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!


5/18: AboutKnitting.com

5/23: Craft Gossip

5/11: WEBS

5/28: Blue Sky Alpacas



Sarah S.

Sarah S. said:

Shawls for days! Shawls as scarves, shawls as cowls, shawls as wraps, shawls as SHAWLS. All day, every day.


Savannagal said:

I might whip up a lap blanket with a few different patterns just for fun.

Emily W.

Emily W. said:

ALL OF THE THINGS! Since I started knitting, I’ve been a fan of knitting shawls, cowls, hats, and most recently started socks! I love all of the things and want to make everythingggg!

Katelyn M

Katelyn M said:

Thanks for the review of the book. I LOVE that it is spiral bound. It makes it so much easier to use especially as a dictionary. I would love to have this book in my library to use in making my own shawls. I don’t know that I would be making them in the round but would love to look at the differences in top down vs bottom up from using this dictionary. Thanks for the chance to win not only a copy but some lovely yarn to get started right away on a project from the book! I hope that Wendy makes another volume of this book because it is so helpful for all of us knitters. We have less thinking to do since she was so kind and did it for us!!! :) (Rav ID: Zima21)

Robin V

Robin V said:

This looks like a terrific book; thanks for the review! I would knit a hat (bottom up!), or possibly a shawl. (It’s hard to choose, but a hat would definitely be faster!)


AnnK said:

I would probably knit socks from the top down or a shawl.


DianaC said:

most likely a sweater in the round, but the book really presents so many opportunities. I love the reverse side of the stitch pattern that you included, and it’s interesting to see a sample book page.


Beth said:

love the idea of the 2-sided stitches for scarves or shawls!


beckyu said:

Probably a top down stockinette cardigan, but with some added cable patterns down the sides and arms!

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