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Old 10-05-2007, 04:35 PM   #1
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Do you have a favourite stitch dictionary?
I'm looking to buy a good quality stitch dictionary that I can use for the rest of my life. What do you think is my best option? Which ones do you recommend and which ones should I avoid? Thanks!
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Old 10-05-2007, 04:36 PM   #2
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Barbara Walker's Treasuries are, in my opinion, the only ones you'll ever need. I have all 4, but 1 and 2 are perfect for everything you could possibly want to make.
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I have wanted to purchase the Barbara Walker books (1-4). Mainly I am interested in stitch patterns for lace. Would 1 & 2 still be all I need? I wish I could page through them to see if they are what I am looking for.
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Old 10-05-2007, 05:51 PM   #4
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If you are into cables, I highly recommend Cables Untangled. I have used it for patterns and the great dictionary in the back.
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Stitches come in dictionaries? I thought you had to actually knit them.
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Funnily enough Mulderknitter, I HAVE Cables Untangled! I'm actually knitting the reversible scarf from it right now. It does have a great dictionary in the back, but I'm looking for more of a stitch dictionary with more than cables (although I LOVE cables!).
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If you want stitch dictionaries with a fantastic spread of knit/purl combinations, cables, lace, lots more, than Barbara Walker's first and secont Treasuries are what you need.
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I'm hoping to get a nice stitch dictionary for Hanukkah this year...I've added the Barbara Walker treasuries to my Kaboodle...think DH will notice?
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You also might try Stitchionary Vols. 1-3 and the Encyclopedia of Knitting.
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I love the Vogue Stitchionary 1-3. More on an aesthetic level though. Really great pictures and colors and clear, basic, easy to follow instructions.
There's almost zero commentary, narrative, or side notes, which I think is the biggest fault of the series, but, their beauty and organization easily make up for it.
Another thing I like about the books is that they use the same weight yarn for each swatch and it is well photographed in full color. It gives you a very vivid idea on how your pattern will turn out.
The Stitchionaries are useful as stitch dictionaries but they also make great coffee table books. I think even non-knitters can appreciate them. ^_^

The first book contains basic to advanced patterns consisting of knits and purls (and a few YOs). Ribbing, lace, chevron, herringbone, etc.
The second book focuses on cables.
The third focuses on colors.
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