My first stitch dictionary was given to me by a non-knitter. It wasn't a big book, and it turned out to be riddled with errors, and missing important elements like a stitch key to one of the patterns. Despite those challenges, I would study page after page, photograph after photograph, marveling at the many variations of ribbing, the stitch combinations, and how cables and lace translated from chart to yarn. Little did I know, this was the start of the knit stalking that Gayle and I share with you on every episode of The Yarniacs. It was also the beginning of a healthy relationship with something we term "fantasy knitting." You know the drill. See the knitting. Imagine the yarns. Knit the item in your mind. Voilà, fantasy knitting!
A stitch dictionary, like an unwound hank of yarn, is full of promise. That lace pattern we spy would look fabulous at the bottom of a sweater. Or that new ribbing would work perfectly on the edge of a hat. The list goes on, because as every knitter knows, there is always another garment or accessory begging to be made.
The Honeycomb Smocking stitch pattern shown here is just a little sample of the 150 stitch patterns in the book. If you are a fantasy knitter you might already have some ideas in mind!
If you want to read more about The Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary, read Wendy's post from her blog, and visit the rest of the blog tour listed here.
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