Cover image for The knitting experience. Book 2, The purl stitch : becoming intuitive
The knitting experience. Book 2, The purl stitch : becoming intuitive
Publication Information:
Sioux Falls, SD : XRX Books, 2003.
Physical Description:
184 p. : col. ill. ; 26 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.


Material Type
Call Number
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Book 746.432 MEL 1 1
Book 746.432 MEL 1 2

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Picking up where The Knitting Experience: Book 1: The Knit Stitch left off, this primer on the purl stitch uses clear, step-by-step photographs to guide beginner knitters through unique knitting projects. A natural progression of skills is taught, and each skill is punctuated by a knitting project, enabling new knitters to create an entire wardrobe featuring jackets, sweaters, hats, socks, and mitts. The book acts as a knitting coach, offering advice, anticipating difficulties, and providing rescue techniques. Patterns are presented in an accessible format with ample text, photographs, and line drawings. While this book is written for the new knitter, more advanced knitters will enjoy the knitting projects as well.

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Library Journal Review

Melville is best described as a knitting coach, at your side encouraging you to progress in your knitting, providing hints and tips, rescuing you when you make mistakes, and showing you not only how to knit but how to enjoy life while knitting. The Purl Stitch builds on her earlier The Knit Stitch but also stands alone; the first book is not a prerequisite. This volume includes 25 knitwear designs, expanding the garter-stitch repertoire of The Knit Stitch to stockinette stitch, reverse stockinette, ribbed patterns, and mixed knit and purl patterns in garments for women, men, and children. Right- and left-carry instructions for the purl stitch are illustrated with a succession of clear photographs. Melville also touches on the somewhat unusual technique of purling with the yarn tensioned around the knitter's neck. Advanced knitters will enjoy patterns like "Not Your Mother's Suit Coat." This book should find a home in all good knitting collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

More basics: From Cast-on Through Shaping to Finished Garmentp. 6
You're ready! Ready to Start a Projectp. 28
Chapter 1 Purling one Row of Sixp. 30
Chapter 2 Stockinette Stitch, Plain and Simplep. 52
Chapter 3 Stockinette Stitch with its Reversep. 68
Chapter 4 Ribbing the Classicsp. 90
Chapter 5 A Little of Everythingp. 114
Chapter 6 Charted Territoryp. 132
Choices: How to Make Successful Garmentsp. 153
Oops! How to Fix Common Mistakesp. 163
Table of comparative ratiosp. 170
Suppliers, yarn weightsp. 171
Skills At-a-Glancep. 172
Glossary/abbreviationsp. 176
Indexp. 178
Acknowledgementsp. 180
Colophonp. 182