Knitting Reference Books
Books for New Knitters
Here's a look at some of the best books for new knitters that will have you building your skills and trying new tricks in no time.
Around the Corner Crochet Borders
If you've ever wanted to add a crocheted border to a knitting project but weren't sure how to go about it, this book has great instructions and 150 ideas for you to try.
Cast On, Bind Off
Learn more than 200 different ways to cast on and bind off stitches with this excellent reference.
Crocheting on the Edge
If you've ever wanted to add a bit of crochet to your knitting projects -- or simply to learn more about crochet trims and edgings -- this book is for you.
Crocheted Edgings and Trims
More than 150 crocheted edgings are presented in this book, offering tons of inspiration for adding a crocheted border to a knit project (or a crocheted project, for that matter).
This classic book offers lots of advice on fit, design elements, finding inspiration and more for designing and knitting your own garments.
Field Guide to Knitting
There are tons of knitting stitch books out there, but this one offers a collection of more than 200 stitch patterns in a compact book that also provides great general information about the stitches.
Knitting for Anarchists
Anna Zilboorg says there's no reason to conform to the norms of knitting if you don't want to -- it's fine to get a little anarchic, go your own way and learn a lot more in the process.
Confessions of a Knitting Heretic
Annie Modesitt shares her ideas about knitting, being a beginner and building your skills while teaching other knitters to be as fearless as she is.
The Knitter's Book of Wool
Clara Parkes is a huge fan of fiber in all of its forms, but she loves wool most of all, so much so that she's devoted an entire book to discussions of how wool is turned into yarn, the characteristics of different wools from different sheep breeds and knitting patterns to best highlight different wools.
Fearless Knitting Workbook
Many new knitters, or people who are thinking about learning how to knit, are a little afraid of some of the skills that are required. The Fearless Knitting Workbook helps knitters get over their fear by taking them step by step through the basics.
Lily Chin's Knitting Tips and Tricks
Lily Chin shares a ton of knitting secrets, shortcuts and "why didn't I think of that?" insights in a must-have knitting reference book.
Debbie Bliss Tips for Knitters
Debbie Bliss is well known for her classic, simply stylish knitting patterns, and now she's offering up advice on the basics of knitting to help you make your projects -- whether hers or ones you design yourself -- a success.
Design It, Knit It
Design It, Knit It, isn't really a book about the mechanics of knitwear design, but it does give readers a look at how one designer (the amazing Debbie Bliss) thinks when she's designing, as well as offering great patterns for you to try.
All About Knitting
All About Knitting takes readers through the basics -- and some not so basic knitting skills, providing a good overview of what knitters need to know to complete projects, as well as providing patterns knitters can use to build up their skills.
Using color in crafts can be a daunting challenge, but Deb Menz provides tons of guidance and examples in her book ColorWorks. Each color theory is illustrated with examples from various art media, making these concepts easier to learn.
Design Your Own Knits
If you've ever thought that coming up with your own knitting designs would be too difficult, Debbie Abrahams wants you to know you can design your own knits in five easy steps, which she provides in her quick guide to knitting design.
When it comes to combining colors in our knits and other crafts, most of us could use a little ColorSense. This book and its accompanying tools make it easier for even those who are uncomfortable choosing colors to successfully choose effective colors for projects.
Knit Aid is a handy little book that covers the basics of knitting, providing a good refresher for people with a little knitting knowledge. Unfortunately, some mistakes in the illustrations may confuse new knitters.
Knit Fix is a wonderfully handy book that shows you potential problems you may be having with your knitting as well as giving detailed instructions on how to fix them. This book is a huge help for new knitters and those who need a brush-up on their problem-solving skills.
Knit 101 aims to help new knitters and crocheters learn the techniques of the crafts with ease, starting with the very basic stitches and adding on skills with practice projects. Though the organization of the book leaves something to be desired, it is a useful resource.
KnitSpeak is a lovely little book that will fit in any knitting bag and that provides basic definitions (as well as some instruction) of common knitting abbreviations and terms.
Knitting in Plain English
This is one of my favorite all-around books for explaining knitting terms, explaining the basics of knitting and even providing simple patterns to help new knitters learn their chosen craft.
Elizabeth Zimmerman's Knitting Workshop is a wonderful book that provides knitters of all skill levels information and inspiration to make them better and braver knitters.
Seven Things that can Make or Break a Sweater
When it comes to knitting (and designing, for that matter) sweaters, it's often the little details that make a difference in how the finished project looks. Master Knitter Margaret Fisher shares secrets to success in Seven Things that can "Make or Break" a Sweater.
The Best of Vogue Knitting
Vogue Knitting celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2007 with a giant book full of previously published articles from the magazine. This book is a treasure for those interested in the recent history of knitting and in learning more about the craft.
The Knitter's Book of Yarn
The Knitter's Book of Yarn is a must-have book for knitters who are interested in the different kinds of fiber, how they knit up, what they can be used for and how to care for them.
The Knitter's Guide to Combining Yarns
If you've ever wondered how to work two different colors, styles, weights or fibers of yarn together into a successful knitting project, The Knitter's Guide to Combining Yarns can help.
The Natural Knitter
Barbara Albright's look at the wide world of natural knits is sure to inspire knitters -- and make them wish they could afford some of the exotic fibers she writes about.
Vogue Knitting Knitopedia
The Vogue Knitting Knitopedia aims to tells knitters a little about just about anything they might want to know about knitting, from information on fibers, techniques and garment types to profiles of famous knitters and knitting-related companies.
Tweed yarn has an interesting history and makes beautiful garments since it stands up well to cables and textured stitches. Nancy J. Thomas' book on the subject traces the history of tweed and offers 21 patterns using tweed yarn.
When Bad Things Happen to Good Knitters
When Bad Things Happen to Good Knitters is a great little first-aid book for your knitting bag, full of tips and tricks on how to fix knitting mistakes, as well as answers to frequently asked knitting questions.
The KnitGrrl Guide to Professional Knitwear Design
KnitGrrl Shannon Okey wants to help knitters who might want to go into knitwear design -- or those who need to step up their game -- to become more professional, and, hopefully, more successful, designers and marketers of their products.
Books for Knitters
There are so many great knitting books out there, but it can be difficult to pick the best off the huge shelf of pattern and reference books out there. Whether you're looking to build you own knitting library or want some gift ideas for other knitters, this list should get you started by highlighting the best of the best.
Rebecca Wat's Knit Tricks helps knitters who are only comfortable with knitting rectangles to move beyond scarves and knit tops, shrugs, bags, wraps and gloves using simple techniques without a lot of shaping.
Knitting Beyond the Basics
Once you've gotten bored with knitting scarves and other projects without shaping, there's Knitting Beyond the Basics. This book offers skill-building lessons and patterns that will get new knitters through their first garments with ease.
Knitting Books for New Knitters
There are so many books on knitting published each year, it can be pretty overwhelming for new knitters to find the ones that will be most useful to them for where they are in the craft. This list includes some of my favorite knitting books for new knitters, providing inspiration, patterns and instruction. They're not in any particular order.
The Knitting (Man)ual
The Knitting Man(ual) is a wonderful book full of classic, sleek and elegant knits for men to make for themselves or to ask their favorite knitting females to make for them.
Elizabeth Zimmermann takes knitters through a year of knitting projects -- and her life -- in this fun little book full of inspiring projects.
Jil Eaton's Knitting School
Jil Eaton shares a step-by-step approach to get new and returning knitters from the basics of casting on, knitting and binding off to more advanced skills like making bobbles, cables and lace in her book.
What's Your Favorite Knitting Reference Book?
Every knitter has a favorite reference book -- or more than one! -- that she or he turns to again and again. Share your favorite knitting book of...See submissions
Inspired to Knit
If you've ever wondered how a designer comes up with his or her inspiration for a magnificent sweater or other design, Inspired to Knit will shed some light on the process while providing non-designing knitters with 19 lovely patterns to knit and make your own.
Never Too Old to Knit
Never Too Old to Knit introduces (or reintroduces) baby boomers to the art of knitting, showing them that knitting can be fun and fashionable for people of all ages and genders.
Show Me How: Knitting
Show Me How Knitting is part of a series with a really cute concept: tell kids a story about a craft and then show them how to do it. A storybook and an instruction book are sold together to get kids interested in the craft.
The Chicks with Sticks Guide to Knitting
The Chicks with Sticks Guide to Knitting makes it easy for people to learn to knit and develop new knitting skills with step-by-step lessons and easy patterns that will keep new knitters interested and learning.
The Secret Language of Knitters Audiobook
Knitters have a language all their own, and Mary Beth Temple provides fun definitions and reflections on some of them, from argyle to "design modification," WIP to SEX.
No Idle Hands Audio
The audiobook version of No Idle Hands: The Social History of Americans Knitting, is a lot of fun, but can get a little tedious if you try to listen to one disk or more in one sitting.
The Knitter's Companion Deluxe Edition
The Knitter's Companion is a handy guidebook to keep in your knitting bag to reference everything from how to knit a gauge swatch to how to seam ribbing and much more. The deluxe edition includes two DVDs illustrating techniques and tips for knitters of all skill levels.
The New Knitter's Template
The New Knitter's Template - Review of The New Knitter's Template by Laura Militzer Bryant and Barry Klein
Principles of Knitting
The long-awaited reprint of June Hemmons Hiatt's classic tome of knitting techniques should be on every knitter's bookshelf, and next to them while they knit.
This beautiful book is an inspiration, showing off tons of different ways to embellish your knitting with color, pattern and stitching that you've probably never thought about before.
Knitting in Circles
Circles aren't just for the tops of hats anymore! Nicky Epstein shares 100-plus patterns for knit circles and a bunch of great ways to use them in projects.
Everything the Internet Didn't Teach You About Knitting
Learn the basics of knitting, purling, fixing mistakes and information about yarn, tools and more in this little guide with an unfortunate name.
Learn the basics of knitting and try your hand at different techniques with 20 straightforward, simple patterns.
Cast On, Bind Off
Start and end your knitting with more thought by learning from this collection of more than 50 ways to cast on and bind off your knitting.
Vogue Knitting Stitchionary Volume 4: Crochet
The fourth volume of Vogue Knitting's popular Stitchionary series covers crochet, and is a great inspiration to knitters who want to learn to crochet or want to ramp up their skills in our sister craft.
Vogue Knitting Stitchionary Volume 5: Lace Knitting
Learn a multitude of lace knitting motifs and patterns to use in your projects with the help of the fifth installment of Vogue Knitting's Stitchionary series.
Knitting Block by Block
The simplest design element around is the square, but Nicky Epstein proves it doesn't have to be boring in this exploration of 150 different block designs.
The Knitter's Bible Stitch Library
The Knitter's Bible Stitch Library - Review of the Knitter's Bible Stitch Library by Claire Crompton
Knitting Stitches Visual Encyclopedia
Here are 350 different options for knitting stitch patterns, including basic knits and purls, colorwork, cables, borders and much more.
Vogue Knitting Stitchionary 6: Edgings
With more than 200 stitch patterns for the edges of knitting projects, the sixth installment of the Stitchionary series offers plenty of inspiration for knitters to rethink the edges of their projects.
Vintage Design Workshop
Learn how to take vintage knitting patterns and adapt them to modern sizes and design sensibilities, or take more modern patterns and add vintage design elements if you'd rather.
Vintage Fashion Knitwear
This pictoral history of knitwear design in fashion is not specifically about knitting but can offer inspiration to knitters who love vintage design.
150 Scandinavian Motifs
Add Scandinavian motifs to published patterns or design your own projects with this delightful collection of traditional patterns.
I Love Bind-Offs: The Video E-Course
This video guide to 45 different ways to finish your knitting will get you thinking about how you bind off with as much care as you think about the rest of your knitting.