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Number Knitting: The New All-Way Stretch Method, Digital Scan of The Original Vintage Modular Knitting Book, Garter Stitch Knitting

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This is SCAN of a rare, out-of-print knitting book: "Number Knitting: The New All-Way Stretch Method," by Virginia Woods Bellamy. The book has 275 pages and approximately 75 patterns. HISTORY The technique of Number Knitting was developed by Virginia Woods Bellamy. In the 1940s, she offered correspondence knitting courses to knitters around the world. Her book, “Number Knitting: The New All Way Stretch Method” is a compilation of those courses. Number Knitting is based on a *patented* method of handknitting. Indeed, if you do a Google search for “Number Knitting”, you’ll find the patent application, applied for in 1945, and officially patented in 1948. Only one edition of the book was ever printed, and it is the only knitting book Bellamy ever published. Over time, the book fell into obscurity. This book uses an ingenious method of charting, based on graph paper. Ms. Woods Bellamy raised her children during the depression, when money was tight and materials were precious. She developed a way to make garments using less yarn, but just as warm. This is not only an amazing study in ingenious knitting methods, but also a displays some wonderful examples of some 1940s wartime-inspired styles. Number Knitting is more of a method that just a book of patterns. Because the basic method of casting on, knitting, joining the units, and binding off, is all the same for this method, the patterns themselves are quite brief and concise. The original book is very expensive and typically retails for several hundred dollars.

DIGITAL PDF FILE

This download is more than just a black and white version of the original book. I have added modern PDF functions to it for increased ease of use. I've also added some color, where appropriate.

  • Bookmarks
  • Optical character recognition (so you can do a keyword search throughout the entire book)
  • I colorized many of the images according to the descriptions used in the introduction to each pattern.
  • The instant download is an excerpt form the book (52 Pages). Shortly after you place your order, I will send you a download link for your personalized copy of the file.

Reviving the Book

My ultimate goal is to bring this knitting treasure back to life for the modern knitting community to enjoy. You can follow along with the progress in the Number Knitting Ravlery group.

Reknitting the Patterns

Since my goal is to revive this book, I would love for you to join me in reknitting the patterns from the book, for inclusion in the new version when it is republished. I am conducting open tests for these patterns at Yarn Pond. If you join a test knit at Yarn Pond, you will receive the new (much easier to use) charts I have created. 

This is a ....PDF KNITTING BOOK ONLY....NOT A FINISHED PRODUCT. Since digital download items (PDF Patterns) cannot be returned, no refunds will be given for any digital items. No exceptions. Please read descriptions in full before ordering to know what to expect.

*********PATTERNS ARE NOT REFUNDABLE*********

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Stephanie Garza
The Best Kept Secret in Knitting

I first learned about number knitting by watching Fiberchats interview of Kelly (Discover the Fun of Modular Knitting with KnitSwag, episode 83).

After watching the video I knew in my heart of hearts that Kelly was onto something very special.

I cannot recommend this vintage knitting book enough. Discover a completely new way to knit and see for yourself what happens to the fabric as you join units as you knit. It is magic.

The stretch created in my first project made my brain spin with the possibilities and I started to say "what if?"over and over again.

Kelly Vaughn did a fantastic job turning this book into a user friendly PDF. Watch her videos at KnitSwag on YouTube. They are very informative.

If you are still undecided sign up for a test knit at yarnpond. I did and I am loving it. Kelly's updated patterns are formatted brilliantly. They are easy to understand and make sense for this type of knitting.

Thank you Kelly for your years of dedication to this project!

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Anita Nielsen
Number Knitting, Challenger accepted ;o)

I think i am going to have the book printe.
I love knitting mitered squares.
I am allready knitting the snowflake from page 154.
I have changed from knittingneedle 8 mm to 6 mm and have 65 stitches on cast on. Using double tread of silk mohair. One ridge white and one ridge purple, interchanging the whole way through. It is going to be a very fluffy snowflake.

Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
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Stephanie Garza
The Best Kept Secret in Knitting

I first learned about number knitting by watching Fiberchats interview of Kelly (Discover the Fun of Modular Knitting with KnitSwag, episode 83).

After watching the video I knew in my heart of hearts that Kelly was onto something very special.

I cannot recommend this vintage knitting book enough. Discover a completely new way to knit and see for yourself what happens to the fabric as you join units as you knit. It is magic.

The stretch created in my first project made my brain spin with the possibilities and I started to say "what if?"over and over again.

Kelly Vaughn did a fantastic job turning this book into a user friendly PDF. Watch her videos at KnitSwag on YouTube. They are very informative.

If you are still undecided sign up for a test knit at yarnpond. I did and I am loving it. Kelly's updated patterns are formatted brilliantly. They are easy to understand and make sense for this type of knitting.

Thank you Kelly for your years of dedication to this project!

A
Anita Nielsen
Number Knitting, Challenger accepted ;o)

I think i am going to have the book printe.
I love knitting mitered squares.
I am allready knitting the snowflake from page 154.
I have changed from knittingneedle 8 mm to 6 mm and have 65 stitches on cast on. Using double tread of silk mohair. One ridge white and one ridge purple, interchanging the whole way through. It is going to be a very fluffy snowflake.

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Number Knitting: The New All-Way Stretch Method, Digital Scan of The Original Vintage Modular Knitting Book, Garter Stitch Knitting

Number Knitting: The New All-Way Stretch Method, Digital Scan of The Original Vintage Modular Knitting Book, Garter Stitch Knitting

$74.99
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