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Book Name: Stitch ‘n Bitch Nation

Author: Debbie Stoller

Publisher: Workman Publishing

ISBN: 0-7611-3590-1

Cover: Paperback

# of Pages: 289

Illustrations: Color photos, B&W drawings

Experience Required: all levels

Book Review

What I really like about Stitch ‘n Bitch Nation is that every part of it is useful to knitters of every experience level. It is very comprehensive and jam-packed with everything you want and need to know about the knitting process. A color photo accompanies every project, so you have a good visual of what the final product should look like. The first chapter, I Knit It My Way (How to make any knitting pattern work with your yarn, your gauge, (making sure the final product fits) your body, and your style) could be a refresher course for some but a beginner lesson and a step toward successful knitting for others. The author takes you step-by-step through a couple of patterns so you know how to read them and work with the instructions so the final products turn out like they are supposed to. There are also tips sections called Show Me Your Tips, in this chapter and throughout the book to explain additional knitting processes that may be confusing or difficult (i.e. using the magic formula to space increases and decreases evenly along a diagonal and tips for working with circular needles and how to dye yarn with kool-aid).

In the next chapter there are patterns for a wide variety of knitted projects (Scarves, Hats, Mittens, Sweaters, Ponchos, Sexy Summer Knits (sweaters, tank tops, stockings, miniskirt/shirt), Legs, Bags and Beyond (slippers, handwarmers, belt), Babies, Dogs, Cats (pants, sweaters, hat, booties, cat toys), Gifts and more (cell phone and tea cozies, rock star dolls, fuzzy dice and steering wheel cover, pillows). The selection of projects is so varied and unique that most likely something along the lines of whatever knitters are looking for will be present in this book. Also present throughout the book are sections on knitting groups called Stitch ‘n Bitch Across the Nation so you can read about what other people are doing when they get together including projects, charitable work and how they got organized. It is really interesting to read and you may even see some of yourself in what you are reading about other groups that have formed. It may also help decide what your group can do or what direction it will take.

The next chapter called The Knitty-Gritty (A Refresher Course) is exactly that, an illustrated step by step explanation of knitting techniques (stitches) to visually take you through casting on your stitches, knitting, binding off, increasing, sewing side seams, fringe, pom poms and Cable and Fair Isle styles just to name a few. This chapter is very helpful for beginners as well as more experienced knitters because even if there is just one technique or stitch you don’t know how to do it is worthwhile reading. Also helpful are the sections in the final chapter called Resources (Yarn Stores and Yarn Suppliers around the world so wherever you are you know where you can go to get help and supplies to successfully complete your knitting project(s). And just because this book is too good to be true for bonus information and help, there is a Knitting Notes section for you to write in.


  • Butterflies are Free Scarf
  • Later ‘Gator Mitts
  • Jesse’s Flames Sweater
  • That Seventies Poncho
  • Sexie Halter Top
  • Itsy-Bitsy Teeny-Weeny Purple Polka-Dot Tankini
  • Candy Stripers-Messenger and Laptop Bags
  • Felted Furry Foot Warmers
  • Bunny Hat
  • One-Hour Baby Booties

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