Thursday, January 3, 2008

T's Top 5 Favorite Knitting Books

A while back I received a notice from Knitpicks entitled "The Endless Inspiration of Knitting Books" and I thought that was rather timely. It's the New Year and it has endless possibilities. New books could inspire amazing knitterly things.


Now, I don't actually own all of these books, but I have put some on my Birthday list (32 days and counting....) and hope to add them to my library soon.


1. The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns by Ann Budd. This is a fabulous book with options for gloves, mitts, hats, socks, sweaters, vests etc, in a multitude of gauges and sizes. Excellent reference book when knitting any of those items. One of the best used books in my library.


2. Last Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson. To be honest, I've knit only a couple things from this book. What I really love about it is the layout, artistry and photography. It's a truly beautiful book just to look at. And some cute cute ideas. The must knit, much talked about Chevron Scarf is from here. And this adorable little sweater, suitable for boys and girls (and I'm always struggling to find good sweaters for little boys). The felted pot holders - a great stocking stuffer.


3, 4 and 5. The Harmony Guides by Erika Knight. Cables & Arans, Knit & Purl, Lace & Eyelets. Beautiful. I've been wanting to add some stitch dictionaries to by shelf for a while, and these are going to fit just perfectly. They are updated from the 30-year old originals with beautiful pictures to go along with each stitch. Lovely. Perfectly lovely.

If asked what books I would take to a deserted island, it would be these 5. They would give me endless possibilities.

What are your favorite books?

11 comments:

Jill said...

I love the Last Minute Gifts book, I'm the same, I've used only a few patterns but I love to look at it. Another one is Weekend Knitting, it has beatiful patterns, and even recipies, movie and book lists. I don't really have a "Go To" book, but sometimes I haul them all out and dream a little

catknip said...

I don't have a comment on knitting books but I wanted to let you know that Dr. K is wearing fishnets today.

Lauren said...

I really love Favorite Socks - it has so many beautiful sock patterns! I really love Knitters Handy Book of Patterns - I've used that book so many times!

T. said...

I have the Weekend knitting book also - I like flipping thru it - it is beautifully designed.

Is Dr. K wearing fishnets for me and I'm not even there to enjoy them???

catknip said...

She was quite embarassed when I pointed it out so I think it was subconscious.

J. said...

I also like Weekend Knitting and fishnets. I'm not sure which of those is relevant to this post.

pootandcubby said...

I love that Ann Budd book. I'm also loving the ridiculously huge Vogue Knitting reference book. There's so much I don't know...

dog mama said...

The Bartender's Guide is one of my personal favorites.

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