Treasuring Stitch Dictionaries

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.

stitchmapslogoStitch 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-mapsHere’s an example of a Stitch Map:


The following books are ones I have seen and can recommend. 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.

A Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barbara G. Walker
A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barbara G. Walker
Charted Knitting Designs: A Third Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barbara G. Walker
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