Starting a new hobby gives one an amazing excuse to expand your library. Who doesn’t need an excuse to buy books!
The latest surge in knitting is often ascribed to the Stitch’n'Bitch series of books that were first published in 2003. Since then there have been no end of “learn to knit”, and “weekend projects” and “<knitting thing> for beginners” books available. Combined with the internet, this is an incredible amount of resources for the newly recruited knitter.
Further down the road, a knitter searching to expand their skill set also has a wide variety of books, old and new, to choose from. Here are a few of my favourites.
Principles of Knitting, June Hemmons Hiatt: An updated release of an old classic. A real knitting textbook!
Knitter’s Handbook, Montse Stanley: Another classic. It’s smaller than POK, but still packed with information.
Victorian Lace Today, Jane Sowerby: Beautiful shawls, interesting history and amazing photography.
Modern Lace Knitting, Volume 2, Marianne Kinzel: Old, slightly dated at times, but the circular tablecloths make amazing shawls.
Sock Innovation, Cookie A: My go to sock book. I’ve knit a couple of patterns more than once.
Aran Knitting, Alice Starmore: Another reprint of a classic. Some of the sweater shapes are dated but the cable patterns are stunning.
Knitters book of Wool (or Yarn), Clara Parkes: Goes beyond DK, worsted, 4ply and really gets into the detail of wool and yarn, without being a spinning book.
Of course, that’s just a selection and I’m always after more. I want to expand my Zimmerman collection, pick up all four Barbara Walker treasuries and get a copy of The Haapsalu Shawl, but I think I need more bookshelves first.
 We still tend to talk about this as if it was yesterday, but the current 20 year old new knitter was ten when Stitch’n'Bitch was published.
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