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Four Fun Knitting Books You Should Own
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While most knitters would rather knit than read about knitting, there are some books that take us to new heights of creativity, hone our skills, or are just so beautifully illustrated we have to read them over and over. These four books fall into those categories. Put down your needles for just a little while and you won't be disappointed. In fact, you will pick up those needles with fresh inspiration and new passion.
Knitting by Design by Mary Anne Erickson
Although this book is out of print, copies are still available through used book vendors. If you want to design your own knits, this book is the best. Comprehensive instructions include every possible type of neckline, collar, and sleeve. Learn to chart a color pattern, convert body measurements and gauge into knitting instructions, and recycle old sweaters.
75 Birds, Butterflies & Little Beasts to Knit and Crochet by Lesley Stanfield
This book includes some beautiful flowers and leaves as well as a variety of birds, insects, and butterflies. There is a dove in the book that would be a wonderful Christmas decoration or could serve as part of a wedding centerpiece. It will be hard to stop making these small items once you get started! Save your remnants and put them to good use.
So far I have crocheted some leaves to decorate the corner of a matching shawl.
Punk Knits by Share Ross and Bam Ross
For young knitters or those who knit for young people, this book has many cute accessories with attitude. None of the projects is really difficult, but the textured, colorful yarns used for the accessories make everything look interesting and complex. This would also be a great resource book if you are teaching teens to knit. There are even projects to appeal to guys, an area in which most knitting books fall short.
Books and Knitting
Think of books as another knitting tool. We all get stuck in a rut occasionally. A fresh knitting book can be your ticket out of that rut and into an exciting new project.
Knit 2 Socks the Same Size!
Socks are a Hot Topic for Knitters
Toe-Up 2-at-a-Time Socks by Melissa Morgan-Oakes
The illustrated instructions in this book gave me the nerve to try the technique of knitting socks on long circular needles instead of traditional double-pointed needles. This book has a feature all craft books should have: a lay-flat, spiral binding so you don't have to break the spine or prop the book to keep it open to the page and project you are working with. Morgan-Oakes also has an earlier book, 2-at-a-Time Socks.
Projects from the Books
Find Affordable Knitting Books
- Kimberly Schimmel, author of Knitted Cowls from FiberFrau and other e-books
Kimberly is a writer, designer, and prolific knitter. She also teaches knitting at a homeschool co-op.
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- Books on Needlework from Dover
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