Saturday, April 17, 2010
Saturday Book Review: Stitch 'n Bitch
For Christmas 2004, I decided that if I was going to live in New England, I should learn how to knit and make myself some scarves. After a quick review of the knitting books on Amazon, I bought myself the book Stitch n' Bitch by Debbie Stoller. I loved this book, because I felt that Stoller and I were on the same wavelength. She was edgy, funny, and educational all in one. I taught myself how to knit with this book. I went chapter by chapter and did all the projects from the garter stitch scarf to the ribbed scarf (the final beginner project was a kerchief and that did not appeal to me at all). Although I did go to a few other books for additional diagrams, Stoller's book had great drawings of everything. In addition, I really liked a ton of the patterns in the book. Unlike some of the other beginner knitter books, I have returned to this book again and again for both basic patterns and for more advanced patterns. This book has scarf, sock, hat, sweater, and a variety of other patterns. Most of these patterns are not for the conservative, but you can definitely tone down the "hipness" of the patterns, if you want.
My knitting projects from this book: 1 Go-Go Garter Stitch Scarf, 2 Ribbed-for-Her-Pleasure Scarves, 1 Hot Head hat, and I am currently working on the Alien Illusion Scarf.