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04-21-2009, 04:29 PM
I am a newbie knitter. I was thinking about buying a knitting book or a couple knitting magazines. Which are your favorites and are they better for beginners or more advanced knitters?

04-21-2009, 05:52 PM
Magazine: Interweave Knits

Reference Books: anything Nicky Epstein (http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&tag=mozilla-20&index=blended&link_code=qs&field-keywords=nicky%20epstein&sourceid=Mozilla-search)

Pattern Leaflets/Booklets for Kids: anything SIRDAR (http://www.amazon.com/Sirdar-Growing-Fashions-Early-Years/dp/B001P5XJDE/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1240350661&sr=8-3)

Pattern Stitch Book: The Knitting Stitch Bible (http://books.barnesandnoble.com/search/results.aspx?WRD=the+knitting+stitch+bible+by+mari a+parry-jones)

'Finishing' Book: The Knitter's Book of Finishing Techniques (http://www.amazon.com/Knitters-Book-Finishing-Techniques/dp/156477452X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1240350420&sr=8-1)

Overall 'Variety' Book: Mason-Dixon Knitting Book 1 (http://www.amazon.com/Mason-Dixon-Knitting-Knitters-Patterns-Questions/dp/0307236056/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1240350516&sr=8-1)
and Mason-Dixon Knitting, Book 2.

04-21-2009, 06:34 PM
Oh, Artlady. Good choices! I agree ALL the way. :thumbsup:

04-21-2009, 06:34 PM
Overall reference: Knitter's Handbook by Montse Stanley. For most of my knitting life (30+ years) the only book I had was Barbara Abbey's The Complete Book of Knitting. I still like it.

04-22-2009, 07:54 PM
I see most of these suggestions are for reference books. Add this site to the top! Easy to use, plenty of support and the price is unbelievable!!:woot:
As for magazines, Creative Knitting is okay and I really like Knit n Style.

04-24-2009, 09:48 PM
Well for me, I loved the book Itty Bitty Hats by Susan Anderson. I had only been knitting a few days when I got that book, and it was really great for a beginner. Lots of cute projects and very insightful!!

04-24-2009, 10:30 PM
Amazon keeps suggesting this (non-reference) book to me which has knitting cartoons in it. I haven't bought it but it looks really cute:


04-25-2009, 01:40 PM
I came across this book years ago, and I've made one or two of them. If I had the money to get more of the proper yarn for them, I'd make more!!!

The Celtic Collection: Twenty-five Knitwear Designs for Men and Women by Alice Starmore