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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!


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

Add One Stitch Knitting. Structure.

Add One Stitch Knitting by Alina Schneider

As Add One Stitch Knitting is already available for sale, I thought I would tell you a little bit more about the structure of the book and how you can use it.

The book is aimed at beginners. The main goal is to introduce you to the knit textures in a detailed and simple way and to show how learning just knit and purl stitches can open you the realm of diverse kinds of textured fabric. The book starts with techniques that are presented in both written and visual form – you will need them in your further projects.

Add One Stitch Knitting by Alina Schneider

The next section is The Lessons. Each lesson consists of an explanation of a stitch you are about to learn, that is to say the nature of the stitch, how it will behave in different kinds of yarn and for what projects it is more suitable. Then you will find a very detailed, step by step guide of how to knit the stitch. After you get the idea, you can make the practice piece/swatch. And as you get more confident, you can move on to the actual project to put your new skills to action!

There are 15 simple and quick to make patterns for the scarf, pillow cover, hats, leg warmers, headband, cowls, blankets, phone case, pot holders, mitts, a bag and a summer top.

Add One Stitch Knitting by Alina Schneider

You can work through the book either step-by-step, lesson by lesson, which means learning the techniques, then getting to know a new stitch, practicing it and finally making a project, using it. Or you can first find the project that appeals to you the most, something you can’t wait to make and start learning techniques just for this particular project – each pattern includes the list of techniques used with the number of a page indicated, so you can easily find them. And you can move from there – learn the technique that you will need just for this particular project that you want to make, practice the stitch used in the pattern and start the project itself!

Add One Stitch Knitting by Alina Schneider

Though the book has been written for the absolute beginners in mind, those who have been knitting for awhile can also use it for those times when you are craving for some simple, one-page pattern that you can work on while binge watching your favorite show 🙂

I really hope Add One Stitch Knitting will make you fall in love with knit textures over and over again!


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By | 2018-02-07T10:44:14+00:00 February 7th, 2018|Books, Knitting|2 Comments

Add One Stitch Knitting by Alina Schneider

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

Add One Stitch Knitting book by Alina Schneider

Love, Alina.


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By | 2018-03-16T11:19:16+00:00 November 20th, 2017|Knitting|94 Comments