15 of the Best New Knitting Books for 2018 (Plus 1 Older Classic)

Are you looking for high-quality knitting books that will teach you interesting knitting techniques or give you lovely knitting patterns to work on? If so, this page of knitting books is a resource we hope you’ll find helpful.

The following is a list of knitting books we’ve reviewed; you’ll find in-depth book reviews of each title posted on our website. Our reviews include a summary of the knitting projects included in each book, plus a list of the best things about each title and a list of things to be aware of before you buy each book.

1. Knitting for the Fun of It!

Knitting for the Fun of It! Book by Frida Ponten, Published by Trafalgar Square Books. The book cover, pictured here, shows several of the colorful knitting projects you'll learn how to make using the patterns and instructions included. Click the photo to shop for this book at Amazon.
Knitting for the Fun of It! by Frida Ponten, Published by Trafalgar Square Books. The book cover, pictured here, shows several of the colorful knitting projects you’ll learn how to make using the patterns and instructions included. Click the photo to shop for this book at Amazon.

The knitting patterns in this book fall into several categories:

  • Colorful
  • Bohemian
  • Sophisticated

Some of these designs manage to be all 3 of the above at once.


Although there are several solid-colored knitting projects included in the book, most of these patterns are daring and colorful without being over the edge. They’re exactly the pieces you want to reach for when you’re ensemble looks a little too blah — a colorful chevron scarf; a pair of stripey multicolored socks; mittens that incorporate several different colorwork patterns; and more. The book will even teach you how to dye your own yarns.


What really surprised me, though: how many easy patterns are in the book, considering their level of visual sophistication. Not all the patterns in the book are easy, but there are quite a few of them.


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2. Dimensional Tuck Knitting

Dimensional Tuck Knitting Book by Tracy Purtscher, Published by Sixth&Spring Books
Dimensional Tuck Knitting Book by Tracy Purtscher, Published by Sixth&Spring Books

Imagine if you were able to pin-tuck a piece of knitting in the same general sort of way you can create pintucks and pleats on fabric. Does that sound crazy? Well, guess what — you can do just that!


Prepare to have your mind blown when you see how this is done!


This is quite simply an amazing knitting book.


If you enjoy highly textured knitting projects, you are going to LOVE this. The texture can sometimes resemble cables in a way, but it also looks like its own unique thing.


Dimensional Tuck Knitting is a technique book, project book and stitch dictionary, all rolled into one volume. The projects are all ultra-cool and extremely sophisticated. The short version of my book review of this title: Buy the book. It is more than worth its asking price.


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3. Arne & Carlos Favorite Designs

Arne & Carlos Favorites, published by Trafalgar Square Books. This book features Scandinavian style knitting and crochet patterns for Christmas ornaments, Easter eggs, dolls, doll clothes, adult clothing and accessories and more. Click the photo to shop for this book on Amazon.
Arne & Carlos Favorites, published by Trafalgar Square Books.

If you’re in search of knitting patterns you can use for making gifts for your loved ones, definitely check this book out. The book is heavy on patterns for small, gift-worthy items like embroidered slippers and unique dolls. You’ll also find patterns for stunning wearables like sweaters, mittens, a hat and a scarf.

One of the highlights of the book is the excellent selection of knitting patterns for ball-shaped Christmas ornaments adorned with fun Scandinavan design motifs — heart motifs, angels, squirrels, pigs and many others.


Most of the patterns in the book are for knitters, but there are a couple of spectacular crocheted blankets and a few other crochet projects you’ll probably want to make. There are also a few really cool embroidery projects too.


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4. Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible

Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible
Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible

If you’re interested in learning how to knit the most spectacular, sophisticated cable and lace patterns ever, the Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible is your best bet for finding suitable patterns to make it happen. This stitch dictionary also includes several intricate knitting patterns for finished projects including a scarf, hat, socks, yokes, collars and fingerless gloves.


Some of these stitches include intricate details in other craft techniques: a few crocheted bobbles here and there, some occasional touches of embroidery, and even a few stitch patterns that incorporate beadwork.


One of the most remarkable things about this book: It teaches you how to understand and interpret Japanese knitting symbols.

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5.Martin Storey’s Afghan Knits

Martin Storey's Afghan Knits: A Knitting Pattern Book Published by Trafalgar Square Books
Martin Storey’s Afghan Knits: A Knitting Pattern Book Published by Trafalgar Square Books

Do you LOVE Rowan yarns? If you would be interested in finding a fabulous collection of sophisticated, appealing patterns that utilize Rowan’s lovely range of natural fiber yarns, Martin Storey’s Afghan Knits might be exactly what you’re looking for. The collection includes a broad variety of cozy blankets and pillows to knit. The techniques range from super easy garter stitch that beginners could succeed with to more advanced techniques like cables and stranded colorwork.

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6. The Alterknit Stitch Dictionary

Alterknit Knitting Stitch Dictionary Published by Interweave Press
Alterknit Knitting Stitch Dictionary Published by Interweave Press

You’ve probably never seen anything like this quirky knitting stitch dictionary. It has some of the usual sorts of patterns you’d expect — Greek key patterns, botanicals, geometrics. Then it has some weirdo, offbeat designs like pooping pigs, raccoons raiding the garbage can and a grim reaper, complete with a birthday cake. (You can see some pictures of the stitch patterns in this interview with Andrea Rangel, the author of the book.)


This isn’t just a knitting stitch dictionary; it’s also an instruction manual on how to do stranded colorwork knitting. All the stitches in the book are knitted using this technique.


The book also includes patterns for finished projects including sweaters, mittens and more.


So if you’re bored with the same-old-same-old knitting stitch patterns, and you want to either make finished projects or design your own knitting patterns, give this book a try. Perhaps you’ll find that it offers you a refreshing change of pace.


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7. 6,000+ Pullover Possibilities

Design a Custom-Knit Sweater With Melissa Leapman's New Book, 6,000+ Pullover Possibilities
Design a Custom-Knit Sweater With Melissa Leapman’s New Book, 6,000+ Pullover Possibilities

Designing a flawless handknit sweater doesn’t have too be an overwhelming process. In this book, prominent knitwear designer Melissa Leapman shares a simple step-by-step formula for designing and knitting your own sweaters. Melissa has done just about all the math for you, so you can fast-forward through the parts where most would-be knitting designers get bogged down. This is a book most knitters are really going to appreciate.


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8. The Cable Knitter’s Guide: 50 Patterns, 25 Projects, Countless Tips and Ideas

The Cable Knitter's Guide: 50 Patterns, 25 Projects, Countless Tips and Ideas by Denise Samson, Published by Trafalgar Square Books
The Cable Knitter’s Guide: 50 Patterns, 25 Projects, Countless Tips and Ideas by Denise Samson, Published by Trafalgar Square Books

If you’re interested in aran knitting or learning how to knit cables, this is the book for you. It’s part knitting stitch dictionary, part knitting technique book and part knitting pattern book. The book’s longer-than-average length and exceptional patterns make it an excellent buy, offering you high value in exchange for the money you spend. The book includes patterns for intricate throws, interesting cabled socks, classic sweaters, and much more.


One of the best things about the book: The author has created instructional videos teaching you how to knit each cable. There are QR codes printed right in the book that you can scan with your mobile phone. Scanning the QR codes will take you right to each video online. It’s a convenient way to see a demonstration of each pattern.


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9. Vogue Knitting Shawls and Wraps 2 by the Editors of Vogue Knitting Magazine

Learn How to Knit a Variety of Stunning Shawls and Wraps Using the Patterns in Vogue Knitting Shawls and Wraps 2 by the Editors of Vogue Knitting Magazine. This Delightful Pattern Book Is Published by Sixth & Spring Books.
Find a Variety of Spectacular Patterns for Shawls and Wraps in Vogue Knitting Shawls and Wraps 2 by the Editors of Vogue Knitting Magazine. This Delightful Pattern Book Is Published by Sixth & Spring Books.

Do you appreciate sophisticated shawls that pair well with eveningwear, career wear and casual wear? Would you enjoy owning a whole collection of chic shawl knitting patterns? Would you be interested in trying bunches of interesting knitting techniques like double knitting, lace knitting, cable knitting, drop stitch knitting, chevrons, waves and bargello knitting? If you answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, this book is one you definitely need to take a look at.

The patterns in this book were all vetted by the editors at Vogue Knitting magazine. The pattern collection is diverse, offering you bunches of different style aesthetics and bunches of different ways to move your knitting skills forward. Whether it’s a stylish new wrap you want or a mesmerizing new knitting challenge to captivate you, this book delivers appropriate inspiration in a thorougly enjoyable format.


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10. 60 Quick Knits for Little Kids

60 Quick Knits for Little Kids, published by Sixth&Spring Books -- Knit fun, playful and fashionable children's blankets, sweaters, dresses, ponchos, hats, scarves, mittens and many other accessories.
60 Quick Knits for Little Kids, published by Sixth&Spring Books — Knit fun, playful and fashionable children’s blankets, sweaters, dresses, ponchos, hats, scarves, mittens and many other accessories. Click the photo to shop for this book at Amazon.

This is a book I’d highly recommend to parents, grandparents and others who want to knit either baby blankets or toddler clothing and accessories (or both). It includes patterns for making just about any knittable wardrobe item you’d need for your toddler except socks and footwear. You’ll find an outstanding selection of patterns for knitting young childrens’ sweaters, dresses, hats, scarves, mittens, ponchos and more. There are appealing designs for both boys and girls, some of which are unisex and some of which are not.

In a world where newborn knitting patterns are somewhat oversupplied and cute, usable toddler and children’s clothing patterns can be comparatively harder to find, this book stands out as being an excellent value and a must-have resource.


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11. Easy Fair Isle Knitting by Martin Storey

Easy Fair Isle Knitting Pattern Book by Martin Storey
Easy Fair Isle Knitting Pattern Book by Martin Storey

If you’re looking for the easiest possible patterns to try when getting started with Fair Isle knitting, this is a fantastic pattern book to consider adding to your knitting library. The patterns in this book are colorful, appealing (especially if you’re into the hipster look) and stylish — and they don’t require much shaping, which makes them ideal if you’re trying this classic knitting technique for the first time.


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11. Knit Yourself In: Inventive Patterns to Tell Your Story in the Danish “Hen Knitting” Tradition:

Knit Yourself In Book of Customizable Color Knitting Patterns
Knit Yourself In Book of Customizable Color Knitting Patterns, Published by Trafalgar Square Books

If you’ve ever wished you could design your own colorful knitted sweaters or other knitting projects, this is a book you’re definitely going to want to consider owning. The book is a knitter’s dream resource for learning how to put together different knitted motifs and colorways to create personalized, one-of-a-kind knitwear projects. The authors of the book have given you complete knitting patterns for sweaters, socks, mittens, pillows, a scarf and a hat. These designs can be knitted as-is, although the book’s authors encourage you to use these designs as a jumping-off point for putting together completed designs that are more customized to your own tastes. Their patterns give you the framework for getting started on your own knitwear design adventures.

It’s super easy to be creative when you’re given the right resources plus a great big push in the right direction — and if you’re already inclined to want to try your own designs, this book is likely to give you exactly the empowerment you need. The book makes it easy for you to play around with colors, shapes, motifs and ideas. If you’d like to express yourself through the medium of knitwear, the information in this book is definitely going to be of interest to you.


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12. Jorid Linvik’s Big Book of Knitted Socks

Jorid Linvik's Big Book of Knitted Socks, published by Trafalgar Square Books
Jorid Linvik’s Big Book of Knitted Socks, published by Trafalgar Square Books

This book is an amazing collection of sock knitting patterns. You’ll find patterns to use for knitting socks for everyone you love. It can be extremely difficult to find clothes for premature babies — and this book includes a sock pattern for preemies, complete with 3 cute little variations that will each look different when you knit them. Then there’s an easy, beginner-level baby sock pattern that’s sized to fit babies. There are also sock patterns suitable for children and adults of both genders.

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13. Jorid Linvik’s Big Book of Knitted Mittens

Jorid Linvik's Big Book of Knitted Mittens: 45 Distinctive Scandinavian Knitting Patterns
Jorid Linvik’s Big Book of Knitted Mittens: 45 Distinctive Scandinavian Knitting Patterns

If you want to knit some mittens for yourself and everyone you know, this is the book for you. Mittens are the exclusive focus of this spectacular hardcover knitting pattern book. In this book, you’ll find lovely mitten knitting patterns for just about every personality type.


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14. The Field Guide to Knitted Birds by Arne & Carlos

Field Guide to Knitted Birds by Arne & Carlos, Published by Trafalgar Square Books.
Field Guide to Knitted Birds by Arne & Carlos, Published by Trafalgar Square Books.

If you’re looking for a knitting book that’s fresh, witty, humorous and fun in addition to offering you fantastic knitting patterns, consider buying The Field Guide to Knitted Birds by Arne & Carlos. The birds are really useful projects; they’ll help you use up all the bits and scraps of yarn, embroidery floss, feathers, beads and sequins you might happen to have hanging around. Not only that, you’ll end up with cute projects that make excellent gifts and decorations — perhaps Christmas tree ornaments or perhaps items to dangle from a mobile.

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15. Knitting: The Complete Guide by Jane Davis

No single knitting book can be all things to all people, but this book makes a pretty successful attempt at it. It’s a knitting instruction book, stitch dictionary and pattern book all combined into one helpful volume that’s ideal for beginning knitters and knitters with more advanced skills.

Get more details in our in-depth book review of Knitting: The Complete Guide, or download this book at Amazon.com.

These are just a few of the knitting books we’ve reviewed here at KnittingandCrochet.net. We’re always in search of fantastic new knitting books, and we’re updating this page frequently with new reviews. Please be sure to subscribe to our free knitting and crochet newsletter if you want to be alerted about even more fantastic knitting books as they become available.

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This page was last updated on 9-10-2018.

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