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n0nnahs
05-08-2006, 11:15 AM
I've learned loads from this site, but would like a good ol' book to reference sometimes. OTHER THAN Stitch n' Bitch Nation, can anyone recommend a good knitting reference-type book? One that perhaps shows some different cast-ons, techniques, and general info such as stuff about yarn weights, substitutions, and adjusting patterns, etc.?

Thank you!!

-shannon

mulene
05-08-2006, 11:20 AM
Knitting Without tears is good.

The knitters Bible is also a strong choice and I can't remember the name of the readers digest book =( gimme 10 mins to open up my wish list on Amazon and I'll tell you what its called =D

Edit: Ok here we go forgive they are UK amazon but if you put in the info of the books into US amazon you'll find them there too :)

knitting without tears (http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0684135051/ref=wl_it_dp/203-8453802-9416721?%5Fencoding=UTF8&coliid=I2WWG9Q8M9UR6V&colid=UT8VIP2EWLE7)

Knitters Bible (http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0715317997/ref=wl_it_dp/203-8453802-9416721?%5Fencoding=UTF8&coliid=ILUACLQTARR5X&colid=UT8VIP2EWLE7)

The knitters Handbook (http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0895774674/ref=wl_it_dp/203-8453802-9416721?%5Fencoding=UTF8&coliid=IEKJ8LNS65T9N&colid=UT8VIP2EWLE7)

These are all great books. If you are looking for good project books.. you could try something like:

Knit Wit (http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0060740701/ref=pd_qpt_gw_1/203-8453802-9416721)

jodstr2
05-08-2006, 11:30 AM
the first Stitch n Bitch (I assume you haven't seen it since you mentioned only Stitch n Bitch Nation) and Knitting In Plain English are my favorites for basics.
Stitch n Bitch (http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?z=y&isbn=0761128182&itm=2)
Knitting In Plain English (http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?z=y&isbn=0312458533&itm=1)

books I use often for reference are:
Vogue Knitting (http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?z=y&isbn=193154316X&itm=1)
The Knitting Answer Book (http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?z=y&isbn=1580175996&itm=1)

Mama Bear
05-08-2006, 11:34 AM
I have "Vogue Knitting, the ultimate guide", "Knitting in Plain English", "The Big Book of Knitting", and a few others.

I use the Vogue book the most for basic how to information from knitting stitches, seaming, and more. Knitting in Plain English is the only one I have read cover to cover. It's full of ideas on how to do things... more like talking to a long time knitter. It's full of helpful hints and ideas, and at least when she has a strong opinion (and she has several) she admits it. I don't find myself using the Big book very often.

I love the Barbara Walker stitch pattern books. Has anyone compared these to the new Vogue Stichtionary books? I haven't seen those yet... might want to compare first.

I would like the Kenzel Modern book of Lace knitting volumes 1 & 2, but that has to wait a bit. The best price I have found so far on these is at elann.com (better than Amazon even before the bonus you get when buying yarn).

There are also a variety of books on finishing techniques, resizing or making your own patterns, any of the Elizabeth Zimmerman books that encourage you to enjoy a bit of freedom with your knitting... Maybe someone else can tell more about those or other books I'm forgetting, or give you alternate opinions on the books I have listed.

Edited to add: This is a dangerous thread. We need a warning sign! By time I wrote my post there were two others above me that include a few books I don't have... and of course now I want to check them out!

Mama Bear

n0nnahs
05-08-2006, 11:35 AM
Knitting Without tears is good.

The knitters Bible is also a strong choice and I can't remember the name of the readers digest book =( gimme 10 mins to open up my wish list on Amazon and I'll tell you what its called =D

Edit: Ok here we go forgive they are UK amazon but if you put in the info of the books into US amazon you'll find them there too :)

knitting without tears (http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0684135051/ref=wl_it_dp/203-8453802-9416721?%5Fencoding=UTF8&coliid=I2WWG9Q8M9UR6V&colid=UT8VIP2EWLE7)

Knitters Bible (http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0715317997/ref=wl_it_dp/203-8453802-9416721?%5Fencoding=UTF8&coliid=ILUACLQTARR5X&colid=UT8VIP2EWLE7)

The knitters Handbook (http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0895774674/ref=wl_it_dp/203-8453802-9416721?%5Fencoding=UTF8&coliid=IEKJ8LNS65T9N&colid=UT8VIP2EWLE7)

These are all great books. If you are looking for good project books.. you could try something like:

Knit Wit (http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0060740701/ref=pd_qpt_gw_1/203-8453802-9416721)

Thanks for the quick reply! And no problem that they're in AmazonUK as I am also in the UK so it works for me! Hope I can browse some of them at Borders or other bookshops.

-shannon

n0nnahs
05-08-2006, 11:37 AM
the first Stitch n Bitch (I assume you haven't seen it since you mentioned only Stitch n Bitch Nation) and Knitting In Plain English are my favorites for basics.
Stitch n Bitch (http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?z=y&isbn=0761128182&itm=2)
Knitting In Plain English (http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?z=y&isbn=0312458533&itm=1)

books I use often for reference are:
Vogue Knitting (http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?z=y&isbn=193154316X&itm=1)
The Knitting Answer Book (http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?z=y&isbn=1580175996&itm=1)

Thank you. And I have seen both the SnB books - I just didn't acknowledge both. And I did see the Answer Book before and when I went to buy it, it was gone. Will have another look.

-shannon

mulene
05-08-2006, 11:54 AM
Thanks for the quick reply! And no problem that they're in AmazonUK as I am also in the UK so it works for me! Hope I can browse some of them at Borders or other bookshops.

-shannon

In that case as you are in the UK... where in the UK are you!?

If you are in London, I can recommend Waterstones in Oxford Street - they do only have a limited selection but I live near Wimbledon and the Wimbledon Waterstones knitting section was TINY! The Ox Street one was much bigger.

I didn't get to borders but I spent hours looking for a place to buy Happy Hooker - the Stitch N Bitch book for crochet. In the end I gave up and went to Amazon UK.

I can also recommend looking for the good housekeeping knitting pocket book - I can't remember the details (I have it at home and am at work right now will look when I get home) I got it from Ebay. It has an illustrated guide to all the different stitches.

Another good thing to look out for is a book of afghan squares - if it is stitches / patterns you want to try out. I found a baby afghan pattern on ebay from Annie's Attic that is made up of 25 squares. I'm looking for a nice wool to make it with, but the different patterns for the squares are what I'm most interested in. They will give me experience with different knitting techniques.

If you ever see a complete Creative Knitting folder (which was from the 80's) I also highly recommend it - it is what taught me to knit originally - was a weekly magazine with one of those "collect it each week and on week 15 get the free folder" type deals. I can't find mine but I did find the same and complete thing in a local charity shop. It was in immaculate condition.

I also bought this 25 bags to knit (http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/1843402211/qid=1147103495/sr=8-1/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i1_xgl/203-8453802-9416721) and I have almost completed the bag on the cover of the book. It looks like a nice bag but I have to say I am rather disappointed with the book / results. The book wasn't that cheap (I got it at 16.99) and the yarns they want you to use are all Rowan - and they are pretty much one of the more expensive yarns available. I have found two errata already and it isn't very helpful in terms of suggesting things like lining the bags. Also a lot of the patterns / styles are just repeats in different colour ways. =/

Edit: and the sampler Afghan I got a pattern for is HERE (http://www.anniesattic.com/detail.html?prod_id=8389)

nicolethegeek
05-08-2006, 12:51 PM
I really enjoy my "Knitting for Dummies" book.

skNYC
05-08-2006, 12:53 PM
What about that Sweat Workshop ? I just got mine in the mail. I might have bought an old edition; although the samples don't look that trendy, but the basics are the same, I hope.

tmsl
05-08-2006, 01:40 PM
I second the recommendation for The Knitters Handbook by Montse Stanley. I bought it recently to start the Master Knitting program and was amazed at the information in that book. It covered co, bo, fair isle, intarsia, entrelac, and more.

Laura

n0nnahs
05-08-2006, 02:33 PM
In that case as you are in the UK... where in the UK are you!?

I'm in Oxford and the Waterstone's here only had maybe a dozen books last time I went in - I just was in this evening and they've expanded it to a few dozen now, but seeing I had some ice cream I couldn't stay to browse. Needless to say, I did buy a couple things in Border's.



I also bought this 25 bags to knit (http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/1843402211/qid=1147103495/sr=8-1/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i1_xgl/203-8453802-9416721) and I have almost completed the bag on the cover of the book. It looks like a nice bag but I have to say I am rather disappointed with the book / results. The book wasn't that cheap (I got it at 16.99) and the yarns they want you to use are all Rowan - and they are pretty much one of the more expensive yarns available. I have found two errata already and it isn't very helpful in terms of suggesting things like lining the bags. Also a lot of the patterns / styles are just repeats in different colour ways. =/

It's so funny you say this because I was looking at my Amazon wish list and had bought that book too and just wrote a review of it saying essentially the same thing! That it is the same pattern or three with different sizings (e.g. tote versus clutch) and really not worth it. And yeah, I found some errata as well. Really disappointing.

When I first was trying to learn to knit a few years back I bought a couple of books at the craft store - one was a how-to and the other was an afghan sampler that has about 100 squares in it. Really they're more like large format leaflets because they're both about 20 pages each.

Thanks for your reply and the heads-up about the craft folder.

-shannon

mulene
05-08-2006, 03:07 PM
Oh thank goodness someone else feels the same way about that book as me! *laugh* I was looking at it last night and being rather grumpy about it. I bought the rowan kid mohair and I was SURE I was knitting it too loose - then I checked my tension and it is correct. Honestly if I were to put my purse (with a couple of pound coins in it), my wallet and my mobile phone I swear it would warp out of shape almost instantly. I was looking at it and thinking "I spent 9 quid on this stupid yarn, I've worked it double its in the right tension what on earth can I do to make it stiffer").

Oxford is lovely! Nice you have a local borders and waterstones too. =D