Favorite Knitting Reads

...and a few other things...

Newish favorite knitting books
  • The Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet by Hunter Hammersen. These books are very beautiful and very clever. They have been very carefully and thoughtfully planned out and it shows. Just lovely. Both books have a sock and another accessory to match for each design. This first book has patterns based on botanical designs.
  • The Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet II by Hunter Hammersen. This second volume has patterns inspired by butterflies.
  • Indie Socks by Chrissy Gardiner. She is one of my first favorite designers and will be forever one of my favorites. Some of the clearest instruction you could ever find comes from Chrissy. And she is a very sweet person to boot!
Sock Knitting books I like
  • Knit Socks! by Betsy Lee McCarthy and the follow up to it. 

Novels with knitting as part of the story
  • The Friday Night Knitting Club, a series of 3 books by Kate Jacobs. Modern, life like relationships between friends who are brought together through knitting. Sad, sweeet, happy...they have it all!

Books on design
  • Knit Design Workshop by Shirley Paden--very comprehensive book like a master class on mostly sweaters/jacket design. Lots of worksheets and math to help you design your own sweaters, skirts, dresses and jackets. She also provides some patterns to showcase some of the techniques in the book, and they are very challenging larger projects.
  • Socks a La Carte, both toe-up and top-down formats by Jonelle Raffino & Katherine Cade. Fun way to design socks with training wheels! Lots of ideas to get you started to do your own socks. Good for beginners who are just learning the math to calculate how many stitches are needed in a circular sock pattern, or really any tube pattern too, like a mitt or hat.
  • The Principles of Knitting by June Hemmons Hiatt. VERY comprehensive book. Recently updated and encyclopedic reference book on literally everything knitting. Not a casual read, but something to reach for to learn or remind yourself of a skill.
Favorite stitch dictionaries
  • Vogue Knitting Stitchionaries Volumes 1-5. Must haves with large color examples of each stitch pattern.
  • A Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barbara Walker. Classic and even more of a must have. There are 4 books and they are chock full of stitch patterns. Considered the quintessential stitch dictionaries. Contain charming hand written or typed (on a type writer!) charts and written instructions. 

Elizabeth Zimmerman
  • Just buy anything written by her. You need it.
Books I have read recently
  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. What knitter is NOT reading this series? 
  • The Giver by Lowis Lowry. Simply told and very moving and disturbing at the same time. Think 1984 by George Orwell meets The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. 
  • Harry Potter series--I am on book three! I promised my kids I would read the series, but when they were really into it, I was also in college with no time for reading. Now is the time and I LOVE IT!! I get it now.
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Just excellent writing--hard to find such embellishment and deep thought in today's writings. Wish I read it eariler in life!

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