Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary :: Review & Giveaway!!

Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary by Wendy Bernard
Published by Abrams | STC Craft
Photos by Thayer Allyson Gowdy

Back in April I had mention that I was obsessed with stitch dictionaries in my monthly Obsessions list. I had (correction: I still have) a fair amount of baby knits to whip up and needed inspiration for other projects that I had in mind. Then there's the fact that
 the knit nerd in me likes to spend my 'morning hour' (that time in which I've dropped off the kiddo at school, I'm home alone, and I've given myself an hour to enjoy the quiet, my coffee, and can somewhat relax a little before officially starting the day) sipping coffee while knitting and reading knitting reference books. 

So when I first caught wind that there was going to be a new stitch dictionary on the scene, you can bet it already had my interest. When I found out what kind of stitch dictionary it was going to be, I got excited. All previous dictionaries that I've ever come across only ever explained how to knit a stitch pattern in one form: flat and in one direction. I've never heard of a stitch dictionary that showed you how to knit a stitch pattern in the round, top down, or bottom up as well. Can it be true?

Yes, it's true! Let me tell you all about it!


First off, let me just say when I got the email asking me if I would like to be a part of the Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary Blog Tour sponsored by Blue Sky Alpacas, my mouth dropped. Would I?? Of course I would! To get my hands on such a unique stitch dictionary, you just know it's going to be a must for any crafty library!

Written by best-selling author Wendy Bernard of the Custom Knits series, the Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary features over 150 stitch patterns and is the first of its kind to offer up to four different directions in which a stitch pattern can be knit. That's right. FOUR. Mind.blown. Right?? 

When I first got the stitch dictionary I marvelled at the beautiful coil binding, a detail that I know is in every Wendy Bernard book, and wished that every knitting-related book would use that binding as well. That's right, a knitting book that stays flat while you knit!! With knitting being such a hands-on craft, not having to worry about your book slamming shut every 5 minutes while you're in the middle of a row makes the whole experience of using this stitch dictionary even more of a pleasure. Once I got over the coil binding I did a quick thumb-through and had immediately noticed that the chapters were all colour coded. Brilliant! And no wonder all the swatches look so lovely, Blue Sky Alpacas had actually teamed up with Abrams/STC Craftthe publisher for this awesome-sauce book! I love the idea that when I need to quickly reference a pattern in say, the Yarnover and Eyelets section, all I need to do is flip the pages until I see the swatches knit in purple. This dictionary is already physically and visually easy to use and I've only thumbed through it so far!


This past weekend I took the opportunity to really pour over the dictionary. I thoroughly enjoyed the "How To Use The Stitch Patterns" section, which was way more than just telling you to knit a swatch (although Wendy does give you some swatching basics). The section goes into detail about how to swap out stitch patterns and gives you a few examples, as well as how to work with the charts - which is handy for those who have either never knit from a chart or have never knit from a chart for an in-the-round project. But don't worry if you don't like to work from a chart, Wendy has written out row by row (or round by round) instructions for each and every single stitch pattern! Love it. I think all stitch dictionaries should include both written instructions and charted. I'm one of those knitters who likes to follow the written directions for the first pattern repeat and then refer to the chart for the rest of the knit. I love using charts because they make it so much easier to read your knitting. Sometimes, when a pattern only has the written instructions, I'll quickly draw up my own chart. So thank you Wendy for doing the work for me and including both!

I also like how Wendy offers tips at the beginning of each chapter regarding the type of stitch pattern being presented, and then finishes off the chapter with a simple design and pattern showcasing one of the stitches featured in the chapter you just read. Feeling inspired after going through this book? Why not try your hand at designing an accessory by incorporating your favourite stitch patterns into one of the basic designs that Wendy offers? Armed with a few stitch patterns and with some simple math (even I can do it! And that says a lot!), you can design a stole, a slouchy hat, or a pair of mittens.


Because I know there are probably a bunch of inquiring minds out there wanting to know what else is in this book, the contents of Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary are as follows:

          :: How to Use The Stitch Patterns
          :: Knits and Purls
          :: Ribs
          :: Textured, Slipped, and Fancy
          :: Yarnovers and Eyelets
          :: Cables
          :: Lace
          :: Colorwork
          :: Hems and Edgings
          :: Projects
          :: Appendix (which includes the customizable garment patterns) 

I have only one small critique of the book, which is more of a preference really, and that's to include a swatch knit in-the-round rather than just the flat swatch that's shown for every stitch pattern. I completely understand that for page space/printing/cost purposes that having 2 types of swatches per stitch pattern probably wasn't a feasible option, but why not have a knit in-the-round swatch for every second stitch pattern? Or at least for the ones that could possibly be a little more finicky than it's knit-flat counterpart? I think it would have been nice to include swatches that were knit in different directions, especially considering that this is what the dictionary is all about!

IMG_6797 - Blog Tour

Oh well. Because I was too busy reading each and every single stitch pattern and comparing the instructions on the different directions (hey, I did mention I was a knit nerd at the beginning of this post), I've only managed to knit up one swatch for you to check out. I had a hard time picking which stitch pattern to swatch but the one that I kept going back to was the 'Zigzag Eyelets' from the 'Yarnovers and Eyelets' chapter. After the nth time of flipping back to it, I decided to just go for it and swatch that one up. So I did. In some insanely lovely Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Hand Dyes (the colour is called 'Petunia' - #2026, in case you were wondering). This swatch flew off the needles, the yarn was so wonderful to knit with! And the stitch definition! Note to self: must.get.more!! Halfway through knitting up the swatch I thought the stitch pattern would be perfect for a cowl. Or even a slouchy hat. Hmm...I have a feeling I might be casting on one of these ideas before the week is over! What do you think?

IMG_6837 - Blog Tour Swatch 3

I absolutely love this stitch dictionary and can see this as being a very useful resource for any knitter, designer, and/or instructor, and would make for a great shop reference. I know I've been highly inspired that's for sure. I've already bookmarked a few stitch patterns and am thinking of applying them to socks. I even have a pullover idea brewing! Really, the possibilities with this stitch dictionary is truly endless! I can't wait to get started!! I'm so excited!!

Want to know what else I'm excited for? This amazing giveaway. You ready for it? Check it out:

Blue Sky Alpacas Giveaway 2

** Giveaway is now closed! **
** Thank you to all who have entered! **

:: THE PRIZE ::
One lucky winner will receive:
     :: a signed copy of Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary by Wendy Bernard
     :: 3 gorgeous luxury skeins of Blue Sky Alpacas yarns (Melange and 2 Alpaca Silk)
     :: a Pretty Cheep Project Bag.

:: THE RULES ::
:: The giveaway is open to Canadian and US residents only, sorry to all my International readers!
:: Giveaway is open until Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 11:00pm PST.
:: All comments must include a valid email address or Ravelry ID so that I can contact you if you are the winner.
:: Winner will be chosen via random number generator and will be contacted within 48 hours after giveaway ends.

:: HOW TO ENTER ::
Simply leave a comment below telling me what kind of stitch is your favourite to knit. Do you love lace? Prefer something textured? Or do you go gaga over cables? Don't forget to also include your email or Ravlery ID with your comment! Because how else can I get a hold of you if you are the lucky winner?


Good luck!!


A huge thank you to Blue Sky Alpacas and STC Craft for for inviting me to be a part of the Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary Blog Tour.  Follow the Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary Blog Tour, sponsored by Blue Sky Alpacas, by visiting the other stops on the tour for more giveaways, ideas, tutorials, and patterns using this fabulous stitch dictionary:

May 20 :: Knit and Tonic - you can also see more tour info on the Blue Sky Alpacas blog
May 22 :: FreshStitches
May 24 :: Hey Jen Renee
May 26 :: Very Shannon
May 28 :: Me!
May 30 :: The Sweatshop of Love
June 3 :: Stockinette Zombies
June 4 :: Mari Knits
June 6 :: Lattes and Llamas
June 21 :: Wendy Bernard on the Ready, Set, Knit! podcast


♥ Happy Knitting! ♥


Please note: all unmarked photos in this post are by Thayer Allyson Gowdy and are used with permission.


:: Disclaimer :: 
I am not affiliated with the publishing company mentioned in this post.  I received no monetary compensation from said company for my review.  I was sent a copy of the book for review purposes and yarn to swatch a sample from the book in exchange for posting the review.  The opinions I've written are my own and I will not be receiving any commissions from the links provided in this post. 

169 comments:

  1. I love knitting lace patterns! It's fun to watch the pattern develop over the rows, plus it makes me feel so pro! :)
    knursekettle on rav

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  2. I love all the yarn overs of lace but I also love the texture and squishyness of garter. I like to go back and forth so I never get bored!

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  3. I love stitch dictionaries and would love to have this book! My favorite stitch patterns are cables. I could cable everything I knit and never get tired of them. Rav ID knitinmountains.

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  4. My favourite is lace. I just love it :-)
    mvink on ravelry or melissacorivink at hotmail dot com

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  5. I guess I would say my favorite stitch is something textured. I recently knit the umaro throw and just loved every minute of knitting it. The cables, the seed stitch, the little breaks of knit stitch...it's beautiful and I love looking at it. My ravelry username is MelissaP11. THanks!!

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  6. What a wonderful giveaway - and that book sounds like just the sort of inspiration I need to get more confidence about designing my own knitting projects. I think I'd have to say that I've learned to really appreciate lace. I just like how clever it is - you do a bunch of yarnovers and decreases and a few rows later, voila, you have a nifty pattern. My ravelry username is aebell. Fingers crossed. And thanks!

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  7. Best giveaway ever? I love knitting texture though I can never find enough garment patterns with texture that I like! After seeing you post about this book on Instagram I was like … "Adding it to the list!" Maybe I'll be the lucky one who wins it! My rav ID is peoplecake and thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  8. I love knitting lace. It's fun to knit, and then there's the big reveal when you block it!
    Knitfastdiecozy on rav :)

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  9. I am fascinated by cables, the more complex the better the challenge, and after blocking they always look so beautiful. Ravelry id: Sabrina82

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  10. I live blue sky alpaca and the book looks so cool.

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  11. I'm just starting out but I love the lock of stockinette especially when you change colours to create a pattern!

    eliz_lind at yahoo dot ca

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  12. I've just started exploring lace patterns and I'm really loving them. Thanks for offering this giveaway! :)

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  13. Awesome giveaway! I love knitting cables :)
    kmelamed@comcast.net

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  14. I Love cables, fun to do all the time!
    deacon_09 at yahoo dot ca

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  15. Love knitting, or love the look of when finished...
    I love the look of seed stitch and linen stitch, but boring...
    I love cables and lace because it keeps things interesting

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  16. I love travelling stitches -- they're like cables without the bulk!
    doijdd@gmail.com

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  17. I don't do them often enough, but I absolutely love cables. Looks complicated, but super easy!

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  18. I love cables. They can be a little frustrating to knit, but I love the way they look. Ravelry ID is Birdgirl17.

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  19. I used to be completely obsessed with cables, and while the love continues, I've recently become enamoured with textured stitches. Bobbles and brambles and purl ridges. Wondrous! (ravlry: jwittrock)

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  20. Michaela (knitmish on Ravelry)May 28, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    In all honesty, I really love garter stitch! Something about its rhythm and squishiness gets me every time. However, I do enjoy a complicated lace pattern every once in a while, especially when there is a leaf motif involved- those are so pretty!

    I am knitmish on Ravelry :)

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  21. I still have a sense of accomplishment when I complete a nice cable project, but I recently finished Purl Soho's Stitch Block Cowl, which refreshed my love of simple knit/purl patterns. It's really incredible how much you can do! My ravelry ID is besharp!

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  22. Kathy
    I love the texture of cables ! ktknitter is my Ravelry ID.

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  23. I love cables and lace. I feel somewhat accomplished when I complete a project with either or both of those stitches. :)

    I'm kimmin121 on Ravelry.

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  24. What an awesome idea for a book! This is definitely a must have for any knitter.
    While I love me some lace knitting I would have to say that I am absolutely gaga for cables! Seriously, they are my one true love.

    Ashiepoo22 on ravelry

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  25. I am so excited about this book! Thank you for sharing the table of contents. It makes me more excited for this book!
    My favorite stitch is a chevron pattern, whether knits and purls or lace.
    javajennie on Ravelry.

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  26. Looks like such an incredible resource – I would love to just sit with good cup of coffee and swatch up a storm from it! emily.m.kropp at gmail dot com

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  27. i'm supposed to say lace, right? i just like combining knit and purl stitches to create textured shapes. like in my avery. i love avery.

    some of you may know me as daicheng.

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  28. I love textures, but I have just started a lace shawl with Blue Sky Alpacas Extra and I'm in love! denisecstanton@gmail.com

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  29. I love the look of lace on other people and I love knitting it, but really I like garments that stick to knit/purl combinations in rustic yarns.

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  30. I love lace and cables combined together in one stitch pattern... that's my fav this week! I would love to add this book to my collection! Rav Id: LauraNelkin

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  31. I admit to being a total lace nerd.

    Rav ID vneuman

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  32. I don't think I could ever pick just one stitch, but I really love textured stitch patterns.
    mrsmcelrath (Rav ID)

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  33. I really love lace work, but I can't do it in front of the telly because then I end up spending more time ripping back mistakes than knitting! elsmith2005 at gmail .com

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  34. I think lace is my favorite, but I also love simple textured stitches when I'm in the mood for mindless knitting.

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  35. I looooove cables! yarnlaw on rav
    c_mcmullan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  36. I love textured knitting: seed stitch, herringbone, box, etc.

    rav name bengalspice

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  37. I love lace, but recently I've been getting into stranded colorwork! EclecticPerson on rav

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  38. I am fairly new to knitting but cables really drew me to learn. Thank you for the review, this seems like an AMAZING book. I would love to have it to learn new stitches without having to commit to a full project. I LOVE that it is spiral bound. I agree with you that all knitting/craft books should be bound that way. You need the pattern open to work on it and who wants to worry about dropping stitches as you have to catch your book from closing. Thanks for the chance to win!!! kateyhbf@gmail.com (Rav name Zima21)

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  39. I love knitting lace, but using all the different stitch patterns are great for practicing on wash cloths! rav thishandmadelife olive.villarreal at yahoo dot com

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  40. I have been really loving lace, but cables are calling to me for the fall! Thanks for hosting this giveaway, the book looks fantastic!

    ravid: princeka

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  41. Cables are my favorite. Aknitster on Ravelry.

    Thank you!

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  42. I love cables. I have not had many projects with cables but love the look and process of how they are created.
    Rav ID: iluvmeyarn

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  43. I love knitting cables, watching them develop is like magic! jodianne @ gmail.com

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  44. I'm currently working on a cabled sweater so I do love cables, but I also love lace patterns and how they transform into something fascinating from a scrunched-up mess! (rav felis44)

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  45. The more I read about this book, the more I know I have to buy it. My favourite stitch patterns (at least lately) are travelling stitches combined with eyelets. I've noticed that design tendency in a lot of my favourite summer sock patterns.

    Also, gorgeous yarn choice for your swatch! Petunia. I'll have to remember that...

    Rav: ahickman

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  46. I'm a big lace knitter:)This stitch dictionary sounds amazing! So many possibilities!
    Ravid:bontemps

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  47. Fellow knit nerd here.... my favorite TWO stitches, yes I can't pick just one are (1) basket weave - I did a basket weave bag as one of my very first larger patterns and it was challenging and so very rewarding. (2) cables - my Irish roots make this one a given. :)

    mollyjwalter@gmail.com

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  48. I really, really love garter stitch the most - but I'm starting to come around on simple lace patterns.

    Ravelry ID: melissamckelvey

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  49. I love lace but have been playing with brioche and double knitting. Cables are great, too. Mostly I just love to knit. Rav: happay

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  50. I love to knit cables! When I have trouble falling asleep at night, I work out complicated cable patterns and exhaust my brain. Works well.

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  51. Right now I'm all about stockinette. knittermama7 on Rav

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  52. I adorrrrre cables! But I also love a stitch with a simple trick that looks super lovely but is deceptively easy.

    Ravelry: KimberlyPye
    kimberlypye@gmail.com

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  53. Oooooo, so hard to pick one! Cables and texture and ribbing, oh my! Which makes this giveaway so fun :)
    arielthatcher@gmail.com

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  54. I really like ssk.. I don't even know why but there's something soothing about knitting that stitch. andreachang1220@gmail.com. Rav ID is dancinapple

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  55. Love cables, yarn overs, ssk, skpo! Anything that adds a little interest! Rav: Cihtiikn

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  56. I love lace! I'm also delighted by and with textured stitches, especially when I need to not have to pay attention as much as lace often requires. Thanks for the giveaway!
    knittingwithwords on ravelry

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  57. Cables are totally my weakness. They look so impressive but are easy to do! I haven't done much lace, but this book might change my mind!

    Rav ID: teeheewithmee

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  58. This looks like a fabulous book! My favorite stitch to knit is actually lace with cables (or cables with lace)! I love the solid firmness of a cable nestled among airy yarn-overs.

    urbanizer on Ravelry

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  59. I love lace and the how it evolves into something beautiful when it is blocked!
    This is such a great giveaway. Thanks.

    I am LakeviewChica on Rav.

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  60. I love lace and cables. Some days I like one more than the other, but both are just such fun to do! This is a wonderful giveaway - I'd love to win the book! AmandaLynA on Ravelry.

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  61. Lace worked with beads is my favorite (at the moment). I am mdesenfants on Ravelry.

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  62. I am working on a lace stitch at the moment and am loving it. I love how fast it is to knit and how beautiful. So good for rapid results.

    Arika

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  63. Thanks for the giveaway! Knitting lace is my first favourite. mjmknitting on ravelry email address is melindamccaffrey(at)gmail(dot)com

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  64. Thanks for a wonderful giveaway. I really love simple garter stitches but can kit lace for special projects.
    sweetpurls(at)yahoo(dot)com
    mmgrrr on Rav

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  65. I love watching lace form, and how it opens up after blocking! tararafiq on Ravelry

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  66. I love the simple moss stitch! My Ravelry ID is Lorbie007

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  67. It's so hard to decide! I think my favorite is a good pattern that can have a complimentary amount of all three! Rav Id pattymatt

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  68. I love knitting cables and knit/purl stitches! What an amazing looking book! DeannaPickman (at) gmail (dot) com.

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  69. I love knitting cables and anything textured! This book looks fantastic thank you! Opossummama on rav.

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  70. I really love cables, because there is such a huge variety of them and they can be used in any garment or accessory that it can think of knitting.

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  71. My current favourite is textured patterns but I also enjoy eyelets and lace. This book looks like a must have for any serious knitter!! My Rav ID is JocelynShuman.

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  72. I love cables!! The book looks amazing. My Rav ID is Jwillson (two l's in Willson).

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  73. Thanks for the reminder about this book! I meant to pre-order on Amazon. I'm a lace fiend, myself, and I love stitch dictionaries, but I especially love charted ones, and am intrigued by the idea of patterns that can be worked top down and bottom up.
    I'm florapie on Rav too

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  74. Great review Melissa!

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  75. I think my favourite are cables, especially the small ones that I can do without a cable needle.

    ikkinlala AT yahoo DOT ca

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  76. I am in love with cables. I also like the idea of written and charted instructions.

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  77. I like all kinds of stitch patterns, but lace might be my favorite because it can be so rhythmic to knit, and because it transforms so much when you block it.

    (ksh on Ravelry)

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  78. My all-time favorite stitch to knit is bramble stitch (aka trinity stitch)! This book looks amazing. Lauramv on ravelry

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  79. Cables and Entrelac are my faves, but I like to branch out and try new things, so I really like stitch dictionaries. I think it's so clever that this book gives instructions for all directions of knitting! And I love those colors of yarn! Thanks for hosting the giveaway, and thanks to the sponsors. KittenWhiplash on rav.

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  80. That book looks Awesome.. I love doing socks and many patterns are cuff down. I love lace and cables. I would be so great to design my own to make them toe up. I love toe up.
    rileyswillow on ravelry

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  81. Nothing like plain garter stitch going round and round…so therapeutic! LOL…I need this book to expand my horizons!

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  82. I'm a pretty new knitter so I haven't done many different stitches. The few lace stitches I've done have been really fun, watching the pattern slowly emerge. This is a great giveaway, I'll be crossing my fingers!
    jessica-8384@hotmail.com

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  83. traveling stitches are my favorites for sox. love making lace shawls and am wild over making cables on anything. have been knitting for almost 70 years and now and then i'm having to go look up stitches [gasp] and would love to win that gorgeous book. thanx for the chance to do so.

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  84. Texture keeps me going when I am too tired to count. Currently a moss stitch cardi (in wool, because we just flipped the temperature switch from cold to hot and humid... Must finish it soon).

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  85. i love all texture, but cables are my favorite
    moosker5@gmail.com

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  86. Love cables, as they always look harder than they are!

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  87. Call me boring, but I love moss stitch!
    barblt99 Ravelry

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  88. Bobbles, baby! Love 'em!
    Fiberfrk - ravelry
    Fiberfrk@verizon.net

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  89. I like lace, although I haven't attempted any super-intricate lace shawls yet. Lace panels on sweaters are my fav. carlingm on rav :)

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  90. I love knitting lace. There is just something beautiful about watching the pattern form.
    Queenofkings5 on Ravelry

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  91. I love cables and stitch dictionaries.

    Rav id. Knittingknot
    Emoconnor20@gmail

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  92. I love slip sts, and textured knitting! Eyelets and lace as well! I love this book already and it isn't even in my hands!! Idk if I can wait till the 4th!!! ;)

    Rav ID is: Luvlythreads
    Email: luvlyjess09@gmail.com

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  93. I'm a cable junkie. This looks like a great book! chrislynch@acsalaska.net

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  94. My favourite is seed stitch: there's just something about that easiness and end result I love!

    I'm Magpi60 Raveler #4151487

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  95. I'm a fairly new knitter, so I'm fascinated by lace and cable but scared to give it a try. This book would certainly help me give it a go!
    namaste69

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  96. I think I'm going to make this book the first stitch dictionary in my future collection.
    Rav ID: iquana

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  97. I enjoy texture. And cables. These I can't do without
    Margievz on Rav
    Thank you for this awesome giveaway!

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  98. I do like cables. At the moment, I am trying lace knitting. I am enjoying. Thanks for a chance for this awesome giveaway. LynnIL on ravelry

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  99. Just venturing into lace and loving it! Rav id: pamlaff

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  100. I like stranded patterns and cables too. I tend to lose count on easier things btw! JanellHall on ravelry

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  101. I love textured stitches and am just starting to enjoy lace. This book looks awesome-thanks for the giveaway! Curlyfry7 on Ravelry :)

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  102. I love cables. Your swatch looks awesome. knitter4two on Ravelry

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  103. I love lace. I find it rhythmic and soothing. And I like charted lace far better than written instructions! Christina wall on rav.

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  104. I love the look of lace, but usually get too tripped up by it. I often do pretty simple projects; I did make a bag last year which had a lot of texture stitches in it, and that was fun

    jessicaburns on Ravelry

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  105. I love to knit cables. I need to knit more cabled sweaters! hannahr on Ravelry

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  106. I love cables and seed stitch!!
    Danamisenberger on ravelry

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  107. Lately I've been on a real cable kick. They're so addictive to knit, I love watching them grow off my needles.
    SheilaOKeefe on Rav

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  108. Hey! My first successful comment on your blog (I think)! I like knitting stockinette right now. Because I have had years of fussy knits and know I enjoy the mindless ones. :) Legerdemain on Ravelry, and Jennifer in person. ;)

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  109. Latest fav stitch 'lift the 3rd stitch on the left needle over the first 2 stitches and off the needle, K1, YO, K1. Knit 3 more rows and repeat....

    SaraRae on rave. :)

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  110. I like rib stitches because they work with all kinds of hats. And I love hats.
    Rav ID: RareJewel

    melodyj(at)gmail(dot)com

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  111. Seed stitch is my fave so far. rav id:yollma

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  112. Hmm tough question as my interests are changing. I was on a cable kick, but now am working on more lace. However, there is always the draw to mindless knitting....

    Dianatpham on ravelry :)

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  113. Love that yarn! I'm partial to simple lace patterns at the moment.
    hapagirl on Rav

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  114. What stitches I love changes depending on what I'm working on, but right now I'm itching to do some cables after a long run of lace recently.

    Kayteau on rav too

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  115. I love knitting lace! What a great book. I'm definitely buying it if I don't win!

    LightsOn on Ravelry

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  116. What a pretty giveaway! I just started learning how to knit last month, so I'm still working on my knits and purls! It's been a lot of fun to learn so far. Thanks!

    Rav ID: rtsun403

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  117. I love textured patterns that make use of just knits and purls! Thanks for the chance to win these amazing prizes!

    rav ID: mmherd

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  118. I love knitting lace and cables. ALso textures. Okay I just love knitting!!
    maushak@wildblue.net

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  119. ooh, this is such an amazing prize pack, and I so want to check out Wendy's new book. I love lace and cables, but really any stitch with lots of great texture turns my head, for sure. Thanks for hosting a giveaway! knitbliss@gmail.com Rav ID: knittedblissJC

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  120. I love cables! What a great book! Expectingsam on ravelry :-)

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  121. This book looks great. I am looking forward to trying some lace patterns.Shireen
    sarrafs@gmail.com

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  122. I've recently re-discovered the joy of garter stitch. It's great mindless, comfort knitting and so squishy. Thanks for the awesome review and giveaway. WoollyMomma on Ravelry

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  123. I like cables. Dying to try some of the stitches in this book!

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  124. I love looking through the cable section! Recently I made a dress bottom-up because I couldn't figure out how to convert the lace pattern I was using into top-down, so I love the idea of a stitch dictionary that gives you a number of ways to make the same stitch!
    sanjou on ravelry

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  125. I adore cables.. and especially small and close together ones. Next fave is colorwork with slipped stitches, so satisfying!
    jayellesea on Ra

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  126. Love cables! Can't wait to get m hands on this book.

    LisaStork on raverly

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  127. To me, there is nothing more meditative than knitting a 2x2 rib.
    nacollins29 on ravelry

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  128. I love a pattern that makes a nice textured fabric, especially if it has a repeat of no more than 4 rows and isn't too hard to commit to memory after several rows. I really love discovering new stitch patterns - it's amazing to me how many beautiful combinations come out of simply knit and purl! (I'm KimW on Ravelry, and at kimberlywiggin (at) sbcglobal (dot) net

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  129. love lace in combo with a ton a of stockinette I am at a point in my life where the lace keeps me interested and the stockinette keeps me sane!
    Rav: read2me3

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  130. I enjoy most textured patterns that do not involve bobbles and I can memorize, or at least logic out, what comes next. My favourite are the small details in a sea of stockinette.

    Rav: jacflash

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  131. Awesome prize!
    It's hard to pick a favourite but I do love the finished look of cables.

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  132. Hmmm depends what I'm in the mood for. I love cables, especially because it's easy to read your knitting and there's high impact for little work. I love the way lace looks and the breadth of it, but I haven't had the mental capacity for really great lace for a while! Nataliebknits on Rav

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  133. My first love was cables but I've been taking a shine to lace lately. All of it keeps me from having to do color work ;). Thanks for this giveaway! I would be thrilled to win. RavID: IceBebe

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  134. Lately I've been obsessed with knitting lace!
    Thanks for the giveaway! Looks like a great book! RavID: FlannelJammies

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  135. I love the way lace knits up and seeing the pattern emerge! Fair isle goes quickly for the same reason. Thanks for the chance to win this awesome stuff!

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  136. I love to knit lace shawls with all of the yo's, ssks, skpo's, knit 2 togs, cables, twisted stitches and etc.

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  137. I really love textured stitches, especially ones that can transform the yarn like slipped stitch patterns. I can't wait to check out this dictionary; it's my kind of book! I am Cantrix on Ravelry :-)

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  138. I love lace! Recently I've been knitting lace with really huge chunky yarn, it totally changes the look. I also love seed stitch, it just looks so inviting and delicate. I'm Adaraya on ravelry :)

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  139. I love cable patterns

    Catiecat on Ravelry

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  140. I love anything chevron!!! Thanks for this opportunity. Fingers crossed : ) Rav ID: Jeex64

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  141. I love the look of cables! thanks!

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  142. Love this giveaway! I will definitely find a copy of this book! Obsessed right now with slipped stitch color work. Ravelry name is ckwebgrrl.

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  143. I would love this book, I like to make squares for charity blankets and it would be fun to have many different stitches.

    srahamim47@gmail.com or srahamim on ravelry

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  144. I love trying all kinds of different stitches. Anything that adds fun details and interest to a project. Lately I've been having fun with both lace and cables.


    auntieemsstudio on Ravelry

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  145. I've been all about textured stitches lately - I just love the way they look and feel. Thanks for running this giveaway Melissa!

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  146. I am a girl who can't get enough cables, and the joy of intarsia comes in a close second. Love them! I am so excited about this stitch dictionary!

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  147. I love interesting textures and am always a sucker for an elegant cable. This stitch dictionary looks fabulous! Thanks for the opportunity! (TurboCricket on Rav)

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  148. thank you for offering the giveaway! i love knitting anything that has interesting textures! i find that i mostly knit cables during the fall/winter and lace during the spring/summer. my rav id is "-bebe".

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  149. I love texture of all kinds. Seeing the pictures of the swatches makes me want to grab my needles and get knitting!
    Katykasman on ravelry

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  150. I'm crazy for all things cabley -- but cable patterns that work in fancy little eyelets and the like are a particular weakness. rav id: meganimal

    p.s. hi Melissa!

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  151. I am working on felting for first time wish me luck! ravelry : gambit78

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  152. My favorite stitches are lace, cables, entrelac, miters, oh heck, I love them all! gussek on Ravelry

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  153. At the moment it is cables, cables, cables. Who knows what it might be tomorrow.
    Rav: TreeF

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  154. It's hard to come down with a single favorite, but I do like the look of cables weaving in and out of lace...
    Lynnette on Ravelry.

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  155. hmmnnn my favourite stitch to knit? gah, i dunno... a combination of plain stockinette, cables, and lace... it really depends on my mood. for lay-back no worries knitting, definitely stockinette. ;) xo

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  156. I love to try out all kinds of different stitch patterns, depending on how the mood strikes me. But I always seem to go back to my beloved cables. Thank you for this chance!
    Ravelry ~ shantiknits

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  157. I love knitting traditional Guernsey patterns... all that texture! Thanks for the review (this is on my to-buy list should I not win the draw) and the giveaway.

    rav: freddygirl

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  158. I just made something with open star and it is BEAUTIFUL.

    rav:stretchforever

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  159. I do love cables. And very uncomplicated lace. I am so excited about this book, I am definitely getting my hands on it one way or another!

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  160. I really enjoy doing cable stitches. Especially Viking cables. alcbrooks on Ravelry

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  161. I just love experimenting with stitches; I'm not very good with cables but I love everything else (asimplehomestd on Rav)

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  162. Whatever I am knitting at the time is my favorite so lace is it right now! Rav id HeKnitMeTogether

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  163. I love cables, they look so nice when they come out right.

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