Hitomi Shida is a well-known Japanese designer of hundreds of original knitting stitches and knitted garments. She has been teaching, designing and writing books for over 20 years and her work already enjoys a worldwide following among Japanese knitting fans. Gayle Roehm devotes herself to fiber arts and happily spends her days with yarn and needles. She has lived in Japan and studies the language for many years, and has knitted from Japanese patterns for most of her knitting career. Gayle teaches at knitting gatherings around the country, and occasionally publishes her own designs.
"The book is a great combo of stitch patterns, clear pictures, illustrations for the fiddly bits and a few patterns thrown in for good measure. It's a worthy addition to your library and something for you to consider. I'm glad to have it at my reach! And of course, it's another way for me to lose countless hours thumbing through and daydreaming." --Knotions.com "An exquisite book full of new stitches with spectacular results." --Studio Knit blog "This is one of the most beautiful books about knitting we have ever seen, proving that knitting can be an exquisite art form as well as a way to produce humble clothing..." --The Knitter magazine "You will be stunned by the complexity and beauty of these unique motifs -- and the intensity does not diminish as you page through the book. At the end is a section for Round Yokes, plus a section of dozens of astonishing edgings." --Wool Gathering magazine "This is mindful, challenging knitting at its best, and this translation opens up a world of Japanese knitting charts to English speakers." --"Starred Review" Library Journal "A remarkable book ... This makes me want to quit my job and knit! ... I cannot give a big enough thumbs up to this book!" --KnitCircus.com ..".experienced knitters will be tempted to give it a go after paging through the handsomely photographed knit swatches, each of which is accompanied by unlabeled charts. For those who want to jump right in, there are a few patterns for socks and a hat. A black-and-white photo section that shows how to knit the stitches concludes. A feast for the eyes, and perhaps the hands." --Booklist "Roehm translates the imaginative work of Shida, one of Japan's best-known hand-knitting designers, into English for the first time. Shida gained an international following with the Japanese publication of a book of couture knitting patterns a decade ago, and here presents hundreds of other patterns, adding scallops, yokes, and edgings to her offerings ... For intrepid knitters looking for a challenge, the pages of stunning stitches will prove well worth the effort." --Publishers Weekly