In the Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible knitting guru Hitomi Shida shares some of her favorite needlework patterns.
Shida's strikingly original designs and variations on every imaginable classic stitch result in intricate patterns that form the basis for beautiful and unique knitted fashions. This is the perfect book for the experienced knitter who is looking for new stitches that yield spectacular results! This Japanese knitting book features a wide range of rewarding and intricate stitches including:
Hitomi Shida is a well-known Japanese designer of hundreds of original knitting stitches and knitted garments. She has been teaching, designing and writing books for over 20 years, and her work already enjoys a worldwide following among Japanese knitting fans.
Gayle Roehm now devotes herself to fiber arts and happily spends her days with yarn and needles. She has lived in Japan, studied the language for many years, and has knit from Japanese patterns for most of her knitting career. Gayle teaches at knitting gatherings around the country and occasionally publishes her own designs. She's been one of Hitomi Shida's biggest fans for over 15 years.
Roehm translates the imaginative work of Shida, one of Japan’s best-known hand-knitting designers, into English for the first time. Shida gained an international following with the Japanese publication of a book of couture knitting patterns a decade ago, and here presents hundreds of other patterns, adding scallops, yokes, and edgings to her offerings. She provides five full patterns for actual projects, including socks “for warm feet” and “cute fingerless mitts.” In Roehm’s introduction she admits, “Japanese knitting can be challenging.” And, indeed, this book is most assuredly not for the beginner; it better serves the knitter who can juggle stitches, 11 pages of symbols, and tiny-fonted charts. The charts are not keyed to the symbols, although the symbols follow publishing standards. Certain conventions in the graphic format of Japanese patterns “ some getting used to,” Roehm warns. For intrepid knitters looking for a challenge, the pages of stunning stitches will prove well worth the effort. Color photos. (Oct.)
"A remarkable book … This makes me want to quit my job and knit! … I cannot give a big enough thumbs up to this book!" — KnitCircus.com
"In the Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible , Hitomi Shida's stunning and original designs have been lovingly translated into English by Gayle Roehm. Step-by-step diagrams will teach you the methods used in Japanese knitting and offer a handful of projects to try out the techniques involved. Clear and concise charted patterns in this 160-page book are paired with photographed examples, making ideal translations of Shida's creations, which for many knitters, have remained elusive…until now!" — PurlSoho.com
"You will be stunned by the complexity and beauty of these unique motifs — and the intensity does not diminish as you page through the book. At the end is a section for Round Yokes, plus a section of dozens of astonishing edgings." — Wool Gathering magazine
"Roehm translates the imaginative work of Shida, one of Japan's best-known hand-knitting designers, into English for the first time. Shida gained an international following with the Japanese publication of a book of couture knitting patterns a decade ago, and here presents hundreds of other patterns, adding scallops, yokes, and edgings to her offerings … For intrepid knitters looking for a challenge, the pages of stunning stitches will prove well worth the effort." — Publishers Weekly
"This is mindful, challenging knitting at its best, and this translation opens up a world of Japanese knitting charts to English speakers." — "Starred Review" Library Journal
"…experienced knitters will be tempted to give it a go after paging through the handsomely photographed knit swatches, each of which is accompanied by unlabeled charts. For those who want to jump right in, there are a few patterns for socks and a hat. A black-and-white photo section that shows how to knit the stitches concludes. A feast for the eyes, and perhaps the hands." — Booklist
"The book is a great combo of stitch patterns, clear pictures, illustrations for the fiddly bits and a few patterns thrown in for good measure. It's a worthy addition to your library and something for you to consider. I'm glad to have it at my reach! And of course, it's another way for me to lose countless hours thumbing through and daydreaming." — Knotions.com
"This is one of the most beautiful books about knitting we have ever seen, proving that knitting can be an exquisite art form as well as a way to produce humble clothing…" — The Knitter magazineFrom the Publisher
★ 11/15/2017Library Journal
This collection, the first by Japanese designer Shida to be published in English, presents a series of intricate patterns featuring cables, lace, and specialty stitches. The arrangement is similar to a standard Western stitch dictionary, with a close-up color photograph of at least one pattern repeat (often knitted in a neutral-colored yarn), plus charted instructions. Shida's designs are involved, featuring long repeats, knotted and interlaced cables, delicate lace, and bobbles—often all in the same chart. Japanese knitting symbols are used throughout, and a ten-page guide (which cites the number of the chart that uses the symbol) gives all the details. Five small-accessory patterns that use the stitch patterns are included. VERDICT This is mindful, challenging knitting at its best, and this translation opens up a world of Japanese knitting charts to English speakers.