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Happiness is a New Stitch Dictionary

Omas Strickgeheimnisse: 200 bezuabernde Muster

Look what came in today’s mail!  I ordered it used off Amazon.com.

It has some patterns that are familiar, but a lot are new to me.

This is the reprinted version, in German.  Patterns are presented as chart only, with color pictures of the swatch/pattern adjacent.  The swatches are nominally in color, but to me it looks like they’re black & white with added tints.  Regardless, they show the stitch patterns quite well.  The patterns are predominantly lace, with a few twisted stitch and textured patterns tossed in.

I’ve been looking for lace stitch dictionaries.  I’m checking out a variety from the library tomorrow (placed them on hold online, to pick up at my closest LA Public Library branch — LOVE this feature).  KnitPicks is having one of their 40% off book sales right now…I’m planning on getting whichever of the ones I like from the library that they have available (which, on quick review, isn’t many, but still).

What am I borrowing?

  • First Book of Modern Lace Knitting by Marianne Kinzel
  • Knitting Lace by Susanna Lewis
  • The Craft of Lace Knitting by Barbara Walker
  • Knitting Lace by Barbara Abbey

Here’s a list of the stitch dictionaries I do have:

  • Barbara Walker 1&2
  • Uberlieferte Strickmuster 1-3
  • Japanese dictionaries:  Knitting Patterns 250, 100 Aran Knitting Patterns, Knitting Patterns 300
  • Aran Lace by Annie Maloney
  • Cables:  The Basics by Janet Szabo

I have some other books like Lace Knitting in Estonia that include stitch patterns as well.

I’d love to find Lisl Fanderl’s Bäuerliches Stricken 1 – 3 for a good price.

What are your favorite stitch dictionaries?

6 comments… add one
  • Kathy January 27, 2011, 4:59 pm

    ohhh, Great find, Steph!

  • pdxknitterati January 27, 2011, 6:12 pm

    I love stitch dictionaries, especially Japanese ones. I do so much better with charts than written out row instructions. I also have Knitting Patterns 300; it’s my favorite.

  • StephCat January 28, 2011, 7:22 am

    I like charts better too! which is good considering my fascination with foreign-to-me language stitch dictionaries — they all tend to be charted.

  • Ruth January 28, 2011, 10:42 am

    I have that book and I really enjoy browsing it. I’ve tried a couple of the patterns. It’s a keeper.

  • Liz E January 28, 2011, 11:38 am

    I love Barbara Abbey’s Knitting Lace… though using it does mean some time charting patterns carefully because all of the instructions are written.

    Really really great when you find yourself in need of a pretty lace edging, though.

  • quinn January 30, 2011, 6:57 am

    Barbara Walker – reference book at a library. That was an exciting day!

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