I’ve been knitting since I was a little kid and it’s become a deep passion. It’s a productive hobby and I make lots of nice garments for my family, but it’s also therapeutic. It puts me in my zen space and I really enjoy the craft itself. Although I have lots of pattern books, sometimes I like to create my own and just need different stitch ideas. I get tired of the same old, same old and want to try something different. As I was perusing Peter Pauper’s site, I was pleasantly surprised to find the very book I need, The Knitting Bible.
The Knitting Bible has 300 different stitches in 6 different categories — Knit and Purl Stitches, Cable Stitches, Slip Stitches, Lace and Eyelet Stitches, Knit Below Stitches, Cast-Off Stitches and Fancy Stitches. Each stitch is shown in a swatch, and the instructions are given in written and graph form. I like to use the graphs because I find them so much faster to follow once you learn the symbols.
I thought I knew a lot of the various knitting stitches created, but apparently not. I was introduced to many new ones and I’m eager to put them into a garment. They also have easy to make basic stitches that beginners can explore and try out. The onset of this book starts off with the basics like casting on, how to make a knit stitch, purl stitch, changing colors, casting off, how to pick up dropped stitches and a lot of valuable information.
I really love the cable and rope stitches and the eyelet stitches. Many of them have cool names like Lozenges in Relief or Half-Hearts. They’re beautiful and will add interest to any garment. The patterns don’t really tell you what skill level is needed to create them, you just have to try them as you find them. Do a test swatch on the ones that interest you and you’ll probably be surprised how easy they are to accomplish. An easy project to start with is a pillow. The back of the book has 8 different pillow patterns to start off with, and they’re quite attractive. The Knitting Bible is a must have and a great reference for all your projects. I’m happy to have it in my craft book collection.
I-Clips Magnetic Markers
Ever loan your craft books out, only to have them returned with dog ears? This does not put me in a happy place. I do not like having my books marred simply because they didn’t have a bookmark. That’s why I use the iClips from Peter Pauper. They’re magnetic and save your pages from unnecessary folds. They come in a variety of prints, patterns and colors. They’d make ideal gifts and stocking stuffers.
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