Best New Knitting Books

Greetings, Fellow Knitters!  When I’m not knitting, I’m a writer and book reviewer. I’m always checking out new books, including new resources for knitting. Several new books have come out recently (or will soon). Check these out to expand your knitting skills or find a new project:

Coffeehouse Knits: Knitting Patterns and Essays with Robust Flavor, edited by Kerry Bogert. Classic sweaters, cowls, shawls, socks, and even a nice pair of cozy mittens. This book has a nice collection of patterns plus several essays on knitting and community. The authors evoke a warm coffeehouse oozing with friendship and wooly knitting projects. This would be a nice gift book for the knitters in your life. On sale in hardback for about $18; Kindle for about $15

Knitting Ganseys, Revised and Updated by Beth Brown-Reinsel.  This is an excellent book for expanding your knitting skills or for reference. I especially liked the history of this type of knit sweater, along with the detailed explanation of how exactly a sweater is properly constructed. An updated classic, currently on sale for about $20.

Gradient Style: Color-Shifting Techniques & Knitting Patterns, edited by Kerry Bogert (Interweave): Specifically for knitters, this book helps crafters take advantage of the wide range of gradient colored yarn sets currently on the market. This book is great for anyone who wants to give their flat knitting some kick by using gradient color combinations. Currently on sale for about $20

Beginner’s Guide to Colorwork Knitting by Ella Austin. Despite the title, this book would best be used by advanced beginners or intermediate knitters. If you are comfortable working with charts, this is the book for you. Just Published! Available in paperback for about $18.

Knitting Modular Shawls, Wraps, and Stoles by Melissa Leapman. The big picture concept is fairly simple: combine triangular shawls to make larger garments. An unexpected surprise of this book was all the many, many stitch patterns on offer. Lots of ideas for making and designing your own shawls. Currently on sale for about $20.

One Piece Knits: Essential Designs in Multiple Sizes and Gauges for Sweaters Knit Top Down, Side Over, and Back to Front by Margaret Hubert. If you want to learn to make all-in-one-piece sweaters, this is a great resource. I love the easy process of this method. Currently on sale for about $19.

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