Chic Knitting Books

Books – I love to knit, I love the calming rhythm of it and the feel of the yarn and the finished product, but sometimes the whole process of picking out a new project is the best part. Fortunately there are a lot of gorgeous knitting books coming out lately that make this even more enjoyable, full of stunning photos of beautiful projects. Sure, I’ll never buy the $400 in luxury yarn they recommend to make that sweater, but I can enjoy thinking about it.

Coffehouse Knits offers a selection of simple projects with just enough fancy details to make them feel special, and the photos are wonderful. I want to move into this book; it looks so comfortable. (I’ll have to settle for knitting that Morning Brew Sweater…someday.)

For those of us who sometimes struggle with fit, Plus Size Knits is a great new collection of sweaters designed for larger figures, no additional math required. And, importantly, they’re extremely cute – a variety of styles, some with lace and some with interesting shapes. There’s something for everyone.

Knitting Modular Shawls, Wraps, and Stoles is a godsend for anyone who likes to knit shawls, because yes, there are thousands of free patterns, but sometimes you can’t find the thing that’s exactly what you need, and this book will help you figure out how to build it. If you like neatly organized diagrams, this is the book for you.

Wool Studio is one of those $400 sweater books, but they’re lovely sweaters (and they would still be lovely in a more affordable yarn). While a lot of knitting patterns are fun to make but difficult to wear, most of these projects are wardrobe staples that I can see wearing for years, and some of them are trendier updates of the same.

Alas, I can’t knit and look at lovely knitting books at the same time, so I’ll have to pick one or the other.

The Knitter’s Book of Yarn by Clara Parkes

Book – As the weather turns colder (at last!), my fingers itch to be knitting again. When planning new projects, I always take a look at this book first. Parkes knows her stuff. The book goes into detail on everything from the microscopic structure of different fibers to the confusing technical terminology of how yarn is spun to help you pick out the perfect material for your project. (Something I learned the hard way before reading this book: cotton just is not good for socks.) Best of all, there’s a nice array of patterns in the latter part of the book, designed specifically to show off the best qualities of the yarn used.

If you’ve ever been intimidated by the selection in a knitting boutique, or if you’re reluctant to branch out from acrylics and superwash wool because you’re concerned about delicate care requirements, this is the perfect book for you. But even if you’re an expert knitter, or you know you don’t have the budget for angora or mohair or buffalo wool, The Knitter’s Book of Yarn is an interesting and informative way to spend an afternoon. Unless, of course, you could be knitting.