Friday, March 25, 2005

My Favorite Knitting Books

For Basics and Techniques:

Stitch 'n Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook by Debbie Stoller

This is a really fun, hip book for beginners

The Knitting Experience Book 1: The Knit Stitch: Inspiration and Instruction, Vol. 1 by Sally Melville

This is a great book for beginners who want to knit something other than scarves or dishclothes.

Reader's Digest Knitter's Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to the Principles and Techniques of Handknitting by Montse Stanley

This is a really great reference book for techniques.

Interweave's Compendium of Finishing Techniques: Crochet, Embroidery, Knitting, Knotting, Weaving by Naomi McEneely

Great for getting that finish look so your knitting looks handmade, not homemade.

Sweater Design in Plain English by Maggie Righetti

Great references if you want to adapt patterns or start designing your own sweaters.

Scarves and Shawls

Scarf Style: Innovative to Traditional, 31 Inspirational Styles to Knit and Crochet by Pam Allen

Beautiful shawls and scarves.

Little Box of Scarves by Melissa Matthay

I love this - the patterns are on individual cards so that you can just carry it with you in your project back and not have to drag a book around with you.

Shawls and Scarves (The Best of Knitter's Series) by Nancy J. Thomas (Editor)

More beautiful scarves and shawls.

Mittens and Socks

Knit Mittens!: 15 Cool Patterns to Keep You Warm by Robin Hansen

Easy and fun mittens

Queen Kahuna's Crazy Heels and Toes by Mary Ann Beattie

This in not a pattern book, it's a technique book for knitting both socks at the same time on two circular needles, you can only get it from her website and it's worth every penny. The technique is easy and fun. Once you learn to knit socks this way you will never do it any other way regardless of the pattern. No more second sock syndrome, no more fraternal pairs where the two socks only sort of match. This is the best book for socks. It's easy to understand if you are a visual learner the photos are excellent.

The Twisted Sisters Sock Workbook: Dyeing, Painting, Spinning, Designing, Knitting by Lynne Vogel

Fun book for socks and dyeing techniques. Very fun book.

Miscellaneous Techniques and Beautiful Patterns

Shadow Knitting by Vivian Hoxbro

I first did the Illusion Alien Scarf from the SnB book and this got me into the Shadow or Illusion knitting. Very fun and some really nice patterns.

Knitter's Stash: Favorite Patterns from America's Yarn Shops by Barbara Albright (Editor)

Great variety of patterns. I really want to make one of those felted cottage tea cozies.

Handpaint Country: A Knitter's Journey by Cheryl Potter

This is just a beautiful book - I originally bought it for myself but my sister is also a fiber artist, and weaver by trade, who also dyes her own yarns, so I had to give it to her, but only with visitation priviledges.

Glorious Knits by Kaffe Fassett

It was because of him I first learned to knit - one day I'll make that coat.

Folk Bags: 30 Knitting Patterns and Tales from around the World by Vicki Square

Fun bag patterns to knit and felt.


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