While there are many courses and tutorials online, learning from a book is still one of the best ways to greatly improve your skills. Below I have selected top Knitting books.
- Knitted Animal Friends: Over 40 Knitting Patterns for Adorable Animal Dolls, Their Clothes and Accessories (2019)
- Seamless Knit Sweaters in 2 Weeks: 20 Patterns for Flawless Cardigans, Pullovers, Tees and More (2019)
- Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible: 260 Exquisite Patterns by Hitomi Shida (2017)
- First Time Knitting: The Absolute Beginner’s Guide: Learn By Doing – Step-by-Step Basics + 9 Projects (2014)
- Knitting from the Top (1996)
- 60 Quick Knits for Beginners: Easy Projects for New Knitters in 220 Superwash® from Cascade Yarns® (60 Quick Knits Collection) (2018)
- 400 Knitting Stitches: A Complete Dictionary of Essential Stitch Patterns (2009)
- Knitting Brioche Lace (2019)
- 50 Beginner Knitting Patterns (2019)
- Norwegian Knitting Designs: A Collection from Some of Norway’s Leading Knitting Designers (2019)
- New Lace Knitting: Designs for Wide Open Spaces (2015)
- Knitting Paper Notebook: Blank Knitters Graph Paper 4/5 Journal (8,5 x 11″ / 120 pages) Lavender Light Violet (2019)
- Knit Shawls & Wraps in 1 Week: 30 Quick Patterns to Keep You Cozy in Style (2019)
- Knitting Fresh Brioche: Creating Two-Color Twists & Turns (2014)
- 250 Japanese Knitting Stitches: The Original Pattern Bible by Hitomi Shida (2018)
Knitted Animal Friends: Over 40 Knitting Patterns for Adorable Animal Dolls, Their Clothes and Accessories (2019)
Learn to make an adorable collection of knitted animal toys with these new patterns by the author of My Knitted Doll, Louise Crowther. Louise, brings her unique style of coordinated knitwear with cute colourwork details to this new collection of toy animal knitting patterns. There are a total of 12 knitted animals – each with their own unique personality and style.
Seamless Knit Sweaters in 2 Weeks: 20 Patterns for Flawless Cardigans, Pullovers, Tees and More (2019)
Marie Greene’s twenty gorgeous new patterns make knitting the sweater of your dreams a breeze. If you’ve ever struggled to complete a pullover or been too intimidated to start a cardigan, these seamless, top-down designs will change the way you think about sweaters. Now you can create stylish, long-lasting, professional-quality knits in less time than you thought possible and have fun doing it. With a wide variety of styles and sleeve lengths, this book has a pattern for any time of year.
Shida’s strikingly original designs and variations on every imaginable classic stitch result in intricate patterns that form the basis for beautiful and unique knitted fashions. This is the perfect book for the experienced knitter who is looking for new stitches that yield spectacular results! This Japanese knitting book features a wide range of rewarding and intricate stitches including: A set of detailed, step-by-step diagrams show you how to execute all the basic stitches.
First Time Knitting: The Absolute Beginner’s Guide: Learn By Doing – Step-by-Step Basics + 9 Projects (2014)
Learning how to knit has never been simpler! Enjoy this beginner's guide that takes you by the hand like a personal instructor and teaches you how to knit. Filled with detailed descriptions of materials and tools, the easy step-by-step instructions for all the basic knitting techniques will have you creating projects like scarves, hats, and blankets in no time.
Knitting from the Top (1996)
Knitting from the Top Down is an instructional method by Barbara Walker, citing the beauty and ease of knitting sweaters and vests starting at the top of the piece.
60 Quick Knits for Beginners: Easy Projects for New Knitters in 220 Superwash® from Cascade Yarns® (60 Quick Knits Collection) (2018)
Offering a wide array of creative techniques and attractive patterns, this entry in the beloved 60 Quick Knits series is the perfect book for anyone learning to knit. Accessible, fun, illustrated with step-by-step instructions, and featuring insightful sidebars throughout, it demystifies complex skills and instills indispensable knitting wisdom.
Young knitters, old knitters, hip knitters, traditional knitters: they all enjoy different styles. But every knitter from age 5 to 95 needs a good dictionary of stitches. 400 Knitting Stitches is a comprehensive guide that invites knitters to experiment with a variety of new stitch combinations.
Knitting Brioche Lace (2019)
Discover the world of brioche lace knitting! World-renowned brioche knitting expert, Nancy Marchant, takes this stitch to another level by introducing you to the excitement of creating two-color brioche lace through charts and clear explanations, a stitch dictionary of brioche lace stitches, and exquisite scarf and cowl projects. This is the perfect book for the experienced brioche knitter who is looking for new techniques that yield spectacular lacy results!
50 Beginner Knitting Patterns (2019)
New from blogger and knitting pattern designer, Gina Michele, is 50 Quick Knits for Beginners. This book focuses on beginner-friendly projects knit in budget-friendly yarn. There are 50 knitting patterns for women, babies, kids, and the home.
New and updated edition of the popular book on knitting over 30 contemporary designs inspired by traditional Scandinavian patterns compiled and edited by Margarethe Finseth, designer and brand manager at House of Yarn, Norway.Handknitting allows the designer an unbounded freedom to create a completely personal expression of their art through the use of colour, embellishments, structure and styling, using only knitt…
A fresh, modern take on classic lace knitting!When it comes to stunning lace knitting, there are few names more synonymous with the craft than Romi Hill.
Knitting Paper Notebook: Blank Knitters Graph Paper 4/5 Journal (8,5 x 11″ / 120 pages) Lavender Light Violet (2019)
Knitting / Knitter’s 4:5 Ratio Graph Paper Notebook, Journal, Diary – 120 PagesKnitting paper is used to design knitting charts for new patterns. Our grid uses rectangular spaces rather than square to reflect the actual shape of knitting stitches. For most knitting projects the 4:5 ratio is the perfect one.
It’s all about the layers in Marie Greene’s new collection of 30 stylish, versatile shawls, wraps and cowls. Back from her must-have debut Seamless Knit Sweaters in 2 Weeks, Marie has created gorgeous shawls that knit up in as little as 1 week and wear like a dream.
World-renowned brioche knitting expert Nancy Marchant takes this versatile European stitch—which creates a luxurious, reversible ribbed fabric—to a new level! In her groundbreaking collection, Marchant works brioche in two colors, forming graceful, undulating textures with increases and decreases.
250 Japanese Knitting Stitches: The Original Pattern Bible by Hitomi Shida (2018)
Hitomi Shida’s previous work, the Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible was released by Tuttle in October 2017 and has already been purchased (and tested) by thousands of avid knitters who are thrilled to discover a treasure trove of elegant and intricate new patterns.
Best Knitting Books You Should Enjoy
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Keiko Okamoto’s Japanese Knitting Stitches: A Stitch Dictionary of 150 Amazing Patterns with 7 Sample Projects
Author(s): Keiko Okamoto
ID: 2386771, Publisher: Tuttle Publishing, Year: 28 May 2019, Size: 51 Mb, Format: epub
Knitting for Dummies
Author(s): Allen, Pam;Barr, Tracy L.;Bird, Marly;Okey, Shannon
ID: 2595477, Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Year: 2020;2010, Size: 20 Mb, Format: epub
Knitting and Crocheting All-in-One For Dummies
Author(s): Pam Allen, Tracy L. Barr, Marly Bird, Susan Brittain, Karen Manthey, Shannon Okey, Kristi Porter
ID: 2481010, Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Year: 2020, Size: 53 Mb, Format: pdf
Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are absolutely record-breakers according to Chicago Tribune, others are written by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.