just some of my
All of these
books and magazines have a home on my own bookshelves -- and I love to read
them all. Try the links
below and then surf the web for lots of other sites, books,
& magazines that might be just your cup of tea! Also note that I
haven't been buying many of the brand new books that are out - so be sure
to check other sources for some of the fabulous new books. And a
number of the books below may be out-of-print, but if you can't find a
book and would like to see it -- then bring the title and author to your
local public library and I bet they can find it for you on interlibrary
wonderful magazine with lots of charted designs in knitting and
other textile techniques -- charts because it's an international
magazine. Originally German I think, but available in
every issue has helpful info, inspiring
articles, features & patterns
-- every issue has helpful info; website has lots of
information, including info on knitting events, knitting pro profiles,
Ask Athena, the Knitting Universe email list, etc.; I belong to the knitu email list and enjoy it very much;
is very inspirational with "Yarns", "Knitter's School", many
columns, patterns, and feature articles on knitting design and techniques
Vogue Knitting -
-- every issue has helpful info, inspirational;
a "Stitch Glossary", "How to" & patterns
and columns by fabulous knitters
'N Style - http://www.knitnstyle.com
-- the print and online magazine include lots of helpful info; look
for patterns featuring the newest yarns, book reviews, feature
free pattern or two
CHARITY KNITTING AND CRAFTING
http://charitablecrafters.org/ -- this is
a fabulous site for inspiration, where and how to donate hand-crafted
items, and many, many patterns in a variety of fiber & textile crafts.
I know the creator of this organization - she's an amazing connection
between those who can create and those who need.
Vogue Knitting, Pantheon Books, New York, 1989. A
great combo with other basics books -- if you have several, you
can always find the answer to any knitting question you may have
Melanie, Kids Knitting: Projects for Kids of All Ages,
Artisan, New York, 1998. You
do want to inspire the kiddies, don't you?
For Pride and Pleasure. No
publisher or year, but good basic book, I bought it at a local
Melville, Sally, The Knitting Experience Book 1: The
Knit Stitch, XRX Books, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, 2002.
Melville, Sally, The Knitting Experience Book 2: The
Purl Stitch, XRX Books, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, about 2003
(interesting that I can't find the "back of the title page" that usually
includes this info - it seems to be missing from this book).
Handknitter's Handbook, Sterling Publishing, New York, 1986.
The top of my list of basic knitting reference books, I
always check here first
Mary, Mary Thomas's Knitting Book, Dover Press, New York, 1972. Republication of 1938
Mary, Mary Thomas's Book of Knitting
Publications, New York, 1972. Republication of 1943 book;
pattern stitches, and photographs of old knitting
HOW TO DESIGN PROJECTS
Sion, The Advanced Knitting Architect, Knitting Fever,
favorite sweater design book
Mary Anne and Eve Cohen, Knitting by Design, Bantam
Books, New York, 1986. I
like to combine all of the sweater design books & use the best
Jacqueline, The Sweater Workshop,
Interweave Press, Loveland, Colorado, 1983. Another
design book with its own charms
Carmen and Mary-Ann Davis, The Knitter's Guide to Sweater
Design, Interweave Press, Loveland, Colorado, 1989.
of sweater design info
Barbara G. Knitting From The Top,
Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1972. THE
must have if you want to learn to knit garments from the shoulders
knit almost every sweater this way -- it's a technique I heartily
FUN & INSPIRATION
Deborah, The Knitting Goddess, Hyperion, New York, 2000.
description of knitting's ties to the spirit of all the
fiber-oriented ancient goddesses. I
don't like her need to teach left-handers to knit left handed -- I
prefer to teach them to just hold their yarn in their left hand
(continental or picker style) and then they're using both hands
equally and don't have to reinterpret any knitting patterns
Susan Gordon, The Knitting Sutra: Craft as a Spiritual Practice,
HarperCollins Publishers, New York, 1997. A
lovely read about the soothing and spirit side of knitting
Ruth, The Veiled One, Ballantine Books, New
York, 1980. A
mystery novel in which the murder weapon is a knitting needle
Richard, A History of Hand Knitting, Interweave Press,
Loveland, Colorado, 1987. Rutt
is the Bishop of Leicester, England, of all things -- and he can
write a good book!
INSPIRATION FOR DESIGNERS
Kaffe. Glorious Needlepoint, Crown Publishers, New York, 1987.
needlepoint, but still inspiring - color and design-wise
Mary Walker, Creative Knitting, Van
Norstrand Reinhold, New York, 1971. Intriguing
book of techniques and modern lace wall hanging panels
Nancy, Folk Socks: The History & Techniques of Handknitted
Footwear, Interweave Press, Loveland, Colorado, 1994. Lovely
patterns and discussions of socks in all their variations
Birgitta and Ulla Danielsson, Twined Knitting: A Swedish
Folkcraft Technique, Interweave Press, Loveland, Colorado,
wonderfully warm two-stranded knitting technique perfect for
Melanie D., Knitting in America, Artisan, New York,
great tour or America's designers and their designs, including a
friend of mine
Kaffe. Glorious Knits, Clarkson
N. Potter, in the U.S.- Crown Publishers, New York, 1985. A
feast for the eyes and the beginning of a revolution in color
American designer lives in England and does wonderful things with simple knitting.
his exhibit ever comes to your local art museum, RUN (do not walk)
to be there on opening day and as many days after that as you can!
Kaffe. Glorious Color, Crown Publishers, New York, 1988.
mix of needlepoint and knitting; some
duplication of previous two books, but worth having if you love
Kaffe. Family Album, Crown Publishers, New York.
couldn't find the year, but it has to be 1989 or 1990. In
like vein to his previous knitting book, includes children's
Kaffe, Kaffe's Classics, Little, Brown, & Company,
Boston, 1993. A
redo of some patterns, but still so inspiring!
Robin, Flying Geese and Partridge Feet,
Down East Books, Camden, Maine, 1986. Interesting
mitten techniques and histories
Wendy, Poems of Color: Knitting in the Bohus Tradition,
Interweave Press, 1995. A
fun technique that combines color and texture
Linda, ed., Homespun Handknit: Caps, Socks, Mittens, &
Gloves, Interweave Press, Loveland, Colorado, 1987.
patterns in a variety of techniques
The Official Knit-A-Dress-A-Day
Knitting Book, Grosset & Dunlap, New York, 1968.
outrageous look at high fashion knitting in the late '60s - knit
a minidress on jumbo needles, then
learn how to crochet ping-pong ball covers and use them on your
Beverly, Notes on Double Knitting, Schoolhouse Press,
Pittsville, Wisconsin, 1994. Circular
knitting done on straight needles via a unique technique
Alice, Aran Knitting, Interweave Press,
Loveland, Colorado, 1997. History,
techniques, cable patterns, and sweater patterns of these lovely
Alice, The Celtic Collection, Trafalgar Square
Publishing, North Pomfret, Vermont, 1993. I
actually almost made one of these luscious sweaters (that's rare
for a sweater designer to say!), but I did make much use of this
book in designing some of my own. She's
a wonderful teacher, too!
Tone and Lise Kolstad, Sweaters: 28 Contemporary Designs in the
Norwegian Tradition, Interweave Press, 1992. Amazingly
colorful adaptations of those wonderful Norwegian sweaters
Anna, Magnificent Mittens: The Beauty of Warm Hands, XRX
books, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, 1998. Lovely
multicolored mittens, many with gauntlet cuffs
Elizabeth, Knitting Workshop, Schoolhouse Press,
Pittsville, Wisconsin, 1981. EZ
is the ultimate sensible and "unvent"ive knitter
Elizabeth, Knitting Around, Schoolhouse Press,
Pittsville, Wisconsin, 1989. EZ's
story as well as many of her best patterns
Sarah, The Art of Shetland Lace, Lacis, Berkeley,
California, 1991. A good
collection of patterns and pictures of lovely lace
Furze and Billie Daley, Classic Knitted Cotton Edgings,
Kangaroo Press, Kenthurst, England, 1987. The
best collection of lace edging patterns that I know of
Galina and Carol R. Noble, Gossamer Webs: The History and
Techniques of Orenburg Lace Shawls, Interweave Press, 1998.
techniques, and patterns for a lovely Russian lace
Marianne, First Book of Modern Lace Knitting, Dover
Publications, New York. 1972. Another
of Dover's great craft books. A good
source of patterns for lace tablecloth and lace household items; look
also for the second book which has more tablecloths
Martha, Traditional Knitted & Lace Shawls, Dos
Tejedoras Fiber Arts Publications, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1993.
of many wonderful shawl books out there
STITCH PATTERN & KNITTING CHART COLLECTIONS
Tricot, Pingouin, Jamestown, South Carolina. Pattern
stitches only, the newest version is called 1800 Patterns.
This is the
best knitting stitch book for your money: it includes techniques
as well as stitch patterns
Arco Guide to Knitting Stitches.
Arco Publishing, New York, 1985. Pattern
Catherine and Roy Jones, The Tap-Dancing Lizard: 337 Fanciful
Charts for the Adventurous Knitter, Interweave Press, 1992.
stylized, and fanciful charts for multicolored knitting panels;
suitable for sweaters, coats, afghans, etc.
Anne, Vogue Dictionary of Knitting
Stitches, Quill, New York, 1984. Lots
Debra, ed., The Harmony Guide to Knitting Techniques and
Stitches, Harmony Books, New York, 1992. You
can never have too many stitch pattern books!
Barbara G., A Treasury of Knitted Patterns.
Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1968. One
of THE bibles of knitting pattern stitches. Barbara
Walker's three treasuries are perhaps the greatest treasure for
all knitting designers. I
pull the three out every time I plan a new design
Barbara G., A Second Treasury of Knitted
Patterns, Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1970.
bible of pattern stitches
Barbara G., Charted Knitting Designs: A Third
Treasury of Knitted Patterns,
Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1972. The
bible of pattern stitches