I'm interested in buying a stitch dictionary -- preferably one with lots of simple knit and purl patterns, although I wouldn't mind having a few other patterns for inspiration.
At the moment I am looking for a practical scarf pattern and knit/purl patterns are less likely to have an ugly wrong side.
I have the Vogue knitting book with its stitch dictionary and I like it so much that I thought I'd go with the Vogue series. While looking at the first volume (Vogue Knitting Stitchionary: Knit & Purl) I noticed that several reviewers mentioned Harmony stitch guides and books by Barbara Walker.
Does anyone have any experience with any of these series?
Since the reviews on the Harmony guides were VERY mixed, I'm leaning towards gettng either the first Barbara Walker book -- A Treasury of Knitting Patterns -- or the Vogue Stitchionary, but I'm open to suggestions from people who have actually seen and used them.
Many of the reviewers of all three series -- both Vogue and Harmony as well as Barbara Walker -- seem to favor the second Barbara Walker book over just about any other book around
. However, I'm not sure if it is suitable for all levels -- such as a beginner like me -- or if it is for more experienced knitters looking for great design inspiration.