with yarn and needles. She has lived in Japan, studied the language for many years, and has knit from Japanese patterns for most of her knitting career. Gayle teaches at knitting gatherings around the country, and occasionally publishes her own designs. She's been one of Hitomi Shida's biggest fans for over 15 years.