Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary: Win Book and Yarn!

Welcome to the Knitcircus stop on the Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary Blog Tour! I’ve long been a fan of Wendy Bernard’s patterns, blog and books, so getting to talk about her new one is a true pleasure.


The Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary is a welcome follow-up to Wendy’s Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary.

I’ve been a big Wendy Bernard fan for many years; since back in the day when knitting blogs were new, Knit and Tonic has always been a leading voice in the fiber-blog community. Wendy’s California-chic designs captivated me from the start. Her Favorite Cardigan (below) has long been one of the sweaters I most want to knit.


Wendy has a knack for breaking down large ideas (design your own hat, cowl, sweater) into manageable parts and reconstructing it so that you feel confident tackling your next project. If you haven’t gotten a chance to check out her Custom Knits series, I highly recommend them. The Custom Knits 1 and Custom Knits 2  books show you how to design your own top-down sweater, with lots of tips and patterns by Wendy. The Custom Knits Accessories is my fave, since I’m mostly an accessories knitter. She gives you all the tools you need to create your own sock, hat and other accessories patterns, with clear guidelines so you can succeed.

The All -Around Stitch Dictionaries build on Wendy’s expertise in guiding knitters to technical success. Most stitch dictionaries give you a stitch pattern and written directions for working the pattern flat; the more modern ones often include a chart. Wendy noticed that changing from flat to knitting in-the-round could sometimes be tricky, so she includes charts for both. She also gives the reader insight into which kinds of stitches do well on both sides (when designing a scarf, that’s key), and indicates which patterns are fully reversible, two sided (look good, but are different on each side) or only to be used with one side showing.

The second installment, The Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary, includes very clear photos and charts for every stitch, but in her usual inimitable way, Wendy includes a whole Designing From Scratch appendix, with basic recipes for Basic Top-Down Socks, Basic Toe-Up Socks, Top-Down Cap, Bottom-Up Cap and Triangular Shawls in Two Directions,  with beautiful photos for each.

IMG_6836                        Here’s a photo I snapped from my copy of the book (notice the user-friendly notebook binding?). This shows the Checkerboard Cables charts and photos. Thanks to the publisher  for letting me share this pattern! You can see they’re awfully nice, clear charts and photos showing both sides of the swatch.



Stewart, Tabori and Chang are so generous, they’re giving away not only a copy of Wendy’s new book, but 2 hanks of yarn from Blue Sky Alpacas. (USA readers only for shipping, please!)

Now, I’m sure you’re all champing at the bit to know how you can win the Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary and the yarns. Just comment and tell us:

What would you be likely to knit with the Stitch Dictionary? Sweater, Socks, Hat, Cowl, Shawl? Which way would you knit it? Top-down, bottom up, in the round or flat?

Follow the rest of the stops on the blog tour to see more stitch patterns from the book!



5/23: Craft Gossip

5/11: WEBS

5/28: Blue Sky Alpacas


12 thoughts on “Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary: Win Book and Yarn!

  1. A hat or a cowl, I think, would be a good place to start experimenting with stitch patterns. And in the round. The fewer seams, the better!

  2. I would start with either a cowl or socks. Eventually a sweater, in the round. The book sounds very interesting. Thank you!

  3. If use it for a cowl starting with a provisional cast on and ending in a three needle bind off. There would certainly be many options.

  4. I’m actually itching to put together a few ideas I have for a shawl. Sounds like this is just the book I need. Thank you!

  5. I need to find a stitch pattern to make the longer sides of a swing cardigan. I’ll bet you were looking for a shorter answer! Sara
    SareBearKnits on rav

  6. I used Wendy’s “Up, Down, All-Around…” to design a winter headband for my cousin’s daughter this past Christmas. I was so happy with how it came out! With even more stitch patterns at my disposal? I might try my hand at a cowl or hat for me.

  7. Hmm…I would love to stray away from knitting plain vanilla socks, and perhaps this book would inspire me to do so! And I really like toe-up!

  8. I would love to jazz up a cowl. I have never dipped my toes in the design world but everyone speaks so highly of Wendy and I would love to get my hands on this book. Thank you.

  9. I have been on a shawl kick so a beautiful shawl but I have also been making blankets too so maybe a blanket

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