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alterknit stitch dictionary

200 modern knitting motifs

AlterKnit Stitch Dictionary takes an unexpected look at stranded colorwork with 200 new motifs. These non-traditional colorwork charts are perfect for the creative knitter looking to break away from the ordinary. Derived from graphic design elements, these fresh motifs include everything from geometric mountains, waves, and spirals to modern bikes, skulls, and sheep.

Dive into stranded colorwork with confidence with a section on reading charts, working floats, and choosing colors. Learn how stranded colorwork can be used in design with five accompanying projects including mitts, cowls, and sweaters. Plus, use your imagination to modify, deconstruct, and combine the unique motifs to create your own designs.

Be inspired to break the rules and use charts in creative ways with AlterKnit Stitch Dictionary.


"Andrea’s book is a fabulous collection of 200 stitch patterns for stranded colorwork, with a decided sense of humor."

Kate Atherley,

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200 new stitch motifs

Alterknit is a stitch dictionary full of unique charts for you to use in your own designs or to adapt other patterns. The book includes an index of charts by stitch- and row-counts, making it a valuable, easy-to-use resource!

5 original projects

Learn how to use colorwork with five beautiful and original knitting patterns, including a cardigan, a pullover, a hat, a cowl, and a pair of mittens. See the projects

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Techniques, tips, and tricks

Tutorials guide you through holding the yarn and catching floats. Find out how to improve your colorwork with a technique section.



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Rugged knits

Knitters love stitching pieces that become mainstays: garments and accessories to wear year after year.

They are steadfast companions in your daily adventures: walking the dog, working outdoors, or simply tucking in for a cozy night at home. Rugged Knits is a collection of 24 functional, lovely, and interesting knitting patterns for men and women. Side-by-side with hearty wool sweaters and sock patterns are more unexpectedly delicate-looking pieces, such as a warm, resilient shawl with lace trim and a cozy cowl with gentle drape. Those who love cables will rejoice in the gorgeously-shaped turtleneck and bright, eye-catching mitts. Fans of colorwork will enjoy both stranded knitting and color blocked pieces, while those who want to keep it simple will delight in textured, knit-and-purl designs.


Sweaters for the outdoors


practical Shawls and cowls


All-weather accessories