Recently I’ve added three new books to my bookshelf that I’ve been loving so much I wanted to share them.
I took this book out of the library maybe four or five times before my hubby got it for me for Christmas (with new knitting needles – what a guy!) The step-by-step instructions are sketched and fully-in color. The book explains techniques in a simple manner, so the instructions are easy to understand.
The book is very comprehensive, and reads as if you’re sitting down with your knitting teacher. I’ve found the sections on cast-on methods and shaping (increases and decreases), very useful in the past few months when I couldn’t quite grasp certain stitches and methods in a pattern.
Because of the structure of the book, it’ll be a good resource as I progress through more projects in the future, such as: reading charted patterns (one of the patterns I bought recently has only charted instructions, which I didn’t realize), knitting with color (something I want to try), and designing to fit (the hubby said the one thing he would love knitted most of all is a sweater, so I want to be sure it fits).
The pictures in this book are what first caught my eye. Beautifully photographed, the knitting patterns in here are streamlined, modern designs. All the patterns have a classic timelessness to them, stylish without being too trendy. The influence of New England is apparent in the styles and the names of the patterns, many of which are local towns.
I also appreciate the simplicity in some of the patterns, by which I can lose myself in the pattern. It’s very meditative when I’m commuting; I can be surrounded by other commuters but remain alone in my thoughts and my stitches. Conversely, when I want to be social I can knit and carry on a conversation easily.
This is currently my favorite pattern book on my shelf. All of the patterns are for items that would seamlessly blend into everyday life. Though the book calls for luxury yarns, I don’t think that would be a requirement. For the first pattern I knitted, Exeter, I used leftover stash yarn to make the fingerless gloves.
There are so many patterns in here I’m anxious to try. Next up on my list will probably be a sweater, I love Keene and Genesee. Currently I’m working on the cowl/capelet Sawyer, and I’m totally in love with it.
Wow. When they say the ultimate knitting book, they really do mean it. Glossy pages, full color pictures and sketches, and it spans the gamut of all things related to knitting. The edges of the pages feature a color-coded index, which makes it super easy to locate sections within the book. This book is a comprehensive guide to techniques, methods, tools, and pattern designing and sizing.
Beyond just structure and sizing of sweaters, this book delves into hats, gloves, mittens, socks and shawls. For a christmas hat project I have in mind, this will be very useful; since I haven’t been able to find a pattern that achieves what I want, I will probably design my own.
This is another great resource book that will be used over and over again. The book is very detailed on pattern designing and the back of the book features knitter’s graph paper (which is sized differently from regular graph paper) in several sizing gauges depending on the type of paper.
Those are the three books I’ve been enjoying; I hope you like them as much as I do!
Happy knitting and reading!