Treasuring Stitch Dictionaries


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Thanks for taking Treasuring Stitch Dictionaries! I hope you left class all fired up and ready to use those stitch patterns in all kinds of projects!

Here are some of the resources we talked about in class, plus perhaps some other information you might find helpful. If you know of others than I have not mentioned here, please email me and tell me about them, so I can share the information with others.

Stitch-Maps logoStitch Maps is an awesome website that functions as a stitch dictionary, with a unique twist. Stitch maps are a way of drawing a chart without grids so you can see how the pattern flows. It’s especially wonderful for lace patterns, and the collection is growing all the time. It’s well worth checking out.

milanese-lace_stitch-mapsParts of Stitch Maps are free, but there are additional levels of membership which give you access to additional benefits. There may be a coupon code available from class; check your post-class note from me for details.

The following books are ones I have seen (both knit and crochet). I own a lot of them, and others are ones that people have brought to class. Try to take a look at stitch dictionaries before buying, if possible, because there is a wide range of quality available. Some are not well edited and some are very hard to read.

Besides the ones pictured below, I strongly recommend just about any Japanese stitch dictionary you can get your hands on. Nihon Vogue is one of the publishers. You can find them online and at Kinokuniya Bookstores (locations in the US in New York City, San Jose, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle and several other cities).

Also any of the “old” Harmony Guides; the newer ones are somewhat disappointing.

These books are usually available from your  local yarn shop, independent bookseller, Barnes & Noble, or Amazon.

ATreasuryofKnittingPatterns
A Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barbara G. Walker
ASecondTreasuryofKnittingPatterns
A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barbara G. Walker
ChartedKnittingDesigns
Charted Knitting Designs: A Third Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barbara G. Walker
AFourthTreasuryofKnittingPatterns
A Fourth Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barbara G. Walker
Japanese stitch dictionary 1000 patterns
1000 Knitting Patterns
Japanese stitch dictionary 500 patterns
500 Knitting Patterns
Knit Stitch Pattern Handbook
The Knit Stitch Pattern Handbook by Melissa Leapman
Up Down All Around
Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary by Wendy Bernard
Super Stitches Knitting
Super Stitches Knitting by Karen Hemingway
Knitting Stitches Visual Encyclopedia
Knitting Stitches VISUAL Encyclopedia by Sharon Turner
Knit Stitch Dictionary
Knit Stitch Dictionary by Debbie Tomkies
Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary
The Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary by Wendy Bernard
Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible
Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible by Hitomi Shida
400 Knitting Stitches
400 Knitting Stitches by Potter Craft
Big Book of Knitting Stitch Patterns
Big Book of Knitting Stitch Patterns
The Big Book of Knit Stitches
Big Book of Knitting Stitch Patterns
Learn How to Knit with 50 Square
Learn How to Knit With 50 Squares (Note that this is not a true stitch dictionary, a student brought it to class once, and it does function as one!)
750 Knitting Stitches
750 Knitting Stitches
Ultimate Sourcebook of Knitting and Crochet Stitches
Ultimate Sourcebook of Knitting and Crochet Stitches from Reader's Digest
Indispensable Stitch Collection for Crocheters
Indispensable Stitch Collection for Crocheters by Melissa Leapman
Continuous Crochet Motif 60
Continuous Crochet Motif 60

Crochet Stitch Dictionary by Sarah Hazell
The Complete Book of Crochet Stitch Designs
The Complete Book of Crochet Stitch Designs
Crochet Stitches Visual Encyclopedia
Crochet Stitches Visual Encyclopedia by Robyn Chachula
The Big Book of Crochet Stitches
The Big Book of Crochet Stitches
Super Stitches Crochet
Super Stitches Crochet
The Crochet Stitch Bible
The Crochet Stitch Bible by Betty Barnden
500 Crochet Stitches
500 Crochet Stitches