Stitch 'N Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook by Debbie StollerStitch 'N Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook by Debbie Stoller

Stitch 'N Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook

byDebbie Stoller

Paperback | September 3, 2004

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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.
Debbie Stoller is the bestselling author of the Stitch'n Bitch series of knitting books and calendars. She comes from a long line of Dutch knitters, has a Ph.D. from Yale in the psychology of women, and is the editor-in-chief of Bust magazine. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Title:Stitch 'N Bitch: The Knitter's HandbookFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8 × 8 × 0.75 inPublished:September 3, 2004Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0761128182

ISBN - 13:9780761128182

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A+ One of the first knitting books I've bought, and I still love it. Well written, interesting articles, and fun patterns. Totally a fan of this series of books!
Date published: 2017-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great knits I especially love the sea and surf sweater
Date published: 2017-10-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great reference book for beginners This book is super useful for anyone new to knitting. I taught myself to knit from the instructions in this book and still find it more helpful than youtube videos when I'm trying to figure out a stitch. That said, as a pattern book I would not recommend this book as the patters have not aged well and most of them now look dated and unfashionable.
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Reference Book Used the information from this book to fill in the gap in learning how to read knitting instructions. This book is for beginners who have some knowledge in knitting but great reference for the intermediate knitter.
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Debbie Stoller Books are Not for Beginners Although there is a great deal of good information and patterns in these books, unfortunately many of the patterns have mistakes that have not been updated by the author or publisher. These books have been out a number of years and by now you would think that any errors would be corrected. However, I just started a pattern and discovered errors and if not for having knitting experience, would have thrown away a lot of money spent on the yarn to make the pattern. So if you are able to figure out when a design has mistakes then these books are good for those knitters.
Date published: 2013-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wicked! Beginner to expert. I found so much info in this book. In fact I loan it to friends who are learning to know. Very hip and fun!
Date published: 2009-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read for beginners or fanatics!! I have recently re-taught myself how to knit and purchased this book as a basic stitch guide. I got so much more than just a how-to book! This book is hip! It is cool! It is a great read and a wonderful stitch guide with projects for every level. From scarves to cable sweaters, this is a must for all those who wish to create with sticks and wool!
Date published: 2007-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent beginner's guide... My mother recently re-taught me the basic knitting stitch, so I decided to pick up The Knitter's Handbook to guide me through everything else. I'm amazed at how much information is in this a couple of hours I taught myself how to cast on, purl, bind off and do a few other nifty tricks. There's an abundance of info on tools, the history of the craft, tips of the trade and enough funky patterns to get you well on the way to becoming a knitter. A very modern and helpful book for beginning knitters...I would recommend this to anyone looking to learn to knit or for more experienced knitters who are looking for some great tips/patterns.
Date published: 2006-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must have for ALL knitters!! This book is comprehensive yet fun!! It covers all the knitting basics & then some & then throws in some funky projects for you to make. I am very impressed by the pictures, basic instructions & information about needle gauge & direction on how to correct those unavoidable knitting mistakes we all make from time to time. I would definitely reccommend this book to any fellow knitter for its wit, charm & simplicity.
Date published: 2006-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Knitting for the next Generation Debbie Stoller is bringing knitting to a whole new generation. Goodbye tea cozies and hello knitted bikinis! If you are an experienced knitter looking for some cool patterns or a beginner looking for a simple explanation of the mechanics of knitting: this book does it all. Stoller's easy to read style and sense of humor come through in this book and you will be knitting some up-to-date creations in no time.
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Definitely Not For Beginners This book was so terrible I had to return it. As a person who has never knit in my life I was recommended this book by the girl at Chapters. It was definitely not comprehensive, I could not even understand how to cast the stiches on, let alone knit. For some this book may be great, but for someone that is initially learning...I would not recommend. I returned it and went out and bought Knitting For Dummies which is absolutely fantastic and geared more toward the beginner knitter.
Date published: 2005-12-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Kick-a** knitting reference! This book was such a great buy for a beginner knitter like myself... and perhaps for you. I'd already knew how to crochet and wanted to learn how to knit, but I had always been a little intimidated by my perception of the complexities of knitting. This book makes knitting really accessable by its humour, colourful pictures and creative patterns. The only drawback are the sometimes hard-to-follow and not-so-clear pictures. Despite this minor downside, I was knitting, purling and doing intarsia within a week by following the easy directions.
Date published: 2004-10-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from you need this book if you are a beginner or have been knitting forever, this is a great book to is a great resource as it has information and diagrams about different stitches and techniques but it is a full of interesting stories from knitters about their own experiences, unique and common to all of us who like to play w/ sticks and would make a great present for any knitter on your list AND it is quite resonably priced!
Date published: 2003-11-12

Table of Contents

Part One: Stitch 'n Bitch
Chapter 1:
Take Back the Knit: Why Young Women are Taking up Knitting Once More

Chapter 2:
What a Girl Wants, What a Girl Needs: Tools of the Trade

Chapter 3:
The Knitty-Gritty: Learning to Cast On, Bind Off, and Knit

Chapter 4:
Purl, too: Learning to Purl and Make Simple Stitch Patterns

Chapter 5:
Shaping Up: Learning to Increase and Decrease

Chapter 6:
Finishing School: Learning to Sew Seams, Pick up Stitches, and Block Your Work

Chapter 7:
Getting Knitty With It: Fancy Things to do With Needles and Yarn

Chapter 8:
Oops, I Knit it Again: The Stitch Doctor's Guide to Fixing Mistakes

Chapter 9:
A Loosely Knit Group: A Guide to the Wonderful World of Knitters

Part Two: Stitch 'n Bitch Patterns

Scarves and Hats


Baby Stuff


Summer Stuff


Sewing Projects