The Needle Bee


A look at my knitting bookshelf

Books, KnittingBrenda Reynoso PenaComment


Every knitter needs a few good reference books and stitch dictionaries books. I love books but I also understand I can’t have every book that is published. Usually, I only buy reference books and sometimes magazines. I don’t really buy pattern books unless I know for sure I am going to knit at least 3 items from that book. Instead, I go to Ravelry and buy the single pattern.

Before I purchase a book I read customer reviews and blogger’s reviews. I like how the Knitting Scholar website by Deb Boyken  has been reviewing books since 2008 and it is one of my go to website to find out more about new book releases.

So today I am going to share my small stash of books currently on my bookshelf.

The Principles of Knitting: June Hemmons Hiatt …  Methods and Techniques of Hand Knitting. Here is a classic book with over 700 pages, I can say this is the encyclopedia of knitting full of information for every knitter at any level. In this book you can find different knitting methods, construction and fabric, pattern designs, and working on a project details. In summary, the books is an excellent reference book to keep at home, my only complaint is that there aren’t any color pictures of graphics but that really doesn’t bother me because the instructions are clear and easy to read.

Vogue Knitting the ultimate knitting book another great reference book! I remember when I ordered this book back in 2002 from Borders Books and Music store. This is the first knitting book I purchased and I just can’t get rid of it. It includes a good introduction to pattern design and finishing touches.

The Knowledgeable Knitter by Margaret Radcliffe. When the The Knitmore Girls reviewed the this book in Episode 304 I knew I had to purchase this one. I also got a kindle version just in case I need it when I am not at home! The author really explains detailed information of knitting sweaters and why you need to understand what the knitting schematics really mean. I really like the case studies in this book, it is like having a teacher at home holding your hand through a knitting workshop.

Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary by Wendy Bernard. I love this book because it is pretty and full of pattern designs to knit flat and  in the round. One of the best features is the spiral bound, I promise you will love this one!

2-at a Time Socks by Melissa Morgan-Oakes. This book taught me how to knit two socks at time in one circular needle. It is spiral bound which is great and the instructions are very easy to follow.

The Knitter's Life List: To Do, To Know, To Explore, To Make ...ok this is not a reference book, it is more of an inspirational book. I only purchased this book because of the pretty pictures and list of things that I want to learn about knitting but haven’t tried yet.

As you know, not all knitting books are easy to read in digital form but when it comes to space and accessibility , the kindle is your best friend. Here is a list of the my digital bookshelf (pdf and kindle format) currently in my ipad.

Kindle Knitting Books    

Sock Knitting Master Class -by Ann Budd, Innovative techniques + patterns from top designers is a great book that explains how to knit top down and toe up socks with pretty pictures and easy to follow instructions.

Knit to Flatter by Amy Herzog. I got this book with hopes of one day design my own sweater. I think Amy will give me what I need to know about fitting and shape in this book.

Cast On, Bind Off  54 Step - by- Step Methods by Leslie Ann Bestor. I love trying new techniques when it comes to binding off. I can say that I am a picky knitter when it comes to the last step which is binding off. This handy book has easy step by step with great photos when it comes to choosing the perfect cast on or bind off.

And lastly The Knowledgeable Knitter by Margaret Radcliffe. Like I said, I also own a paper copy of this book because It is awesome. details above.

PDF Books

Sock Architecture by Lara Neel. This book is awesome! after reading and listening to excellent reviews all over the knitting world, I just had to get book. If you are not afraid of math and are willing to try new heels and toes, then you have to get this book. Have you taken Lara’s craftsy class?  well I did. this book is a great companion to  Socks My Way: Heel & Toe Variations - Craftsy class by Lara Neel. I am currently finishing the bootstrap sock pattern and can’t wait to finish because I want to try every heel and toe in this book.

Annetarsia Knits: A new Link to Intarsia by Anne Berk. I like to see Intarsia in knitted garments but I was always afraid of this technique. Anne takes this approach to the next level with great information and step by step instruction.

So, what do you think I am missing here? Which books do you currently have or are thinking to buying in the future? I will love to hear your comments.