Relaxing to me means having copious balls of yarn around for me to knit up or crochet into an awesome garment, toy, or blanket. I always have a project or two on the go, with a dozen or so waiting in queue. I also like to create my own crochet and knit patterns, so very often I’m looking for a different stitch to incorporate in my design. I recently came across a fabulous stitch resource book that offers an abundance of options, 750 Knitting Stitches, The Ultimate Knit Stitch Bible.
750 Knitting Stitches is a compendium of stitches from simple to complex. It also offers guidance for the beginner who is just learning to knit. They have several tutorial images you can follow to get the hang of this delightful hobby.
I already have a few stitch books, but I’m always open to new references. As I perused through this book, I feel totally in my glory. I found several stitches that appealed to me so I create a pillow to showcase the various choices available. All the swatches are in full color and have the repeat pattern directly below.
I’ve incorporated a Fair Isle, a cable, garter stitch, and two lace patterns to create this colorful pillow. You can try to match patterns that have the same stitches or rows or just go with the flow. It’s so much fun to try new innovative stitches and color combinations. The results are always gorgeous. I made a few blankets last year that I’m going to put edging on to give them more flair.
Other stitches included are intarsia designs, easy to elaborate cables, filigrees, ribs, edgings, as well as knit and purl patterns. There’s something for every taste and skill level. The patterns I tried were easy to read and follow, and so enjoyable to make. I did, however, find a few patterns that were not correct, so these might throw off a beginner. If you’re a little more experiences, you’ll be able to look at the pattern and figure out the stitches and correct it. All in all, it’s a must-have for all eager handcrafters.
Disclaimer: I received product to facilitate a review. All opinions are my own, yours may differ.