250 Japanese Knitting Stitches

250 Japanese Knitting Stitches : The Original Pattern Bible by Hitomi Shida

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250 Japanese Knitting Stitches contains the original collection of knitting stitches first published by Hitomi Shida in 1996. Copies of the original Japanese edition have been jealously coveted by knitters around the world, and now Tuttle Publishing brings you this classic in English for the first time!

Hitomi Shida's previous work, the Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible was released by Tuttle in October 2017 and has already been purchased (and tested) by thousands of avid knitters who are thrilled to discover a treasure trove of elegant and intricate new patterns. 250 Japanese Knitting Stitches was Hitomi Shida's first effort and, like its successor, is filled with her highly original and beautiful designs and variations on knitting classics.

Translated and introduced by veteran knitting instructor Gayle Roehm, the best-known teacher of Japanese knitting in America. Roehm guides knitters through the particulars of the patterns and explains how to execute the stitches.

This knitting reference book features the following:

Stitches designed for borders and edgings
Beautiful cable stitches, both simple and elaborate
Elegant popcorn stitches from fine to bold
Multiple variations on individual patterns

Shida's finished projects are a wonder to behold and accomplished knitters will brave even the most daunting of stitch patterns to create them. Filled with 250 distinctive and inventive patterns-with a stitch diagram and photo for each pattern-this highly anticipated book is destined to be on every knitter's bookshelf.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 216 x 292 x 12.7mm | 850g
  • Boston, United States
  • English
  • 250 stitch patterns; color photos and diagrams
  • 4805314834
  • 9784805314838
  • 30,936

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"Originally published more than two decades ago and appearing for the first time in English, 250 Japanese Knitting Stitches by Hitomi Shida follows the author's Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible...Gayle Roehm, a knitting instructor who focuses on Japanese patterns, translated the text in both books; the stitch diagrams, however, use symbols only and require no knowledge of Japanese." -Publishers Weekly "This is mindful, challenging knitting at its best, and this translation opens up a world of Japanese knitting charts to English speakers." -Library Journal "Knot stitch is one of those little tweaks that turn a basic project into a one of a kind creation. It is used quite often in the elaborate stitch patterns described in the book 250 Japanese Knitting Stitches by Hitomi Shida." -10 Rows a Day blog "One of the blessings of taking up needles and yarn is the opportunity to travel vicariously to far-off lands through the stories and stitches of other knitters...Avidly collected in the original Japanese by knitters around the world, 250 Japanese Knitting Stitches is Shida's first collection, a compendium of stitches she used in her Couture Knits designs...Translated and interpreted for the English-speaking world for the first time by Gayle Roehm...sharing Shida's lyrical, intricate stitches with curious knitters anxious to incorporate the work of this intrepid designer, who has plumed the depths of her imagination and far reaches of the medium to create this vocabulary for knitters everywhere." -Vogue Knitting "The knitting stitch patterns included in the book are all interesting, beautiful, appealing and totally usable. They'd make lovely wearable projects or home decor items...The swatches are photographed cleanly, and the stitch definition is evident in every swatch...250 Japanese Knitting Stitches is an incredible value for the money you'll spend on it." - KnittingandCrochet.net "The patterns are full of glorious, toothy texture that flows from cable to twisted stitch to lace and bobble...This book will wake up your knitting imagination like a cymbal crash at the height of a symphony." - Knitty.com "...filled with exquisite stitches...the book's introduction provides helpful tips and instructions on how to properly read these [Japanese style] charts and provides a symbol guide." -The Knotting Way blog
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About Hitomi Shida

Hitomi Shida is a well-known Japanese designer of thousands of original knitting stitches and knitted garments, cultivating a worldwide following of fans. Her intricate and elegant patterns have made her the most famous knitting guru in Japan. She has been teaching, designing and writing books for over 20 years.

Gayle Roehm lived in Japan and studied the language for many years. She has knit from Japanese patterns for most of her knitting career. Gayle frequently teaches at knitting gatherings around the U.S., conducts knitting tours around Japan and publishes her own designs. She is the translator of the Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible.
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