May 11th, 2016

Review & Giveaway: The Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary

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We love stitch dictionaries here at WEBS and the latest one to arrive is fantastic. Wendy Bernard’s (of Knit and Tonic) newest book, The Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary is the follow-up to her popular Up Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary, and features 150 new stitch patterns for knitting in every direction. Not only does it have the stitch patterns and directions, every chapter includes a pattern so you can put the stitch patterns to use! The book is spiral-bound, which makes it incredibly easy to knit from.

The Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary by Wendy Bernard

As part of the blog tour, we’re excited to be able to share with you not only a stitch pattern from the book, but also a giveaway of the book and 2 hanks of yarn from Blue Sky Alpacas, who provided the yarn for the book.

First things first, the stitch pattern! The Fern Grotto Lace pattern is a lovely pattern that has directions for knitting flat and in the round, both bottom-up and top-down.

The Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary Fern Lace Grotto Bottom-Up

Fern Grotto Lace Bottom-Up Flat
(panel of 21 sts +1 worked on a background of St st; 6-row repeat)
ROW 1 (RS): *K1, yo, k3, ssk, k10, k2tog, k3, yo; repeat from * to last st, k1.
ROW 2: P1, *p1, yo, p3, p2tog, p8, ssp, p3, yo, p2; repeat from * to end.
ROW 3: *K3, yo, k3, ssk, k6, k2tog, k3, yo, k2; repeat from * to last st, k1.
ROW 4: P1, *p3, yo, p3, p2tog, p4, ssp, p3, yo, p4; repeat from * to end.
ROW 5: *K5, yo, k3, ssk, k2, k2tog, k3, yo, k4; repeat from * to last st, k1.
ROW 6: P1, *p5, yo, p3, p2tog, ssp, p3, yo, p6; repeat from * to end.
Repeat Rows 1–6 for Fern Grotto Lace Bottom-Up Flat.

Fern Grotto Lace Bottom-Up in the Round
(panel of 21 sts worked on a background of St st; 6-row repeat)
ROW 1 (RS): *K1, yo, k3, ssk, k10, k2tog, k3, yo; repeat from * to end.
ROW 2: *K2, yo, k3, ssk, k8, k2tog, k3, yo, k1; repeat from * to end.
ROW 3: *K3, yo, k3, ssk, k6, k2tog, k3, yo, k2; repeat from * to end.
ROW 4: *K4, yo, k3, ssk, k4, k2tog, k3, yo, k3; repeat from * to end.
ROW 5: *K5, yo, k3, ssk, k2, k2tog, k3, yo, k4; repeat from * to end.
ROW 6: *K6, yo, k3, ssk, k2tog, k3, yo, k5; repeat from * to end.
Repeat Rows 1–6 for Fern Grotto Lace Bottom-Up in the Round.

The Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary Fern Grotto Lace Top-Down

Fern Grotto Lace Top-Down Flat
(panel of 21 sts +2 worked on a background of St st; 6-row repeat)
ROW 1 (RS): K1, *k5, k2tog, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, ssk, k5; repeat from * to last st, k1.
ROW 2: P1, *p4, ssp, p3, yo, p3, yo, p3, p2tog, p4; repeat from * to last st, k1.
ROW 3: K1, *k3, k2tog, k3, yo, k5, yo, k3, ssk, k3; repeat from * to last st, k1.
ROW 4: P1, *p2, ssp, p3, yo, p7, yo, p3, p2tog, p2; repeat from * to last st, k1.
ROW 5: K1, *k1, k2tog, k3, yo, k9, yo, k3, ssk, k1; repeat from * to last st, k1.
ROW 6: P1, *ssp, p3, yo, p11, yo, p3, p2tog; repeat from * to last st, k1.
Repeat Rows 1–6 for Fern Grotto Lace Top-Down Flat.

Fern Grotto Lace Top-Down in the Round
(panel of 21 sts worked on a background of St st; 6-row repeat)
ROW 1 (RS): *K5, k2tog, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, ssk, k5; repeat from * to end.
ROW 2: *P4, k2t0g, k3, yo, k3, yo, k3, ssk, k4; repeat from * to end.
ROW 3: *K3, k2tog, k3, yo, k5, yo, k3, ssk, k3; repeat from * to end.
ROW 4: *K2, k2tog, k3, yo, k7, yo, k3, ssk, k2; repeat from * to end.
ROW 5: *K1, k2tog, k3, yo, k9, yo, k3, ssk, k1; repeat from * to end.
ROW 6: *K2tog, k3, yo, k11, yo, k3, ssk; repeat from * to end.
Repeat Rows 1–6 for Fern Grotto Lace Top-Down in the Round.

And now the giveaway! Please comment here on the blog by May 18, 2016 with what you love about stitch dictionaries for your chance to win. Make sure you use your email address so we have a way to contact you and get your mailing information.

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96 Responses to “Review & Giveaway: The Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary”

  1. mellenknits Says:

    I love to look through stitch dictionaries just to admire the complexity of the charts! So much can be accomplished with just knits and purls!

  2. Taine Says:

    I love flipping through stitch dictionaries to find that perfect chart for plugging into whatever socks I’m working on that day :)

  3. Anne Marie Says:

    I love stitch dictionaries because they are so chock-full of inspiration and ideas.

  4. Rebecca Says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! Stitch dictionaries are a foundational resource. I rarely follow a knitting pattern exactly as it is written. With a stitch dictionary it’s easy to change how a garment or accessory looks, hangs, fits. Socks, sweaters, mitts, hats, blankets, whatever. I love Wendy’s first stitch dictionary book and use it all the time because I’m big on seamless top-down, and many/most stitch dictionaries don’t work for what I need.

  5. marciepooh Says:

    So cool! I love stitch dictionaries because they open up all kinds of options. I think I have more “adapted from” or improvised pattens for my Revelry projects than not, and I’ve often looked at a stitch pattern and wondered how to do it “backwards” (and if it’d really look the same) or if it would work in the round…and I hate swatching (and yes this got me in huge trouble lately – know any giants in need of a hat?).

  6. Pamela Ric Says:

    I love stitch dictionaries because I can customize my knits easier. I love the inspiration too. I have several but am always in the market for another.

  7. Pat Says:

    I like stitch dictionaries because they demystify some of the patterns I’ve purchased and allow me to substitute panels or stitches.

  8. Carolyn Says:

    I usually improvise the projects I knit, and it is always useful to have a stitch dictionary as a source for just the right stitch pattern to use.

  9. Karen Says:

    Stitch dictionaries are the best – it’s so nice to have options and to browse for inspiration.

  10. Anne Says:

    I love to add new patterns to center out baby blankets.

  11. Cheryl Says:

    I love the infinite possibilities in stitch dictionaries. They are my favorite bedtime reading!

  12. Tamera Erskine Says:

    Wow I would love to have an amazing book like this. I am new to knitting so have a bible like this would be incredible to look thru from time to time.

  13. florapie Says:

    I love stitch dictionaries because they let me dream about designs of my own, and give me the tools to modify designs I don’t quite love as written

  14. Joy Says:

    I love stitch dictionaries because they give me the opportunity to create my own pieces.

  15. Heidi Says:

    I like stitch dictionaries because you can take various stitch patterns from them and apply them to a plain sock, sweater, blanket, etc. with hardly any additional work – so you get to the knitting sooner!

  16. Louise Burden Says:

    Stitch dictionaries are a wonderful resource when you want to make a sampler afghan or some beautiful cotton faceclothes! I would love a copy of Wendy Bernard’s latest book. Thank you for the giveaway chance!

  17. Venice Smith Says:

    I love the inspiration. If I’m feeling at odds with current projects or just don’t know what to do next, a good stitch dictionary injects me with that needed enthusiasm.

  18. Christa P Says:

    Oh the possibilities! Stitch dictionaries help you to dream up your next creation.

  19. Tammy Dawson Says:

    I love that the stitch dictionary gives you multiple stitches that helps you with your creative spark.

  20. Susan B Says:

    A great stitch dictionary is like the menu for a good restaurant. There are so many choices and I want to try them all.

  21. justmichelle Says:

    Stich dictionaries give you the building blocks to create.

  22. Jody Hall Says:

    I like finding new stitches to try…Stitch dictionaries are very inspiring!

  23. Mary Says:

    Stitch dictionaries inspire creativity. I like the versatility- dishcloths, socks, wristlets… Can’t wait to see this one in person.

  24. David Thomas Says:

    As an avid charity knitter, stitch dictionaries provide a rich resource of new patterns for baby hats, children’s hats, chemo hats as well as for blankets of any size. The dictionaries help to simplify my knitting which ultimately help me to help others!

  25. Erin Says:

    I like being able to use stitch dictionaries to create texture where I improvise!

  26. Kathy Says:

    I like to use a stitch dictionary to help me add texture to a sweater or change the stitch pattern in a baby blanket, or a scarf. Well, most everything I make gets a little bit of a tweak to suit me better. I rarely see a pattern that is “perfect” just the way it is written. I don’t have a paper copy of a stitch dictionary, so I have to rely on some online sources. I would love to have a real book!

  27. Kathy Says:

    Stitch dictionaries are great for inspiration. And who doesn’t like to spend a half hour (or more?) browsing through stith patterns?

  28. Alice Mendel Says:

    Oh the possibilities!

  29. Kris Says:

    Stitch dictionaries are inspirational, and allow me to find new stitch patterns to try.

  30. Trisha Says:

    I love the seemingly limitless possibilities that stitch dictionaries provide. It’s also great to see what stitch patterns look like.

  31. SAMANTHA EDWARDS Says:

    I love stitch dictionaries because it helps me get creative with my knitting!

  32. NIcole Says:

    I am not at a point in my knitting career that I can use a stitch dictionary to help create a pattern, but I do like to use it to practice knitting or to swatch yarn. When I first started knitting, I used to pick out a stitch and just make practice swatches.

  33. Terry Burton Says:

    So much to inspire me. I am an intermediate knitter, always trying to tweek an existing pattern to satisfy my need for striking stitch definition. I have one stitch dictionary and it is filled with sticky note bookmarks of great stitches to be used in future projects! How wonderful to have a new book to make me feel like a kid in a candy store….

  34. Mary Kay Says:

    I love the inspiration I can get! Flipping through the pages and imagining all the possibilities and projects…

  35. Deb Says:

    I think it’s fun to look through stitch dictionaries and try to envision where various patterns can be used–perhaps to put a simple lace panel down the front of a plain pullover, or to add a more interesting edging to a garment or blanket…
    Anything that allows me to page through a book of beautiful yarn and stitches is good with me!

  36. Eleanor M. Glavin Says:

    I love stitch dictionaries! They inspire my designs, and there is always something new to try, even though I’ve bee knitting for six decades!

  37. Jessie Tropp Says:

    I collect stitch dictionaries, but don’t have this one yet. They are the perfect project inspiration. I often spend hours going through them looking for the perfect stitch for a project.

  38. Maureen Says:

    You have the picture and the directions right in front in print and they are not on a video where you have to keep going back and repeating.

  39. Mickey Says:

    This is a special stitch dictionary because it has all the ways to knit and you don’t have to fiddle with graph paper to get a copy to put in your knitting bag. Have you ever found a wip that you can’t remember the pattern and you sit there forever to recreate what you did on the first sock or mitten. I have my favorite heel pattern that will work with a new stitch and voila, a new sock. totally ooak.

  40. Anne Says:

    I have never owned a stitch dictionary; I image they would be a marvelous source of inspiration!

  41. Heather HS Says:

    I love finding new patterns for scarves!

  42. Ramona Says:

    I love Looking at stitch dictionaries for the inspiration. I dream of all the things I could make with the patterns. I was very impressed with the first book so I’m sure this one will be just as good.

  43. Sarah C Says:

    Stitch dictionaries are great for plugging in a design element onto a plain sweater!

  44. Michelle Says:

    I have become an advanced knitter and i know its time for me to create something of my own. Stitch dictionaries open up the possibilities for designing my own creation. Thanks for the chance to win!

  45. Kay Says:

    I love all stitch dictionaries! They open my mind to infinite possibilities and allow me to design my own wearables. They also push my boundaries. Since I started looking at stitch dictionaries, I’ve found that my knitting has taken on new dimensions!

  46. Audrey Boulanger Says:

    It is only because of books like this, that allow “beginner” knitters like me actually create something I can say “Look atvwhatvI made!”

  47. MelodyJ Says:

    I like that stitch dictionaries show stitches I would have never thought of trying otherwise.

  48. Anne J-Z Says:

    I just love the possibilities that a stitch dictionary holds

  49. Marci Says:

    I love the sense of potential in stitch dictionaries — and I can even translate that into an actual knitted item sometimes!

  50. Ginny Says:

    Stitch dictionaries are amazing treasures troves of possibilities and new ideas. I love the idea behind this particular collection. It makes the patterns easier to use in a wider variety of knitting situations. Brilliant!

  51. Kathy Beach Says:

    I love stitch dictionaries because I use them to create my own designs in a basic top pattern that I use over and over again.

  52. Katelyn M Says:

    Thanks for the review and chance to win. This looks like an amazing book to have. I love that It is spiral bound which makes it so easy to use. I love to use a stitch dictionary to make baby blankets and coals as presents. It makes it easy to come up with something new for these special projects.

  53. Margo Says:

    I like stitch dictionaries because they give ideas I could never come up with on my own.

  54. Marianna Says:

    I love the inspiration I get from almost any knitting book.

  55. kathy Says:

    I love to swatch from stitch dictionaries when I’m between projects. I may not ever use the patterns I try out, but doing a swatch of an unfamiliar pattern helps set the mood for my next project.

  56. MaryFran Says:

    I love using stitch dictionaries to hone my skills – and make dishcloths to practice!

  57. Ghana Says:

    It has been said that when you need to rest the body, you challenge the mind. So when I’m really physically tired a stitch dictionary provides me with my favorite form of mental challenge: learning a new knit stitch! Browse, pick a stitch that I find pretty and just complicated enough and get to it. Sure to get my mind off those sore muscles from physical therapy!

  58. Savannagal Says:

    I love stitch dictionaries. They give me inspiration. Some day I hope to design my own sweater and I’ll definitely use a stitch dictionary for pattern ideas.

  59. Carrie Says:

    You can personalize any pattern! Like a different lace chart then stick that one in. Want to make a plain pair of socks a little more special, figure out how many stitches you need and find the stitch pattern that works. Never ending source of inspiration!

  60. Joan Siegel Says:

    Stitch dictionaries help to clear up any questions you might have about a particular stitch. They help you to see different methods and techniques for doing various stitches. They offer inspiration when you are designing a piece of knitwear.

  61. MsMarm Says:

    Stitch dictionaries are my inspiration. Being one that can’t follow a recipe or pattern the way it’s written, most of my projects come from perusing stitch dictionaries. I’d love to add The Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary to my library!

  62. RozM Says:

    Stitch dictionaries are addicting because I love the challenge each new stitch pattern presents. The sense of accomplishment I get when the finished stitches match the example gives me a sort of peace I don’t get every day. I rarely give up on a pattern; more likely, I’ll search around for someone who explains the stitches well enough for me to grasp what I’ve done wrong.

  63. joyce Says:

    I love to use stitch dictionaries to change up a pattern that you really like. If there is a big “plain” section you can add a few rows of an interesting stitch design to make the garment your own.

  64. Connie Kline Says:

    I love stitch dictionaries because almost every pattern is a new option for an older favorite pattern.
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  65. ccr in MA Says:

    I had a bad experience with a stitch dictionary once that had an error in the stitch I used; I assumed the mistake was mine and about went crazy. Clearly, I need a good one to turn my perception around!

  66. Robin F. Says:

    I love to peruse my stitch dictionary when I have a project with wide open areas. It helps me create a new individualized baby blanket or scarf.

  67. Nancy Kaye Says:

    What I love about stitch dictionaries – the patterns of course!! And that some kind soul has taken the time and energy to put that info on paper for us to use.

  68. Geraldine Scott Says:

    Knitting is a blank canvas, and a stitch dictionary can make something beautiful out of it! Thanks for the chance to win!

  69. Stacey Says:

    I love the inspiration provided by stitch dictionaries. Such limitless possibilities.

  70. Lara Killian Says:

    The possibilities!!

  71. Isabel Garcia Says:

    Love to learn and see new stitch combinations, especially as a new knitter. Thanks for the opportunity.

  72. Mary Ellen Says:

    I love stitch dictionaries for the inspiration.

  73. K Bray Says:

    I love just paging thru stitch dictionaries. Or any kind of dictionary frankly. But I will often improvise an existing pattern to create the garment I envision.

  74. Carolyn Zewe Says:

    I’m stil a relatively new knitter. I don’t have a stitch dictionary yet. I have borrowed one from the library before. I love all the possibilities and learning new stitches.

  75. Ross Says:

    Love it, and I bet my wife will when I make something for her from it.

  76. Laura from beautiful West Michigan Says:

    Creative jump start! I love looking through stitch dictionaries for the creative thoughts I get from seeing the stitches and the colors. Very inspiring.

  77. M Lee Says:

    I love all the possibilities that I get when I look at a stitch dictionary

  78. nuqotw Says:

    I think about using the cables in a dictionary in a warm cozy cabled sweater.

  79. Patty Says:

    some people collect pins from every state, or spoons, or t-shirts. I collect stitch dictionaries and when I need quiet time I simply sit down and look at all the possibilities.

    String and sticks, nothing could be more fun.

    Patty

  80. April Flowers Says:

    I love stitch dictionaries because they are full of possibilities!

  81. Vivienne Says:

    Stitch dictionaries inspire me and make me dream of things to knit. But they also “taught” me how to knit cables and lace when I was a child.

  82. Martha Donley Says:

    I love going through stitch dictionaries. Especially when I am planning a new project to design. I make up my own patterns but I am horrible about getting them written up to sell. I kind of just “design on the fly” you might say.

  83. DanicaDan Says:

    With a stitch dictionary a not-very-creative knitter has a way to personalize a project and feel oh-so creative.

  84. JD Doyle Says:

    Customization, of course! Stitch dictionaries make it so much easier to take a design and make it your own. (Love that sweater construction but wish it had a different lace panel? No problem!) They’re fun just for inspiration, too.

  85. Mimi Dillman Says:

    I love stitch dictionaries for the possibilities they provide me for personalizing my projects.

  86. Patti Says:

    I just like thinking of the possibilities and wishing I were a designer!

  87. Kate Says:

    I love looking at stitch dictionaries and dreaming of all the wonderful things I could make, if I had more time.

  88. Faye Says:

    I love being able to adapt a plain pattern into whatever design I want with a stitch dictionary, especially the flexibility of this one!

  89. Ann Says:

    There’s nothing like a stitch dictionary to give you inspiration to try something new, and if the pictures are really good, you’ll actually pick up some yarn and needles and get going!

  90. Suzanne Sjögren Says:

    Such an important item for a knitter’s library :)

  91. Carmen N Says:

    Stitch dictionaries offer so much inspiration. I often get lost in them for hours before I remember I’m supposed to be *designing* LOL

  92. Noreen Says:

    I love picking out just the right pattern (well after drooling over all of them) for my next project.

  93. Kevin Says:

    In my own mind I am an excellent designer who pours over stich patterns, calculates the pattern and then……knits and knits ….and then sets it aside unfinished to start the process again! Who doesn’t love a stitch dictionary for self designed projects.

  94. beckyu Says:

    I’ve never really used a stitch dictionary – I just follow whatever my pattern says! But I would love to try some out on my typical stockinette sweaters.

  95. Debbi Says:

    I would love to use a stitch dictionary to add a touch of customization to a pattern.

  96. Melanie Says:

    I love to design shawls…the first book was wonderful!

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