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Japanese Knitting

A couple of months ago I saw the review of Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible  book at Knitted Bliss. Julie presented it in such an alluring way that I immediately ordered the book! First of all, it is just beautiful to look at. I am so judging it by the cover, because it is stunning – intricate textured stitch pattern in neutral shade just makes you open it and browse for more. The content didn’t disappoint me either – 250+ unique stitch patterns presented in minimalist format.

Hitomi Shida created absolutely magical stitch patterns, from lace to cables – each of them is a small masterpiece. What I also like about them is that each pattern consists of several elements and you can easily “break it down” and use just a part of a pattern if it seems too busy for this or that particular project. I did something similar when designing Journey sweater a couple of years ago – browsing through a huge collection of stitch patterns and “filtering out” the elements that appealed to be and then putting the puzzle together. Now I have a great resource that I am sure I will come back to again and again.

Actually one of the elements in a beautiful stitch pattern caught my attention and I can’t wait to “draw” it on this merino fabric. 

It is worth mentioning that Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible doesn’t provide any step-be-step written instructions – only charts! All the symbols are explained in a detailed and clear way and some techniques are showed in the tutorials at the end of the book. Personally, being a visual knitter and always knitting from a chart, I love this approach – it allows to fit in more information in a less cluttered way, but if you prefer knitting from the written instructions, you might find it challenging at first to use this book.

I hope you are having a great weekend!


By | 2018-03-11T07:35:53+00:00 March 11th, 2018|Books, Knitting|24 Comments


  1. Carmela Biscuit March 11, 2018 at 10:12 am - Reply

    I was impressed too by Julie’s presentation and just got it as a present from my husband for the 8th of March! Excellent collection of stitches, I love it and recommend it strongly too!

    • Alina March 12, 2018 at 11:55 am - Reply

      Oh, that is the perfect gift for 8th of March! Yes, this book is a must have!

  2. Nicky March 11, 2018 at 10:52 am - Reply

    I celebrated an immigration anniversary in February and got the book as a gift to myself. I agree, it’s beautifully done and is a pleasure to look at. While I’m not an expert chart knitter, I don’t mind having the stitch patterns charted only. My knitting buddy and I are already planning a swatch KAL so we can both build our chart reading skills. I really do recommend this book to everyone, especially knitters who want to challenge themselves.

    • Alina March 12, 2018 at 12:00 pm - Reply

      That is a great gift to yourself, Nicky! And chart knitting is definitely worth a try – it might seem tricky at the beginning, but it’s like learning a new language, at first it doen’t make any sense to you, but then it starts slowly sinking into your mind 🙂

  3. Peggy Miller March 11, 2018 at 11:31 am - Reply

    I love this book! I’ve been learning new stitches and stretching my brain to learn new charting. Japanese stitches have such a delicacy to them. This book is phenomenal !

    • Alina March 12, 2018 at 12:02 pm - Reply

      I agree, Peggy! Japanese knitting is absolutely unique and I love how universal the knitting language is – we can learn so much from different cultures.

  4. Christine March 11, 2018 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    I have this book too. It’s amazing what the designer could do with cables. Wow.

    • Alina March 12, 2018 at 12:02 pm - Reply

      I know!! Such a unique approach!

  5. liz n. March 12, 2018 at 10:54 am - Reply

    Oh, do I love this book!

    I’ve been swatching from the edgings section, and at least one of those designs is going to make it into a garment soon.

    I also like that there are the three small projects and accompanying patterns at the end of the book, which I think is helpful to anyone who want to practice or learn how to knit from charts. I’ve got my eye on those socks…

    • Alina March 12, 2018 at 12:06 pm - Reply

      I would love to see more and more projects coming up using the stitch patterns from this book!!!

  6. Melissa March 12, 2018 at 11:13 am - Reply

    It’s such a wonderful book! You will love it, Alina!

    • Alina March 12, 2018 at 12:06 pm - Reply

      I am enjoying it so much, Melissa!

  7. Julie Crawford March 12, 2018 at 4:56 pm - Reply

    Yay, I’m so glad you got it!! Isn’t it amazing? I’m working on a winter sweater design (so probably for fall 2018) and it uses a stitch from this, it was just so inspiring. I’ll never get rid of this book!

    • Alina March 15, 2018 at 4:44 pm - Reply

      Oh, I am so looking forward to seeing what you’ve come up with!! Thank you fro a great recommendation!

  8. Tahnee March 13, 2018 at 12:37 am - Reply

    This looks like such a fantastic knitting resource to have around. And if anything else at least an amazingly beautiful book to look at.

    • Alina March 15, 2018 at 4:45 pm - Reply

      I agree, Tahnee!! I love its visual presentaton as much as the content. Worth every penny!

  9. kaydeerouge March 15, 2018 at 3:43 am - Reply

    Such a perfect resource for your beautiful knits. 🙂

    • Alina March 15, 2018 at 4:46 pm - Reply

      It is a great resource book! Love how I can play around with stitch patterns and break them down to suit my vision!

  10. Meriel Crawford March 15, 2018 at 3:52 am - Reply

    I have liked Hitomi’s sweaters for quite some time and thought the stitch patterns wonderful and when the book was recomended as available I bought it. I am so pleased that I did. I love it.

    • Alina March 15, 2018 at 4:47 pm - Reply

      It is the perfect addition to any knitter’s library!! Glad you are enjoying it!

  11. Marny CA March 15, 2018 at 11:40 pm - Reply

    Knowing that I love “gadgets” and all other manner of whatever goes with a specific craft, I would like to know if there are symbols for Knit / Purl.

    Seeing charts is not my problem – understanding what is a knit and a purl, yo – THAT is what I would need in order to even try the challenge of gorgeous Japanese patterns.

    I’m usually doing what’s most difficult as my initial try at something. That way, everything else is easy.

    • Alina March 21, 2018 at 10:52 am - Reply

      Hello Marny! yes, of course, there are knit/purl symbols! And a very detailed explanations of special symbols.

  12. Susan March 19, 2018 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    I have been considering getting this bookbut reading charts is hard for me! First, are charts always respresenting the same symbol for the same stitch? Second, how do you set up a chart so that you can read it easily while you knit?

    • Alina March 21, 2018 at 10:50 am - Reply

      Hello Susan! Yes, the symbols are consistent throughout the book. As for the chart reading, the book is constructed in such a way that some charts are placed right next to the photo of the swatch and some stitch patterns are listed as photos with the number of the chart and the page number where you can find it. I personally just knit from the book, just marking the page which I need, but you can also scan the pages that you know you will use and print it. Hope it helped! Please, let me know if you have any more questions!

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