Editor’s Picks: Top 10 Knitting Books
To celebrate our annual Hurt Book Sale, Interweave editors were asked to share their favorite knitting books from our stacks. Find out why they cherish their go-to books and perhaps you’ll fall in love with them, too. If you do in fact fall deeply in love with this list, you can buy all of these books in one fat bundle. We simply want you to have the best in knitting books. If that is wrong, I don’t wanna be right.
Kerry Bogart, Editorial Director, Interweave Books
From the first time I emailed with author Jennifer Wood to the moment I held a copy of Refined Knits in my hands, I have loved every part of the process of working on this book. Jennifer’s designs are exquisite, and she’s packed the book full of a lot of extra how-to information related to the more advanced techniques she uses. The book also recently took GOLD in PubWest’s Annual Design Competition. So not only are the projects something special, but the overall design of the book has been recognized as top notch, too.
Custom Socks: Knit to Fit Your Feet
Socks have always been a love/hate project for me when it comes to my personal knitting practices. I love the look of them and often cast them on, but I make bad choices with my yarn, needles, and sizing. Custom Socks changed all that for me. Since reading the book, my socks fit way better than they ever have before!
Deb Gerish, Editor, Love of Knitting
Every so often, I get in a lace mood and can’t stop dreaming about intricately patterned shawls. However, experience has taught me that I rarely finish gigantic lace wraps—maybe it’s the miles of knitted-on edging? Small shawlettes work much better for my knitting ambitions and my wardrobe. So when I start lusting after lace, I grab Andrea’s book and pick out another delicate, dramatic shawlette. If I need to start slow or want to test out some of my handspun laceweight yarn, her doily projects ease me back into the glorious world of lace.
New Lace Knitting: Designs for Wide Open Spaces
Sometimes my passion for lace demands bigger yarn and bigger projects. That’s when I turn to Romi Hill’s book. It includes 7 stunning garments, as well as shawls and other accessories. Best of all, the sweater designs call for fatter yarns, from fingering up to worsted! Romi’s lovely garments will add some variety to my wardrobe, given their unusual construction methods. I don’t know which one to make first!
Meghan Babin, Editor, Interweave Knits
Alterknit Stitch Dictionary: 200 Modern Knitting Motif
The moment I opened Alterknits, I was in love. Stitch books are my passion; as a knitwear designer, they are a precious resource in my knitting library, especially if the book in question is remarkably different from your standard color work motif collection. Andrea has delved deep and reinvented color work knitting for the modern age; the book features a huge variety of motifs, including American Southwest–inspired motifs, geometric patterns, sheep, skulls, and—to the delight of my inner child—poopin’ pigs.
Free Spirit Knits: 20 Knitted Garments and Accessories Inspired by the Southwest
If you know me, you’ll know I’m obsessed with the cultures, art, textiles, and landscape of the American Southwest, so when Free Spirit Knits came across my desk, I was ecstatic. I’ve had the Santa Fe Wrap in my “to-make” queue since I first flipped through the book, and I think its time has finally come.
Sarah Rothberg, Assistant Editor, Interweave Knits
Knitting Green: Conversations and Planet Friendly Projects
It seems like the older I get, the more earth-conscious I become. Through working at Interweave, I’ve learned how harmful the fast-fashion industry is for both people and the planet. This book provides not only some great garment patterns, but also some projects to help you make a lasting difference to the environment by making a few simple eco-friendly changes in your life. For instance, you can knit a reusable shopping bag for groceries, or you can replace chemical-laced laundry detergent with Soap Nuts, which are amazing little berry shells that gently clean your clothes (a beautiful pattern for a bag to hold the nuts is included).
Knits at Home: Rustic Designs for the Modern Nest
Talk about dream home décor. These patterns add elegance and warmth to any space. The lace window panels are to die for, and the pillow covers and blankets are so unique you’ll have people asking if they can buy them right off your sofa. These projects also make great housewarming and wedding gifts!
Gus Baxter, Assistant Editor, knitscene
When most of us started knitting, we were handed two needles and yarn and were taught the knit stitch. A few garter-stitch scarves later, we learned how to purl and added the classic stockinette stitch to our toolkit and never looked back. Garter Stitch Revival brings us back to the relaxing rhythm of knitting every row but highlights the dynamic uses of this “beginner’s stitch.” The projects explore using garter stitch for accents and borders, lace, and even entire garments. Make your way through the many uses of garter stitch with some of your favorite designers, including Toby Roxane Barna, Heather Zoppetti, Meghan Noyes, and more. Don’t let this functional stitch collect dust in your knitting toolkit; get reacquainted with garter stitch today!
Kyle Kunnecke captures the essence of city life and translates it into inspired designs in Urban Knit Collection. Kyle uses the book to highlight geometric styles found in cities across our nation through hard lines, color blocking, stranded colorwork, and cables. Inside you’ll find 18 garments and accessories, including sprawling shawls and sophisticated colorwork sweaters for both men and women. There are patterns for every skill level, and Kyle offers pattern-specific techniques to guide you along in the knitting process. Explore your local city wearing your new Urban Knits Collective garment and see what architecture inspires you!
Explore the stacks at www.interweave.com for more inspiring, exciting Interweave book titles!