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Knitting Books – Choosing The Best Books On Knitting


Good knitting books can be a true blessing when you’re learning to knit. Having one or two on hand to reference something or see how a specific knitting technique is done can really help you along the way.

Do you ever wonder just which ones are actually going to help you learn? Which books are the best ones for you? There are gazillions of books on knitting out there.  There’s teaching books, knitting pattern books, stitch pattern books, designing books and then there are the specific knitting books on things like lace knitting, cable knitting, intarsia. Well you get it.

As a beginner knitter I thought you may like a few suggestions on which knitting books may help you. After all it can get really confusing for someone who is new.

I have loads of books at home so I’m going to show you some of the ones I find very helpful. I hope you think so too.

Before You Buy A Knitting Book Consider This Suggestion

Don’t buy a knitting book until you’ve had a chance to try it out. How? The best way is by going to your local library. Sign it out, have a good look at it and see if it’s helpful for you.

Or if you don’t have a local library go into a nice big book store, find the book you’re interested in, sit down and have a good look at it.

Not everyone learns to knit the same way and knitting books that will help one person may not help someone else.

Here are some knitting books to check out. All the books I will talk about here are ones that I personally own or I’ve checked out of the library more times than I can remember. Haha. Most of them I own though because I just couldn’t help myself.

If you click on the pictures it will take you to Amazon so you can read about them and do check out the reviews too. Reviews can be very enlightening and useful when you’re trying to decide. Also Amazon gives you a chance to look inside some books and I like that. It gives you a chance to see how the book is written. Do you like the writing style? Is it easy to read and so on.

Knitting Books for Learning How to Knit

Teach Yourself Visually Knitting: This is a great book to learn knitting. It walks you through all the beginning knitting things.You’ll learn how to knit the basic stitches. The pictures are well presented with easy instructions and there’s helpful knitting tips throughout the book. There’s even a section on how to read knitting patterns. You’ll also find more advanced knitting techniques like lace knitting, cable knitting, color work. And there’s some nice simple knitting patterns to practice. This book is full of good knitting information for beginners and once you’ve learned how to knit it’s a great reference.



Stitch ‘n Bitch:The Knitter’s Handbook: Don’t let the title throw you off.This is a great knitting book for learning how to knit and a great reference guide as you continue knitting. Mixed with humor and genuine sincerity, you’ll find this book quite fun to flip through and to learn.You’ll find useful tips and techniques and the instructions are very thorough with plenty of diagrams and illustrations. There’s also a nice variety of knitting patterns too.


The Most Helpful Knitting Book Ever

The Knitting Answer Book: Every knitter needs to have this little book tucked in their knitting bag. It covers just about every knitting question or problem a knitter may have. From beginner knitting questions all the way up, it’s all packed in this knitting book. There are hundreds of diagrams, photos and explanations that are all easy to understand and clearly presented. This book is chock full of great knitting information. It’s like having a knitting expert in your pocket. “Don’t leave home without it”. haha  Honestly? This is my favorite book of all time.


Learning Circular Knitting Books

It’s only in the last 5 years that I’ve fallen in love with circular knitting. Here are a couple of useful knitting books to help you learn in case you’re curious. I would still suggest learning to knit with straight needles before starting with circulars. It’s just my opinion though. I knit on straights for most of my life and swore up and down that I wouldn’t work with circulars…haha But I am so glad I knew how to knit on straights before I learned knitting in the round.

Teach Yourself Visually Circular Knitting: This is a great knitting book to help you learn about circular knitting. It will walk you through all the steps.The pictures and diagrams are so well presented and the instructions are easy to follow. It’s packed with knitting tips and tricks and there are some nice knitting patterns to practice with. It’s full of good knitting information



Circular Knitting Workshop Essential Techniques to Master Knitting: This is another amazing knitting book that shows you step-by-step, how to knit with circulars. You’ll find detailed photos for various circular knitting techniques plus directions for many mini projects that you can practice on. It’s loaded with knitting tips including a section for converting flat knitting patterns to circular knitting. This book is an excellent resource and reference to have on hand.



Knitting Stitch Pattern Books

We all love those stitch patterns and it’s always nice to have at least one book that will give you a nice selection. These knitting books do not have knitting patterns in them. Stitch pattern books are just that – stitch patterns that you can incorporate into your knitting. There also fun to look at and try.


A Treasury of Knitting Patterns: No knitting library would be complete without Barbara Walker’s Treasury of Knitting Patterns. This is a series of four books and they’re all great. This is the first in her Treasury series. The pictures are very clear with all the stitches clearly defined. Each pattern is well written and easy to follow. And on most stitch patterns she even includes a little write-up about it. One thing I truly enjoy about this book is the special notes at the beginning of each chapter. This is a must read, truly! It provides extra insight, detail and understanding when you knit the stitch patterns and it’s a great little read.


Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns in Barbara Walker’s series is another treasure trove of knitting information for anyone who likes to knit. There’s clear instructions and explanations so it’s easy for anyone to follow. And you’ll find even more lovely stitch patterns that will make you want to pull out your yarn and needles and let your creativity run wild.



Third Treasury of Knitting Patterns from Barbara Walker contains 350 different charted designs. You’ll find things like: How to Read Charts, Textured stitch patterns, cables, lace, mosaic, color patterns and much more. It’s another excellent book and tremendous reference.




Fourth Treasury of Knitting Patterns is the last in her series. And this book is packed with some great knitting information too. This book is set up a little differently and covers things like stitch design, graphic layouts and detailed descriptions on how to complete stitch designs. Unlike the other three books this one also includes sample garments using a stitch pattern design. Of course it too has some lovely stitch patterns as well.


No matter what stage you’re at in your knitting all of Barbara Walker’s Treasury Books will be something you reference a lot. They’re inspiring and encouraging knitting books to treasure and wonderful additions to your knitting library.


Knitting Stitches Visual Encyclopedia:  Another great book on stitch patterns. They’re very clear and well written and each pattern also comes with a chart. I also like the fact that they give you some patterns for borders and edgings. And you’ll even find some color knitting stitch patterns for stranded knitting, Intarsia and color-slip knitting. It’s a great book to have.



There are hundreds of knitting books out there and many of them are really excellent but this is something you can get started with. I have lots more at home so if you have any questions about a particular knitting book and if I have it I will be happy to give you information on it.

Once again, the best way to find out about any knitting book is to check it out of the library first. That way you’ll know for sure.

I really hope this helps.

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