An invaluable resource of original stitch patterns, this collection is for newcomers, designers, and knitters of all abilities. Instead of being merely a round-up of familiar stitches this is a visual feast of new material put together by two author-designers with a wide experience of hand knitting. It is a must-have addition to existing reference books on the subject.
Lesley Stanfield is a long-time hand-knitting designer and has been the knitting editor of several women's magazines. She has produced a number of books on knitting and crochet. She lives and works in Whitstable, Kent. Melody Griffiths studied graphic design, and after a brief spell as an art teacher, joined Woman magazine as assistant knitting editor.Since then she has been knitting editor at Woman, Me and Bella magazines. As a freelance designer she has worked for Debbie Bliss and most of the major yarn companies including Patons and Sirdar. Her designs appear regularly in many magazines including My Weekly, Woman's Weekly and Knitting. Melody lives in London.
Organised for easy access, stitches are divided into knit and purl textures and ribs, twist stitches, cables, lace, bobbles and bells, colour and intarsia designs, and unusual techniques - including rarities like entrelac, double-sided fabric, and mosaic effects. Each chapter has a number of simple designs for beginners, including both row-by-row written instructions and easy to read charts - allowing the reader to get used to using the standard charts given for more complex, or larger-repeat patterns. All stitch abbreviations and chart symbols are included on a fold out flap - unusual and unique stitches are explained alongside the relevant patterns.