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I’m always surprised by the number of knitters that I run into who don’t have stitch treasuries. I use mine more than any of my other knitting books. I have A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barbara Walker.

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They’re quite inspiring. My book is loaded with sticky notes that have ideas jotted down for projects, notes on modifications, or rows converted to in the round. I love playing around with stitch patterns when I don’t know what to knit.

A stitch treasury is handy even if you aren’t doing design work. Sometimes I use mine to make simple things like cowls in an all over stitch pattern. You could also use them to replace a panel or stitch pattern in a pattern with something that is more to your taste. Like wise, you can use a stitch treasury to find a stitch to jazz up a plain pattern like a basic beret. It’s an easy way to spice up your knitting.

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  • I love mine too–I have Ms Walker's first, second and mosaic stitch treasuries, and am contemplating purchasing the third one because I just can't seem to get enough!

  • I have never seen one of the Barbara Walker Treasuries, but own some of the Harmony Guides (Knit & Purl, Lace & Eyelets, Cables & Arans, Colourwork and Knit Edgings) as well as a couple of other mixed stitchionarys, and, as you say, they are by FAR my most turned-to books for inspiration and sometimes just browsing, and like your own mine are full of bookmarks and sticky tabs with notes!I didn't in fact know that I had 5 of the Harmony treasuries just until just then – I had to go over to the sofa to pick up the books there and then consult the shelf – they are in such use that they are never all on the shelf together (and my work area is untidy :oP)

  • I am sort of ashamed to admit that I do not have a stitchionary! I have a set of cards that shows you different cable patterns… but that's about it.

  • I don't have any stitch treasuries but I'm on the prowl for some right now. I found an old one at a used book store but it was super expensive for a book published forty years ago. So, still prowling.

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