Knitting Books: The Knitting Experience: Purl Stitch

by Sally Melville

5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner

The Purl Stitch is a beautifully illustrated, easy to follow guide to producing intricate-looking garments using simple techniques and readily available yarns. Having used the first volume in the series, The Knit Stitch, I was happy to find that this second book is just as valuable. One of its best features is the presentation of photos of the same garment done in different yarns and sizes. Patterns are accurate and adaptable, and I find that they stimulate my creativity and interest in customizing them. Though I’ve been knitting for more than twenty years, the simplicity is far from boring. The Purl Stitch is one of my most useful references, one that I return to time and again.

Knitting Books: The Knitting Experience – the Knit Stitch

by Sally Melville

5.0 out of 5 stars

As a lifelong knitter with an extensive knitting/needlework library, I have to rank The Knit Stitch among my absolute favorites. The patterns, in my opinion, are varied, mostly updated classics. The best feature in this book is the range of different techniques presented and the clear coaching provided for each. I’ve learned several new skills and methods for casting on and off, seaming, making nice even edges, and altering patterns, and I refer to this volume often when I need to solve a problem in my projects. Highly recommended for both novice and experienced knitters.

Books about Knitting: Module Magic

by Ginger Luters

4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring

Not exactly magic, but this book is a great tutorial for learning the technique of modular knitting. It breaks down the process by shape, with instructions for making and combining squares, strips, triangles, miters, etc., into beautiful, colorful fabrics and garments. The patterns are varied (shawls, sweaters, hats afghans), and each type of module is illustrated in more than one possible combination of shapes and colors. If this book doesn’t stimulate knitting creativity, I don’t know what will! A great addition to the serious knitter’s library, for inspiration, instruction, patterns, and more.

My Einstein Coat

teaandbook.jpg Last fall, I completed this adapted version of the Einstein Coat from one of my favorite books, the Knitting Experience, by Sally Melville. Done all in garter stitch, it is an easy pattern to adapt, it’s knitted and constructed with knitting as you go along, and requires very little sewing, which I really don’t enjoy doing. I made a large version of the child’s pattern, to get a garment more jacket than coat length. Always get lots of compliments when I wear it, and it’s very warm.


beaded scarf

Originally uploaded by katknit.

Above is pictured one of my favorite projects. This lacy scarf, crocheted and beaded, lends itself to all kinds of yarn/bead combinations. The pattern is easy enough to memorize, so when I’m away from home, I often bring along materials to make a scarf or two. This lavender one is done in a sport weight yarn from Bernat, which is inexpensive yet works up nicely.The pattern is from one of my favorite books, which contains beautiful designs that are adaptable to all kinds of yarns: