Lace Style Knitting Designs

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If you love the look of lace, then this Lace Style book is the key to your next knitting project.  Loaded with 21 knitting projects and tons of beautiful photos, this book has lace and lace inspired designs that are perfect for St. Patrick’s Day and the upcoming Spring weather.

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The Knitting Book

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If you’re looking for one knitting book that will be your go-to resource for questions, tutorials and instructions, then The Knitting Book by Frederica Patmore and Vicki Haffenden is a great choice.  This book is referred to as the “knitting bible”.  The book covers yarn, techniques, stitches and patterns.  A complete collection of information that allows you to create your own knitting projects and accessories for your wardrobe, or home.

The Knitting Book has an impressive 4.7 star rating and when you dig a little deeper into the reviews, it actually bumps this up to a 5-star book.  One reviewer gave the book 3 stars because as an older reader she thought that the text in the book was too hard to read.  But as far as the material included in the book, this reviewer thought that it was a beautiful book.  It just goes to show you that you sometimes need to dig a little deeper when looking at reviews, because some people take points off for things that really aren’t fair (or that may not be important to you).

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What reviewers love about this book:

  • A beautiful, glossy book with tons of information
  • Covers the basics, but so much more
  • Has roughly 20 pages that cover the different methods of casting on
  • Discusses different types of yarns.  You’ll be happy with all of your projects when you choose the perfect yarn to match your needs.
  • Lots of knitting project ideas.  From hats, mittens and scarfs, to tea cosies, bags and baby gifts!
  • Clear, colored, detailed photos to help illustrate everything
  • A great How to Learn to Knit book for the beginner, but full of great information for experienced knitters too.  As a 37 year knitting veteran said, if you only add 1 knitting book to your collection, The Knitting Book should be the one.

 

Knitting Gifts for Breast Cancer Survivors

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My sister is a breast cancer survivor and I’m always inspired by her strength.  I love to show-off her strength with gifts that honor her courage and fight against cancer.  When I came across Knitting With a Cure, I knew that I just had to get it.

In addition to 18 patterns that celebrate women who have breast cancer, there’s also the story of the traveling shawl.  This one shawl traveled across the country and was created by 50 different knitters, all of whom were affected in one way or another by breast cancer.

I love the variety of projects in this book.  There are a few different shawls, plus a throw blanket, fingerless gloves and plenty of accessories.  Whether you’re looking for a big project, or a quick-knit project, this book offers some wonderful gift ideas to knit for the special woman in your life.

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Learn Knitting Finishing Techniques

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Are you frustrated with your finished knitting projects and wish that they looked better?  Knowing how to block your knitting and sew your pieces together are what makes the difference and transforms your knitting into professional looking knitwear.  But how do you learn how to properly finish your knitting?

There are some really good books that can show you how to tackle sewing different types of seams.  Finishing techniques vary slightly depending upon the type of stitches that you’re sewing together.  Having a book handy is a great resource when sewing-up a sweater, or finishing a knitted project.

Here are two books to consider.  Both receiving high marks from knitters for their instructions and illustrations.  

perfect-finishThe Perfect Finish: No Nonsense Guide to Finishing Techniques is the perfect finishing book for knitters of all levels.  Beginners will find the instructions easy to follow, while more experienced knitters will also benefit from the wealth of information contained in this book.

 

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Finishing School by Deborah Newton has a 4.7 star rating on Amazon.

One of the best parts of this book is that it discusses how to prepare your project so that finishing it goes more smoothly.  Prep work goes a long way in producing a professional looking piece.

In addition to discussing sewing knitting pieces together, doing edging, and applying buttons, this book also has patterns.

One thing to note about this book…it is not for beginners.  It is more suited for experienced knitters.

If you’re someone who likes to take classes, then an online knitting class for finishing techniques is also a great option.  An online class provides the flexibility of learning the techniques in your own time and at your own pace.  With Annie’s Online Class in Finishing Techniques, you’ll enjoy learning techniques that will help you feel more confident and comfortable when it comes to finishing your knitting.

A Full Year of Knitting Projects

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knitters-year-52-week-projectsOnce I had kids, my knitting time decreased significantly.  I still enjoy making sweaters and larger projects, but I also make sure that I have a smaller project that I can work on as time permits.  This way I still get to enjoy knitting whenever I can, but I also get to enjoy the feeling of finishing a project.  There’s nothing more satisfying and rewarding than seeing a completed knitting project.

Do you struggle with having enough time to knit?  Try working on a few projects that you can whip-up in a short period of time.  The joy that you’ll get from your completed masterpiece will inspire you to keep knitting.  Like anything in life, the more often you do something, the better you’ll be and the more you’ll tend to continue doing it.

The Knitter’s Year Book by Debbie Bliss includes 52 projects, one for each week of the year.  All of the knitting patterns in this book are designed to be quick-knit projects that can be completed in less than a week.  Some are meant to be completed in just a couple nights, but some may take a full week.  On top of being projects that you can finish quickly, these projects are also a great way to use-up old skeins of yarn that you have left-over from other projects.

Created by world-renowned knitting designer Debbie Bliss, this book has plenty of projects that you’ll enjoy knitting for others, or keeping for yourself.  As with any knitting book, not all of the projects may be your cup of tea, but you’ll surely find dozens of fun projects that will keep you inspired to knit throughout the year.

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Learn a New Method of Casting On

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Cast-on-Bind-OffDid you know that there are hundreds of ways to start and finish your knitting?  If you’ve only done a standard method of casting on, now is the perfect time to learn a new method.  Each form of casting on and binding off has pros and cons.  Some offer more stretch, while others are decorative in nature and are part of the pattern’s design.

How many ways can you cast on and bind off?  Do you have a favorite?  I use the long tail cast-on for most projects, but some patterns require a crochet cast on that can be removed after you make some progress with the pattern.  My preferred method of binding-off is a method that I learned from Lucy Neatby.  I think that it gives sweaters a professional and polished look.

Hard to believe that there are so many ways to cast on and bind off?  There are some great online tutorials to help you learn a new technique, as well as books that outline a variety of methods.  The Cast On Bind Off book by Leslie Ann Bestor outlines 54 different methods.  Reviewers agree that this book offers easy to follow instructions, along with illustrations to supplement the written instructions.  At a whopping 4.8 star rating, this book is a top-rated knitting book that is a great reference when working on any project.

Learn to Knit Chicks With Sticks

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Chicks With Sticks Guide to Knitting

Happy New Year to you.  Have you made any New Years Resolutions?  I’m not one to make the

traditional resolutions, but I do think that the start of a new year is a great time to set some goals.

For me, that means knitting everyday and updating my knitting websites as frequently as possible.  So I hope you’ll bookmark this page and come back frequently to see what I’m up to and to share your knitting news.

Is one of your resolutions to knit more in 2013?  Or perhaps to learn how to knit?  I think that winter is a great time to learn to knit.  Sit inside by a warm fire as the snow and temperatures fall outdoors.  You’ll enjoy watching the progress you make and hopefully you get your project done in time to enjoy it while the weather is cold.  Assuming you go with a hat, scarf, or some other item to keep yourself warm.

 

The Chicks with Sticks Guide to Knitting is a fun way to learn how to knit.  Reviewers give this book 4.3 stars for the contemporary designs and beautiful illustrations.  Some reviewers wish that the instructions in the book were more elaborate.

Aran Knitting Patterns Book

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When you feel like you want to move beyond the basic garter and stockinette stitches in knitting patterns for beginners, then take a look at Aran knitting patterns.  Aran knitting includes beautiful cables and motifs that turn your knitting into art.  You may think of the classic Irish knit sweaters as one type of Aran knit, but there are plenty of other Aran patterns to consider as you search for your next project.

Aran Knitting New and Expanded By Alice Starmore

This book by Alice Starmore is a customer favorite.  As a world-renowned author and knitting designer, Alice is known for her beautiful patterns and insight into the history of Aran knitting.  Knitting enthusiasts are thrilled that this classic book has been reprinted and republished in a new edition.  This updated version includes a new foreword from the author, new patterns and expanded sizes.

Aran Knitting PatternsThe book includes the popular St. Brigid pullover sweater, that has been updated to include smaller sizes.  Alice Starmore’s Aran knitting patterns are known for three of her personal motifs, the anchor, heart and knotwork.  Her designs use a unique technique to create the continuous line that is prevalent in Celtic knitting patterns.

The classic Aran Knitting book is on many knitter’s bookshelves and this revised edition is worthy of the same attention.  While some reviewers thought the book was old fashioned and a little dull, it is a classic after all and so it may not have the big splash of newer books.  Most reviewers rave about this book and say that it is a must have for any, knitting book collector, Alice Starmore fans, or enthusiasts of Aran knitting patterns.  In fact, a whopping 77% of all reviewers give this book 5 stars.

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Knitting Needle Sets & Knitting Books: Top Knitting Gifts and Knitting Ideas

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As you think of gifts to get the knitter in your life, here are some ideas on knitting books, knitting needle sets and knitting supplies that are ideal for knitters of all levels.

Knitting Needle Sets

Denise Interchangeable Knitting Needles

Denise Interchangeable Knitting Needles

 

 

 

Pink Denise Interchangeable Knitting Needles Set

 

 

 

 

 

Addi Click Interchangeable Needle Set

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Knitting Books

One Seam Swirl Jackets

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knit, Swirl! Uniquely Flattering, One Piece, One Seam Swirl Jackets; Foreword by Cat Bordhi

60 Quick Baby Knits

60 Quick Baby Knits

 

 

 

60 Quick Baby Knits: Blankets, Booties, Sweaters & More in Cascade 220 Superwash (Sixth & Spring)

 

 

 

 

Knitting at Home

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Knitting at Home: 60 Classics from Ella Rae Designs

 

 

 

 

Vogue Knitting is one book that you should include in your knitting library. This book provides a wealth of information, including a history of knitting, basic techniques, a dictionary on knitting stitches and patterns for knitting.

 

Kids Knitting

Kids Knitting

 

 

 

Kids Knitting: Projects for Kids of all Ages

 

 

 

 

These are some options that receive top ratings from fellow knitters.  If you have a favorite knitting book or knitting ideas, leave a comment and let us know.  We’d love to hear about it.