I have this dirty habit where I agree to things before discussing it with my partner in crime, Megan-Anne. She’s just as guilty, so I never feel bad about it. (Ahhh, the joys of sisterhood!) But when I told her Blue Sky Alpacas asked us to participate in a blog tour for Up, Down, All-Around, Stitch Dictionary by Wendy Bernard and that I’d already agreed to do it, she wasn’t exactly happy with me: “Stitch dictionaries are great, but what are we going to say about it? They’re all the same.”
“They said it’s revolutionary.”
Megan-Anne rolled her eyes and said, “Yeah. Okay. I’ll believe it when I see it.” She sipped her coffee and sat there, all hoity-toity. It was as if she was already dancing around the living room singing “I told you so” at me.
Let me tell you, it was a particularly delightful feeling to watch her gush over the book when it arrived in the mail. While the fact that it’s spiral bound was enough to make her clutch it to her chest, she hadn’t realized that in addition to providing directions on how to work the stitches top-down and bottom-up, it also shows how to do them in the round!
More importantly, I got to do the greatest “I told you so” dance since that time she bleached her hair in the 11th grade and it turned pink.
I had planned on knitting a few swatches from the Edging section, but Megan-Anne whisked away the Alpaca Silk yarn and the stitch dictionary before I had the chance. By the time I finished hiding the giveaway swag from the cats reach, she was already balling the yarn and choosing her needles.
Wendy Bernard’s Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary is comprised of 11 sections, which include Knits and Purls, Ribs, Textures Slipped and Fancy, Yarnovers and Eyelets, Cables, Lace, Colorwork, and Hems and Edgings. There’s something in there for every knitter, including a simple pattern at the end of each chapter that showcases one of the featured stitches.
Wendy also makes it easy for knitters to try their hand at designing in her “From Scratch” section where she shows you how to plug your favorite stitch patterns into project formulas. With a little basic math, you can create anything from a lace stole to a slouch cap to a pair of mittens.
For me, Hems and Edgings are one of those places where it’s hard it get creative as a designer. I can dream up cables and colorwork until my brain pops from too many ideas, but when it comes to hems I’m like “Uh, put an applied i-cord on it?” Needless to say, I had a particular interest in the sixteen different stitch patterns in that section.
I have to say that I am OBSESSED with the look of the Waves Edging. (In the picture above, it’s the bottom swatch.) I want to put it on everything now. I mean, the Kick Pleat and the Feather Edging are great too. It’s why I insisted Megan-Anne make those for Knitted Wall Art project. But, there is something about those waves that I adore.
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Need something to do with all of those swatches you’re going to make? After you’re finished knitting, washing, blocking, and measuring the swatch for whichever garment you’re making, all you’ll need is an old frame, a piece of card stock in a complementary color, and packing tape.
First, cut your card stock to fit the frame. Next, lay out your hem or edging swatches how you would like them to appear in the frame. Just be certain the right side is face down or else the wrong side will show! Then, lay the card stock over the laid out swatches and tape each end to the back. It’ll look like a hot mess, but that’s okay.
Now all you have to do is drop it into the frame and you’re ready to hang it! I put the glass pane between the frame back and the card stock, so it wouldn’t flatten the texture of the swatches.
Of course, no blog tour is complete without a giveaway!
- A signed copy of Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary by Wendy Bernard
- 3 rub-on-your-face wonderful skeins of Blue Sky Alpacas yarns (Melange, Worsted Hand Dyes, and Alpaca Silk)
- an adorable Pretty Cheep Project Bag
- The giveaway is open to all of our readers currently residing on planet Earth. We’re not shipping to Mars, so don’t ask. Sorry, interplanetary readers!
- Giveaway is open until Friday, June 20, 2014 at 11:30 PM EST.
- All comments must include a valid email address or Ravelry ID, so that we can contact you if you are the winner.
- Winner will be chosen via random number generator and will be contacted within 48 hours after giveaway ends.
HOW TO ENTER
- Leave a comment letting us know what you love about stitch dictionaries or what you do with your swatches. Don’t forget to include your email or Ravelry ID with your comments or else you’ll be disqualified!
- Bonus Entries: Tweet, share on Facebook, or Pin this post. Then, come back and leave additional comments for each place you’ve shared.
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A huge thank you to Blue Sky Alpacas and STC Craft for inviting us to be a part of the Up, Down, All-Around Dictionary Blog Tour! You can find the rest of the tour stops below for more giveaways, tutorials, and patterns using this super-boss stitch dictionary:
May 20: Knit and Tonic
May 22: FreshStitches
May 24: Hey Jen Renee
May 26: Very Shannon
May 28: Miso Crafty Knits
May 30: The Sweatshop of Love
June 3: Stockinette Zombies
June 4: Mari Knits
June 6: Lattes and Llamas, wooooooo!
June 21: Wendy Bernard on the Ready, Set, Knit! podcast
Every time I’m right and my sister is wrong, an angel gets its wings.