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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 26 September 2018
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782216445
  • Stock: 50+
  • Size: 222x222 mm
  • Illustrations: 400
  • Pages: 160
  • RRP: £12.99
  • Series: New edition
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The Encyclopedia of Knitting Techniques


A unique visual directory of knitting techniques, with guidance on how to use them by Lesley Stanfield & Melody Griffiths

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Book Description

A new, up-to-date edition of the popular and comprehensive encyclopedia on knitting techniques by professional knitwear designers Lesley Stanfield and Melody Griffiths.

Whether you're picking up the knitting needles for the first time, or want to learn new techniques to add to your repertoire, this encyclopedia has something for everyone! The Encyclopedia of Knitting Techniques is a comprehensive guide to basic and advanced knitting techniques, designs and styles. Containing more than 200 step-by-step instructions, charts, tips and examples of completed works, this fully illustrated guide is perfect for both beginners and seasoned crafters.

Table of Contents


The essentials
- Materials
- Basic skills
- Essential know-how
- Additional know-how

The stitch collection

Design and inspiration
- How to design
- Gallery

Key to chart symbols and abbreviations

Glossary and index

About the Author

About Lesley Stanfield

Lesley Stanfield is a freelance knitting and crochet designer who has worked on and for several women’s magazines. She lives and works in Whitstable, UK. She has written many best-selling books for Search Press including 75 Birds, Butterflies & Beautiful Beasties to Knit & Crochet, 100 Flowers to Knit & Crochet, 200 Fun Things to Crochet, 200 Fun Things to Knit, 75 Knitted Floral Blocks and The Encyclopedia of Knitting Techniques.

About Melody Griffiths

Melody Griffiths commissioned and designed garments and accessories for women's magazines and worldwide yarn manufacturers for over 20 years. As well as designing, she worked as a knitting editor and is the author of 201 Crochet Motifs, Blocks, Projects and Ideas, Crochet in No Time, and Knitting in No Time. Sadly, Melody passed away in 2009.


Customer review

Anybody would love this reference book from novice to expert. If only I had been able to access the information that this book holds when I was starting out I might well have become a more accomplished knitter. From the very beginning the book explains the basic equipment you need, the different types of yarns that are available, in easy-to-understand terms. Progressing through the book it identifies several ways of casting on, casting off, basic stitches like knit and purl. It gives you vital instruction about tensions and the stitches to use when you are putting a garment together. Instructions are not only given in writing but are also illustrated. There is a large section that guides you through stitches using knit and purl, progressing to cable stitch, bobbles and multi-coloured knitting. I would have never believed how many patterns you can make with simple knit and purl. The final section shows you how to design and plan your own work. I would definitely recommend this as a reference book to keep on your shelf.

Customer review

I have other books similar to this but the Encyclopedia of Knitting Techniques is the one I will be using from now on. Everything is so well set-out and easy to follow, and the photographs show close-ups, clear, and in detail. This gives me the confidence to give them a go. I would think that for any knitter, from a beginner to someone who has knitted for years, this would be an invaluable resource.

Customer review

I simply adore this type of craft, it is so doable and attractive. This beautiful book by Sarah Matthews lets us into the secrets of paper crafting for the home, there are no less than 25 fabulous projects that would complement any household decor, each project has a template and step by step instructions with full colour pictures to guide us. We can choose from simple gift box houses, flower garlands, a decorative pineapple and many more, there is even a paper lampshade. A must have book for the keen home stylist.

Customer review

I'd suggest this for knitters who have already learned the basics and are willing to pace themselves as they learn the new techniques. There are a lot of photos alongside illustrations which is helpful to see how the hands hold the yarn and needles. It goes all the way from knit and purl and which tools and yarn you need to knit, to designing your own knits. So while you'll need to buy patterns alongside this to practise what you've learned, this should last any knitter a good few years!

Customer review

Very nice and useful book. Gives clear photos of each different stitch, some I have never seen before. Really pleased with the clear and concise layout. A must for both experienced and new knitters.

Customer review

What a wonderful book. Everything from learning how to knit to designing your own garments. Details of many different stitches and patterns. As a knitter of over 60 years I found this book both exciting and inspiring.


A new, updated edition of this classic reference book for hand knitters. A great step-by-step guide to knitting for beginners upwards. A colourful stitch dictionary and projects show the full versatility of knitting. All the various types of stitch are covered from texture to lace, plain stocking stitch to fair-isle. This book has some good stitch combinations such as honeycomb and oxo. Includes knitting skills, stitches and design. Once you have mastered the basics of knit and purl, cast on and off, your needles are your oyster. You can create anything. A classic reference.

Craft Focus Magazine Dec 2018/Jan 2019

This new and updated edition of the popular knitting guide is a must-have for all crafters. The comprehensive volume includes both basic and advanced techniques, together with more than 200 step-by-step instructions, charts, tips and examples of complete work. It's written by professional knitwear designers Lesley Stanfield and Melody Griffiths and is packed with creative inspiration.

Whether you're picking up the knitting needles for the first time, or want to learn new techniques, this encyclopedia offers something for everyone. 

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