Stitch 'n Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook

Stitch 'n Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook

Debbie Stoller

Language: English

Pages: 256

ISBN: 0761128182

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Knitting is hot, with 4 million newcomers in the last few years joining a core group of 38,000,000 knitters nationwide. And these are primarily young, creative, connected chicks with sticks who are coming together in living rooms, knitting cafes, and chic yarn stores, and making everything from funky hats to bikinis.

In Stitch 'n Bitch, Debbie Stoller-founder of the first Stitch 'n Bitch knitting group in New York City-covers every aspect of knitting and the knitting-together lifestyle: the how-to, the when-to, the what-to, the why-to. Writing with wit and attitude (The Knitty-Gritty, Blocking for Blockheads), she explains the different types of needles and yarns (and sheep, too) and all the techniques from basic to fancy, knit to purl to cast-off. She also shares her special brand of corrective surgery for when things go wrong, and offers fun and informative sidebars on such topics as how to find the best yarn for less, how to make a buttonhole, knitting etiquette, and what tools to keep in your knitting bag. At the heart of the book are forty stylish patterns: Alien Scarf, Big Bad Baby Blanky, Mohair Hoodie, Kitty and Devil Hat, Cell Phone Cozy, and Wonder Woman Bikini. And for anyone interested: how to start a Stitch 'n Bitch group.

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dropping it off the right needle. 3 Knit into the back loop of this stitch. This is a little tough, and you may have to use the fingers of your left hand to pull this stitch down so that you can insert your right needle into that back leg from front to back. Knitting into the back loop causes the bottom of this new loop to twist, and it needs that twist to become invisible. CAUTION: If you accidentally knit into the front of the loop (the way you usually make a knit stitch), you will create

a combat-booted knitter who proudly brandishes her knitting needles, representin’ for the new generation of knitters and gracing canvas knitting totes. Today the Chicago group is one of the largest Stitch ’n Bitches going, and their e-mail list boasts close to five hundred members. Brenda’s bunch, in turn, inspired other knitters to begin Stitch ’n Bitches in such places as Los Angeles; Portland, Oregon; Washington, D.C.; and Toronto, as well as Melbourne, Australia; Aberdeen, Scotland; and even

evening you choose, there will always be a few people who won’t be able to make it—so don’t drive yourself crazy trying to please everyone. Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday nights are your best choices. We start our meetings at 7:00 P.M., since that gives people enough time to get there after work, without a lot of empty time in between. Once you’ve decided on a time and place, try not to change it. Since many members of Stitch ’n Bitches won’t come every week, it’s good to establish yourself at the

place. K3. Repeat from * for the entire rnd—15 paillettes. Rnds 2–3: K. Rnd 4: K2, *p1, k3; rep from * to last 2 sts, p1, k1—always catching a paillette in each p st. This staggers the paillettes so they’re not all in a row. Rnds 5–6: K. Repeat rnds 1–6 twice more. CROWN DECREASES Change to smaller dpns, k 1 rnd as you are doing this—3 needles holding 20 sts each. K2tog at the end of each needle every rnd (each rnd will dec by 3 sts) until you are left with 6 sts on each needle. Cut your

sts, W&T. 2nd set: (RS) work in rib to last 7 sts, W&T; (WS) work in rib to last 7 sts, W&T. Cont short rows, always working to 4 sts from last W&T every row until 8 sts rem between last 2 W&T sts, end with a WS row. Next row (RS): Work to end of row, k all sts, taking care to knit wrap tog with st. Next row (WS): K the entire row, again working wrap tog with st as above. Work 4 more rows garter st. BUST SHAPING Change to larger needles. K3, ssk, k 16 (18, 20, 23), inc 1 in each of next 6

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