New Knitting Books to Make Knitted Gifts


September tends to be a busy month for me.  It’s the end of summer and the start of school.  Juggling school, sports, family and work, it’s hard to find time to knit much these days.  But I’m determined to knock out some beautiful projects this fall and I’ve found some great new knitting books to help.

Knitting Books to Consider:

Most of these are books are available in paperback, hardcover and Kindle editions.  With so many people using a Kindle, Nook, iPad or tablet these days, picking-up an electronic copy of a book can be a great way to get a new knitting book at a reduced price.  The pictures look beautiful on the iPad or color Kindle.  I love that with these kindle books you’ll always have a copy of the project with you.  So if you’re swinging by a local yarn store and find something that’s appealing, you can open up the book on your Kindle to see which project is best for the yarn you’ve found.

Weekend Knitting: 50 Unique Projects and Ideasknitting books

Add a little R&R to your weekend when you unwind with a fabulous new knitting project.  This book will give you plenty of options for different types of projects.  It’s not just hats and scarves in this book.  There’s a little bit of everything.




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More Last Minute Knitted Gifts

Don’t wait to the last minute to get your holiday gifts knit.  Start these projects today and you can enjoy your knitting without the stress of feeling under the gun.  These projects will whip-up quickly, so you can set a goal for how many projects you’d like to knit each month.  This will help you stay on track to get the gifts done in plenty of time.


Knits to Give: 30 Knitted Gifts Made with Love

You can’t go wrong with a Debbie Bliss book.  Her latest edition has fun and creative projects to knit for loved ones.  Knit these projects with a beautiful Debbie Bliss yarn, or branch out and try it with a comparable yarn you find at your local yarn store.





With so many beautiful projects, it may be hard to decide what knitted gifts you’ll make this season.  Whatever you decide, enjoy these new knitting books and Happy Knitting!


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Knitting Books on Sale at Border Books Closeout Sale


I was saddened to receive an e-mail from Border Books the other day saying that all of their stores would be closing.  They had closed about 50% of the stores in my area last year, but there was one new store that had opened as a replacement.  I knew that the company was in trouble, but never imagined that all of their stores would soon be gone.

I’m embarrassed to say that I immediately thought about all of the bargains I could get at their going out of business sale.  I looked at it as an opportunity to pick-up some knitting books that have been on my wish list.  Today I went to my local Borders store to look at the knitting book selection.  I was pleased that they had many of the books that I have been looking at online.  I first looked at the Knitwear Design Workshop: A Comprehensive Guide to Handknitsknitting books.

Knitwear Design Workshop Book

Knitwear Design Workshop Book

It is a fabulous book that I think is a great resource for anyone who is interested in designing sweaters.  My only disappointment was that the book was only 10% off.  I was hoping for saving closer to 40% or 50% off.  At $40, I somehow thought that I could do better purchasing this book online.  In the end I decided to hold off to see if the book would be available in a few weeks when the discounts increase.  When I got home I immediately went to Amazon to see their price.  I was thrilled to see that it is only $26.40 and includes free shipping.

Another knitting book that I looked at is Mastering Color Knitting: Simple Instructions for Stranded, Intarsia, and Double Knittingknitting book.  I love the detail that this book provides on everything color related.  If you’ve been thinking about learning more about intarsia, stranded or double knitting, then this book is a great place to start.  And here again, I found the Amazon price was much better than the discounted sales price at Borders.  Their price is $20 ($22 minus 10%) and Amazon’s price is $15.63, with free shipping if you spend at least $25.

Mastering Color Knitting Book

Mastering Color knitting book

If you have some knitting books on your wish list, you may want to check out Borders bookstore to see if they have it in stock.  Just beware that all sales are final, so buy with caution and make sure it’s a book that you really want.  I also always recommend checking online to see what the current prices are.  As I’ve outlined above with these two books, Amazon still tends to have better deals than Borders.  So my strategy is to use Borders to look at the books in person so that I can browse the chapters to see if these books will fit my needs.  After all, there’s nothing worse than spending a lot of money on a book and then realizing that their are only a few pages of information that really appeal to you.  I’m sure that my strategy of browsing at a Borders store and then purchasing online is fairly common.  After all, it’s probably why they are going out of business in the first place.  They just weren’t able to compete with the low costs of online stores like Amazon.

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Knitter’s Almanac Book Review


A few months ago I decided that it was high time that I pick-up an Elizabeth Zimmermann book. Zimmermann, the Julia Child of the knitting world, was a pioneer decades ago in how she approached knitting.  Her books have stood the test of time and even today can provide guidance and inspiration to knitters. The Knitter’s Almanac provides projects for each month of the year.

Knitter's Almanac by Elizabeth Zimmermann

Knitter’s Almanac by Elizabeth Zimmermann

The Knitter’s Almanac by Elizabeth Zimmermann is a book that I would classify as an oldy, but a goody.  Written in 1974 and updated in 1981, the book has an old fashioned style.  Unlike today’s knitting books, it lacks the beautiful color photos that we are so used to seeing these days.  The book provides a black and white photo for each project and the pattern charts are hand-written by Elizabeth.  As I was reading the book, I felt like I was in Elizabeth’s living room watching her knit and work.  She is inviting, engaging and cuts to the chase.

While the patterns are not ones that I would probably find myself knitting, I still enjoyed the Knitter’s Almanac and think that it is a welcome addition to my knitting book library.  With every pattern Elizabeth provides tips and recommendations on how to adjust the pattern to suit your needs.  I think that this is Elizabeth’s most significant contribution to the knitting world; her ability to teach us how to feel comfortable enough to change knitting patterns and designs without being scared.

The knitting patterns in the book include a little bit of everything; whether you fancy Aran Knitting, socks, baby clothes, shawls or Fair Isle knitting.  And if the pattern isn’t quite modern enough for you, I think that it can still be used as the foundation for designing your own sweater.

At only $7.99 I feel like the Knitter’s Almanac is a bargain and a great book to have on hand as a resource.

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Knitting Books: Top 10 Best Sellers


Here is a list of the current top selling Knitting Books on Amazon.  These are the top selling books through May 2011.


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


Knit Your Own Royal Wedding

Knit Your Own Dog: Easy-to-Follow Patterns for 25 Pedigree Pooches



100 Flowers to Knit & Crochet: A Collection of Beautiful Blooms for Embellishing Garments, Accessories, and More


Charts Made Simple: understanding knitting charts visually


75 Birds, Butterflies & Little Beasts to Knit and Crochet

Around the Corner Crochet Borders: 150 Colorful, Creative Edging Designs with Charts and Instructions for Turning the Corner Perfectly Every Time


The Ladies’ Work-Book Containing Instructions In Knitting, Crochet, Point-Lace, etc.


Sock Yarn One-Skein Wonders: 101 Patterns That Go Way Beyond Socks!


Spud and Chloe at the Farm (Knit & Read Book)

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Vogue Knitting Book Review


Whether you are a beginner or advanced knitter, 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.

What I like about this book is that it not only provides straight-forward instructions and explanations, but it also provides beautiful color photographs that help bring the instructions to life.  As an example, the book does a nice job of outlining how to correct errors in your knitting.  If you’ve ever faced a dropped-stitch and were unsure how to pick-up the stitch without having to rip out all of your work, then Vogue Knitting would have been just what you needed.  Their step-by-step instructions show how to pick-up the stitch either with your knitting needle or with a crochet hook.  It also addresses picking-up a knit stitch verses a purl stitch.

If you are a relatively new knitter and have been working primarily on knitting hats and scarves, then this book could help you take the plunge into more complicated patterns and techniques.  You’ll be able to learn more about short-rows, color knitting and how to design your own knitting patterns.

Blocking, Assembling and Finishing can be one of the most important steps in your knitting.  This chapter will help provide all of the tips needed to ensure that your project has the finished look of a pro.   Knitting a sweater is half the battle; the detail is in the care that one puts into assembling the pieces to get a finished project that fits properly, has smooth stitches and flawless seams.  Vogue Knitting will show you how to join different stitches so that you always end-up with a virtually hidden seam.

Whether you need some help learning how to knit or just like to have valuable knitting reference books at your disposal, Vogue Knitting is one book that is worthy of its reputation.  I guarantee that this book will be one that you turn to time and time again.

Knitting On The Edge Book Review


I purchased Knitting On The Edge a few years ago, but hadn’t picked it up in a while.  I sat down a few weeks ago to run through the book to see if I could get some ideas for some knitting patterns for scarves.  As I looked at all of the beautiful patterns captured in this book, I was reminded why I had purchased it in the first place.

Knitting On The Edge by Nicky Epstein

This book is a beautiful reference for designs that can be used for a multitude of projects.  For scarf knitting patterns, designing a new sweater or knitted hat patterns, this book is sure to be a great resource for you time and time again.

Nicky Epstein has written two Knitting On The Edge books.  The first version is the ribs, ruffles, lace, fringes, flora, points & picot.  Her second book covers unique ribs, cords, appliques, colors and nouveau.  I own the hardcover of the ribs, ruffles and fringes book.  The book has 168 color pages of beautiful designs that would add the perfect finish to any project.  The book is laid-out by the type of design, so you can quickly jump to the section that fits your needs.  Each instruction includes a symbol to let you know whether the design is to be knit from the bottom up, top down or whether it is to be knit separately and then attached to your garment.  If you’re looking for scarf knitting patterns that have designs that look good from both sides, you can search the designs in the book for those that are considered reversible.

On top of providing you with dozens of designs, the book also includes 7 patterns.  From a Vintage Lace Pullover to a Layered Ruffle Bag, the patterns will give you an opportunity to put Nicky Epstein’s designs to work.  This book is the perfect addition to any knitter’s collection.  And with the addition of a paperback version of this book now available, the book is more affordable than ever.

If you’re a beginner knitter, the designs outlined in Knitting On The Edge are a perfect way to expand your knitting skills.  Simply pick-up some needles, grab some spare yarn and start knitting.  You can challenge yourself with learning a new cable pattern or how to do ruffles.  And for the experienced knitter, how about using the book to try designing your own projects?  The opportunities are endless with such a beautiful and informative book.