For knitters and crocheters who want to blaze their own trail with patterns and stitches, a good stitch dictionary is invaluable. The ones I like best have charted patterns, but many of the stitch dictionaries provide both charts and written directions for each stitch pattern.
1. Japanese stitch dictionaries – Charts of each pattern repeat are shown next to a picture of the pattern knitted up. Although there are no written directions in either of these dictionaries, a quick internet search of Japanese knitting symbols will provide the basic key symbols. For a knitter or crocheter who has experience working with charts, the chart symbols are easily decipherable.
Both of the Japanese stitch dictionaries that we carry also have a crochet stitch section in the back – if you are a person who enjoys both crafts, you luck out with these books. Choose from 500 stitch patterns or (drumroll) 1000 stitch patterns encompassing everything from textured stitches to cables, lace to colorwork motifs,and traveling stitches to twisted stitches.
2. Colorwork charts – Mary Jane Mucklestone’s latest book, 200 Fair Isle Motifs, fills a spot on the knitting library shelf with charts of colorwork patterns, motifs in a variety of sizes, and alternate color choices for charts.
3. The latest two Vogue Stitchionaries are on our shelves and a number of the Ewes are hoping to receive at least one of them in their stockings. Volume 5 covers lace patterns and Volume 6 showcases edgings and finishings.