366 different knit stitches at your fingertips: oh, the possibilities! (+ giveaway)

What’s the secret to feeling more freedom, building more skills, and having more fun with your knitting?

Get a really BIG book chock-full of different knit stitches—your creativity will be limitless!

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Whether you’re a knitting pro or a total newbie, The Big Book of Knit Stitches is a companion you can count on. From learning new stitches to giving a pattern your own special swagger—or even designing a pattern from scratch—this 192-page volume is packed with possibilities.

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Table of Contents from
The Big Book of Knit Stitches

From simple knit-and-purl textures to cables, lace, bobbles, and knots, you’ll never tire of experimenting with hundreds of stitch options you can use to make scarves, hats, sweaters, afghans, and more. In short, it’s an idea goldmine.

A full-color photo and complete how-to instructions are included for every stitch in the book. Stitches are conveniently organized by type to make it easy to find the kind of stitch you want. Each stitch pattern also includes instructions for a stitch repeat, so it’s simple to customize a stitch to whatever you’re working on.

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From the "Knit & Purl Textures" chapter

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From the "Cables, Crosses & Twists" chapter

What you won’t find in The Big Book of Knit Stitches is any reference to gauge. And that’s where your knitting freedom can take flight—you can use any kind of yarn and any size needle to create a stitch—just knit up a quick swatch to see how it looks in your favorite yarn/needle combo.

Know someone who loves knitting? The Big Book of Knit Stitches makes a perfect holiday gift too. Add a skein of yarn and some shiny new needles and you’ve got a gift that says, “I love you—and I love that you knit!”

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The-Big-Book-of-Knit-StitchesWhich stitches in The Big Book of Knit Stitches would you try first?

a) Knits and purls—I’m new to knitting.
b) Lace and openwork—for the romantic in me.
c) Cables and twists—I’m ready to up my game.
d) Bobbles, knots, slip stitches, and more—let’s see what my needles can really do!

Share your answer in the comments and you could win a copy of The Big Book of Knit Stitches in instantly downloadable eBook form! We’ll choose one random winner a week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck!

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing. The winner is Virginia, who says:

“Definitely cables and twists.  I like to call myself a knit novice and I am drawn to cables.  They look so beautiful and there are so many different ways to combine them in a pattern.  Thank you so much for the giveaway.”

We’ll email you about your prize, Virginia—congratulations!

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125 Comments

  • Knits and purls.. my knitting skills definitely need work!

    —Ashley on December 2, 2016
  • Definitely cables and twists. I like to call myself a knit novice and I am drawn to cables. They look so beautiful and there are so many different ways to combine them in a pattern. Thank you so much for the giveaway.

    —Virginia Bronner on December 2, 2016
  • Knits and purrs…

    —Carole L on December 2, 2016
  • Would love to get this book, I have little knowledge of the vast possibilities of knitting stitches. How do I get one ?

    June

    Go to this page, June, and you can buy the book AND get a free downloadable eBook too! –Jenny

    —June Ingram on December 2, 2016
  • a) Knits and purls—I’m new to knitting.

    I’m so new to knitting, I would definitely need to start with the basics. (Lace patterns draw me in every time, though…)

    Thanks for the opportunity to win this book. It looks amazing.

    B from Canada

    —B from Canada on December 2, 2016
  • So many pretty stitches. I like cables, so might try those.

    —AS on December 2, 2016
  • Lace and openwork I love knitting lace and adding beads to it.

    —Teresa Knittingdancer on December 2, 2016
  • I would try the cables and twists or any other fancier stitches. Have been knitting forever.

    —Peggy on December 2, 2016
  • Bobbles, knots, slip stitches…would be my first experiment. I’ve tried patterns in all the other categories, but have never tried bobbles or knots!

    —Barb Colvin on December 2, 2016
  • Lace and openwork….I love the look!

    —Donna W on December 2, 2016
  • Cables and twists first then on to the rest of the stitches! I love to knit, adore a challenge and am happiest when surrounded with wool.

    —Linda B on December 2, 2016
  • While I am a basic knit and purl newbie…I’d like to say c) cables and twists!

    —Carol Viens on December 2, 2016
  • I would love to learn more stitches…they are beautiful!!

    Marion on December 2, 2016
  • this is a beautiful book of knitting stitchings
    i would like to have this book so it can help me
    with my knitting and get it right all the time

    carol coghlan on december 3rd 2016

    carol coghlan on December 2, 2016
  • Cables and twists are going to be my go to stitches, although all are beautiful.

    —Marthese on December 2, 2016
  • Oh – hard to choose. Maybe a bit of each. I am working on a Christmas stocking right now that has both cables and bobbles.

    —Linda S on December 2, 2016
  • Cables and twists! This book looks like a good resource and reference.

    —Sharon on December 2, 2016
  • Knits and purls, I’m just learning. This book looks like a great resource.

    —Kathleen T on December 2, 2016
  • I really like cables and lace work and would enjoy learning the many patterns offered in the book.

    —Sheila on December 2, 2016
  • Cables and twists—I’m ready to up my game
    & Bobbles, knots, slip stitches, and more—let’s see what my needles can really do!
    I can do the basics but really love the versatility of knitting… I just wish I had more time to do it… love working with different wools, yarns and textures. This book would inspire me to do so much more… Thank you for the opportunity of this Giveaway.

    —Rachel on December 2, 2016
  • All the knitting steps I need at my fingertips. Love it!

    —Daria J on December 2, 2016
  • Knits and Purls – I like the textures.

    —MoeWest on December 2, 2016
  • Oh B lace and openwork for the romantic in me. I just love them!

    —Donna on December 2, 2016
  • I haven’t knitted much so I would have to start with knit and purl.

    —Nancy B on December 2, 2016
  • Do European knit method and would be sew fun to learn new stitches and to keep making my hand cozies that I give away with different knit patterns.

    —joanne on December 2, 2016
  • cables and twists!!!! Think of the socks!!!

    —Joyce Ann on December 2, 2016
  • Lace and openwork stitches first. Great reference.

    —Nancy on December 2, 2016
  • I know the basics but I want to learn more.

    Nikki

    —Nikki Moore on December 2, 2016
  • I would try everything. I am in a prayer shawl group and they could use this book to make many shawls for those in need while increasing their knitting knowledge.

    —Linda on December 2, 2016
  • Cables and twists. Thank you for this opportunity! 🙂

    —l. kawakami on December 2, 2016
  • I have gotten into more lace and open work so this would be a great new reference book for me. Would love to win. Thank you.

    —Cindy on December 2, 2016
  • Would love to learn new stitches. Love to knit and having so many stitches in one book will give me more time to knit instead of looking for the righ way to make them.

    —Maureen Ashlock on December 2, 2016
  • I would really like to have this book for all that is in it. I love knitting. I think I would like to try lace and open work first.

    —Lynda on December 2, 2016
  • A. Knits and purls…I’d love to make mermaids tails for my granddaughters.

    —Kim on December 2, 2016
  • After 50+ years crochet ing, I am going attempting to teach myself to knit. I would love your book to begin with the simple knit and purl, then try the more intricate stitches.

    —Suzanne Ridge on December 2, 2016
  • I love cables and twists, but need to work on knits and purls, since I’m a beginner!

    —Deb G. in VA on December 2, 2016
  • I think I’m ready for cables and twists … with help, of course. Thanks for this generous chance to win such a great book.

    —bookboxer on December 2, 2016
  • Bobbles, knots and slip stitches for me – I love the challenge. Thanks!

    —Joanne on December 2, 2016
  • Cables and twists. I’m ready to up my game! I’ve been a long time knitter but always play it safe. Would love to learn knew stitches and techniques.

    —Valerie on December 2, 2016
  • Haven’t done cables for years and always loved making them. I would try a project with cables first. Wonderful reference book for knitters.

    —MargeP on December 2, 2016
  • A. I’m new to knitting so I would start with the basics.

    —Judith Martinez on December 2, 2016
  • I’ve done some basic knitting stitches and cables, but there’s always more to learn, and I’d be especially interested in the bobbles, knots, etc.

    —carol on December 2, 2016
  • Cables and Twists! I’m on a huge cables kick a the moment, and I’d love to try some new cable patterns on some hats I’m knitting for friends.

    —Kirianna on December 2, 2016
  • Lace and openwork would be my choice. I tried a shawl last winter, and it was pretty successful, although a professional knitter would sure see my errors. Nice to snuggle up in something you made yourself.

    Gail G on December 2, 2016
  • I think I would start with option d, although I love to knit everything from plain and easy to as difficult as I can find.

    —Debrielle on December 2, 2016
  • Cables and twists

    —Elaine on December 2, 2016
  • They are all so pretty that I am tempted to say all, but the lace pictured on the top left corner of the cover caught my eye right away.

    —Nancy A on December 2, 2016
  • B- I’d love to try. Thanks!

    —Sandie G on December 2, 2016
  • A – I would love to learn!!

    elr on December 2, 2016
  • Cables and Bobbles and Lace, Oh My! I’ve got a few knitting tricks up my sleeve, but with this book I’d obviously have to get much longer sleeves. Thanks for the giveaway!

    —Kitten With A Whiplash on December 2, 2016
  • Just picked up my knitting needles again after not doing any projects for a very long time. Like the lace look, but bobbles,etc. sound interesting for something new!

    —Penny on December 2, 2016
  • I love the look of cables and twists so that’s where I’d start.

    —Virginia in AK on December 2, 2016
  • Oh! Oh! I want to try new bobbles and slip stitches! So cool!

    —Snoodles on December 2, 2016
  • Who knew there were so so many stitches knitting is a real skill. Would love to learn more

    —Sue prentice on December 2, 2016
  • I’ve got my basics down, although I might be a little rusty. I’m ready to do bobbles and cables.

    —Rebecca b on December 2, 2016
  • I would peruse the lace and open work section first. I know it may sound odd, but I have made some of my best dishcloths out of lace work, and I am about out, so it’s time for some new ones.

    —Bernita Leadbetter on December 2, 2016
  • I think I would start at the beginning and work my way through the book stopping to try anything and everything that strikes my fancy–think of how my knitting game would explode! Thanks for a great giveeaway!!

    —Kathy on December 2, 2016
  • I love lace and openwork but it is the area at which I am the least experienced. The book would be a great reference.

    —Martha on December 2, 2016
  • Lace and openwork, I love the look of it!

    —Mary on December 2, 2016
  • It’s "d" for me– Bobbles, knots, slip stitches, and more—let’s see what my needles can really do!

    —April J on December 2, 2016
  • The first things I would try would be the bobbles, knots, slip stitches and more because I haven’t worked with them in a long time. I would really love to see how they turn out, and consider adding them to straight stockinette patterns to add some "spice" to the garment.

    —Donna Rapkin on December 2, 2016
  • I would look for a knit pattern to make a bulky cowl scarf. I like to create my own patterns at times.

    —Marlene S on December 2, 2016
  • Lace! I love lace!

    Bunny Hand on December 2, 2016
  • "C"–That’s the stage I’m at!

    —Carol K on December 2, 2016
  • I am an "A". Never have knit but always wanted to learn

    —Claira on December 2, 2016
  • Let’s go for the bobbles!!

    patrice dubose on December 2, 2016
  • I would love to do cables and twists!!! thanks!

    —Lee on December 2, 2016
  • I would try the Bobbles, Knots, Slip Stitches, and More stitches first.

    —Noreen on December 2, 2016
  • This would be a great learning book. I know how to knit but would learn to do more stitches.

    —connie b on December 2, 2016
  • Love to try new stitches and knit new patterns. Also try new yarns for different effects.

    —Carol on December 2, 2016
  • Cables and twists! They are so interesting… and pretty.

    —Janelle Martin on December 2, 2016
  • A. New to knitting but I’d love to expand

    —Meri C Miller on December 2, 2016
  • I’d work on the knit and purl. I like to try new combinations of the stitches to produce a new look.

    —Judy on December 2, 2016
  • As a newbie knitter, I NEED this book to try out as many stitches as possible. I am currently learning the "linen stitch" and as usual struggling with it.

    —Dell Martinez on December 2, 2016
  • I haven’t done cables in years but would like to leaden lace and bubbles

    —Patti on December 2, 2016
  • a) I’ve knitted in the past but it’s been years….so right now I’m new to knitting.

    —Regina DeCapite on December 2, 2016
  • I would try the lacework stitches. I have a small stockpile of sock yarn that I think would look great made into shawls or scarves.

    —Susan on December 2, 2016
  • For me, it’s cables and twists. They will be a challenge!
    Thanks

    —Eileen Heinze on December 2, 2016
  • I did see a price for the book.

    —Sylvia on December 2, 2016
  • I would like to say the last 3, I’m not a beginner, but my first project was a men’s sweater with cables! Done some of all the rest, just need a refresher. i would liked to see the instructions in a chart, that part is the hardest for me. Kathy in colo

    —kathy pfaltzgraff on December 2, 2016
  • Cables and Twists! I like them but still consider myself a learner when it comes to knitting them…

    —Deb J on December 2, 2016
  • I would love to have this book and go back to knitting.

    —Elizabeth Olson on December 2, 2016
  • I’m a new knitter, although I’ve been crocheting for over 40 years, so this book would be awesome!

    —Karen on December 2, 2016
  • I would definitely like to do more lace & openwork type designs.

    —Janet Espeleta on December 2, 2016
  • This looks like wonderful book. Thanks for the giveaway

    —Renea Yarolim on December 2, 2016
  • a Knits and purls. I have been away from knitting so long that I am not sure I still know how to cast on. 😉

    —Susan N. on December 2, 2016
  • I’d like to try the garter stitch chevron and variations of the cable stitch. This book looks like a great compilation of knitting stitches!

    —Nicole Sender on December 2, 2016
  • the lace stitches I need to learn to "let go " more

    —reanaz on December 2, 2016
  • I would like to try the cables and twists, I’m ready to learn some new cables!

    —Kim Reid on December 2, 2016
  • d) Bobbles, knots, slip stitches, and more—let’s see what my needles can really do!

    —Cynthia Wilbanks on December 2, 2016
  • A for sure. I haven’t done knitting or crocheting since High School and that is a LLLLOOONNNNGGGGG time ago! Love the samples and the pretty designs.

    —Janice on December 2, 2016
  • I would like to learn cables. Once upon a time I was a biological laboratory scientist and I’d like to knit some DNA-shaped cables.

    🙂 Linda

    —linda schiffer on December 2, 2016
  • Lace and Openwork as well as Cables and Twists. I love to be creative with my knitting.

    —Sylvianne Ledee-Doucette on December 2, 2016
  • I love lace and openwork, but I’m ready to tackle cables and twists. Need a challenge for 2017. Looks like a lovely and comprehensive book.

    —Sandy May on December 2, 2016
  • I have never tackled anything more than ‘knits and purls’ but I think I need to enlarge my repertoire! You have shown some Beautiful samples!!

    —JanG on December 2, 2016
  • I have been knitting since I was quite young and love knitting cables but I would love to up it and make bobbles and knots.

    —Judy on December 2, 2016
  • I would like to try the baubles and other stitches I could use on my socks.

    —Mary on December 2, 2016
  • I would start with knits and purls since I need to learn how to knit again. I did try to knit when I was about ten years old but didn’t do it long enough to remember how.

    —Karen Hootman on December 2, 2016
  • I’m really intrigued by what amazing designs can be created with slip stitches, and I’d love to see what’s in this book.

    —Pearl on December 2, 2016
  • d) Bobbles, knots, slip stitches, and more—let’s see what my needles can really do!

    Sharon on December 3, 2016
  • Would love to use the bobbles, knots, and the basketweave look. Beautiful textures!

    —KATHLEEN BAKER on December 3, 2016
  • Lace and openwork would be my choice.

    —Karen Watkins on December 3, 2016
  • I’ve spent a lifetime just knitting and purling, I’think it’s time for some variety before I – and my needles- get too rusty.
    So bring on the cables and twists…..

    —Hedda on December 3, 2016
  • I’ve done knit and purl; I’ve done cables and bobbles. What is really intriguing me right now is lacework! I’m ready to give it a try.

    Barbara Johnson on December 3, 2016
  • B lace – done the others!

    —Karen on December 3, 2016
  • Probably d), I do love cables and twists and have knitted plenty of those but have shied away from bobbles and knots in the past. I’m sure this book would inspire me to try

    —Suzanne on December 3, 2016
  • Bobbles is the stitches that are flying off my needles lately. No mater what the size of yarn or needles. I have several babies being born next year, so texture is what I’m really looking for. This is great book for texture and design for all the new little ones!

    —Dawn Tenneson on December 3, 2016
  • I have been knitting a lot of lace in the last few years but my first love is cables. I would like to try some different ones from the book.

    —Pat on December 3, 2016
  • Lace and openwork – for the romantic in me! Such fun!

    —Janie on December 3, 2016
  • Probably the lace and openwork. I want to make a beautiful shawl.

    —Joan on December 3, 2016
  • I would try knit and pearl stitches, still a beginner knitter.

    —Fran Claassens on December 3, 2016
  • I’m am experienced knitter and would try the lacy pattern stitches!

    —Theresa on December 4, 2016
  • I never realized how many stitches there are that I have not tried! My answer would be lace and openwork and bobbles and knots as I am familiar with cables and lots of knits and purls. What a great book to win!

    —Linda Towers on December 4, 2016
  • A. I tried to knit as a kid, accomplished one stitch.

    —Judy B on December 4, 2016
  • I’d turn directly to ‘lace & openwork’ for use. I’m a beginner and I can’t think of a better resource to turn to!

    —Jan Elmore on December 4, 2016
  • a-Knits & Purls

    —Gwendolyn Clark on December 4, 2016
  • Really a must have every knitter should have, great book full of inspiration

    —celine-x on December 4, 2016
  • Cables and twists for me.

    —Jo Anne Hawks on December 5, 2016
  • i saw a beautiful vintage hat to knit by shopmartingale.com but i cannot find the scarf. i see the hat pattern is free but even if there’s a price on the scarf i would love to get it. does anyone know where i can find this Art Deco period style of a 1920s hat and scarf set. i do have the hat pattern but not the scarf. bummer. thanks.

    Hi Sandy, can you share the link to where you got the free hat pattern? That’ll help us find what you need. Thanks! –Jenny

    —SANDY AROMANDO on December 5, 2016
  • Cables and twists would be what I would try first.

    —Mary Helgesen on December 5, 2016
  • I would love to win this book. There are so many different stitches from which to choose. I make a lot of hats, from newborn babies to Indian children to homeless adults, and I love to try new stitches to make it more interesting.

    —Dolores on December 5, 2016
  • I love lace and open work, love love cables, my bobbles need work. So B, C, and D. I would love to win this book. I’d love to learn more stitch patterns.

    —Kat Rainesalo on December 6, 2016
  • I am a knitting newbie & am blown away by the techniques mentioned in this book!! A friend has presented me with knitted gifts for the last couple of years & this summer convinced me to give it another try. I tried knitting several times (as a child & as I met knitters during our years of traveling as an Air Force spouse), but could never quite "get the hang of it". But now I’m enjoying working with bamboo circular needles & making cotton wash cloths. I’ve tried a couple of really simple patterns & a diagonal pattern with a pretty edge. I think I’m ready to branch out & hopefully learn to make some pretty lace items someday soon. I think this book would go a long way in helping me gain some real knitter skills.

    —Karen W on December 8, 2016
  • I love cable stitches of any kind. I’m sure it would take me a while to decide which one to start with. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to win this fabulous book.

    Melissa Massey on December 9, 2016
  • I am new to knitting, but two of my children knit and I have thought about trying. The book looks really interesting and I love how beautiful all the knits look.

    —Deborah B. on December 9, 2016

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