I love stitch dictionaries. I have quite a few that I turn to again and again for inspiration. So when I got an email from the nice folks at Lark Books offering to send me a copy of their new stitch guides The Stitch Collection, by Debbie O'Neill to look over, I was happy to accept.
If I didn't know better, I'd think they designed The Stitch Collection just for me. I'm on the road a lot with my kids. I sit in cafes & coffee shops working on new designs. In the past I've always had to make copies of pages from my dictionaries only to find that the four or five stitches that I'd brought along just didn't quite work with the yarn or the design. This nifty collection is scaled so that I can toss the whole box or just one or two of the five separate books in my bag and go. Perfect.
Another feature of this set that I really like is the description given for each stitch pattern. Debbie O'Neil includes notes on specific details of the individual stitch patterns and ideas for projects where each might work well. There's even a key on every page with simple symbols for "drape" and "level" - very helpful.
I figured the best way to get to know the collection was to create a design using it. I had a wonderful time pouring over each booklet. I chose two stitches, one from the Lace collection and one from Rib, made a few quick adjustments for knitting in the round and knit up a beret. The lovely stitch pattern I used is called "Snowdrop Lace". I combined it with a fun "Rickrack Rib" which gives the brim a good bit of stretch and a lot of textural interest.
Leave a comment on this post by Sunday, August 1st at midnight EDT and I'll draw one winner using a random number generator to receive a copy of The Stitch Collection. I'll also draw 5 winners who will each receive a copy of the pattern for the beret and matching mitts (not pictured, my hand model is still asleep. ETA: For those who asked - the model woke up. Photos of the mitt below.). The hat and mitts use Quince & Co's Osprey in "Snap Pea" so I'm calling the pattern "Snowdrops & Snap Peas".