The Knitting Book


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).



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


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.



Learn to Knit Chicks With Sticks


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


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


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

Addi Click Interchangeable Needle Set




Addi Click Interchangeable Needle Set







Knitting Books

One Seam Swirl Jackets

One Seam Swirl Jackets







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

Knitting at Home




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.



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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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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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.