Get to Know Knit Lit

For knitters, it can be a thrill to read a book and feel a special kinship with a character who knits and purls. Mrs. Peggotty, knitting cozy by the fire in David Copperfield. Mrs. Weasley, bestowing personalized hand-knit sweaters and socks on all her loved ones in the Harry Potter books. (You can find some magical examples in Knitting Wizardy.) The Once-ler and his workers doing some environmentally destructive evil knitting in The Lorax. (Interweave does not condone evil knitting!) As knitting circles and yarn shops pop up more and more across contemporary fiction (and non-fiction), “knit lit” is practically a booming category, giving us ample opportunities to see ourselves in the pages of a book.

Knit lit makes for great reading (or listening) as summer transitions to fall. Sweater weather looms and you probably have visions of holiday knitting projects dancing in your head—why not cuddle up with a book that just “gets” you and your favorite yarny hobby?

Try these knit lit suggestions, no matter what genre you prefer.

Romance

How to Knit a Love Song by Rachael Herron

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A well-know knitwear designer dies, bequeathing a dear friend, also a knitter, her fabulous northern California cottage. But the knitwear designer’s beyond-attractive nephew thought he was first in line for said cottage, so when the friend shows up to claim it, personalities clash and (of course) sparks fly. And there is plenty of knitting along the way.

Nonfiction

Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting edited by Ann Hood

This book presents a collection of personal stories from knitterly writers (Barbara Kingsolver, Anne Patchett, and more) who share your love of the craft. The magic of yarn and needles, the healing powers of knitting through tough times, the occasional frustrations, the finished-object triumphs, the connections knitting fosters . . . it’s all here, in essays that will make you laugh and cry.

Mystery

A Knitting Mystery series by Maggie Sefton

With titles like Purl Up and Die and Skein of the Crime, the pun never stops in this entertaining series. Set in a real yarn shop in Fort Collins, CO called Lambspun, each story tells a new fictional tale of Kelly Flynn and her clever knitter friends, skilled at unravelling the truth of deadly events in northern Colorado.

Popular Fiction

The Shop on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber

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Best-selling author Debbie Macomber is practically a household name when it comes to popular fiction. And she’s made knitting a presence in many of her novels. In The Shop on Blossom Street, the first of the Blossom Street series, readers get cozy at A Good Yarn, a fictional yarn shop in Seattle where four women gather to knit baby blankets and end up developing a special friendship.

Children’s Books

Leave Me Alone! by Vera Brosgol

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Picture books can be knit lit too! And quite possibly every knitter can relate to this book’s main character, who just wants a little peace and quiet to knit. The lengths she goes to make this book a hilarious ride.

Have you read any good knit lit lately? Share your recommendations in the comments!

—Maya


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