The Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible: 260 Exquisite Patterns by Hitomi Shida is already a huge bestseller on Amazon (UK friends, this book launches on Amazon.co.uk on November 10th!), and I can’t say I’m even a bit surprised. Japanese stitch dictionaries have long been treasured by knit designers and knitters looking to branch out their skills, but they have been challenging to work with – mostly being in Japanese, it required an adventurous spirit to figure out the charts and stitch guides based on the illustrations alone. At least that has been my experience- I have a Japanese stitch dictionary from about five years back, and I’ve never found the time to really try to work through a swatch to decode the charts.
But this new version is going to save everyone a lot of effort in that department, with 260 different stitches fully charted with great instructions on all the chart symbols and stitches. Botanical elements, eyelets, twisted and crossed stitches, and serpentine cables are all here:
There is boatloads of texture to be found in these pages, and every time I turned the page, there was fresh inspiration and utterly stunning designs:
The book also includes some great ideas for edges and yokes:
The above are truly just a tiny sampling of the wonders inside (260 different charts, after all!), and considering the price, it’s a steal– the old-school Japanese stitch dictionaries are all 4-5 times the price.
You Should Totally Get This Book If: You love working from charts, love lace and cables in the same knit, and are looking for some new ideas for modifying existing patterns, or creating your own.
You Should Definitely Not Get This Book If: You hate working from charts (all the designs are charted, not written), aren’t a fan of cables, and really, you like your knits on the simple side.
So would you like to win a copy? The awesome folks at Tuttle Publishing are offering one lucky reader a free copy!
Leave me a comment telling me how you would like to use this amazing book. Comments will close at midnight on Wednesday, November 8th. The lucky winner will be announced on Friday, November 10th. Good luck!