Long-time readers to this blog will know that I am somewhat obsessed about reversible knitting stitches! And I am not alone, because they can open up a whole new area of creative possibilities for both beginners and more experienced knitters. If you've never really thought about them before, they are definitely worth exploring.
I still find it amazing that reversible stitches look good from both sides. I know that's their definition, but it still seems somehow magical that there isn't a "right side" or a "wrong side". So many patterns can leave you feeling disappointed when you see that all your hard work only shows on one side.
However, this is not the case with a reversible stitch – you can quickly wrap a winter scarf around your neck or throw a blanket over your knee and not have to worry about a messy wrong side showing.
Some reversible stitches look identical on both sides and are what we term "truly reversible". However, there are also a large number which look quite different on the back which can lead to lots more creative options.
And did you know that reversible stitches tend to lie perfectly flat? This is all to do with the balance of knits and purls on the two sides, so the forces which make Stocking Stitch roll tightly into a tube are equalled out. This makes them the perfect choice for blankets, rugs and placemats. In fact, you can even use a reversible stitch at the border of other stitches to stabilise them.
Reversible stitches can also provide texture, insulation, warmth and cushioning. Amazing!
I started collecting examples of reversible stitches way-back-when. This was before we all had computers at home, so whenever I either designed a new stitch or came across one in a magazine, I would chart it and paste it into a file. Of course, over time this grew from just one file to quite a few!
Then about 10 years ago, I decided to work up new samples of every reversible knitting stitch in my collection. My daughter Anna joined me in the task and by the time we had finished, the table was covered with 200 stitch samples! It was at that point that Anna said "We should gather these into a book..."
And that was how the first edition of our Reversible Knitting Stitches book came into being.
Then at the start of this year, I decided to challenge myself to see if I could add 20 more stitches in 2020. In the end, Anna and I topped that by a long way and we managed to design, find or adapt more than 50 stitches to add to the collection!
So we are delighted to now be able to introduce the brand-new edition of our E-book: Reversible Knitting Stitches – A Sourcebook of 250 Double-Sided Stitch Patterns.
You can see a gallery of sample pages from this new edition on my website and purchase a copy here. The book is available for instant download directly from the site and can be read on computers, tablets, phones and other mobile devices.
The new stitches are scattered throughout the book, with some lovely new examples for beginner knitters as well as stitches worked in two or more colours. This includes the one shown here, Cushioned Rib, which is a wonderfully padded stitch. This is beautiful when worked in a single shade but really comes into its own when worked in a combination of colours.
We have also included lots of new reversible lace stitches and reversible cables to expand the final two chapters in the book as it is so hard to find good examples of these types of stitches.
In addition to adding stitches into the collection, we have also added a brand new section at the start of the book, including notes on materials & equipment for working reversible knitting stitches. This is followed by suggestions for yarn choices and the use of colour in reversible knitting plus the creative ways in which you can use tension and gauge in your work.
The new edition also includes all new stitch charts to take advantage of the wonderful changes in chart drafting software over the last few years. The stitch charts are now beautifully crisp and clear even when you zoom right in or print them out.
We have also added many new project examples, including Anna's lovely Frost Fighter Mitts shown here. The E-book now contains over 80 project examples to inspire you in your own design work.
For more information about the Reversible Knitting Stitches E-book, please click here. We hope you enjoy the new edition and that it gives you lots of new ideas for your autumn knitting!
Until next time – keep smiling,