37 of the Best New Knitting Books for 2019 (Plus 2 Older Classics)

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. Jorid Linvik’s Big Book of Christmas Knits

Jorid Linvik's Big Book of Christmas Knits, published by Trafalgar Square Books, North Pomfret, Vermont
Jorid Linvik’s Big Book of Christmas Knits, published by Trafalgar Square Books, North Pomfret, Vermont

How serious are you about knitting ultra-cool, unique and head-turning Christmas gifts for your loved ones? If it’s your mission in life to knit impressive gifts this holiday season, you absolutely must take a look at Jorid Linvik’s brand new, big book of Christmas knits.


This book has two different types of patterns. The first is Christmas-themed patterns for knitting items such as Christmas stockings and advent calendar treat bags. The second is small, gift-worthy items that do not have a specific Christmas theme, and could be used all year around — items like hats, mittens and cowls.


The wearable items in this book are sized for men, women and children. There are BUNCHES of wonderful gift ideas or people of all ages and both genders. There are also patterns for home decor items included.


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2. Selbu Mittens

This book is a masterpiece!


Its authors set out to create a thorough and exhaustive reference book on the topic of Selbu mittens — and their efforts were so successful as to be impressive. In the process of creating this book, they had to interview countless people, pursue countless leads (not to mention some dead ends) and dig through bunches of museum archives.


A truly mind-boggling amount of effort went into the creation of this book.


The result is an encyclopedic collection of mitten motif patterns and historic information on both the techniques and history of mitten knitting — and, by extension, knitting in general — in the Selbu region of Norway.


But despite all the historic information this book contains, it isn’t a dull, dry history book. In my opinion, the most compelling aspect of this book is the 500+!!!! charted-out motif patterns for knitting stars, borders, flowers and other designs. But, there’s also an unbelievable amount of technical information about how mittens are constructed. If you’re either a knitting pattern designer, or an aspiring knitting pattern designer, you will probably find this book invaluable, because there are NO other books I know of that devote so much effort in communicating historic methods of mitten construction. AND, not only that, you also get 35 ready-made mitten knitting patterns designed by some of Norway’s most talented knitters and designers.

If you have any interest at all in knitting mittens, or in the history of knitting, or in Scandinavian history, this book is a book you’ll definitely want to get your hands on.


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3. Casual Weekend Knits

Casual Weekend Knits by Andi Javori, published by Leisure Arts
Casual Weekend Knits by Andi Javori, published by Leisure Arts

Need fresh, stylish new patterns for knitting women’s accessories including hats, shawls, wraps, ponchos, scarves, cowls, mittens, fingerless gloves, boot cuffs, jewelry and a headband? And are you hoping that the patterns you choose will be easy enough for beginning knitters? If so, Casual Weekend Knits is a pattern book you’ll want to take a look at. These patterns all have ratings of either “basic” or “easy”, which makes this the ideal pattern book for new knitters. Even better, these patterns are lovely, sophisticated and wearable — just what you’d want for revamping your fall and winter wardrobe. These designs are all right on trend for winter 2020.


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4.Slow Fashion Made Fast

Slow Fashion Made Fast by Alexandra Tavel, published by Leisure Arts
Slow Fashion Made Fast by Alexandra Tavel, published by Leisure Arts

Knitting is notorious for being a slooooow process. But sometimes you can speed it up substantially if you use chunky yarns and large knitting needles. That’s the premise behind this stylish new knitting book; you use big, hefty yarns to create the 12 on-trend patterns included in this book. The book includes patterns for knitting wearable accessories and home decor items — a lovely mix of designs to use for yourself, your home and to give as gifts to others.


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5. The Beginner’s Guide to Mosaic Knitting

The Beginner's Guide to Mosaic Knitting by Melissa Leapman, published by Leisure Arts
The Beginner’s Guide to Mosaic Knitting by Melissa Leapman, published by Leisure Arts

Mosaic knitting is a clever colorwork knitting technique in which you only have to use one color per row. With this technique, you can create intricate, impressive multicolored projects that are much easier than they appear to be. If you haven’t learned this technique yet, you simply must try it! I think you’ll LOVE it!


If you’d like to give this technique a try, you’ll definitely want to check out Melissa Leapman’s new book called The Beginner’s Guide to Mosaic Knitting. This book gives you tutorials and instructions for how to do mosaic knitting, plus 8 stunning projects to work on. There are patterns for mosaic knitting a cuddly baby blanket, an eye-catching sampler blanket, a hat, a headband, 2 shawls and wraps, and a pullover sweater.

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6. Lace Knitting: 40 Openwork Patterns, 30 Lovely Projects, Countless Ideas and Inspiration

Lace Knitting book by Denise Samson, published by Trafalgar Square Books
Lace Knitting book by Denise Samson, published by Trafalgar Square Books

This book includes some of the most spectacular lace knitting patterns I have ever seen including blankets, sweaters, accessories and more. If you want to knit lace projects suitable for women, children and babies, this book is likely to be of interest to you.


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7. Cable Knits From Nordic Lands

Cable Knits From Nordic Lands by Ivar Asplund, published by Trafalgar Square Books
Cable Knits From Nordic Lands by Ivar Asplund, published by Trafalgar Square Books

The featured projects included in this book are wearable cable-knit garments and accessories including sweaters, vests, hats and many others. The author of this book is both an expert knitter and an expert teacher, and his expertise shines through in virtually every aspect of this book.


One of the things I appreciate most about this book: It is both a pattern book and a stitch dictionary, and it includes a section that’s devoted to showing you cable stitch patterns that you could incorporate into your own knit designs if you are inclined to do your own design work.

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8. Colorful Knit Soxx

Colorful Knit Soxx by Kerstin Balke, published by Stackpole Books
Colorful Knit Soxx by Kerstin Balke, published by Stackpole Books

Banish boring socks from your drawers! These 26 sock patterns will give you bunches of choices for knitting ultra-creative, impressive socks that are suitable for either men or women. Most of the patterns in this book are patterned socks, but a few of the patterns are striped or solid-colored. The designs are all eye-catching, colorful, fun and gift worthy.

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9. Traditional Danish Sweaters

Traditional Danish Sweaters: 200 Stars and Other Classic Motifs From Historic Sweaters, published by Trafalgar Square Books
Traditional Danish Sweaters: 200 Stars and Other Classic Motifs From Historic Sweaters, published by Trafalgar Square Books

Traditional Danish Sweaters is part stitch dictionary, part pattern book and part history book. The author of this book has given you a priceless gift. She has spent hours upon hours upon hours culling through materials from Danish museum archives. Then she collected the most important knowledge she gained from the experience and compiled it into this easy-to-use book. If you’re at all interested in knitting history, or you’d like to include traditional Danish design elements and motifs into your knitwear, this book is going to be of exceptional value to you.

10. Seed Stitch: Beyond Knit 1, Purl 2

Seed Stitch Book by Rosemary Drysdale, Published by Sixth&Spring Books
Seed Stitch Book by Rosemary Drysdale, Published by Sixth&Spring Books

Perhaps you think of seed stitch as being a basic and slightly boring knitting stitch for beginners. If that’s your mindset, you’re going to be blown away when you see all the spectacular things you can do with the humble seed stitch. Let Seed Stitch: Beyond Knit 1, Purl 1 be your guide to bunches of different colorwork and texture stitch patterns you can knit, simply by varying the seed stitch in interesting ways. This book is a stitch dictionary that also includes bunches of lovely knitting projects you can make.


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11. Japanese Knitting Stitches From Tokyo’s Kazekobo Studio

Japanese Knitting Stitches From Tokyo's Kazekobo Studio, a stitch dictionary by Yoko Hatta, published by Tuttle Publishing
Japanese Knitting Stitches From Tokyo’s Kazekobo Studio, a stitch dictionary by Yoko Hatta, published by Tuttle Publishing

If you’re in need of a new knitting stitch dictionary, this book is an excellent choice to consider. It features instructions for knitting stitch patterns that are accessible to knitters of all skill levels. Many of the knit and purl stitch combinations are ultra easy ones. The book also features some easy lace knitting stitch patterns, plus some that are more complex. The book also includes an exploration of cable knitting stitch patterns — some that are easy and basic, and others that get much more intricate and challenging. Rounding out the selection is a grouping of rib and twist stitches that give you bunches of lovely options beyond k2p2 rib.

Overall, this book includes a whole lot of truly creative and outstanding design work. It is an incredible value for its asking price.

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12. 250 Japanese Stitches: The Original Pattern Bible by Hitomi Shida

250 Japanese Knitting Stitches: The Original Pattern Bible by Hitomi Shida, published by Tuttle Publishing
250 Japanese Knitting Stitches: The Original Pattern Bible by Hitomi Shida, published by Tuttle Publishing

If you were to ask me to choose a top knitting heroine, I’d have a hard time coming up with just one. There are so many talented knit designers, and knitters, out there. But for sure, Hitomi Shida would have to be included on the list, at the top of it. Hitomi’s work is absolutely, jaw-droppingly incredible. If you haven’t seen her work yet, prepare to have your mind blown.


This book is a knitting stitch dictionary that includes some of Hitomi’s finest work: cable knitting patterns, lace patterns, bobble patterns, edging patterns and more. If you’re interested in designing new knitting projects using some of the most spectacular knitting stitches conceivable, you absolutely must see this book.


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13. Keiko Okamoto’s Japanese Knitting Stitches: A Stitch Dictionary With 150 Amazing Patterns

Keiko Okamoto's Japanese Knitting Stitches: A Stitch Dictionary With 150 Amazing Patterns, published by Tuttle Publishing
Keiko Okamoto’s Japanese Knitting Stitches: A Stitch Dictionary With 150 Amazing Patterns, published by Tuttle Publishing

Are you perpetually in search of interesting new knitting stitch patterns that are a bit different from all the other ones you’ve ever tried? If so, prepare to be charmed and delighted by Keiko Okamoto’s brand new knitting stitch dictionary.

This book features some truly intriguing, quirky, innovative, unexpected and creative stitch patterns — including smocking patterns for knitting; three-dimensional textured patterns; unusual and innovative Fair Isle knitting patterns; and textured stitches made using 2 different knitting needle sizes.

But these stitch patterns are not all totally avante-garde. You’ll also find a generous number of stitch patterns that are your usual, standard cables, knit / purl combinations and lace patterns. Whether you’re looking to knit projects that stand out from the crowd or fit in with it, you’ll find pleasing options for stitch patterns included in this book.


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14. Finger Knitting for Kids

Finger Knitting for Kids Book: Super Cute & Easy Things to Make by Eriko Teranishi, published by Tuttle Publishing
Finger Knitting for Kids Book: Super Cute & Easy Things to Make by Eriko Teranishi, published by Tuttle Publishing

It can be a challenge to learn to knit in the traditional way, with 2 knitting needles and yarn. The finger knitting method can eliminate many of the complexities inherent in the knitting process. It’s one way to get kids knitting quickly, without having to worry that they will stab themselves with sharp knitting needles.

If you want to teach your kids finger knitting, the book pictured here — Finger Knitting for Kids — is an excellent reference to consider sharing with them. This book will help them learn the finger knitting technique plus get started making 15 fun, useful projects. The projects included in the book are hats, scarves, hair accessories, a blanket and others.


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15. Socks From Around Norway

Socks From Around Norway, published by Trafalgar Square Books
Socks From Around Norway, published by Trafalgar Square Books

This lovely book is part knitting pattern book, part sock knitting instruction manual and part history book.


In it, the author, Nina Granlund Sæther, explores the history of sock knitting in Norway. She shares interesting details about historic socks that she has learned from perusing various museum archives and historical society materials.


Along with the history, she also shares 41 sock knitting patterns she has created by reinterpreting the antique Norwegian socks she discovered in museum archives. Her socks are suitable projects for contemporary knitters, and at the same time, they are clearly reminiscent of their vintage inspiration pieces. The results are patterns that are both classic and timely.


This book is really a treasure. If you’re interested in sock knitting, you’ll definitely want to check it out.


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16. Maja’s Swedish Mittens

Maja's Swedish Mittens, a knitting pattern book by Maja Karlsson, published by Trafalgar Square Books
Maja’s Swedish Mittens, a knitting pattern book by Maja Karlsson, published by Trafalgar Square Books

If you want to knit some new mittens, you have a tough choice ahead of you — because there are zillions of amazing mitten patterns available.


If stranded colorwork knitting patterns are of interest to you (and even if they aren’t), Maja’s Swedish Mittens has a whole bunch of lovely choices to consider. Many, but not all, of the mittens in this book are stranded colorwork designs. There are also patterns for knitting plain mittens, lace mittens, cabled mittens, striped mittens and fingerless gloves. Anyone interested in mitten knitting patterns of any variety is likely to enjoy this book.

17. 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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18. The Big 3 Knitting Techniques

The Big 3 Knitting Techniques Book by Ann-Mari Nilsson, Published by Trafalgar Square Books
The Big 3 Knitting Techniques Book by Ann-Mari Nilsson, Published by Trafalgar Square Books

Get patterns for several classic garments and accessories: A slouchy hat, two vests, a cardigan sweater and mittens; then learn how to customize these basic patterns using a broad variety of different stitch patterns from 3 different knitting techniques:

  • Stranded colorwork knitting (like Fair Isle)
  • Slip stitch knitting
  • Relief stitches / textured knitting

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19. Knockout Knit Hats and Hoods


Knockout Knit Hats and Hoods book by Diane Serviss, published by Stackpole Books
Knockout Knit Hats and Hoods book by Diane Serviss, published by Stackpole Books

If hats are your go-to knitting projects — or if you’ve never knitted a hat before, but you want to try it — you’ll definitely want to take a look at this lovely new hat pattern book. All the patterns in this book are hats, hoods and hooded cowls. Some of the designs are ideal for everyday wear, and a few of them are more fanciful. All of them are practical, wearable styles that you could count on to keep your head warm on chilly days. The short version of my book review: I LOVE this book and highly recommend it!

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20. Dogs on Sweaters: Knitting Patterns for 18 Different Dog Breeds

Dogs on Sweaters: Knitting Patterns for 18 Different Dog Breeds by Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne, Published by Trafalgar Square Books
Dogs on Sweaters: Knitting Patterns for 18 Different Dog Breeds by Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne, Published by Trafalgar Square Books

Is there a dog lover on your gift knitting list? Or maybe you’re a dog lover, yourself. If you’d be interested in finding fun, playful dog-themed knitting patterns, you absolutely need to check out Dogs on Sweaters by Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne. This lovely hardcover book includes charted patterns for knitting 18 different dog breeds — plus you also get patterns for knitting customizable sweaters and other projects using these charts. There are projects suitable for men, women, babies, children — and even one cute dog sweater pattern, too.


The book includes an outstanding selection of baby projects including a lovely patchwork baby blanket plus baby booties and more. If you’re in need of cute baby patterns, definitely consider this book as a possibility.

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21. Winter Knits From Scandinavia: 24 Patterns for Hats, Mittens and Socks

Winter Knits From Scandinavia: 24 Knitting Patterns for Hats, Mittens and Socks by Jenny Alderbrant, published by Trafalgar Square Books
Winter Knits From Scandinavia: 24 Knitting Patterns for Hats, Mittens and Socks by Jenny Alderbrant, published by Trafalgar Square Books

This is one of the loveliest knitting pattern books I have ever seen. The photography featured in the book is exquisite. It perfectly captures the Swedish landscape, along with some of the people, animals and knitting projects native to that landscape. (Cute lamb pictures, anyone?)


The projects included in the book are gorgeous Scandinavian style two-color stranded knitting patterns. This is basically the same type of technique as Fair Isle knitting. To make these projects, you work in stockinette stitch, with multiple color changes per row that form interesting pattern designs.


This author also occasionally adds details in other colors using duplicate stitch. For example, there’s a pair of eye-catching fox themed mittens included in the book where the fox is mostly orange and the background is white. You can add yellow eyes plus black details to the fox’s nose and eyes using duplicate stitch — how clever!


Design themes include animals, butterflies, florals, traditional Scandinavian motifs and others. There are designs suitable for women, men and children.


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22. 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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23. 60 More Quick Baby Blankets: Cozy Knits in Cascade Superwash Yarns

60 More Quick Baby Blankets published by Sixth&Spring Books
60 More Quick Baby Blankets published by Sixth&Spring Books

If you’d be interested in knitting one or more baby blanket patterns, this book is exactly what you need. You’d want to pick this book over other competing titles for a few different reasons:

  • Many competing pattern books would only give you in the neighborhood of 20-25 patterns for this price –but this book gives you a whopping 60 patterns! Folks, that’s a spectacular value for the money you’re spending here.
  • This book gives you such a delightful variety of patterns that you’ll be spoiled for choice. Whether you want to explore colorwork techniques, or make a solid-colored afghan — whether you want to try new textured stitch patterns, or stick to ultra-easy stockinette stitch, this book will offer you suitable choices.
  • The projects featured in this book are all truly appealing. They look like they’d be worth the investment of time and yarn.

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24. 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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25. 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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26. Knit Socks for Those You Love

Knit Socks for Those You Love: 11 Family-Friendly Sock Designs in a Variety of Sizes, a knitting pattern book by Edie Eckman, published by Leisure Arts
Knit Socks for Those You Love: 11 Family-Friendly Sock Designs in a Variety of Sizes, a knitting pattern book by Edie Eckman, published by Leisure Arts

Does anyone in your family need new socks? And are you interested in making them socks that go beyond simple, boring basics — without getting into weird, stare-at-my-feet territory? If you’re looking for normal, everyday socks in classic shapes that feature beautiful details, you cannot go wrong getting a copy of Knit Socks for Those You Love by Edie Eckman. Leisure Arts is the publisher of this book.


The book is made in the USA by an ultra-talented team that includes 8 pattern testers in addition to the author, who is a skilled tech editor herself.

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27. 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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28. 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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29. 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 to 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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30. 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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31. 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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32. 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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33. 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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34. 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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35. 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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36. 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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37. 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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38. 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.

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39. Gifted: Lovely Little Things to Knit and Crochet by Mags Kandis

Gifted: Lovely Little Things to Knit and Crochet, a pattern book by Mags Kandis -- published by Interweave.
Gifted: Lovely Little Things to Knit and Crochet, a pattern book by Mags Kandis — published by Interweave.

Need some gift-friendly knitting, crochet, felting and craft patterns that work up fast? If so, let Gifted be your go-to pattern book for finding suitable gift ideas. The book includes bunches of projects for small gift items. Using these patterns, you’ll be able to make things like socks, scarves and arm warmers for all the gift recipients on your list. There are also a few recipes and other types of craft projects included in the book. It’s an interesting mix of ideas for creative people.


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About Your Knitting Book Reviewer: Amy Solovay is a freelance writer with a background in textile design. She has been crocheting and crafting since childhood, and knitting since she was a teenager. Her work also appears at AmySolovay.com, ArtsWithCrafts.com and Crochet-Books.com. Amy sends out a free knitting and crochet newsletter so interested crafters can easily keep up with her new patterns and tutorials.

This page was last updated on 12-5-2019.

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