100 Loom Knit Stitch Patterns in One Book
Can you even conceive 100 stitch patterns at your finger tips, readily available to you where ever you go. Pick up any computer or any device anywhere in the world and your looms and you are on your way to some awesome knitting adventure. The Loom Knitters Stitch Dictionary is the perpetual life line of stitch patterns. But as the announcers love to say, But Wait There’s More….
Three stitch sampler patterns are included to help you get started on a closet full of beautiful knitted gear for winter, spring, summer or fall.
It’s not perfect. But it’s darn close. Here are the Pros and Cons…
All Image Credit: Renee Van Hoy
To Purchase: Click HERE
The Author of The Loom Knitters Stitch Dictionary
First some information on the author. Renee Van Hoy is a great artist with an incredible talent for loom knitting. A pattern designer extraordinaire despite being legally blind. When she is not knitting, or posting on her blog InvisibleLoomCraft.blogspot.com she is a VERY active member of Ravelry. The ever diplomatic and helpful moderator of several groups among my favorites, LoomaLong and Loom Knitting Designer.
The beautiful ladies that model for her are her two daughters. What a great looking bunch. Renee makes me want to really reconsider my gray hair….
On a personal note: I’ve only recently had the opportunity to get to know Renee and in just a short time I’ve grown to REALLY like this soft-hearted soul. I admire the way she navigates through all the complex personalities on these forums with grace and respect. The way she lovely responds to questions that sometimes need long explanations without hesitation is inspiring. She reminds me of Brenda Myers (another one of my favorite loomers ) Visit with Renee on Ravelry for just a bit her patterns will blow you away and her personality will draw you in. You won’t be able to help yourself – You will like her – I promise.
* 100 Patterns
Talk about the ultimate Up Factor. There is a stitch for everyone here, young, old, folk hero, super hero, country pumpkin, flower child, retro, goth, hippie, yuppie… whatever. Whether you like Taylor Swift, Renee Fleming or Queen Latifah ( I like them all – and taste in music is usually reflected in our taste for fashion – my personal observation and not the gospel truth ) you will like these stitches. I would venture to say that if You can not find one that you like there is something terribly wrong with you.
With 100 stitches to choose from the sky is the limit to how many garments and variations of those garments you can make with this voluminous resource.
Patterns are given for Flat panel and knitting in the Round.
* Well Written
Clear, detailed, step by step instructions with notes and recommendations for each stitch. It just reads well. That’s important because there is a wealth of information that you will want to get through. I would tell you that even if you already know the pattern to say the Garter Stitch you should still read about it because she gives you tips on how to make this simple, commonly used stitch look even better.
* It’s an eBook
ALWAYS available. You can’t ever forget this book at home. It’s basically in every available computer with internet access. Just log onto Ravelry or keep the file that is emailed to you in your inbox. Once you download it to your computer, tablet or phone you don’t even need to be online to use it. I love that eBooks Can’t be destroyed or damaged. In 1992 we Floridians experienced Hurricane Andrew. I lost a lot of books. It was devastating – Hello eBooks ! Knowing that certain resources are safe like this is awesome. Plus they save paper.
* Works for Beginners:
There are a lot of simple basic patterns. She starts you with the knit and purl stitch. Yes there are more complex patterns in the book that newbies would find in some cases very difficult but the up side is that you can grow with this book. Start simple – then get funky and wild.
* The Price is Great:
$24.00 is a great price for the amount of information that you’re getting. If you don’t believe me click HERE for a listing of loom knitting books on Amazon. You will see that the average book is between $12 – $20 and include between 8 and 30 patterns. That’s not a bad deal but.. this one has 103 patterns when you include the Stitch Samplers. That’s less than $0.24 (a quarter) per pattern. You can’t buy chewing gum for that price.The hat, cowl and scarf patterns alone are a $12.00 value.
Then consider the tips and techniques that are broken down for you. It’s not just, Knit 1, Purl 1 – she tells you if the stitch will look better by blocking the fabric. Will it be reversible and does it work well as a border.
* Font Size:
Large font size 20 makes it easy to read and follow for everybody. Even if, like me you’re near-sighted a large font just works well.
* Three Free Patterns:
The book includes three VERY cool patterns for FREE. This alone is worth half the price of the book.
*No Pictures for Beginners.
In some cases, if done well – pictures of each knitting step are very helpful for beginners. At least with the primary stitches like all the different versions of that ever important Knit Stitch.
Is this vital? – No , just catch a few videos on YouTube and you can get all the schooling you need for the basic knit and purl.
*Only Comes as an eBook
For some people this is a serious issue. I personally prefer to own both the printed and the eBook if I really like and use the information again and again like in recipe books. The Loom Knitters Stitch Dictionary is one of those books that I would have gladly bought both formats and where I would have really, really LOVED a spiraled print book. Alas since this is not going to happen I plan to print all my favorites and put them in a binder, color coded with dividers.
*Small Stitch Pics:
I wish the pictures of the stitches were larger. There are some stitches that look like works of art. Renee did an awesome job picking the right yarn colors and textures for the stitches but if the pictures were larger and if we’re given picture samples of some of the more complex stitches in a garment I think the impact of the details would have been greater for the reader.
*Listing is Continuous:
Sometimes it’s difficult to distinguish the patterns because in some cases the page break is not large enough. This is not a deal breaker for me. Just a tiny tweak I would put on a wish list.
Get ready for you head to spin with ideas. I can’t repeat it enough – 100 PATTERNS. It is an AWESOME book. Very much worth the price. I love the idea that I can pick a brim style then pick a stitch like the Woven Stitch and I get a great hat – come back next time and choose a different brim and a different stitch and I have a brand new design. Move on to the matching scarf. This can go on endlessly with 100 stitches.
The book can ONLY be purchased through a Raverly link. Anyone offering something different might not be a very honest individual and out of respect for ALL the hours put into this book please do your best to purchase in a way that will benefit HER.
Below is a link provided by Renee Van Hoy. Just Click the Red Button to Purchase.