Stitch Dictionaries

albert's picture

I'd be interested in hearing from you folks about which stitch dictionaries you consider to be the best and most useful. I have Barbara Walker's Second Treasury book which has a lot of interesting stitches, but unfortunately they are not charted. And of course they are all written for flat knitting, which renders them unuseable for me.

Any leads?


Joe-in Wyoming's picture

I really like the Mon Tricot

I really like the Mon Tricot pattern dictionary...once you get it translated from English terms for the crochet section. I also like a few of the others mentioned but only own the Mon Tricot. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

PieintheSky88's picture

I'm sad to say that my only

I'm sad to say that my only stitch dictionary is the internet... but it's proven very useful! After reading this thread, though, I wish I could run out right now and get a few of the ones you've all recommended...

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gardenguy42's picture

Good morning Albert! I have

Good morning Albert! I have all 4 of Barbara Walker's Stitch Treasuries. The third one is actually titled "Charted Knitting Designs: A Third Treasury of Knitting Patterns." The "A Fourth Treasury of Knitting Patterns" is also charted. You might want to check them out to see if they meet your needs -- lots of cables, lace, mosaics, and slip stitch patterns.

Walker has 4 pages in the introduction to "A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns" (pp. xxix - xxxiii) that deals with adapting the patterns to circular knitting.

I guess can be time consuming to follow her suggestion to rewrite the patterns for circular knitting following her guide. I've adapted several of Walker's pattern stitches to circular knitting that way but I didn't find it too problematic and I've not seen any stitch dictionaries that present circular patterns alone, although they may be out there somewhere.

How about we start working on compiling our own circular knitting patterns book on MWK? Now that would be interesting indeed!

PS I like these two books also: "400 Knitting Stitches: A Complete DIctionary of Essential Stitch Patterns" and "Mon Tricot Knitting Dictionary: 1030 Stitches Patterns (Paperback)" -- out of print but available sometimes on Amazon used.
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albert's picture

Thanks, Brian- I will look

Thanks, Brian- I will look into the BW treasuries with the charts. I have attempted to read those four pages a couple of times but can't get past the first couple of paragraphs. It seems if it takes four pages of instructions to explain how to translate flat patterns to round I could probably learn Sanskrit faster.

jessemkahn's picture

I adore the Vogue Dictionary

I adore the Vogue Dictionary of Knitted Stitches from the mid-1980s. It's occasionally available on Amazon from a 3rd party.

I also cannot live without The Essential Guide to Color Knitting Techniques by Margaret Radcliffe. Just came out in 2008. SO SO SO useful.

Tom Hart's picture

Jesse, you made them both

Jesse, you made them both sound so interesting that I just requested them from the library. The San Francisco Public doesn't have The Essential Guide to Color Knitting but they have a set up whereby they can request something from a pool of participating libraries up and down the state. The Vogue Dictionary of Knitting Stitches is by Anne Matthews. I'm looking forward to checking both of them out. Thanks for the recommendations.

jessemkahn's picture

Oh lord, I hope I haven't

Oh lord, I hope I haven't over promised!! I do love each, Tom. Hope you enjoy them, too.

albert's picture

I'll check these out, Jesse-

I'll check these out, Jesse- thanks. The Essential Guide to Color sounds intriguing.

jessemkahn's picture

It's excellent, Albert,

It's excellent, Albert, really excellent. I'm not looking at it at the moment and can't remember if working in the round is accounted for, but the majority of the stitches and patterns can easily be modified. And it's just beautiful to look at!

purlyman's picture

Don't know if this will help

Don't know if this will help - I don't really have a stitch dictionary myself - I have some books with some stitches and one of Barbara Walker's too.

Knitting Fool - Knitting Stitch Index

Good luck!!

albert's picture

That's a great resource-

That's a great resource- I've bookmarked it- thanks Frank!

murfpapa's picture

Good morning, Albert. While

Good morning, Albert. While I grab another coffee (can I get you one?) I'll offer the Readers Digest's "The Ultimate Sourcebook of Knitting and Crochet Stitches". One day I'll break down and buy a copy. I must have checked this one out over 20 times from the library (which is VERY conveniently located literally across the street). (Cream? Sugar?). Unfortunately, no charts but every pattern has a picture in color so you can see at a glance what (here's some fresh butter cookies...there's lemon, lime and orange. Help yourself.) the finished effect will be. For newbies and those of use who forget, there's a section on basic techniques, separates the patterns into convenient categories such as yarn weight, plain patterns, cable patterns, lace edgings, etc. Need a warmup?

albert's picture

Thanks, John- but please

Thanks, John- but please hold the cookies; I have to consider by boyish figure.

murfpapa's picture

I held them as long as I

I held them as long as I could...then I ate them