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.
- 1. Knitted Animal Friends: Over 40 Knitting Patterns for Adorable Animal Dolls, Their Clothes and Accessories (2019)
- 2. Seamless Knit Sweaters in 2 Weeks: 20 Patterns for Flawless Cardigans, Pullovers, Tees and More (2019)
- 3. Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible: 260 Exquisite Patterns by Hitomi Shida (2017)
- 4. First Time Knitting: The Absolute Beginner’s Guide: Learn By Doing – Step-by-Step Basics + 9 Projects (2014)
- 5. Knitting from the Top (1996)
- 6. 60 Quick Knits for Beginners: Easy Projects for New Knitters in 220 Superwash® from Cascade Yarns® (60 Quick Knits Collection) (2018)
- 7. 400 Knitting Stitches: A Complete Dictionary of Essential Stitch Patterns (2009)
- 8. Knitting Brioche Lace (2019)
- 9. 50 Beginner Knitting Patterns (2019)
- 10. Norwegian Knitting Designs: A Collection from Some of Norway’s Leading Knitting Designers (2019)
- 11. New Lace Knitting: Designs for Wide Open Spaces (2015)
- 12. Knitting Paper Notebook: Blank Knitters Graph Paper 4/5 Journal (8,5 x 11″ / 120 pages) Lavender Light Violet (2019)
- 13. Knit Shawls & Wraps in 1 Week: 30 Quick Patterns to Keep You Cozy in Style (2019)
- 14. Knitting Fresh Brioche: Creating Two-Color Twists & Turns (2014)
- 15. 250 Japanese Knitting Stitches: The Original Pattern Bible by Hitomi Shida (2018)
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1. 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. The animals all have the same basic body, with a few colour variations and tail additions, so the clothes can be mixed and matched between them to create endless outfit…
2. 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. Busy knitters will love the no-fuss construction and carefully chosen details. Captivating cables, cozy textures and fun stripes…
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. Instructions and diagrams for a series of small projects offer practice working with large patterns, lacy patterns, pattern…
4. 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. Eight simple projects will introduce knitting skills like garter stitch, stockinette, knitted texture, and color techniques; skills you will use often as you continue to learn. With First Time Knitting, soon you will be knitting amazing gifts and projects with confidence….
5. 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….
6. 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. The projects themselves are everything new or experimenting knitters could ever want, from scarves, cowls, and mittens to shawls, socks, and baby clothes. And even though several garments have instructions specifically written for beginners, they’re also chic enough for those with more…
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. The book is conveniently divided into eight categories: knit-purl, crossed and cables, slipped, lacy,double, twisted, cast-off, and fancy stitches. Making a romantic lacy wrap or a classic cable sweater? Whatever your style, there’s a stitch in here for you. Each…
8. 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! A general introduction to brioche knitting and an explanation of the symbols and abbreviations is…
9. 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….
10. Norwegian Knitting Designs: A Collection from Some of Norway’s Leading Knitting Designers (2019)
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 knitting needles and skeins of yarn. In this beautiful book, previously published as Norsk Strikkedesign, a selection of Norway’s foremost knitting designers present over thirty beautiful and unique knitted…
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. Her designs have made by thousands of knitters and her latest creations in New Lace Knitting will have you racing for your needles and skeins of yarn to cast on beautiful, artful, sophisticated pieces.These 19 garment and accessory designs will reawaken your love of traditional lace knitting by using classic stitch patterns in fresh ways–whether you’re creating shawls, cardigans, pullovers, or wraps. Through these pieces, you’ll be…
12. 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. This ratio means that 4 stitches measure the same length as 5 rows (40 stitches = 50 rows). This paperback notebook is 8.5 x 11 in / 21.59 x 27.94 cm with a soft, glossy cover and has 120 Knitting Rectangular Graph pages. Wonderful as a gift, present, or personal notebook!About this notebook: Scroll up and click ‘buy’ to grab one today!…
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. Easy to memorize and portable, these patterns range from voluminous wraps to cute cowls, making it easy to enjoy the satisfaction of a finished project or last-minute gift, even when your knitting time is limited. With Marie’s signature foolproof instructions, these patterns are perfect for advanced beginners and beyond. Whether you’re…
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. She explains everything from how to hold the yarn and cast on (offering multiple options) to creating the basic fabric and reading two-color charts. The stitch library presents 75 all-new patterns, and there are an additional 12 in luscious shawl and scarf projects….
15. 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. 250 Japanese Knitting Stitches was Hitomi Shida’s first effort and, like its successor, is filled with her highly original and beautiful designs and variations on knitting classics. Translated and introduced by veteran knitting instructor Gayle Roehm, the best-known teacher of Japanese knitting in America. Roehm guides knitters through the particulars of the patterns and explains how…
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.