Sally Melville’s last book?

Ack,  Can it be?  Is there really nothing more she can teach us?  So she says in this article.  

I saw Sally Melville’s book The Knit Stitch in a bookstore in 2004 after I had already opened the Leonardtown shop.  I thought, “What on earth could I learn from a book that’s only about one stitch?”  How wrong I was.  I learned so much from that book.  Sure, I knew how to knit – hey, I’d been doing it for almost 25 years, but I had never examined a single stitch and all of its potential so carefully.

By the time I met Sally at the 2005 TNNA, I had already knit the Caddy Sweater (below) and the Einstein coat. 

I have recommended The Knit Stitch and The Purl Stitch to hundreds of customers because I really believe in both of these works.  They fall right in line with my philosophy of context learning, which I talk about all the time.  These books teach the technique and then offer a variety of patterns in which a knitter can use and practice those techniques.   The patterns assume nothing – they are truly teaching patterns.  Everything you’re required to do is detailed–increases and decreases, bind offs, and any modifications you might choose. 

I consider these two books to be essential references for every knitter’s library.  I would love to hear your thoughts on Sally’s designs.  Post a comment on the blog if you’d like to share.

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