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Stitch 'n bitch : the knitter's handbook
Stoller, Debbie.
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New York : Workman Publishing, [2003]

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248 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm
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Includes index.
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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.

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Booklist Review

This sassy-looking book offers a little bit of everything. Yes, practical matters are addressed, e.g., learning the stitches, "tools of the trade," and types of yarns, and, yes, there is information that's difficult to find in other places, such as advice about how to start your own knitting group or find free knitting programs online. But it is Stoller's commentary about knitting, its history, and why young women are knitting again that gets the book off to a rip-roaring start. Complementing the narrative sections are vintage pictures, family photos, and funky illustrations. The projects have a hip sensibility (bags, sweaters, a poncho), as do the chapter headings: "Oops, I Knit It Again" for the section on fixing knitting mistakes. A color inset shows the projects off; the illustrations with the instructions are black-and-white versions of the same photos. There's plenty here for beginners and skilled veterans alike. --Ilene Cooper Copyright 2003 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

"The percentage of women under forty-five who knit or crochet has doubled since 1996," says Stoller (The BUST Guide to the New Girl Order), co-founder of the Stitch 'n Bitch circle in New York, and this slightly offensive, sassy guide-which could easily have been subtitled 'The Bad Girls' Guide to Knitting'-will undoubtedly appeal to this new generation of knitters. Starting with the basics, Stoller explains how to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off, all the steps needed to make a simple Ribbed-for-Her-Pleasure Scarf or a pair of Pippi Kneestockings. Easy-to-decipher diagrams and droll section headings ("Knit Happens," "Oops, I Knit It Again") ease readers through these first steps and will give most the confidence to tackle larger projects-like Cricket's Technicolor Cozy or Meema's Felted Marsupial Tote-designed by Stitch 'n Bitchers in Stoller's group and other knitters she admires. What makes this guide exceptional, however, is its chapter on the "Wonderful World of Knitters," which details how to start your own Stitch 'n Bitch circle and plug into the virtual knitting communities on the Web. Informative, colorful and full of attitude, this book is the perfect primer for 20- and 30-somethings looking to take on this hip "new" hobby. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

Once thought to be a hobby for grandmothers, knitting has become for today's twentysomethings what macram? was to that same age group in the 1970s. In this nifty guide, Stoller introduces that age-old craft in-depth, making use of the modern products and patterns that have come about as a result of its resurgence. An introduction chronicles the history of knitting from the female perspective, while subsequent chapters cover topics such as yarn type, instruments, stitches, and patterns. Perhaps the most exciting bit is Stoller's "knit as you learn" technique: with every new stitch, she presents a new pattern, thereby allowing knitters to build on their knowledge. Another enticing part of this project, the decidedly hip patterns (collected from women around the world) range from a string bikini to beanie hats; all include easy-to-follow directions and illustrations. Essential for all crafts collections and perfect for a display, given the growing interest in knitting. [See also "Must-Reads for Fall," p. 38.-Ed.]-Rachel Collins, "Library Journal" (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



Stitch 'n Bitchis an irreverent, witty, guide to knitting which became a New York Times bestseller and made it possible to use the words "hip" and "knit" in the same sentence. Stoller's sass will have you laughing over your knit and purl stitches. Debbie Stoller comes from a long line of Dutch knitters. She is the co-founder, co-publisher and editor-in-chief of the feminist magazine BUSTand the co-author of The BUST Guide to the New Girl Order. She is the author of Stitch 'n Bitch Nation, Stitch 'n Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker and Son of Stitch 'n Bitch: 45 Projects to Knit and Crochet for Men. She lives in Brooklyn with a closet full of yarn. Excerpted from Stitch 'N Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook by Debbie Stoller All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Stitch 'n Bitch
Take back the knit: Why Young Women are Taking up Knitting Once Morep. 2
My Crafty Family
I Knit, Therefore I am
The New Knitting Craze
Plus: A Stitch in Time: A Brief History of Knitting
What a Girl Wants, What a Girl Needs: Tools of the Tradep. 14
Everything You Need to Know About Yarn (and Sheep)
Yarn Weights
Tools of the Trade
The Long and Short of Needles
How to Read a Yarn Label
Making a Center-Pull Ball
Plus: Managing Your Stash
The Knitty-Gritty: Learning to Cast On, Bind Off, and Knitp. 28
Casting On Using the Double Cast-on Method
Knitting in Both English and Continental Styles
Yarn Holds
Binding Off Your Work
Starting a New Ball
Changing Color
Making Stripes
Weaving In Yarn Ends
Plus: Beginner's Basic I: Go-Go Garter Stitch Scarf
Purl, too: Learning to Purl and Make Simple Stitch Patternsp. 46
Purling in Both English and Continental Styles
How to Make Stockinette, Rib, and Seed Stitch
How to Tell Whether to Knit or Purl
Making Stitch Designs
Reading Charts
Edge Stitches
Binding Off in Pattern
Using Circular and Double-Pointed Needles
Plus: Beginner's Basic II: Ribbed-for-Her-Pleasure Scarf
Shaping Up: Learning to Increase and Decreasep. 59
How to Increase
The Bar Increase
The Make One Increase
The Yarn Over
Decreasing Stitches
Knit Two Together
Slip, Slip, Knit (ssk) and Slip, Knit, Pass Slipped Stitch Over (skp)
Single and Cable Cast-on
Beginner's Basic III: Kitschy Kerchief
Plus: The Rules of Engagement: What Not to Knit for Your Boyfriend
Finishing school: Learning to Sew Seams, Pick Up Stitches, and Block Your Workp. 72
Joining Knit Pieces Together
Sewing Side Seams Using Mattress Stitch and Backstitch
Connecting the Tops of Knit Pieces
Joining a Top to a Side Edge
Fake Grafting
The Kitchener Stitch
The Three-Needle Bind-off
Learning to Pick Up Stitches
Blocking for Blockheads
Plus: Never Look a Gift Hat in the Mouth: The Fine Art of Knitting for Others
Getting Knitty with It: Fancy Things to Do with Needles and Yarnp. 85
Bells and Whistles: Fringes, Tassels, Pom-poms
How to Make Blanket and Duplicate Stitches
Making Cables
Advanced Color Knitting
Fair Isle
How to Make a Crochet Chain
Single Crochet
Crab Stitch
Plus: In the Loop: Crochet Tips
Oops, I Knit It Again: The Stitch Doctor's Guide to Fixing Mistakesp. 102
Picking Up Dropped Knit and Purl Stitches
Changing Purls into Knits and Vice Versa
Fixing Extra Stitches
Unknitting--One Stitch at a Time
Unraveling Rows of Knitting
Tightening Saggy Stitches
Adding Length to an Unintentional Crop Top
Frogging Your Work
Plus: Quick-Fixin' Tricks
A Loosely Knit Group: A Guide to the Wonderful World of Knittersp. 112
Starting Your Own Stitch 'n Bitch
Virtual Knitting Communities
The Knitlist
Online Knitting Blogs
Free Knitting Patterns
Computer Programs for Knitters
Real-Life Knitting Organizations
The Best Knitting Books
Magazines for Knitters
Plus: A Field Guide to Knitters
Part 2 Stitch 'n Bitch Patterns
How to Read a Knitting Patternp. 156
Abbreviationsp. 157
Scarves and Hats
Coney Island Fireworks Scarfp. 158
Windy City Scarfp. 159
Alien Illusion Scarfp. 160
Hot Headp. 162
Sparkle Hatp. 163
Adults-Only Devil Hat and Official Kittyville Hatp. 165
Loopy Velez Cowlp. 167
Chinese Charm Bagp. 169
Zeeby's Bagp. 170
Meema's Felted Marsupial Totep. 172
Punk Rock Backpackp. 174
Cricket's Technicolor Techno-Cozyp. 178
Fluffy Cuff Mittensp. 180
Pippi Kneestockingsp. 182
Powerful Wrist Protectionp. 185
Baby Stuff
Big Bad Baby Blanketp. 187
Umbilical Cord Hatp. 188
Skullyp. 190
Under the Hoodiep. 192
The Go-Everywhere, Go-with-Everything Cardiganp. 196
To Dye Forp. 198
Cape Modp. 201
Big Sack Sweaterp. 203
Pinup Queenp. 207
The Manly Sweaterp. 210
Cowl and Howl Setp. 212
Peppermint Twistp. 216
Summer Stuff
Tank Girlp. 218
Little Black Topp. 220
Queen of Hearts and Wonder Woman Bikinisp. 224
Princess Snowball Cat Bedp. 228
Sewing Projects
DIY Tote Bag and Iron-on Patchp. 231
Roll-Your-Own Needle Casep. 234
Circular Knitting Needle Holderp. 236
Resources and Yarn
Storesp. 238
Indexp. 243