I’m a sucker for learning about different knitting techniques and I love when traditional techniques are used in new and unusual ways. Slip-stitch knitting is not, to my knowledge, an old or traditional technique. I think it was invented by Barbara Walker, who called it “mosaic knitting” in her 1976 book of that title. Walker used the technique of slipping stitches to create colorwork patterns using only one color in a row. More recently, in Pop Knitting, Britt-Marie Christoffersson quilt-like textural patterns using slipped stitches combined with regular stockinette and garter stitch sections.
In the Art of Slip-Stitch Knitting, Faina Goberstein and Simona Merchant-Dest use slipped stitches to create colorwork and textured patterns, and go even further to create fascinating slipped-stitch cable designs and to use slipped stitches for shaping and to add extra finesse to finishing as well.
Everything about this book is fun. The designs are fresh and fashionable, the techniques are interesting, and the photography is clear and contemporary. But it’s not just a pattern book. All of the techniques used are explained clearly and in detail with illustrations and photographs.
The 16 patterns include sweaters, scarves, cowls and shawls, hats, and boot toppers. So whether you’re just starting out with this technique or you’ve already worked with slip-stitch patterns and you want to explore further, you’ll find something that suits your needs. There are even a few projects that you can still have time to knit up before Christmas!
Personally, I want to cast on today for this amazing scarf. I am pretty good at being able to figure out how things are knit from looking at photos, but I have no clue on this incredible creative design!