View Full Version : Good Knitting Books?

03-28-2006, 07:18 PM
I'm brand new to knitting and have already learned a lot from the is web site and from a friend. But refering to this site for help or calling my friend is not always convenient. I have been searching for a good knitting book that is not overly complicated but thorough and has some easy/fun projects. I have found that there are tons of books available but too many for a novice like me to choose from. What are some good knitting book choices for a beginner?


Jan in CA
03-28-2006, 08:54 PM
I have these and they are great! You can search inside both of them on Amazon.

The Knitter's Bible (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0715317997/sr=8-1/qid=1143593379/ref=pd_bbs_1/104-3934834-7341502?%5Fencoding=UTF8)
Encyclopedia of Knitting (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1574862839/sr=8-1/qid=1143593585/ref=pd_bbs_1/104-3934834-7341502?%5Fencoding=UTF8)

Denise in Michigan
03-29-2006, 01:12 AM
I recommend "Knitting in Plain English" by Maggie Righetti. It's clear, user-friendly, sensible, and funny!

03-29-2006, 08:34 AM
The Knitter's Bible is really good. And you can buy the hardcover cheaper than the pb on this page...
Just click on new/used offers (on right), and look through those. You can get a brand new copy for almost nothing. (I got mine that way. ;) )

03-29-2006, 03:44 PM
I too am a relatively new knitter. I really liked reading "Knitting for Dummies" cover to cover. It covers all the basics, plus gives background for things you want to do in the future. I also LOVE Sally Melville's books - Start with The Knit Stitch and The Purl Stitch.

I also found that I could check books out at the Library and look at them a while to decide if I wanted to invest in them.

Have fun!

03-29-2006, 09:11 PM
If you can find it, on Amazon or alibris.com, the 1940's era "The Complete Book of Progressive Knitting" by Ida Ridley Duncan is FABULOUS.

03-29-2006, 09:57 PM
Knitting for Dummies was written by an assosciate of my Mothers (Mom is also an avid Knitter)

but My Fav book is Marans Illustrated Knitting and Crochetting
they use a whole page for each stitch
its great

This website is my Fav online

hope this helps

03-29-2006, 10:12 PM
I recommend "Knitting in Plain English" by Maggie Righetti. It's clear, user-friendly, sensible, and funny!

I second this! :thumbsup:

for clear instruction/easy projects, check out the 2 Stitch n B***h books.

03-30-2006, 12:11 AM
I learned from of combo of Amy's videos on this site (EXCELLENT!!!) and Stitch n B***h which is not only very easy to follow but entertaining. It also has great projects that I plan on trying someday when I'm good enough.

03-30-2006, 01:46 AM
Thanks for all the responses. I had a gift card from my b-day and this evening bought the Knitters Bible. I was a bit seduce, I'll admit, by the fact that for a mere 2 dollars more it came with yarn and needles and crafty things to make two small bags. I did study the book in the store however, before purchasing. Now after the studying the book I'm a bit overwhelmed and scared! But I'm sure it will turn out all right.

Also this is a great website, the videos are very helpful. Everyone here seems so nice too!