Kazekobo's designs feature creative use of all kinds of patterns so it's no surprise that this collection of her favourites includes texture, cables, lace and rib motifs. The book also explores the interplay between colour, yarn texture and stitch pattern and features many large, detailed close ups.
with 200 color photo knitting patterns
Author: Yoko Hatta
Paperback: 128 pages
All patterns are charted using a standardised library of symbols, many of which will already be familiar to you. Less common symbols are usually explained in the back of the book with clear illustrations of how to work the stitch. You definitely don’t need to be able to read Japanese to use Japanese stitch dictionaries but you may find this Knitty article about working from Japanese knitting patterns helpful.
You may recognise leading Japanese knitwear designer, Yoko Hatta, who designs under the name Kazekobo, from her work for Brooklyn Tweed or Vogue Knitting. She's also published extensively in Japan, including several books of garment patterns and other stitch dictionaries.