If you are anything like us, your shelves are groaning with knitting and crochet books but there is always room for a few more. So if you are looking for some must have books to add to your Christmas wish list, here are a few we couldn’t live without.
Sometimes you simply can’t remember how to do a stitch or have forgotten a particular technique and just need a quick refresher. There are two books that we go back to time and again. Jane Crowfoot’s Ultimate Crochet Bible covers everything from basic techniques through to unusual stitches; embellishments to finishing. One of the classic reference books of all time is by Montse Stanley and is called the Knitters Handbook. Mine is a bit dog eared but that just shows how useful it is. It takes you through how to achieve anything you could ever want to in knitting right down to the perfect finish. There are 10 pages on buttonholes alone!
If you are looking for Fair Isle inspiration you can’t go wrong with Alice Starmore’s Book of Fair Isle Knitting which is packed full of patterns and charts to get you started on the wonderful journey of designing your own projects. For a more modern take on Fair Isle, you might like to look at Knitsonik’s Stranded Colourwork Source Book. She takes you through the process of designing a colour work project using the world around you for inspiration without making it too daunting. We couldn’t leave this technique without mentioning Kate Davies’ but which of her books to choose? In the end,our favourite has to be her first book, Colours of Shetland.Not just for the patterns, but all the wonderful articles.
Lace knitting is an incredibly satisfying technique loved by people all over the world. If you can get your hands on Jane Sowerby’s Victorian Lace Today it will help you to understand not just the techniques, but also the history of lace knitting. The original hard back is hard to get hold of but it was reprinted in paper back about 8 years ago - so definitely one to add to your wish list. Romi Hill is well-known on Ravelry for her beautiful lace designs and has just launched a book called New Lace Knitting which takes a range of different styles of lace and incorporates them in to wonderful garments and accessories to cherish.
Can’t put your DPNs down? Then here are a couple of must have sock books for you. Winwick Mum’s Sockalong has become a bit of a Facebook phenomenon and now Christine Perry has a book dedicated to Super Socks a fantastic little guide to sock knitting. Another home-grown sock talent is Rachel Coopey who has two books dedicated to feet, but I am particularly fond of the original CoopKnits Socks with its lovely designs and great tutorials.
For crocheters there are a raft of books coming through at the moment but we particularly like the range and style of Emma Lamb’s Crochet Home – vintage crochet designs in the most gorgeous palette of colours. And for those dedicated to crocheting squares, Jan Eaton’s 200 Crochet Blocks for Blankets Throws and Afghans will provide you with endless inspiration on Christmas Day.
We hope you have enjoyed our whirlwind tour round the Yarn Stories bookshelf. We’d love to hear about your recommendations.