The Art of Slip-Stitch Knitting - Techniques, Stitches, Projects

The Art of Slip-Stitch Knitting

Techniques, Stitches, Projects

Learn how to easily create gorgeous textures by using slip-stitch as an accent or all-over pattern

The internationally published designers and authors of the best selling book, The Art of Seamless Knitting, give you 15+ original projects that offer a fresh and modern take on the classic slip-stitch knitting technique. With an invaluable dictionary of 40 versatile slip-stitch patterns, including reversible options, The Art of Slip-Stitch Knitting, already a Top-10 seller in Amazon knitting books, is your essential guide to beautiful colorwork and gorgeous textures — with minimal effort.

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More than 15 original, colorful projects

Scarves, sweaters, wraps, hats, cardigans, and more...

The asymmetrical placement of border patterns and use of color give a freehand artistic feel to this scarf, which was inspired by the painting 'Lake George' by Goergia O'Keefe. This cheerful bag is as beautiful as it is functional. The oval bottom in little herringbone pattern is knit at a tight gauge to make it sturdy, and then a round of single crochet is worked along the outer edge of the oval to provide a foundation for picking up stitches for the sides of the bag. This jacket, knitted in a beautiful silk-blend yarn, showcases traditional slip stitch in a very unexpected way. The allover slip-stitch pattern enables you to work a Fair Isle-looking pattern, without any stranded work, making your stitching even and beautiful. This versatile cardigan is worked top down in one piece. A great addition to any wardrobe, you can dress it up or dress it down. The collar, cuffs, and hem are double-sided; it looks as beautiful on the inside as on the outside, so wear it unbottoned or with the collar turned down. The sweater is worked in a classic top-down raglan construction with a carefully placed slip-stitch cable panel at center front and a slipped checks pattern on the sleeves. The sweater is fitted, and its hourglass silhouette is achieved by decreases for waist and, consequently, increases for hips. This vest showcases the versatility of reversible slip-stitch patterns. The main stitch pattern, lace and slipped rib, is a reversible stitch that is visible on the wrong side as the garment moves. This classic yoke sweater is knit in the round from the bottom up in two colors. A cast-on in a contrasting color along with a two-color slip-stitch pattern is used as a border on all the edges. You will learn how to use slip-stitch patterns in yoke construction, how to place stitch patterns as a border, and how to shape, without disturbing the pattern. The simple woven slip-stitch pattern forms a spiral effect as it goes through color changes all the way to this hat's crown. This and another small slip-stitch pattern at the brim make this hat interesting and at the same time an opportunity to learn new stitches and to adapt them for working in the round. The shawl is worked from the neck down with a common increasing technique that creates a trinagular shape. A simple slip-stitch pattern is used for the main portion of the shawl, and, at a certain point, stripes in a contrasting color are added. The last stripe is done in an eyelet pattern to transition the border. This project explores the use of traditional stitch pattern placements. The body of the sweater is worked in a single color in stockinette stitch. The cuffs and front bands are worked in a two-color slip-stitch pattern. Using slip-stitch patterns sparingly keeps them from overwhelming the design. This top is worked in a very simple, though extremely effective slip-stitch pattern. The choice of color sequence over the four-row repetition influences and changes the look and feel of the knitted fabric and style of the project. In this pattern, the colors are chosen to portray soft wide ombré horizontal stripes, and the yoke forms one-color vertical lines with underlying narrow horizontal stripes. This stunning reversible cowl is made in a beautiful cross and zigzag stitch that produces fabric with two very distinct and unexpected sides. Using two similar shades of yarn gives another dimension to this fabric. This vest is a perfect beginner's project because there's almost no shaping involved. The rectangular vest is worked sideways from the right front edge across the back to the left front edge, casting off and then casting on stitches for armhole openings. These boot toppers are worked in a fairly simple slip stitch pattern that plays with the placement of the slipped stitches, the way the floats are carried, the placement of knit and purl stitches, and color changes. You can make a wide variety of alternative designs by simply substituting different color choices. Boot toppers are a wonderful accessory. They look like handknit soŠks, but it only takes a fraction of the time to make them. Because they're so quick, they make great gifts for everyone on your list. These were designed to be worn in any direction for many styling possibilities. the two-for-one hat begins with a dramatic 2x2 rib at the brim, followed by a reversible slip-stitch pattern. On one side, crossed slipped stitches form a geometric, polygon-like pattern; on the reverse side, a basketweave pattern is showing.

Events & Dates to Remember

  • 9/24-25
  • Brioche Weekend
  • Learn the art of the beautiful brioche stitch over two days with this workshop in Roseville, California. Be sure to save the date and check for more information.
Add to Calendar 09/24/2016 09:00 AM 09/25/2016 05:00 PM America/Los_Angeles Brioche Weekend Join Faina Goberstein over two days for a weekend of Brioche at Got Your Goat Yarn Studio in Roseville, CA. Got Your Goat Yarn Studio, 1850 Douglas Blvd., Suite 910, Roseville, CA, 95661 true MM/DD/YYYY
  • 11/4-6
  • Vogue Knitting Live, Minneapolis
  • Faina Goberstein, co-author of The Art of Slip Stitch Knitting, will be teaching courses each day of Vogue Knitting Live, Minneapolis. Discover how to work with traditional and contemporary patterns and create art with your knitting projects. Register for the show and sign up for Faina's classes!
Add to Calendar 11/04/2016 09:00 AM 11/06/2016 05:00 PM America/Los_Angeles Vogue Knitting Live, Minneapolis Come to this experiential, high fashion knitting event in the heart of Minneapolis and join Faina Goberstein, who will be teaching courses each day of Vogue Knitting Live.

Register for Vogue Knitting Live, Minneapolis here: LINK - Sign up for each individual course separately on

Friday 11/04/2016
9:00 am - 12:00 pm Colorful Brioche Cables and Motifs
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Amazing Art with Slip Stitches

Saturday 11/05/2016
9:00 am - 12:00 pm Modern and Exquisite Woven Slip-Stitch Knitting
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm High-Class Finishing Techniques

Sunday 11/06/2016
9:00 am - 12:00 pm Wow! Right from the Cast-On
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Reversible Patterns in Slip-Stitch Knitting
Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55403 Vogue Knitting Live true MM/DD/YYYY
  • 11/11-13
  • The Green Mountain Spinnery Knitter's Weekend
  • Join co-author Faina Goberstein at the 2016 Green Mountain Spinnery Knitter's Weekend. Reserve a ticket for the event and discover how to craft a smaller version of the stunning Gobelen Tote featured in the pages of The Art of Slip-Stitch Knitting.
Add to Calendar 11/11/2016 09:00 AM 11/13/2016 05:00 PM America/Los_Angeles The Green Mountain Spinnery Knitter's Weekend Join co-author Faina Goberstein at Green Mountain Spinnery's annual Knitter's Weekend. Registration:

Discover slip-stitch knitting, creating color work that is just as graphic as Fair Isle, but much simpler. Faina will walk us through a smaller version of the stunning Gobelen Tote featured in the pages of The Art of Slip-Stitch Knitting. Working on this project will give us hands-on practice of the slipped stitch techniques discussed in the workshop.

The Spinnery's weekends feature great food, lively companionship and lots of yarny goodness. A cost of $410.00 per person includes all workshops and meals (Friday Dinner, Saturday Continental Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and Sunday Continental Breakfast).
Green Mountain Spinnery, Putney, VT 05346 Green Mountain Spinnery, true MM/DD/YYYY
  • 1/13-15
  • Vogue Knitting Live, NYC 2017
  • Come to this experiential, high fashion knitting event in the heart of New York City and join Faina Goberstein, who will be teaching courses each day of Vogue Knitting Live. Registration link coming soon.
Add to Calendar 01/13/2017 09:00 AM 01/15/2017 05:00 PM America/Los_Angeles Vogue Knitting Live, NYC Faina Goberstein, co-author of The Art of Slip Stitch Knitting, will be teaching courses each day of Vogue Knitting Live, NYC. Please check the Vogue Knitting Live website for details, coming soon ( Marriott Marquis, 1535 Broadway, New York, NY 10036 Vogue Knitting Live true MM/DD/YYYY

Meet The Authors

Faina Goberstein, co-author, is a prolific knitwear designer, author, and a professional and inspiring teacher. In addition to The Art of Slip-Stitch Knitting, Faina co-authored the best-selling book, The Art of Seamless Knitting. Her designs have been published in dozens of books and publications including Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, and Knit.Purl. Faina is best known for her elegant and well-fitted classic designs, showing off textures such as cables, brioche, lace, and slip-stitch patterns. She loves to share her enthusiasm with her students, as she teaches a wide variety of knitting techniques and design constructions at, VK Live, and many venues around the country and abroad.

Simona Merchant-Dest, co-author, is a knitwear and crochet designer, teacher, and co-author of The Art of Slip-Stitch Knitting and the best-selling book, The Art of Seamless Knitting. Simona has been a guest on the Knitting Daily Show and her designs have been featured in Interweave Knits, Interweave Crochet, Vogue Knitting, Knitters Magazine, and more. Simona was born in the Czech Republic and her distinguished style in her design has a punch of European flare. She loves sharing the knowledge, experience, and passion she has for technical and analytical side of behind-the-scenes of constructing knitwear and crochet-wear that is flattering and fits.