Once you have mastered knit and purl a whole world of different combinations are literally at your fingertips. That must be part of the magic of stitch dictionaries, revealing and explaining how knitted fabric can be shaped.
Conventionally, instructions are charted for working back and forth in rows – but what about converting this for the yoke of your top down jumper? Or inserting these instructions to change a pattern knit in the round? Here to solve all your stitch pattern problems is the new, and appropriately named, Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary.
Be sure to read to the end of the post to see how you can win a copy of Up, Down, All-Around!
*This competition is now closed – Congratulations to our winner Julie Chinitz!
Keep reading each week for more exciting giveaways!*
After reading the book and meeting the writer Wendy Bernard at The National Needlearts Association, we knew that you would love this easy to use and inspiring manual. Wendy took 157 ‘knitted flat’ patterns and re-charted these for working in the round and top down, allowing you to use the variations with ease.
The book also features lots of handy tips on swatching and how to match gauge – and Wendy certainly knows a bit about swatches! All her samples that she created with her book were knit with the gorgeous Blue Sky Alpacas yarns. We were lucky enough to see all the beautiful examples on display at the trade show and meet owner and founder Linda Niemeyer.
Tutorials within the book are there to help you start thinking about how to incorporate stitch patterns into your garments – a must for all you budding designers out there. Each chapter dedicates itself to a certain style of stitches (eg cables, eyelets, colourwork) and includes a pattern for each section. The patterns are written in such a way that you can experiment with swapping one different stitch for another.
If you are interested in designing from scratch, there are formulas to give you guidance. You can start with a hat, or the lacey scarf above to try out your new favourite stitch patterns and create a truly unique knitted item.
We mentioned that Up, Down, All-Around uses Blue Sky Alpacas yarns, which we love using for their super softness and beautiful shades. If you favour natural tones, Metalico is one of the most sumptuous yarns with baby alpaca and silk. These skeins are sitting on top of Marin by Ysolda Teague, which you need just three of to make an elegant shawl.
Melange is a sport-weight yarn which you may recognise from our cosy Double Dutch blanket/shawl pattern. Lots of boxes arrived from Blue Sky Alpaca last week so you can pick and choose from all the shades to make your perfect combination.
For quick, chunky knits Blue Sky Bulky is the ultimate option, with either an alpaca-esque neutral or one of their saturated rainbow hues.
Whichever yarn you choose, we are sure that you are ready to test out some new stitch combinations. So, the good news is that we are giving away a copy to one lucky reader!
Simply comment below letting us know how you would use this book. Is there a pattern you have been waiting to alter with a different stitch, a design you are waiting to perfect or do you just want to practice your technique? Comment before midnight on Wednesday 11th June and a copy could be on its way to you! This competition is now closed.
Good Luck and Happy Knitting!