Fans of Barbara Walker’s stitch dictionaries will be delighted to discover the newly-published book Up, Down and All Around Stitch Dictionary by Wendy Bernard. This book stands out because she has “translated” stitch patterns so they can be worked flat or in the round.
Both beginning and advanced knitters will appreciate the clear directions for simple and more complex stitches. The book is organized into seven groups of patterns including lace and cables with a useful chapter on edges and hems.
The book has some issues - the spiral binding makes the pages lay flat, but the pages get caught in the rings. The author made some unfortunate color choices in the photos, and it can be difficult to see some of the stitches clearly.
Still, I think the book has a place in any serious knitter’s library. In particular, the final section includes nuggets like stitch pattern substitutions and a very comprehensive key to those mysterious symbols used in charted patterns.
I found my copy at Bookshop West Portal which has an amazing collection of knitting books and has been the gracious host of my knitting group for many fun-filled years. Drop in if you're in the neighborhood - we meet every other Wednesday from 7-9 pm.