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.

 

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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