Add One Stitch Knitting by Alina Schneider. Book Reveal and Giveaway

Add One Stitch Knitting book by Alina Schneider

Today I can finally share with you a very special project that I have been working on for a very long time. One year ago I opened my emails and… couldn’t believe my eyes – I was offered to write a book for beginners, introducing them to knitting textures. The idea of the book was to show to a novice that knitting is basically made of two simple stitches – knit and purl – and mastering these two stitches will open a realm of new combinations and textures. As soon as I read about the concept of the book, I knew I could do it – this was exactly how I started my knitting journey and the idea of basically endless possibilities created by just two simple stitches was the reason of my immediate fascination with knitting as a craft. And, after one year of work of so many wonderful people, this project has come to life!!!

I am trilled to present you Add One Stitch Knitting, a book for beginners, filled with simple, but eye catching knit textures and beautiful projects you can use to practice your skills!

Add One Stitch Knitting book by Alina Schneider

I was at work when the courier brought me the first copies, I opened the package and cried… I couldn’t believe that it is finally here! It was such an emotional moment for me! I cannot express how grateful I feel for the opportunity to share something that I love with all my heart in such a beautiful way.

I knew I wanted to present the book to you in a special and meaningful to me way. So, I took my family on a morning hike, up my favorite mountain, wearing my beloved Heritage sweater that was protecting me from cool morning wind… I hope these photos filled with early morning sunshine, stunning views, majestic nature and my messy hair will be able to transmit how happy I am to be able to share this project with you here!

Add One Stitch Knitting book by Alina Schneider

Add One Stitch Knitting book by Alina Schneider

Add One Stitch Knitting book by Alina Schneider

As you can see, there are two editions for the book – US and UK, as the knitting terminology is a little bit different in two countries.

Add One Stitch Knitting book by Alina Schneider

US edition published by BARRON’S

Add One Stitch Knitting book by Alina Schneider

UK edition published by Search Press

Add One Stitch Knitting book by Alina Schneider

One of my favorite details about this book is the color palette. When we started working with my editor, Charlotte Frost, I told her that I see the book in subtle, soft neutral colors. This is more “me” and this is how I “see” knitting. I am really happy that the publishers agreed and I had the chance to bring my vision to life. I was also pleased to see that my Instagram photo inspired the design of the cover – I think it makes it so much more personal!

Add One Stitch Knitting book by Alina Schneider

Add One Stitch Knitting consists of 15 Lessons, each of them includes the detailed instructions how to knit a stitch and a simple and stylish project for your home or wardrobe to practice your new skills. The patterns were designed for the beginners, but even if you are an experienced knitter, I am sure you will enjoy making these projects! One of my favorite patterns from the book is Hurdle Rib stitch bed throw made in chunky Peruvian wool. It is a great project to work on during cool winter nights – the blanket is so warm and it is quiet addicting to see this texture growing out of your needles!

Add One Stitch Knitting book by Alina Schneider

I will tell more about the book in a more structured way next week, this post is too emotional and is getting too big already 🙂 But before I finish I would like to copy here my Acknowledgements section that is very special to me:

Add One Stitch Knitting

To my dear Granny Eugenia and Granny Lidia. Thank you for your unconditional love.

I would like to express my gratitude to a wonderful knitting community for their constant support and encouragement. Thank you for knitting my designs, your beautiful letters and kind comments. This book would never have happened without you!

I would like to thank my editor Charlotte Frost for guiding me through the whole process, offering comments, expertise and encouragement.

Last but not least I would love to thank my husband for believing in me.

Add One Stitch Knitting book by Alina Schneider

And now GIVEAWAY!!! The official release of Add One Stitch Knitting is planned for the end of January/beginning of February, but it is already available for pre-order! But you can be one of the first to get the copy of the book! Search Press (UK edition) and BARRON’S (US addition) are offering a copy for one of my readers.

To win a copy of the book, just leave a comment under this post and let me know, please, which edition you would like to get (NOTE: UK addition cannot be shipped to US and US addition cannot be shipped to UK!). If you have some time, could you, please, share with me why you come to The Gift of Knitting and what posts you love to read?

The GIVEAWAY is open until 29th of November!

Thank you for your support and visiting! It means a lot!!!!

Add One Stitch Knitting book by Alina Schneider

Love, Alina.


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  1. Oh, Alina! This is simply too wonderful! Congratulations! Well done and all of the praise you will y receive will be compketely well deserved! I come to visit this space for inspiration and your excitement about all things knitting. I would love to win a US copy of your book, of course, but I also can’t wait to help promote it! What a great idea to add one stitch and learn about texture. . . It’s how it all begins! Congratulations, again!!

  2. Barbara Zeier

    Oh Alina,
    Not only are you emotional about this book, I am as well. I’ve only followed you for a few months as I am a new knitter myself. What brought me to you was the fact that you had lived in San Miguel de Allende and I’m planning to move there in about 18 months. So I contacted you to establish a relationship before I arrive. Alas, you have moved on (and good for you!) and I won’t meet you in San Miguel. But what keeps me with you are your wonderful, heartfelt posts, your gorgeous photos, your lovely smile and your absolutely spectacular knits! I so love that you honor your family and heritage in nearly every post. You are so beautiful inside and out–that’s what keeps me with you. I often feel like I’m sitting with you enjoying a cup of coffee and talking knitting. I still hope our paths will cross sometime in person, but until then, I will gladly share your life and dreams and work thru your posts. Congratulations on this newest achievement. If I don’t win your book (Barron’s edition please) you can be sure I will purchase a few copies for myself and some of my favorite knitting friends. And could you share where you are living at this time? The countryside is spectacular. Love to you and your family.

  3. What an exciting journey for you! I am a new knitter and love all things neutral. I cannot wait to go to my knitting class next week and share your information. I am from the Midwest US. Congratulations!

  4. I opened the post, scrolled to the big picture of the book cover and thought – oh, this knitting is so much you, your favorite textures and colors, you must love this book – and then I read the name of the author – it was YOU! Congratulations, this is such an enormous achievement and so well deserved recognition of your talent as a designer and enthusiastic knitter!

  5. Your pictures are beautiful!! What a great place to hike to- in pretty sandles! I love the textures you’ve created and the way you share your knowledge with the world. Your book would not only make a beautiful addition to my shelves and knitting chair pile, but I can think of a new knitter in my life who would adore having this book, to help her along her knitting journey. I am a US knitter; that’s my knitting language.

  6. Hi Alina! Congratulations on your beautiful book! The cover draws you in, and I’m sure (whether I am lucky enough to see an advanced (US) copy -fingers crossed- or purchase it when it releases in a few months) that the contents will be equally pleasing.

    I stumbled on your blog & IG a few months back and your natural encouraging voice along with subtle graceful design esthetic keep me coming back for more.

  7. Patricia Stanczyc

    Congratulations! This looks like a book that will also inspire the non-beginner knitters through photos and words. If the pictures of you on the mountainside with your new book are any indication, it would be a lovely book to have on my knitting room coffee table. (US)

  8. Congratulations to a very beautiful book! Even though I am an experienced knitter I seem to appreciate simple designs and designs for beginners – I am a “less-is-more” kind of person. I am in Sweden so my choice would be the UK version.

    I follow you on Instagram and on Revelry where you are a favorite of mine.

  9. Congratulations Alina! I am drawn to your blog because of your color palette…I love neutrals….so peaceful. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of this beautiful book….I would take the US one.

  10. Congratulations Alina! I am longing to have this book. I love your designs and the book seems so you!
    I would prefer UK version

  11. What a beautiful book. It is sure to be a hit with knitters. I live in Canada (but I can provide a US address). Good luck!

  12. Congratulations Alina!! Your book looks really wonderful! I am new in knitting (litterally i started knitting like 1 month ago). I follow your instagram feed to search inspiration and to keep me dreaming of course! 😀 Oh how I wish to made my own heritage top one day! I am in France but I am a self taught knitter from online video in english (don’t know if I am eligible for the give away or not). Any way congratulations again, and i would love to read your future posts on simple projects or some knitting tips :). Cheers 🙂

  13. Shulagh Concannon

    Congratulations!! I would love a UK copy if your book, I can see myself spending hours pouring over it this winter!

  14. Felecia Marottoli

    I would be beyond thrilled to win a copy of your book (U.S. Version)! Your patterns and color palette align so well with what I like! Fingers crossed!

  15. Nancy McGlothlan

    I get so excited about great knitting books, your enthusiasm is contagious. My favorite times are sharing my love of knitting and new skills with my knitting friends. Books like yours makes knitting accessible at every level! Congratulations!

  16. Your sweaters are just beautiful and I can’t wait for the book (US version). Your creative ideas and hard work are evident. Thank you.

  17. Hello from Finland! I would love to join your giveaway and if lady luck would be nice, I would love to have the UK version of the book. I found you on Instagram, with your wonderful picture of Simple Lines and the story of it. On my knitting queue. And fell totally for your design, when you realesed your Heritage sweater, but I am so beginner with knitting, so I am not sure I could be able to knit it. I sure would need your knitbook 😉

  18. Nancy Kuelbs

    Your Heritage sweater called to me from Instagram, and that is how I first began to follow your account. I love your use of subtle color and your designs are beautiful and timeless. I would love to gift this book to my daughter who is just starting out on her knitting journey. I live in California, so the US version would be lovely. Thank you for the generous giveaway offer.

  19. Wow! What a great way to end this year and start the next year! Your book looks lovely! I’d love to “inspect” it my self!!

  20. Congratulations on the book! It looks wonderful and as you said, I’m sure experienced knitters will enjoy it as well as newbies. The US version will definitely be going on my wish list.

  21. Wow, your book looks amazing, you must be over the moon! I’m a long term knitter but haven’t ventured enough into textures and different stitch types so would love a uk copy of your book

  22. I just recently discovered you on Instagram and so this is my first time visiting your website. I love the “feel” and look of your site so I will definitely stay a while and browse. Your book looks amazing. If I’m so lucky to win I’d love the US version/Barron’s.

  23. Anna Apelqvist

    What wonderful pictures! Congratulations on yor book! It sure looks fantastic! Is it possible to be inte lottery outside of both US and UK? In that case the UK-version is probably more like the swedish.

  24. Diana M Cadwallader

    I’m sure it will be beautiful!

  25. Marcia Hagbom

    Oh I love your work and would really appreciate this gift if I won 📖 a treasure for sure 😊 I have RA and knitting is therapy for my hands. I live in the US so would want that addition. I love following you on IG 🧡 knitting is a gift! So happy for you 💙

  26. Congratulations! This is so amazing! I just recently stumbled across your Instagram page and I have fallen in love with your projects! Everything is absolutely gorgeous and looks so easy to follow! I would love to win the US copy 😊

  27. BIG HUGE CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Oh my god! How exciting and wonderful news! I’m sure your book is amazing! May it be kalotaxido (=have a good journey, in Greek 😉 ).
    Do I need to say why I visit this place?? Because of you! I admire you as a person, as a knitter, as a designer, as a person who lives far from home. I love your esthetic, your reviews and interviews, your photography. I’m a little bumped that you can’t post as often as you used to but I totally understand. You are a true friend to me even though we have never meet. About that, we didn’t have a honeymoon but we are saving for a trip to Mexico!!!!!

  28. Congratulations, What a wonderful book. I am following your Instagram profile and saw you mentioning your new book. I would love a UK version, cross my fingers.. 😊

  29. Congratulations Alina! I’m sure the book is wonderful! I have made the Heritage and the Journey sweaters and I love them both 😊 Thanks for the chance to win the book, I’m in Sweden so any edition is fine.

  30. Congratulations! I follow you on Instagram and I love your photographs. I love the projects that are technically easy, but visually amazing. I would prefer the UK edition :-D.

  31. What an achievement! – no wonder you have kept so quiet over the last year – you have been incredibly busy! Can’t wait to see the book and especially your patterns. I’d prefer the UK version.

  32. Congratulations on your book! It looks beautiful. Can wait to see a paper copy! If I win I would like the US EDition

  33. wow, your book looks amazing. Congratulations for doing this, how very exciting. And I am blown away by your pictures of your morning walk.

  34. Congratulations on writing a book–it’s a great deal of work! And a book about knitting!! I’d be very pleased to win a US copy.

  35. Congratulations on the culmination of your efforts; thr book looks wonderful! I’m in the US!

  36. Congratulations! What a beautiful spot to photograph for your book announcement. US copy please!

  37. I am so happy for you Alina! What a showcase for your talents! I have loved your designs and as a newer knitter they give me something to look forward to. I would love to win a US copy of your book.

  38. Wow what an exciting project! And it looks so beautiful! I would love to win a copy of the UK edition. Good luck with your book!

  39. Congratulations 🎉🍾🎊…onward to your next book! I’d prefer the US version….please & thanks 🙏🏽.

  40. Alina, first of all congrats! This is such an immense accomplishment!! I would love to own a copy of your book. As I have recently moved to the UK, that version seems appropriate. I have been following your blog and Instagram for a couple of years already I believe, and came upon them through Moeke Yarns, which is also a favorite of mine. 😘

  41. diane wright

    Wonderful news! Congratulations to you. Well deserved! I would absolutely love a copy. Will you be able to post to New Zealand? Have been following your Instagram account for years and I also have an Inbox on my computer especially for your emails!

  42. You are a powerhouse Alina, it is amzing how much you have accomplished in the last few years. Who knows what lies ahead for you. I would love either copy in far off Australia, we speak UK and US interchangeably!

  43. Hi, Alina!
    Congratulations on your great achievement. It’s too big for words. How excited and bursting with joy you must be. I bumped into you through instagram. Your knitting is stunning. I’d like the UK version of your book since I live in Spain.
    Thanks xoxo

  44. Karen Doherty

    Oh how exciting…congratulations!! I would love the US edition! ❤️

  45. Oh, Alina! I’m so excited for you. I can’t wait to see your book! If anyone can encourage and excite new knitters, surely it’s you. I was wearing my Heritage today and another knitter (Yes, I found one nearby!) asked what the pattern was to queue it up immediately. You’ve so inspired me, so I’m glad you’ll be inspiring more people thru your book 🙂

  46. Your knits always make me wish I could knit all day every day… I can always tell when you’ve posted on Instagram or released a pattern on Ravelry because your designs scream you! The texture, the aesthetic, the color palette… So enticing. I’m an elementary art teacher and after countless requests from other teachers at my school to learn to knit, I have taught over twenty of them and think this book (US version) would be an invaluable resource for our weekly knitting meetings in my classroom! Congratulations on your book, it looks perfect and I can’t wait to see all of it!

  47. Congratulations! Much success! Look forward to turning the pages soon!!

  48. Congratulations… much success! Look forward to turning the pages soon!

  49. I’d like to win the US edition. I love to see finish objects.

  50. Congratulations! This is my first time on your website…I follow you on Instagram because I just love your designs. 💗 if I win I’m in the US

  51. Adrienne Carmack

    Congratulations! It’s soexciting to see your book. I love your blog because of the great knitting tips, the beautiful photos of the places you’ve lived, and the joy you share about knitting. I can’t wait to get my hands on the US version of your book 🙂

  52. Congratulations on your book. Enjoy reading your blog; your photos are great, too. If I should be the lucky winner, I would like the US version. Thanks. Lee

  53. US please!

  54. I would love the US book. I found you on instagram and then visited your blog.

  55. This is such a great news! I can’t wait to read the book and your beautiful patterns! UK for Mee!😊

  56. Hey Alina, this is awesome! I am so happy for you. I truly enjoy your designs, they are simply beautiful and elegant! I would love to win the US version.

    All the best,

  57. Congratulations! What an amazing accomplishment! I love the color palette and the photography! It looks a very well thought out and lovingly crafted book. If I am fortunate enough to win I would like the US version.

  58. Beverly A Davis

    I love knitting textures, and your designs feature those so beautifully. I have been knitting for about 60 years. My daughter is a fairly new knitter and I would love to have your book to give to her (US version). Congratulations on your book and thanks for the giveaway.

  59. Congratulations, Alina! I think it was actually a few of the beautiful dresses you had made that inspired me to stay in touch with the blog (where I love all the posts because you have some amazing and incredible photos) and on Ravelry, where I’ve been following since the very first pattern was released. I love your designs because they are so timeless and beautiful. And you break down the techniques so well that I think any person could learn to knit one of your designs in no time! I would love to win a copy of your new book (US version), but it will be added to my shelf no matter what! All the best!

  60. Congratulations on your book! Sounds (and looks) wonderful! 🙂 And the blankets looks very cosy and inviting indeed. I would like to take a peek of the UK edition! 😉

  61. Beautiful designs and textures and appealing to all skill levels.

  62. Karen Kaeding

    Congratulations on you publication of “Add One Stitch Knitting”. From what I am seeing and hearing it looks like a book I must have, even if I don’t win a copy. Keep on teaching & inspiring us knitters!
    US version.
    Thank you

  63. That’s amazing!!! Congratulations Alina!!!

    This looks like such a gorgeous book, well done for seeing it through from start to finish! I can’t wait to see this book come out in Canada :D.

  64. If I were to win, I would go for the US version.

    I keep returning to your blog for multiple reasons, the first being that I just love your voice. The mindfulness that you put into each post and the way you express yourself really has me hooked. You are a sweet, sweet blogging friend and I enjoy the conversations you always give your readers.

    I also like your style. While I do not usually knit “natural” colors (I tend to gravitate to color), I love seeing the very simple things you always create. Thank you so much for sharing with us all. <3

  65. I would love the US edition!
    Your blogposts are eye candy :). The photos are gorgeous!

  66. I’m so happy for you, Alina. And I’m sure it’s a great book!
    Love to win an example, that’s for sure 🙂 And if…then I would love the UK edition.

  67. Follow you on Instagram and love your beautiful photos and designs in such soft colours. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of your book, although I’m not a beginner I’m trying to teach my granddaughter to knit and think it would be a great source of inspiration.
    The U.K. Version if I was lucky. X

  68. Congratulations!!
    I follow your journey through photographs on Instagram and that is what prompted me to look into your blog. I love that this is for the beginner and texture based!!
    (US version if lucky!)

  69. Congratulations, Alina on your book!

  70. congratulations to you! how did you keep this secret for so long???? I would have died trying not to tell anyone. Lots of wishes for a fabulous selling !

  71. Wonderful! Congratulations on your new book, Alina. I live in Germany and I am knitting right now my first sweater with the icelandic wool lettlopi. I would love to have your book. I will definitely buy it. If I win, I will gift the second copy to a friend.
    Kind regards, Nataliya

  72. Holy moly! You wrote a book! I had no idea. It looks so BEAUTIFUL. I am so proud of you and so incredibly impressed. Big hugs!

  73. Congratulations! What a rewarding experience! So happy for you 🙂
    I love your thoughtful choice of yarn with beautiful stitch definitions and I love how your sweaters are constructed, they are very elegant.
    I would love to win this book. I wish I could own UK edition, since I’m from Europe originally and use that style of knitting and probably that terminology, but I live in the US now 🙂
    Hope to see more of your projects in the future. Good luck!

  74. Debi Pouliot

    Congratulations on your book! While I am not new to knitting, I do love a good textured pattern. I love the feel of the texture in a gray or light tan; the natural wool colors. I love that scarf pattern! If I win, I would like a US copy. Thank you! Good luck with the book!

  75. This looks like an amazing book! I have been knitting for a long time, but have recently decided to go back to some thoughtful and gentle knitting to help with the stress that is all around us at this time. This book looks like it would fit into that quite well. I love the beautiful colors and texture! I would love to win the US copy. Thanks and good luck!

  76. Congratulations on creating such a fabulous book. I’d love the UK version, please, and thank you for this great giveaway! I found you and follow you on IG and read your notices, regarding your website, blog and new designs. I’m totally obsessed and passionate about knitting, so I’m always eager to hear about new designs, new designers, and learn new skills and methods of knitting (I love any and all tutorials). You can never stop learning, with knitting, which I love—it’s got me hooked.

  77. I live in Canada so I would love a copy of whichever edition could be shipped to Canada. Congratulations on your book 👍

  78. Very exciting! I know two new knitters and will gladly recommend them to check out your book.

  79. Linda Jordan

    Congrats, Alina. I am so looking forward to your book. I would love a book with interesting knit/purl designs; just from your cover photo the patterns look wonderful. If picked I’d love a U S version. Again, congrats.

  80. Congratulations! I’m a new knitter. I’ve already made notes on hurdle rib for a blanket. And want to try your heritage sweater though I’ve not attempted a sweater yet… the book looks perfect for growing this addiction.

  81. Dear Alina, I would love to win the UK Version. Your Heritage Sweater is already on my wishlist, I love textured knits!

  82. neecee crisp

    i would love to win the USA edition. thanks

  83. Congratulations! The book looks fabulous. I am in the U.S.

  84. Oh Alina … I’m not surprised at this at all and so very happy for you!! Congratulations lady, you absolutely worked hard and deserve this! <3
    I come to this blog time and time again because (1) I love your can-do attitude towards knitting and life, (2) your beautiful pictures, (3) your well thought out tutorials and last but not least because you have been an amazing online support for the past couple of years. Continued success to you, I can't wait for book #2.

  85. So excited that your book is being released! I love your instagram pictures. The textures and colors of the items you knit is so inspirational. A copy of the US book would be amazing!

  86. CONGRATULATIONS… U.S.edition.
    Thank you

  87. Alina!!!! The book looks fantastic and you look so happy in the photos. What an accomplishment! Congratulations. (u.s. edition)

  88. Your book looks so beautiful! I saw the hurdle rib blanket in your IG stories and I love that stitch! So simple, but wir amazing impact! I’m not a very experienced knitter yet and like you I’m really fascinated by the possibilities you have with just two stitches :). I first came across your IG profile because of your Heritage sweater that you made using Moeke yarns when I’m right? I’d prefer the UK version of your book. Love from the Netherlands, Judith

  89. Congratulations! It’s amazing to see your dream come true. I would love to see your book in the US edition.

  90. I’m so happy for you, Alina! I can’t wait to buy the book. If I win, it’s the US version I’d hope for.
    I like reading anything about you and your knitting! You are such an inspiration. Thank you!

  91. Letty Barnes

    I’m new to your blog, but have been following on Instagram for a while. I’d love the US version of this book it looks beautiful!

  92. Congratulations! I found your designs through Moeke’s Instagram, and they fit my style perfectly. I’d love to win a copy of your beautiful new book. Thank you for doing a giveaway!

  93. Congrats! The book looks amazing! I would love the US copy.

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