My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Alterknit Stitch Dictionary

I have another great book for review:

This is Alterknit Stitch Dictionary: 200 Modern Knitting Motifs by Andrea Rangel. Published by Interweave, it’s a 164-page hardcover book due out August 10. As you can deduce from the title, it contains 200 stranded colorwork motifs. They are described as being new and non-traditional. Some are geometric, some are based on “things,” some on animals, some on natural eelements, some on man-made and architectural elements. It’s a great collection that will help you with your own original creations. Or perhaps you want to switch out a motif in a pattern for something fresh and new.

Each motif is shown in a color chart and as a knitted swatch.

In addition to the dictionary of motifs, there are helpful how-to sections: choosing yarns and colors and color dominance, holding your yarn, dealing with floats,  swatching, reading charts, working steeks, and more.

And there are also some fun patterns that incorporate motifs. There are five patterns, for a beanie, mittens, a cowl, a pullover, and a cardigan.

This is the “Bikey Beanie:”

“Deep Ocean Mittens:”

And “Skull and Crossbones Pullover.”

All in all, a great book: how-tos, charts for motifs, and patterns for a few very cute projects.

Who’s like a copy? Interweave has generously offered a second copy for one of my readers. To be entered in the giveaway for this great book, leave a comment on this blog post by noon on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 and a winner will be chosen at random at that time.

Loki is settling down for an afternoon of what he does best: supervising my every move!


  1. Shirley Gallagher says:

    What a wonderful book! I would love to win a copy.

  2. Susan Picciano says:

    Book looks fun. Is it difficult to keep after Loki hair? Considering adopting a kitty similar and not sure about the fluff.

  3. Robin F says:

    That looks like a great book to stimulate my creativity. Loki looks like a loving supervisor.

  4. Shauneen Linton says:

    I’d love to win the book. Love footwork. Working on your Sanquhar Cowl now.

  5. Love the mittens pictured on your page!

  6. What an interesting topic!

  7. I’ve been wanting to try colour work…would love this book to get started!

  8. Book looks great but LOVE Loki!

  9. What a great resource! And such a handsome kitty!

  10. Oooh! I love the handprint motif! Pick me! Pick me! ?

  11. LP Starr says:

    Alterknits looks to be a fun and fabulous stitch dictionary that I would love to knit. Thank you for a fun blog and thank Interweave for the opportunity

  12. I’d love to win a copy. With all the other entries my chances are slim, but enter me anyway please.

  13. What a great stimulus for creativity and colorwork! Would love to own this dictionary!

  14. Wow, not only are the motifs new and original but I love the patterns too! It is so much better to see the motifs knitted up (as a pawprint for example) than just to see it in chart form. Looks like a ‘must=have’ book.

  15. Monica Cortada says:

    Oh my! This is just my thing! Please add me to the list for a chance to win. I’m also adding it to my Amazon wish list. I love the paw prints. I’m an elementary school teacher and our logo is a paw print (out mascot is a Ranger Bear).

  16. Lots of fun inspiration in this one 🙂

  17. KatherineR says:

    So impressed! She makes drawing those motifs look so easy. 🙂

  18. Always love a good stitch dictionary.

  19. Wow! It looks like some great motifs! Of course, Loki rocks the “fluffy” motif!

  20. Leslie R says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to win the book! Loki is doing an excellent job of supervising.

  21. JoAnn B Shupe says:

    Love to be able to add this to my library. Thanks so much for doing this for us.
    Loki looks like he’s glad his mom runs the ac 24/7 these days…

  22. Those Ocean Mittens are calling to me!

  23. Another wonderful give-a-way.

  24. Perfect timing for this new book…I’m just now learning to do color work!

  25. This book looks like a wonderful source for fun colorwork ideas. Thank you for the chance to win it, and thank you for continuing your blog all these years!

  26. This looks like a wonderful book!

  27. Venice Smith says:

    I love stitch dictionaries of all kinds. Thank you for offering this drawing.

  28. Elizabeth Hartsell says:

    Looks wonderful! I love stranded knitting.

  29. Love stranded colorwork is one of my favorite things.
    And you have the cutest supervisor ever!

  30. Jennifer Wade says:

    I love the look of this book. If I don’t win it, I will probably end up buying it, since the little sheep motif on the cover is adorable, and is calling out to be fingerless mitts.

  31. Helen Johnson says:

    The skull and crossbones pattern is awesome! I would love a copy of this book. Thanks for the chance to win it.
    Give Loki scritches for me. 🙂

  32. amy mcdougal says:

    Looks like a great book. Would love to win!

  33. Please put me on the list for the giveaway! Purrs to Loki! >^..^<

  34. Jennifer T says:

    What a fun book. I see several stitch patterns I’d like to try just in the few pictures you posted.

  35. I love stitch dictionaries! That one looks like it has some great patterns, so I’m hoping to win it!

  36. You review such interesting books . . . this one looks great. Here’s hoping.

  37. Connie Kline says:

    Perfect patterns for my two daughters! I prefer to knit for my daughters and my grandson but they don’t agree very often on patterns – but this book has something for everyone!

  38. Lynn Winders says:

    Wish I had had this book when I tried my 1st attempt at color work a few months ago. Looks like amazing info

  39. What a great addition to a reference. Stitch dictionaries are always such fun to peruse and use.

  40. Denise Bein says:

    Thanks for the great book review. You had me at ‘fresh’ . Yes, please, pick my name in the drawing lol (but seriously, this book has just been placed at the top of my wishlist. Oscar says “Hi, Loki”

  41. Linda N says:

    Looks like an interesting book for color stranding.

  42. Looks like a great book to have in your knitting book library.

  43. Jennifer says:

    Fantastic book! Love the idea of basic patterns that you can swap different motifs in and out.

  44. What a wonderful book! I’d love to take it home. It’s currently on my wish list. Thank you so much for the chance to win!

  45. Mark Ellis says:

    How man projects does the cat oversee? Is the cat a good project manager? Looks like a good book.

  46. I really enjoy stitch dictionaries and this one looks amazing. Very interesting and such unique stitches.

  47. Heather Koncz says:

    Alterknits looks like a fabulous resource and one I would love to add tomy book shelf. Thank you so much for all your draws, figure I will have to win some time, LOL!

  48. MamaSue says:

    This looks like so much fun! Thank you for the opportunity to win fabulous books!

  49. Really creative stitch dictionary! Please include me in the drawing!

  50. Fair isle knitting is my favorite. I’d love this book and put it to good use. Thanks!

  51. I read about this book and thought how wonderful it would be to have a copy. I’d be thrilled to be the winner. Thanks for the opportunity!

  52. Stella G. says:

    Fits right in with my Norwegian sensibilities!

  53. Donna Swanson says:

    looks like a great book that I would love to get

  54. Please enter me in the drawing. After all, one can never have too many stitch dictionaries. Thank you!

  55. patricia says:

    Saguaros, paw prints, and leaves? I’m in!

    thanks Wendy and Interweave! Skritches to Loki!

  56. alicia grayson says:

    Looks likes a great book! Thanks for the giveaway chance!
    alikat2004 on Ravelry.

  57. Lynne Wolters says:

    These motifs just might entice me toward stranded knitting!

  58. Lucy Harrington says:

    What fun! Really neat motifs, and I’m just starting my Xmas projects ~ Thank you for the opportunity to enter my name.

  59. Susan Cawley says:

    Saw this reviewed recently. Would love to have a copy. Thanks, Wendy.

  60. MmmYarn says:

    Wow, that looks interesting! My public library does not have it as a planned order so I’d love to be included in the drawing. Thank you!

  61. Sounds like a great book would love to have it in my collection.

  62. Looks like a really good book.

  63. Catherine S. says:


  64. elizabeth streeter says:

    It looks like a very interesting book one i will have to add to my knitting library soon

  65. I would love that book! I’m fairly new to stranded knitting and would love some help getting started designing my own projects!

  66. I’m looking for motifs for a Rhode Island -themed afghan and this book looks like it has great possibilities.
    Kristen Chambers´s last blog post ..Catch up

  67. catspaw says:

    What a cool book. I love looking at stitch dictionaries and making swatches from them. It’s really how I learned more advance knitting skills. I had a copy of Barbara Walker’s first volume and pretty much worked my way through it (and those weren’t even charted).

    Loki’s looking good. I hope you’re all surviving the long, hot summer. Things in the DC area must be even hotter, from a number of points of view.

  68. Elizabeth Stevenson says:

    A stitch dictionary? Why, yes please – and thank you for a great giveaway!

  69. emmyjaymakes says:

    Stranded knitting is on my current “things-to-get-better-at” shortlist, so I would definitely love to have this book.

  70. Linda R says:

    This looks like such a fun and inspirational book. I’d love to add it to my library.

  71. All of those neat color work patterns! I would love a copy to check out. May have to go pick one up in a few weeks! thanks for sharing!

  72. Stitch dictionaries are always helpful to have as a reference!

  73. Barbara Altman says:

    Very cool looking book! Count me in!

  74. Gosh that looks like a great book, thanks for the chance to win.

  75. Rebecca J. says:

    Beautiful. I am just starting to wade into stranded knitting; and I love a good stitch/ motif dictionary! Thank you for sharing. 🙂

  76. Bridgette W says:

    Love the stitch pattern book, would love to win a copy. I love seeing pictures of Loki!

  77. Candace says:

    That looks like an awesome book! Skulls and spiders and cactus oh my!

  78. A very cool stitch dictionary. Pick me!

  79. I have already picked out the bicycle pattern for someone I know.

  80. I would love to win this book. Looks like a winner.

  81. Kathleen S says:

    Great book…thanks for the giveaway. Never can have too many stitch dictionary books.

  82. Wendy Pearsall says:

    What a cool book! My daughter would just love that sweater! Please put my name in the drawing hat!

  83. Love stitch dictionaries and this looks like a great new take on one!

  84. Teresa C says:


  85. Debbie M says:

    I haven’t done much colorwork. The things in this book are beautiful! Thanks, Wendy.

  86. Looks like a cool book! I love the geometric shapes.

  87. Alice Moisen says:

    I’ve been tempted to pre-order it. I’ll try this first. Looks like a lot of fun
    Alice in Portland

  88. Genie Cormode says:


  89. Thea O'Grady says:

    I would love to have it!

  90. I love reading sewing books and would love to win this book. Loki is stealing the show ..