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The Art of Slip-Stitch Knitting – Book Review

Book Review of The Art of Slip Stitch Knitting.

This is a great book — not only does it have a nice array of pretty patterns, but it is a great stitch dictionary for a lot of different slipped stitch patterns. And it contains a lot of useful how-to information.

In the back of the book is a lot of useful information, including abbreviations, and an illustrated glossary of techniques.

While we all Love Free Patterns, sometimes you have to pay a little to get the pattern you want. 🙁

This book contains 40 different slip stitch patterns, so it is in part a stitch dictionary. It also has 16 lovely patterns that incorporate slip-stitch patterns: 6 garments, 2 vests, and 8 accessories.

The book starts with some how-tos — different ways of slipping stitches and what you do with the working yarn when you slip. And there’s information on horizontal, vertical, and diagonal slipping. Pretty much everything you could possibly need to know about slip-stitch knitting.

For the actual stitch patterns in the stitch dictionary portion of the book, they are both written out row by row and charted, and there is a good explanation of how to read the charts.

There’s lots of other information you need: guidelines on gauge, working in the round versus flat, yarn choices, color choices.

The next section of the book is about traditional slip stitches, with a number of different stitch patterns, and some projects. My favorite project from this section is the Bordo Shawl, which is worked in fingering weight yarn in two colors.

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The next section features Woven slip stitches and again has a number of different stitch patterns and then some projects. My favorite project in this section is the Gobelen Bag, which I really, really want! It’s knit from worsted weight wool in a variety of colors.

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Did I mention that I want it?

The next stitch Section is Fancy slip-stitch. My favorite pattern here: The Nebo Pullover. The sleeves are worked in a slip-stitch pattern, the cables incorporate slipped stitches and the edging is worked in a slipped rib, so there is a lot of slipping going on! It’s nicely fitted and is worked in a sportweight yarn.

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Last is Reversible slip-stitch. I love the Siska Hat, which would work up very quickly in worsted weight yarn.

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You can take a look at all 16 patterns on Ravelry.

Thanks to Wendy Knits for the Article.

 

 

 

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