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.