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knitcindy
01-14-2013, 11:12 AM
I will be starting up a Knitting Club at our local library next month for 2 nights a month. Just something for us knitters to get together & socialize with each other. I'd like to have some knitting books (from the library) available for everyone to look at. The head librarian thinks this will also bring more "business" into the library!

Soooo, what are some of your favorite knitting books? Which ones would you recommend? It doesn't matter if they're beginner or not, just something to spark interest!!!!

Thanks so much for your help!
knitcindy

psquidy
01-14-2013, 02:24 PM
Knitting America, and Hand knitting in Estonia!

GrumpyGramma
01-14-2013, 02:30 PM
I don't have favorites but I think anything with great pictures to get people interested in knitting something different or a step up from what they've been doing would be good. Maybe see what the library has and just take one or two each week. I've looked at some books that have all kinds of stitch patterns that I want to try. I'm getting my nerve up to try set-in sleeves in a top down, no seams sweater. Working with a knitting buddy IRL on something like that would be great. Maybe there will be something you'd all like to work on, socks or something.

Antares
01-14-2013, 05:20 PM
Anything by Stephanie Pearl McPhee is great for tips and laughs, and the books by Maggie Righetti are good how-tos.

It might be fun to pick one theme for each night and then find books that match the theme. You could do fair isle one night and top-down knitting the next time.

I would think that any newly released books your library purchases (ones people may have read about online but haven't had a chance to flip through yet) would be ideal, as would the latest issue of knitting magazines (if available).

Jan in CA
01-14-2013, 05:51 PM
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee books for sure especially Knitting Rules! That one has lots of info and is hilarious as well. The knitters bible, Mason Dixon Knitting books are great, too.

I read a lot of knitting mysteries...to name a few...

Anne Canadeo
Maggie Sefton
Mary Kruger
Sally Goldenbaum

GrumpyGramma
01-14-2013, 05:55 PM
I read a lot of knitting mysteries...to name a few...

Well? I'm waiting.....

Jan in CA
01-14-2013, 06:06 PM
Well? I'm waiting.....

I put a few of the authors! You want me to read them to you, too? :lol:

GrumpyGramma
01-14-2013, 06:23 PM
I put a few of the authors! You want me to read them to you, too? :lol:

Well, now that you offer. Oops! I'm sorry, I missed the list. I should just give up and go to bed, maybe if I got some sleep.........

Rie
01-14-2013, 10:20 PM
Hi knitcindy! What a cool idea! Here are some books I like:

When Bad Things Happen to Good Knitters (http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=8622064975&searchurl=an%3DMARION%2BEDMONDS%252C%2BAHZA%2BMOOR E) by Marion Edmonds and Ahza Moore is so nice to have nearby.
Knitting for Dummies (http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=9383310478&searchurl=kn%3Dknitting%2Bfor%2Bdummies%26sts%3Dt% 26x%3D0%26y%3D0) by Pam Allen is actually really helpful. I re-learned to knit with this book and I think the patterns are good too.
The Knitter's Handbook (http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=8620719300&searchurl=an%3Dmontse%2Bstanley%26sts%3Dt) by Montse Stanley is great and a must have!
The Perfect Finish (http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=9312204830&searchurl=kn%3Dthe%2Bperfect%2Bfinish%2Bkara%2Bgot t%2Bwarner%26x%3D0%26y%3D0) edited by Kara Gott Warner is excellent.
I also have an old copy of Fair Isle Knitting (http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=6120219464&searchurl=kn%3Dfair%2BIsle%2Bknitting%2Bsarah%2Bdo n%26x%3D0%26y%3D0) by Sarah Don, but some people might feel its outdated.
The Celtic Collection (http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=9175498243&searchurl=kn%3Dalice%2Bstarmore%26sts%3Dt%26x%3D0% 26y%3D0) by Alice Starmore has lots of patterns.
I just saw Charts for Color Knitting (http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=5865321787&searchurl=kn%3Dalice%2Bstarmore%26sts%3Dt%26x%3D0% 26y%3D0) by Starmore at a bookstore and it looks great!

Rie
01-14-2013, 10:26 PM
I read a lot of knitting mysteries...to name a few...

Anne Canadeo
Maggie Sefton
Mary Kruger
Sally Goldenbaum

Whoa! I had no idea this genre existed...I love police procedurals and I feel like I've read everyone. Thanks for this! :woohoo:

rjknittrdude747
01-14-2013, 10:38 PM
Well, for me, as a color knitter, my inspirations have been drawn from 3 main people; Kaffe Fassett, Brandon Mably and Sally Melville.

Two other amazing books I purchased several years ago and are a fascinating read, at least to me, are "A History of Hand Knitting" by Richard Rutt and also "A Passion For Knitting" by Nancy Thomas and Hana Rabinowitz. When I started reading these books I couldn't put them down. Hope this helps a lil :wink:

Jan in CA
01-14-2013, 11:08 PM
Whoa! I had no idea this genre existed...I love police procedurals and I feel like I've read everyone. Thanks for this! :woohoo:

You're welcome! There are others, too! Type in "knitting mysteries" or "knitting novels" for other books that are often good, but not always mysteries.

DavidSydney63
01-22-2013, 04:24 PM
I own a fabulous encyclopaedia of knitting, it's called "THE KNITTING BOOK" Yarns * Techniques * Stitches * Patterns. Hard bound, published by Penguin Books (DK is the brand). Written by Frederica Patmore and Vikki Haffenden

Highly recommend it.

ISBN 978-1-4053-6803-2

MrsJacks
01-22-2013, 04:32 PM
I have a good number of pattern books; however, the one book I refer to most frequently is The Knitting Answers Book. It's small enough to tuck into a knitting bag, but it's loaded with helpful hints, techniques, and information. It's great for all levels.

butlersabroad
01-23-2013, 11:53 AM
I've just bought Knitting Stitches by Mary Webb (arrived yesterday), it has over 300 different stitches to try.

As a fairly beginner knitter I want to learn a bit more and try some new stitches. The book is a small format (about 6.5" square) so some of the pictures are a bit small, but I like that it fits in my project bag. There's a section on basic knitting and techniques, plus a couple of pages describing how charts work (I can't read a chart so hope this helps me) and then the stitches are divided into sections (Knit & Purl, Twisted, Lace, Cables etc) and each stitch section has a number of patterns at an easy, intermediate and advanced level, so plenty for beginners and more advanced folks.

I only read through a few pages last night but it seems very readable. I read the reviews on Amazon before I bought it and it only get 3 stars, but most people have marked it down because it's a reprint and they thought it was a new title, not because the book wasn't any good.

For my needs it seems perfect and I hope it encourages me to be more adventurous in my knitting.

ArtLady1981
01-23-2013, 12:46 PM
Seven Things That Can "Make or Break" a Sweater by Margaret Fisher
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0981498604?ie=UTF8&force-full-site=1&ref_=aw_bottom_links

Knitted Embellishments by Nicky Epstein
http://www.amazon.com/Nicky-Epsteins-Knitted-Embellishments-Epstein/dp/188301039X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1358959724&sr=1-1&keywords=knitted+embellishments+by+nicky+Epstein

Nicky Epstein The Essential Edgings Collection: 500 of Her Favorite Original Borders
http://www.amazon.com/Nicky-Epstein-Essential-Edgings-Collection/dp/1936096471/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1358959724&sr=1-5&keywords=knitted+embellishments+by+nicky+Epstein

The Knitters Book of Finishing Techniques by Nancie Wiseman
http://www.amazon.com/Knitters-Book-Finishing-Techniques/dp/156477452X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1358960178&sr=1-1&keywords=Nancy+wiseman