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Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible: 260 Exquisite Designs by Hitomi Shida Hitomi Shida, Gayle Roehm

Paperback | Nov 2017 | Tuttle Publishing | 9784805314531 | 160pp | 292x216mm | GEN | AUD$29.99

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.

'Gayle Roehm’s translation of noted designer Hitomi Shida’s second stitch dictionary represents a sea change in the English-speaking world, because now  we have a few words to help us through the standardized Japanese symbol system… think of it as opening a window into the way another culture designs and knits. And Shida’s stitches? Like calligraphy: fluid, beautiful and complex.' ― Vogue Knitting

'This is one of the most beautiful books about knitting we have ever seen, proving that knitting can be an exquisite art form as well as a way to produce humble clothing... Designers and confident knitters alike will enjoy using this book, whether to find the perfect stitch for a small detail or decorative touch for a garment, or to choose an all-over pattern for a sweater (or to combine as many as you can for a show-stopping blanket!).'  The Knitter

'Roehm translates the imaginative work of Shida, one of Japan’s best-known hand-knitting designers, into English for the first time. For intrepid knitters looking for a challenge, the pages of stunning stitches will prove well worth the effort.' ― Publishers Weekly

'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 (as featured on their podcast)

'An exquisite book full of new stitches with spectacular results.' — Studio Knit blog (Gift Guide)

'...here’s the briefest book review ever: wow....The results are worth the effort. The patterns are works of art in themselves.' — TheTwistedYarn.com

'…now there’s a resource in English that is a ‘must have’ for your knitting library. Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible: 260 Exquisite Patterns by Hitomi Shida, translated with an introduction by Gayle Roehm is that book…I give this book 5 stars★★★★★ for being stunning, useful, and inspiring.' — Sheep to Shawl blog

'…every time I turned the page, there was fresh inspiration and utterly stunning designs.— KnittedBliss.com

'This book is on fire — number 1 in knitting! Such imaginative stitch motifs.' — Mason-Dixon Knitting

'A feast for the eyes, and perhaps the hands.' Booklist