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February 21, 2006

Knitting Book Essentials


Thanks for all the input! It was interesting to see what everyone said. I decided that the most interesting list to compile, for me, would be the "What ten knitting-related books would I keep if I knew I could only have those ten for the rest of my life?" list. And, to make it more difficult, I assumed I would not have access to ANY knitting patterns other than the books and what I made up. Patterns aren't enough, though: some knitting books are mainly for inspiration, and that is essential too. (Sorry for the lack of links; I'll try to go back and add them later.) So. In no particular order:

Stitch 'n Bitch by Debbie Stoller
Knitting without Tears by Elizabeth Zimmerman
Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Schurch
Weekend Knitting by Melanie Falick
Latvian Mittens by Lizbeth Upitis
Folk Shawls by Cheryl Oberle
The Harmony Guide to Aran and Fair Isle Knitting edited by Debra Mountford
At Knit's End and Yarn Harlot by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
Heirloom Knitting by Sharon Miller

Posted by Kat at February 21, 2006 11:56 PM

Oh yeah, inspiration is critical. I have a bunch of Jan Messent books for that reason. The odds are that I will never knit a fantasy story or a garden (complete with tiny cabbages and monks tending the vegetables!), but I think it's very cool and inspiring that someone has.

Posted by: Chris at February 22, 2006 09:07 AM

Okay, now I know I should have given some input before.

Any knitter who doesn't have Montse Stanley's Knitter's Handbook in their library is really missing the boat. No patterns, but it's filled with nearly every technique you can imagine, and many you can't. This is the one book to have so you'll be able to teach yourself anything you need to know about knitting.

Posted by: Folkcat at February 22, 2006 11:14 AM

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