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« on: April 02, 2008 10:11:13 AM »

I'm thinking about investing in a stitch dictionary set and I'm curious if anyone has an opinion on which is better: the Vogue Stitchionary series or the Harmony Guides?  Both claim to be the definitive stitch dictionary...

The cost difference is only about $4, so that's not a big factor.  I guess what I'm interested in are opinions about readability and variety/usefulness of the stitch patterns.  (Usefulness: I don't really need a whole bunch of crazy elaborate stitch patterns I will probably never use, but I'd like to have more patterns that I can get in my general knitting reference books and on freebie sites online.)

In terms of knitting magazines, I prefer Interweave Knits to Vogue, but I don't know if this makes much of a difference here.  Maybe it does?

All insight is much appreciated!

Also, does anyone have an opinion on investing in a set vs. just buying a single all-in-one stitchionary?

What I'd use it for: I don't really design a lot of my own patterns but I like to swatch out different stitches just to learn something new and hone my skills, maybe make a scarf or pillow and test out a new yarn.  But who knows what the future holds?
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« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2008 11:07:06 AM »

I don't have any of the Vogue books but I love the Harmony Guides. I have two in knitting:

450 Knitting Stitches

440 More Knitting Stitches

I can't say one would be better than the other. And I have yet to knit anything from either of these books. I have, as usual, enjoyed looking through them. I have made things out of the Harmony Guides for crochet and have been very pleased with that crochet book. It's my favorite in fact.

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« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2008 05:55:09 AM »

I have the Harmony Guide to Knitting Stitches (1983) and I love it.

I've never even seen one of the Vogue ones.

I like my harmony guide because it has all of the instructions written down, rather than as charts.
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« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2008 05:48:50 PM »

Thanks for the feedback!  I'm still completely undecided.  Maybe I'll just have to spend a good long time at the bookstore looking at every single page of all the books... ha ha.
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« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2008 07:01:30 PM »

See if your library has one or the other, or can request them on loan.
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« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2008 09:08:20 AM »

This is not the exact answer you are looking for but I have another stitchionary suggestion -- I really like "Beautiful Knitting Patterns" by Gisela Klopper -- http://www.amazon.com/Beautiful-Knitting-Patterns-Gisela-Klopper/dp/1402722265

It's a beautiful book, and the stitch patterns are interesting.

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« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2008 06:56:41 AM »

Thanks for that recommendation elkaro!  That looks like a good "beginner" book for me to maybe see how often I actually use a stitch guide.

I'll also check out the library.  For some reason the Boston library system really sucks, you wouldn't think so, but it does.  So who knows if they will actually have it.
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« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2008 04:50:13 AM »

Just to add to your undecidedness, I have the 3 Vogue books and I LOVE them!

They're not small, I went out and bought a book stand for them in fact, but they're very clear (and pretty!) and once I had the 1st one I knew I had to have all 3!

I'd be happy to take a picture of a page for you if that'd help?  So you can judge the layout etc (too out of focus for copyright to be an issue, obv  Roll Eyes)
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« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2008 03:08:52 PM »

One thing you may want to consider is whether you prefer working from charts or written instructions.  I'm not too familiar from the Harmony Guides but I have the first three Vogue Stitchionaries and quite like them; they use written instructions instead of charts. 

The Vogue books are not comprehensive by any stretch of the imagination (for that, investing in the Barbara Walker stitch dictionaries is probably the way to go) but they do have a very nice selection of stitches, many simple and a few quite complex ones if you're feeling ambitions. 

The swatches in the book are very well photographed and the instructions are simple and easy to read.  I've never had any trouble understanding the instructions or replicating the pattern shown in the book.

I've used the books for adding patterns to scarves and socks and the like and been very pleased at the ease of use and the end product.
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« Reply #9 on: May 07, 2008 12:51:52 AM »

I have the Harmony Guides: 250 Stitches to Knit and Purl, 250 Lace and Eyelet Stitches.  They are fantastic and very easy to read.  I prefer them to the Vogue Stitchionaries.
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