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Four Fun Knitting Books You Should Own

Updated on May 31, 2016

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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

From "75 Birds" crocheted leaves
From "75 Birds" crocheted leaves | Source
From "Toe-Up" book:  the sample sock
From "Toe-Up" book: the sample sock | Source

Where Do You Get Your Ideas?

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      Michele Kelsey 4 years ago from Edmond, Oklahoma

      These are great books, especially if you are learning on your own. Thanks for sharing this information. It's nice to see another knitter! Michele

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      Kimberly Schimmel 5 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      For Christmas I tried some of the Punk Knits for my girls: the pixie shoulderette and the laced gauntlets. I really like the gauntlets--super easy and so warm! Stylish, too.

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      Kimberly Schimmel 5 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      My first pair of magic loop, toe-up socks turned out fine. I'm such a relaxed knitter, though, that I may have to get some microscopic needles to get a tighter gauge that I need. I get 6.5 spi with baby yarn and size 1 needles.

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      tangoshoes 6 years ago

      After falling in luv with Stitch n' B* I was looking for more fun goofy patters and I found Punk Knits. It really has some great patterns.

      Haven't tried magic-loop socks yet but I'm thinking of trying some this winter. I did my first sock last year.. yep that's right sock... just one lol. I'm more of a bag and blanket type knitter. Love to do my own intarsia patterns.

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      Kimberly Schimmel 6 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      BTW, I linked to your article because it was such a clear explanation. I'll probably sit in front of the computer with that hub when I finally try my own magic-loop socks.

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      Kimberly Schimmel 6 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      The "birds and butterflies" book is a mixture of knit and crochet projects--probably a 50-50 split. So you might enjoy it, too.

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      PWalker281 6 years ago

      While I'm mostly a crocheter, I do knit from time to time, so it's good to have a nice collection of knitting books to help me out. Barbara Walker (no relation :-)) is another author who knitters seem to rave about. I did her Learn-to-Knit afghan - learned a lot but will probably never make another one. I'll be on the lookout for these authors. Rated up and useful.

      P.S. Thanks so much for the link to my magic loop sock knitting article :-)