Book Reviews, Ramblings

Book Review – The Knitting Stitch Bible

There are many knitting stitch books available, probably more than we can count, but my favourite is still “The Knitting Stitch Bible” by Maria Parry-Jones, published by Krause Publications. I have owned this book for about 12 to 15 years, and thankfully it is still available on  I am not a crocheter, but for anyone interested, I also saw a listing for “The Crochet Stitch Bible”.

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One of the many features I appreciate with this book is the wire binding which makes it easy to keep open at the page of your choice.  The compact size is also a benefit, I often don’t have a lot of surface space when I am knitting and this publication fits easily on to my lap or a small occasional table.

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I love the pictorial table of contents which allows for easy browsing of the over 250 stitches available, providing a quick view of the stitch as well the appropriate page. I sometimes flip through the table of contents just to be inspired by the variety of textures and colours.

The sections include; Knit & purl, Rib, Cable, Bobble, Lace, Fair Isle, Intarsia, and Sequins & Beads, all colour coded making it easy to find the individual sections. There are 256 pages of inspiration in this book and it is a never ending source of ideas for my knitting projects.

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The individual stitch instruction pages include a good sized, clear picture of the stitch and a very easy to follow chart. Also included is the yarn used for the example and the multiple of stitches required. Most pages include a  blank section  which I often use to jot down notes, pattern ideas or doodles for my next project!

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The colours included in the Fair Isle and Intarsia sections are bright and clear and always make me wish I were more adept at these two techniques (definitely something to work toward).

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The index of chart symbols is nicely organized and contains clear, concise instructions.

At the front, there is a helpful section on how to use this book as well some useful knitting resources, and the last page contains an in-depth list of commonly used abbreviations.

I consider this my main knitting resource when designing and it is always the first book I reach for when I am stuck for inspiration.  On a less useful note, it just feels nice to hold  and it makes me smile!!

(Photos for review purpose only)


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