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from Mission Falls
8 1/2" x 11" Softcover (22 pages)
2009, Mission Falls

The twentieth Mission Falls pattern book includes 10 new and unique accent pieces. These include hats, scarfs, bags, a backpack, a wrap and arm and neck warmers.

The book includes full instructions for the 10 patterns using Mission Falls 1824 Cotton and Mission Falls 1824 Whirl Cotton yarn. Alternatively Mission Falls 1824 Wool yarn can be substituted to make a lighter garment. The book is illustrated using colour photographs of each of the designs and the patterns and charts are clear with most including information for producing multiple sizes.

Detailed information and photographs of all the designs in this book can be found by following the links below or go to the Summary Page to see them all. In addition, complete kits with all the yarn and buttons can be purchased.

Other Mission Falls pattern books include: Closure, Decade, Dreamer 136, Duet, East + West, For Him and Her, Harvest, Homecoming, The Illustrator, In Living Colour, Just Kidding, Mission Falls Goes Crochet, Quinte Scrapbook, Recollection, Simple, Smitten, Spirit, Wee Knits, Wee Knits Too and Wee Knits 3.

The Advanced Knitting Architect

by Sion Elalouf
8 1/2" x 11" Softcover (76 pages)
1987, Knitting Fever Inc.

Advanced Knitting Architect is Elalouf's follow-up book to The Knitting Architect. The first part of the book reviews the concepts introduced in the first book while the remainder is devoted to the application of the charting principles to square necks, boat necks, tab collars, puffed & pleated sleeves, surplus and dolman sweater.

Designs in this book include: "Round Neck Pullover", "V Neck Pullover", "Scoop Neck Pullover", "Square Neck Pullover", "Boat Neck Pullover", "Drop Shoulder Sweater", "Surplus Sweater", "Dolman Sweater", "Pullover Vest", "Open Round Neck Cardigan", "Open V Neck Cardigan", "Closed Round Neck Cardigan" and "Closed V Neck Cardigan". It also gives two examples of sweaters knit sideways.

After Dark - Uncommon Knits for Night Time

by Jil Eaton
6 1/4" x 11" Spiralbound Hardcover (122 pages)
2004, Breckling Press
$31.95 Canadian ($26.95 US)

A singularly sensuous selection of fashion-forward knits from Jil Eaton. In this glamour girl's delight there are twenty fabulous projects to choose from-the sexy beaded halter, the sleeveless tee, or the knock-out obi belt. Knit in a jiffy from fabulous novelty yarns, Obi is perfect for dressing up satins, silks, or even a favorite pair of jeans. There's a collection for kids' nights out, too - a cozy cardigan for tea-time tots, a pretty party frock and lots more. Plus high-fashion sweaters, easy-knit scarves, past-the-elbow gloves, and an oh-so-soft wraparound shawl....

Adult patterns in this book include "Lolita" short sleeve top, "Bijoux" gloves, "Le Shrug" cropped three-quarter sleeved top, "Beaded Tank", "Cosmopolitan" cashmere sweater, "Bandeau", "Party Mix" sweater, "Vestimento" man's cabled vest, "Evening Envelope" felted handbag, "Metro Vest", "Starlet" glamorous halter, "Pashmini", "Obi" sparkling belt (cover), "Bravo" opera scarf and the "Cossack" head-turning chapeau. For children there is the "Cozy Cardi in mohair, the "Bon Bon Cape", "Festive Vest", "Party Frock" and "Jumping Jack" unisex sweater.

Other books by this author include Big Fish, Little Fish, Minnies, Minnowknits, Minnowknits Too, Puppy Knits and Top Dog Knits.

The Age of Homespun - Objects and Stories in the Creation of an American Myth

by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
6 1/2" x 9 1/2" Hardcover (501 pages)
2001, Alfred A. Knopf
$43.95 Canadian ($36.95 US)

Using objects that Americans have saved through the centuries and stories they have passed along, as well as histories teased from documents, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich chronicles the production of cloth - and of history in early America.

Under the singular and brilliant lens that Ulrich brings to this study, ordinary household goods: Indian baskets, spinning wheels, a chimneypiece, a cupboard, a niddy-noddy, bed coverings, silk embroidery, a pocketbook, a linen tablecloth, a coverlet and a rose blanket, and an unfinished stocking-provide the key to a transformed understanding of cultural encounter, frontier war, Revolutionary politics, international commerce, and early industrialization in America. We discover how ideas about cloth and clothing affected relations between English settlers and their Algonkian neighbors. We see how an English production system based on a clear division of labor-men doing the weaving and women the spinning - broke down in the colonial setting, becoming first marginalized, then feminized, then politicized, and how the new system both prepared the way for and was sustained by machine-powered spinning.

Pulling these divergent threads together into a rich and revealing tapestry of "the age of homespun," Ulrich demonstrates how ordinary objects reveal larger economic and social structures, and, in particular, how early Americans and their descendants made, used, sold, and saved textiles in order to assert identities, shape relationships, and create history.

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich is Phillips Professor of Early American History at Harvard University. Formerly a professor of American history at the University of New Hampshire, she is the author of Good Wives (1982) and numerous articles and essays on early American history. She won the Pulitzer Prize for History in 1991 for A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard Based on Her Diary, 1.7S5-1812. Born and raised in the Rocky Mountain West, she has lived in New England since ig6o. During her tenure as a MacArthur Fellow, she assisted in the production of a PBS documentary based on A Midwife's Tale. Her work is also featured on an award-winning Web site called She and her husband, Gael Ulrich, are the parents of five grown children.

Alice Starmore's Book of Fair Isle Knitting

by Alice Starmore
8 1/2" x 11 Softcover (201 pages)
2009, Dover Publications
$35.95 Canadian ($29.95 US)

New Revised Edition of the 1988 Tauton Press classic!

Rich in pattern and sumptuous in colour. Fair Isle knitting has grown enormously popular the world over. Much of the credit goes to Alice Starmore. The tiny island of Fair Isle sits in the North Sea off the coast of Scotland. There, over the last century, a spectacular type of stranded colour knitting has evolved that has long been admired and imitated. Here, in 200 pages and with more than 250 step-by-step photographs, drawings and charts, Alice Starmore provides a complete workshop in the art of Fair Isle knitting - the techniques of circular knitting, how to work with classic pattern motifs and colour schemes and how to create original patterns and designs.

In this book you'll find: detailed workshops in Colour, Pattern, Design and Technique, a 17-page library of charted Fair Isle patterns as well as instructions for more than 14 of the author's original garment designs. If you have admired Fair Isle Knit Sweaters and have wanted to make one, this is the book for you!

The collection of patterns in this book include: "Border Pattern Gansey", "Child's Panel Gansey", "Allover Pattern Sweater", "Cotton Sweater", "Border Pattern Cardigan", "Child's Cardigan Set", "Oversize Panel Cardigan", "Wave Pattern Cardigan", Water Lily Jacket", "V-Neck Vest", "Long-line V-Neck Vest" and "Tammy, Mittens and Gloves Set".

NOTE: The revised edition of the book has eliminated much of the information needed to select yarn to match what is shown in the pictures/patterns. The only source listed is Virtual Yarns 2-ply Hebridean which is not the yarn that was originally specified and is quite a bit heavier than the jumper weight yarn used in most of the designs. To actually match the pattern, the ones specifying Jumper weight wool can be knit with Jamieson's Shetland Wool with the broad colour range to provide the closest match. Contact us for pricing and yarn kits for the projects in this book which we can construct using the original book.

The author's other works include: Aran Knitting, Celtic Collection, Children's Collection, Fisherman's Sweaters, In the Hebrides, Pacific Coast Highway, Stillwater and Tudor Roses.

All New Homespun Handknit - 25 Small Projects to Knit with Handspun Yarn

by Amy Clarke Moore
8 1/2" x 9" Softcover (143 pages)
2009, Interweave Press
$27.95 Canadian ($22.95 US)

Make the most of your handspun!

All New Homespun Handknit: 25 Small Projects to Knit with Handspun Yarn features beautiful quick-to-knit projects that use just a few hundred yards of handspun. Whether you?re a handspinner or simply a handspun yarn collector, show off the unique colors and textures only found in yarn created by hand.

Transform small amounts of handspun into fantastic wearables with All New Homespun Handknit. Choose from colorful caps and bags, cozy self-striping socks, comfortable and beautiful mittens, airy ponchos, warm scarves and shawls, and adorable sweaters and hats for babies and kids.

Top knitwear designers including Kathryn Alexander, Amy King, Faina Letoutchaia, Kathleen Taylor, Sara Lamb, Nancy Bush, Judith MacKenzie McCuin share patterns, tips and tricks, and the inspiration behind their handspun designs.

The list of patterns in this book includes "Fair Argyle Cap", "Coin Purse", "Moth Mittens", "Self-Striping Socks", "Andean Alpaca Poncho", "Wisteria Lace Shawl", "Zipped Babbie Hoodie", "Prarie Scarf", "Lace-Up Mittens", "Hannah's Autumn Jacket", "Stained Glass Cap and Mittens", "Nomad Bag", "Diamonds and Pearls", "Spider Hat", "Old Garden Scarf", "Child's Nordic Set", "Sheepy Mittens", "Chutes and Ladders Hat", "Square Bags that Look Round", "Indigo and Lichen Beret", "Glitterpants", "Entrelac Socks" and "Happy Headband".

Create your own one-of-a-kind garments with the help of All New Homespun Handknit. Knit original, adorable small projects with all your favorite handspun.

America Knits - 30 Projects for the Whole Family to Knit and Wear from the Country's Leading Artisans

by Melanie Falick
9" x 12" Softcover (224 pages)
2005, Artisan Books
$24.95 Canadian ($20.95 US)

Originally published as a hardcover in 1996 called Knitting in America, this classic has been republished as a softcover.

Acclaimed knitting author Melanie Falick traveled thousands of miles and interviewed dozens of knitters, spinners, dyers, and sheep breeders to create this inspiring and revealing collection of portraits and patterns. With profiles of 38 artisans and farmers, 175 beautiful color photographs, and 30 original patterns whose difficulty ranges from basic to advanced, from traditional to contemporary, America Knits is the most complete survey yet published on this highly popular and vital art form in America.

Artisans profiled in the book include: Pam Allen, Katharine Cobey, Michele Rose, Beth Brown-Reinsel, Nicky Epstein, Norah Gaughan, Julie Hoff, Selma Miriam, Deborah Newton, Barbara Walker, Kristin Nicholas, Donna Brunton, Molly Geissman, Sally Fox, Judy Dercum, Priscilla Gibson-Roberts, Valentia Devine, Louise Parsons, Linda Romens, Sarah Swett, Kerry Ferguson, Nancy Bush, Kathryn Alexander, Mary Walker Phillips, Katy Blanchard, Lynne Vogel, Meg Swansen, Sue Flanders, Yvonne Uhlianuk, Lizbeth Upitis, Karen Searle and Lisa Parks. In addiditon, there are profiles one the Penobscot Bay Knitting Cruises, Morehouse Farm, Big Sky Fiber, Northwest Alpacas, Teaching Little Fingers to Knit at the Waldorf School, La Lana Wools and Taos Valley Wool Mill.

The patterns in this book are all marked as for either intermediate or experienced knitters and include: "Girl's Jacket with Mitten Motif", "Spice Market Wrap and Hat", "At Sea Gansey", "Counterpane Pullover", "Center Cable and Rib Pullover", "Morehouse Family Cardigan & Pullover", "Mother-Daughter Harvest Fruit Pullover", "Kousa Dogwood Shawl", "Unisex Cabled Raglan Pullover", "Moss Stitch and Cable Cardigan & Pullover", "Leaf Kimono & Pullover", "Pre-Columbian Shawl", "Southwestern Geometric Jacket", "Colorado Sashmere Wimples", "Patchwork Sunflower Jacket" (pictured on cover), "Faux Cable Sage Pullover", "Navajo Pullover", "Kestrals Alight Cropped Kimono", "Snoqualmie Stripes Jacket", "La Plata Socks", "Entrelac Christmas Sock", "Lee's Crow-Bear Cardigan", "Danya's Southwest Motif Jumper-Vest", "Tree of Life Mosaic Jacket", "Schoolhouse Shetland Pullover", "Sand Castle & Starfish Beach Tunic", "A Trio of Latvian Mittens" and "Lui had a Dream Cardigan & Short Vest".

This gorgeous book celebrates all the people in the knit-world continuum, from the animal and plant breeders who provide the fiber, to the spinners who transform it into yarn, to the dyers who give it its brilliance, to the designers and artisans who turn yarn into objects of unsurpassed beauty. In America Knits, you'll meet the country's most talented artisans and use their meticulous patterns to make out-of-this-world garments for adults and children.

The author has also written Handknit Holidays, Kids Knitting, Knitting in America and Weekend Knitting: 50 Unique Projects and Ideas.

Anatolian Knitting Designs - Sivas Stocking Patterns Collected in an Istanbul Shantytown

by Betsy Harrell
7 1/2" x 9 1/2" Hardcover (134 pages)
1981, Redhouse Press

The designs in this book are used in stocks knitted by Turkish women. Some of the patterns are of ancient origin while a few are of more recent development. The sock-knitting craft is grounded in ancient experience and tradition, but it is a vital art, bending to the will and the imaginations of modern women.

Beginning in the 1950's and continuing until the present, a group of women and their families have been migrating from Anatolia to a windy hillside on the fringe of Istanbul. In their new settlement, Hisar ?st? (Above the Fortress), a cottage industry begun in the mid-1950's still flourishes as an on-going knitwear business. It is to this group of women that the book is dedicated.

Anyone interested in the preservation of traditional art in a modern setting will find this book stimulating and challenging. The language it speaks is universal and may even stimulate you, the reader, to take up needles and try your own hand in a new creative adaptation. Kolay gelsin! (A Turkish welcome which translated means Strength to Your Hands)

The Anchor Manual of Needlework

by Coats & Clark
7 1/2" x 10" Hardcover (499 pages)
1990, Interweave Press

A wealth of forgotten needlework techniques - from smocking and invisible darning to lacemaking and beading - fills this charming and definitive reference work.

Our great-grandmothers took pride in their fine hand sewing, exquisite embroidery, delicate hemstitching, and intricate laces, and these timeless techniques are available today to those who appreciate heirloom quality textiles. The Anchor Manual of Needlework, compiled from instructional pamphlets dating back to the nineteenth century, explores hundreds of forms of traditional needlework, enhanced by more than a thousand illustrations.

This important reference work was first compiled in 1958 from instructional pamphlets created by Coats & Clark over a period of many years. This venerable company has its origin with James and Patrick Clark, who began manufacturing cotton sewing threads in Paisley, Scotland in 1812. J & P Coats was another Paisley thread mill; the two companies developed in parallel, opened manufacturing facilities in the United States after the Civil War, and eventually merging in 1954. Their line of threads for embroidery, crochet, and lacemaking bore the Anchor label; hence the title of this volume.

The list of topics and techniques covering in the book is very, very extensive and to long for us to list here. A short list of some of the topics covered is as follows: Running Stitch, Continuous back stitch, Tacking (or basting), Back stitch, The hem, Hemming, Flat seam (run and fell), Round seam, French seam, Method of joining two hems, Overcasting, Fishbone stitch, Gathering, Smocking, Stem stitch, Cable stitch, Vandyke stitch, Chevron stitch, Honeycomb stitch, Feather stitch, Herringbone stitch, Tucks, Rolled hem, False hems, Corded piping, Attachment of braids, Ric-rac braid, Attachment of lace by oversewing, Turkish stitch, Half-Turkish stitch, Paris stitch, Buttonholes, Buttonhole loops, Attaching buttons, Zip-fasteners, Elastic, Neatening of corners, Binding with crossway strips, Mending a tear, Repairing a hole, Application and insertion of a patch, Mending a tablecloth, Patching, Darning, Mending tulle - Patching tulle, Machine embroidery, Stem stitch, Chain stitch, Bullion knot, Fly stitch, Triangle stitch, Pekinese stitch, Double stitch, French Knot stitch, Couching stitch, Coral knot, Surface darning, Fishbone stitch, Lock stitch, Cretan stitch, Broderie Anglaise, Pisa stitch, Sicilian and Sardinian Draw-thread work, Hardangr Embroidery, Cross Stitch, Basket stitch, Assisi Embroidery, Holbein stitch, Canvas stitches, Gobelin stitch, Parisian stitch, Web stitch, Jacquard stitch, Florentine stitch, Embroidery upon Organdie, Shadow stitch, Embroidery on Tulle and Net, Lingerie, Tatting, Picots, Josephine knot, Weaver's knot, Macrame Work, Cavandoli Work, Teneriffe Lace, "Puncetto" Work, Rodi or Smyrna Stitch, Netting and Aemilia-Ars, Renaissance Lace, Venetian and Burano Laces, Modano Lace, Bobbin Lace, Crocheted Lace, Irish Lace, Orvieto Lace, Knitting, Italion Embroidery, Embroidery in Gold, Applique Work and Embroidery with Beads and Sequins.

This historic work is an inspiration to those who take needle in hand today to forge a link between the past and the future. The easy-to-read form with clear photographs and diagrams makes this volume a must for every needlecrafter, student of needlearts, needlework designer, and needlework historian.

... And a Time to Knit Stockings

by Katherine Pence
8 1/2" x 11" Softcover (36 pages)
1997, Pence Design Works

This Sock Knitting Pattern book contains detailed instructions for knitting 14 styles of Socks with one for each of the 12 months plus the Gansey Sock and a pattern called Cass Street Stocking with a tiny steam train in the pattern. Sock Knitters will find a wealth of ideas for everything from baby booties to warm winter socks to Christmas stockings. The author even includes a section on making replaceable heels to keep their socks going through a lot of wear.

Andean Folk Knits - Great Designs from Peru, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador & Bolivia

by Marcia Lewandowski
9" x 10 1/4" Softcover (52 pages)
2006, Lark Books

Knitting is part of the rich heritage of the ancient Inca empire. Today men and women living in Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Bolicia and Argentina still hand-knit beautiful bags and purses. Inspired by many of these designs, the author has created 35 distinctive projects that capture the spirit and fine craftsmanship of the Andean people. As you learn about the cultures behind the projects, you'll be able to bring these native crafts to life.

The bags, purses, hats and other wearables are knit in a wide range of colours, from soft, natural shades to energetic, flourescent combinations, that reflect these specific regions of South America. The motifs, from floral to geometric, represent a village's customary style. You'll mostly use double-pointed needles, a set of straight needles with points at both ends. These needles will give you the freedom to knit even the smallest projects in-the-round, eliminating the need to sew seams.

Made of Alpaca yarn, the Argentine Coin Pouch, with its seven tassels, is an easy introduction to Andean knitting. The Hanging Unas Pouch from Bolivia is knit in a trapezoidal shape representing Pachamama (Mother Earth). The small pouches hanging off the bottom of the bag are perfect for storing small belongings. The Atacama Desert Purse duplicates the design of llama petrographs carved into Chilean cliffs. There's also a beautiful scarf from Chile that's reminiscent of the square woven blankets used by Andean women to carry babies on their backs.

The complete list of projects by country are from Argentina: "Slipper Bag", "Coin Pouch", "Argentine Ladies Handbag", "Belt Pocket", "Men's Cap", "Legged Purse" and "Leg Warmers"; from Bolivia: "Hanging Unas Pouch", "Llama Purse", "Mechero Purse", "Coca Bag from Ivo", "Mittens from Ivo", "Socks from Ivo" and "La Paz Ladies Handbag"; from Chile: "Mountain Coca Bag", "Atacama Desert Purse", "Seabird Bag", "Chalina Scarf", "Cactus Bag", "Striped Bag" and "Striped Muffler"; from Ecuador: "Coin Purse with Four Unas", "Gloves", "Dog Guardian Purse", "Pachamama Purse", "Dog Motif Bag", "Hidden Una Bag" and "Mitones Mittens"; and from Peru: "Ollantaytambo Bag", "Fish Bag", "Taquile Island Purse", "Winter Headband", "Campesino Purse", "Inca Cross Coca Bag" and "Jogger's Mittens".

Complete with maps and photos of the local people, flora and fauna of each country, Andean Folk Knits is both a terrific collection of projects and an insightful look at diverse cultures.

Other books by this author include Folk Mittens: Techniques and Patterns for Handknitted Mittens.

Andean Inspired Knits - Designs in Luxurious Alpaca

by Helen Hamann
8 3/4" x 11 1/4" Softcover (138 pages)
2006, Interweave Press
$30.95 Canadian ($25.95 US)

Create dazzling knitwear designs with Andean Inspired Knits, a collection of patterns inspired by pre-Columbian textiles from the culturally-rich Andes in South America.

Author Helen Hamann draws inspiration from historic fabrics and motifs to create this modern collection of wearables, all in soft alpaca, a fiber that boasts unique luster, warmth, and durability. Hamann is deliberate in her choice of fibers, as alpacas and their fleece played a central role in the development of pre-Columbian cultures.

Skilled knitters will love the eye-catching patterns that incorporate geometric forms and unique silhouettes. Helen's fresh approach to form and fit will appeal to knitters looking to learn new techniques while being challenged by ambitious designs.

Much of the rich textile tradition in Peru can be attributed to the alpaca, which made its home in the Peruvian highlands centuries ago.

Projects range from a geometric scarf based on a bold striped stepped pattern, an intricate Fair Isle Bolero with mitered corners, a patchwork kimono with matching beaded cap, a lacy crocheted poncho/top with flowery beading, a colorfully embroidered wrap, and a showy lace cardigan with ruffle trim. Techniques include short-rows, mitered corners, intarsia, Fair Isle, and embroidery. Gorgeous photographs, clear step-by-step instructions, and illustrations guide the knitter through each project.

Photos of the Andean landscape, information about the evolution of alpacas, and details about Peruvian culture and textiles round out the rich history of the Andean tradition. The book includes 75 Photographs, 80 Illustrations and 31 Charts. Knitters will love seeing original textiles and the sophisticated, updated patterns in Andean Inspired Knits.

Angels: A Knitter's Dozen

by Gerdine Strong
7 1/2" x 7 1/2" Softcover (52 pages)
2002, XRX Books
$19.95 Canadian ($16.95 US)

If your idea of heaven is the time you knit (or crochet, quilt, stitch, weave or spin), there's an angel here for you. The only mystery is how 7 simple knit pieces become such a spirited little presence. And since this book shows you how, that won't remain a mystery for long.

The projects in this wonderful book are: "2nd-wing-knitting Angel", "Gold-wing-knitting Angel", "Ball-winding Angel", "Skein-holding Angel", "Rug-hooking Angel", "Spinning Angel", "Crocheting Angel", "Weaving Angel", "Embroidering Angel", "Quilting Angel", "Traditional Angel", "Contemporary Angel" and as a bonus, the author has included a pattern for "Angel bells". Each project is shown in a colour photograph and full instructions are provided. In addition, the book includes chapters on Lace Basics as well as a "School for Angels" where the required stitches are all explained.

Delicate and beautiful, these knitted angels make exquisite holiday ornaments. But you needn't stop there. A Knitter's Dozen makes the angels so easy to knit and assemble that you can give them away - one, a pair, or by the dozen, any day of the year!

Other books in Knitter's Dozen series from Knitter's Magazine include: Babies & Toddlers - A Knitter's Dozen, Bags - A Knitter's Dozen, Hats - A Knitter's Dozen, Kids - a Knitter's Dozen, Ponchos & Wraps - A Knitter's Dozen and Scarves - A Knitter's Dozen.

Animal Knits - 26 Fun Handknits for Children and Toddlers

by Zoe Mellor
9" x 9" Hardcover (96 pages)
2001, Trafalgar Square Publishing

Ducks and dogs, bunnies and bears - an enchanted collection of animal-motif clothing and accessories, from jackets and sweaters to hats, blankets and knitted toys.

Cute and cuddly or wild and woolly - here are 26 knitwear designs for babies and children, all featuring animal motifs. Zo Mellor's captivating new collection taps into the current fashion for colour and pattern, presenting a vibrant array of knitwear designs for babies and children up to six years old. Choose from the adorable garments: the Sheep Jacket, Duck Jacket, Rooster Sweater and Ladybug Hat - or accessories like the Lion Rucksack, Toy Dog, Farmyard Cushion and Elephant Bag. Each pattern includes instructions for a range of sizes, plus detailed charts and diagrams where appropriate. With every design illustrated in winning colour photos, Animal Knits is another welcome addition to the Zoe Mellor knitwear series.

Other designs in the book include the "Bunny Jacket", "Animal Booties", "Animal Blanket", "Camel Waistcoat", "Butterflies & Birds Jacket", "Butterfly Sweater", "Dog Sweater", "Elephant Jacket", "Tiger-stripe Jacket", "Farm Sweater", "Toy Rabbit", "Tiger Sweater", "Fish Jacket", "Fish Hat", "Cow-print Scarf & Hat", "Cow-print Jacket", "Ladybird Cushion" and "Ladybird Blanket".

The author's other works include: Colorful Knits for You and Your Child, Double Knits and Head to Toe Knits.

Aran Knitting

by Alice Starmore
8 3/8" x 10 7/8" Softcover (176 pages)
2010, Dover Publications
$35.95 Canadian ($29.95 US)

Newly Reprinted and Expanded Version of the 1997 Interweave Press Classic

Packed with color and design, this significant new version of her classic book presents a complete Alice Starmore workshop in Aran knitting. Step-by-step instructions, photos, and drawings lead readers through 60 charted patterns that progress from the basic concept of using a cable needle to the myriad variations of Aran technique. To develop readers' creativity, Starmore then leads them through the design of a traditional Aran sweater. Full instructions and charted patterns for 14 original Alice Starmore designs include her own interpretations of Celtic knotwork. With the last-minute addition of previously unpublished historical information just discovered by Starmore, and with special photographs taken on location in the Aran Islands and County Clare, Aran Knitting is a real eye-opener on all the facets of this enduring style.

NOTE: For information on substituting Jamieson's Shetland Wool for the discontinued Alice Starmore yarn used in projects in this book, please Click Here.

The author's other works include: Alice Starmore's Book of Fair Isle Knitting, Celtic Collection, Children's Collection, Fisherman's Sweaters, In the Hebrides, Pacific Coast Highway, Stillwater and Tudor Roses.

Aran Sweater Design

by Janet Szabo
8 1/2" x 11" Softcover (150 pages)
2006, Big Sky Knitting Designs

The author's original and very popular book, Handbook of Aran Sweater Design, has been completely revised, expanded, and professionally printed. Now titled Aran Sweater Design, this 175 page book is the comprehensive reference guide for any knitter who has ever wanted to make an Aran sweater.

This book will show you how to choose cables that look good together, how to lay out a combination of cables on a sweater, and give you detailed instructions for knitting that sweater in a variety of styles - dropped-shoulder, peasant-sleeve, set-in sleeve, raglan sleeve, or vest. If you're not quite ready to design your own Aran, follow one of the patterns Janet has created for you. Either way, you'll create an heirloom to be worn for years to come!

Knitting an Aran sweater is one of the most delightful and interesting projects any knitter can undertake. Knitting an Aran sweater that you've designed yourself is even more fun! This comprehensive reference book walks knitters-step by step-through the process of choosing and combining cable patterns to create a unique, textural work of knitting art. Lots of photos, illustrations, and sample projects give additional help along the way.

The author is a nationally-known knitting designer, author, and teacher. Her designs have appeared in Knitter's Magazine, Cast On, Knitting Now, The Complete Knitting Collection, and currently in Twists and Turns, the Newsletter for Lovers of Cable Knitting, a 20-page quarterly newsletter which she edits and publishes. Janet is also the author of The 'I Hate to Finish Sweaters' Guide to Finishing Sweaters.

Arans & Celtics - The Best of Knitter's Magazine

edited by Rick Mondragon & Elaine Rowley
11" x 10" Softcover (108 pages)
2004, XRX Books
$23.95 Canadian ($19.95 US)

Tradition with a twist! ... After more than 18 years of quality publishing and numerous sold-out issues, Knitter's Magazine has compiled the best Aran and Celtic projects to meet the demands of their readers.

The sweaters, jackets, and vests included in this book are designed by a group of the best-known designers in the knitting field. Knitters are introduced to cable techniques with clearly illustrated patterns for knitting updated versions of traditional Aran and Celtic designs. Women's, men's, children's, and unisex sizing and styles are included. These fabulous pieces are made in a variety of fibers including soft wools, cotton blends, shiny ribbons, and luxury yarns.

The 30 classic projects in this book are grouped into four categories. The first is Pullovers and includes: "Twisted Knotwork", "Wondrous Woven Cables", "Bebenhausen Windows", "Abbreviated Aran", "Celtic Geometry", "Future-Forward Aran", "Upside-Down Aran" and "Celtic Pullover". This is followed by Unexpected Celtics like "Viking Turid", "Ornamental Celtic", "Symbolic Knots" and "Swedish Thora"; Vests and Jackets like: "Sensational Shirttail", "Outdoor Ribbing", "Irish Moss", "Simply Shawled", "Bobbled Braids", "Refined Aran" and "A Vest of Many Stitches"; and Family Arans like: "Guernsey Gals and Guys", "Sailor's Rib", "Denim and Cables", "Cables with Heart", "Copycat Vests", "Tennis for Two" and "Wall Street Cables",

If you've never crossed a cable, this book will show you how. Or, if you're ready for a new challenge, you'll find it here. Clear instructions, excellent charts, close-up photographs, and fully illustrated techniques make knitting cables easy to understand and fun to do. The book also includes a technique section called Knitter's School, a list of Abreviations, a section of cables and charts and information on yarn and sizes.

Arans & Celtics is the second in a series of "Best of" books from Knitter's Magazine. Other compilation books include Jackets For Work and Play, Guy Knits, Shawls and Scarves and Socks, Socks, Socks.

Arctic Lace - Knitting Projects and Stories Inspired by Alaska's Native Knitters

by Donna Druchunas
8 1/2" x 10" Softcover (192 pages)
2006, Nomad Press
$33.95 Canadian ($27.95 US)

The approximately 250 Native Alaskan members of the Oomingmak Musk Ox Producers' Co-operative harvest the ultra-fine, ultra-soft underdown of musk-oxen, known as qiviut, and use the resulting yarn to knit lace garments whose designs are inspired by traditional designs and culture. Author Donna Druchunas has traveled to Alaska and brought back her experiences with these knitters and their wonderful textiles. Qiviut, may be the world's most luxurious, warm, and lightweight fiber. People who experience it become obsessed with its exquisite softness.

Qiviut makes perfect hand-knitted lace and this book presents instructional worskhops on knitting and designing lace, a sequence of projects suited to new as well as experienced lace knitters, a list of yarn sources, and a comprehensive historical background.

The book includes a simple step-by-step introduction to knitting and designing lace, applicable to any yarn pluse fifteen projects, for beginning to intermediate lace knitters. In addition, the author provides information about the history and use of qiviut, possibly the world's most exquisite fiber along with stories about Yup'ik and Inupiat women and their culture.

The opening chapters paint a picture of life in rural Alaska. In these chapters, the reader will learn about the rich cultures of the Yup'ik and Inupiat peoples as well as the history of the Musk Ox Farm and of Oomingmak Musk Ox Producers' Co-operative.

Chapters 6 and 7 include information about working with qiviut yarn, instructions for reading and knitting from lace charts, and a three-step tutorial that will give the reader the confidence and skill to knit the projects. Because this is one of the most expensive fibers available and the reader may want to practice with something else, the author also provides tips for working with other lovely lace-weight yarns.

Whether you are new to knitting or a seasoned knitter, once you know the basic lace knitting techniques, you'll be ready to design your own projects. In Chapter 9, you will find a stitch library and basic pattern templates to help you start creating your own original designs.

The projects in this book include: "Lozenge Headband", "Fish Trap Hat, Wrist Warmers and Scarf", "North Star Tam and Scarf", "Skeleton Scarf and Nachaq Hood", "Chevron Scarf", "Mobius Scarf", "Parka-Trim Stole", "Grass-Basket Cropped Ruana Vest", "Double Diamond Fingerless Gloves", "Easy Eyelet Gaiter" and "Hourglass Boa".

Other books by the author include: Ethnic Knitting Discovery, Ethnic Knitting Exploration and The Knitted Rug.

The Art of Fair Isle Knitting - History, Technique, Color, and Patterns

by Ann Feitelson
8 1/2" x 11" Softcover (184 pages)
1996, Interweave Press, Inc.

Crafted with the precision of a Fair Isle garment, informed by accounts from the knitters themselves, and set firmly within its historical and sociological roots, The Art of Fair Isle Knitting takes you to the heart of this knitting tradition.

From the first small items sold to fishermen and tourists in the nineteenth century, to the highly fashionable androgynous sweaters of the 1920s, to the large starry Norwegian patterns popular after World War II, to the hand and machine-made yoked sweaters of the 1960s and 1970s, Ann Feitelson applies ardent dedication to her research. She leads readers through the history of Fair Isle knitting to an examination of the style's techniques, explicating not only the unique colourways and patterns, but such valuable details as ways to hold the yarn.

An accomplished knitter herself, Feitelson presents twenty-three original Fair Isle designs, and encourages readers to create their own. A chapter on math is both easy to follow and invaluable for planning sizes and patterns, while a glossary of Shetland knitting terms links a way of life that is largely gone with the knowledge and skills that The Art of Fair Isle Knitting helps to preserve.

Throughout these wonderful colours and glowing patterns, The Art of Fair Isle Knitting conveys an unending sense of pride. Pride in the dedication of the Shetland knitters. Pride in the creation of exceptional garments. Pride in the work of women. Pride in a knitting style known throughout the world.

NOTE: For information on substituting Jamieson's Shetland Wool for the Jamieson & Smith yarn used in projects in this book, please Click Here.

The Art of Knitting 1892

by Butterick Publishing
8 1/2" x 11" Softcover (160 pages)
2003, Piper Publishing

Facsimile Reproduction of the Original Edition from the Butterick Publishing Co. [limited], London and New York

If you are a knitter of a historical bent, these reproductions of knitting lore from the Victorian era are a treasure trove of patterns and project ideas. They do require a bit of archeological/sociological study. Not written for we contemporary knitters, the illustrations are bare-bone, and the written out instructions are long and arcane; but, the information is solid, the ideas as deep as knitting history, and some of the projects are just down-right fun to knit.

The Art of Knitting, first published in 1892, is an extensive guide to all aspects of Victorian knitting. This edition includes an explanation of knitting terms written by textile historian, Susan Jerome, which allows the patterns to be readily adapted for modern use.

A secret of this particular reproduction, and many others from this era, is the un-illustrated projects that require careful attention to the instructions with some surprising results: i.e., "Join the sides of the sections and gently draw the center together." for a "Round Mat in Brioche". This is a new edition of this old book that has other titles.M

With over 250 illustrated patterns for making baby booties, mittens, shawls, sweaters, couterpanes, elegant trimmings, rugs and more, The Art of Knitting offers enormous creative possibilities for modern day practitioners of this useful and beautiful craft. Additionally material culture historians will find the illustrations of knitted garments and household items invaluable for studies of the late Victorian era, when a woman's gentility and domestic management was symbolized by the basket of fancywork in her parlor.

The Art of Knitting - Inspirational Stitches, Textures and Surfaces

by Francoise Tellier-Loumagne
9" x 9" Softcover (318 pages)
2005, Thames & Hudson
$54.95 Canadian ($45.95 US)

A unique, visually inspiring, all-color survey of knitted textile designs and patterns. Francoise Tellier-Loumagne has taught textile and knit design in France for more than thirty years. Drawing on her experience as teacher and practitioner, she has assembled a creative and inventive overview of stitches and fabrics, both hand-knitted and machine-made, presenting hundreds of sumptuous ways of working with yarn, from silk thread to Shetland wool.

This book uses basic patterns as points of departure, opening up endless possibilities for sophisticated knitting designs.The book is organized by fabric types: simple knits, jacquards, fine jersey knits, interlock, open-work, and many others. It covers hand knitting, domestic machine knitting, and industrial knitting, explaining the relevant techniques and notation for each. Every type of stitch that she describes is accompanied by enlarged photos of the textiles, detailed diagrams, and written instructions.

The yarns used here are highly textural and attractive. The book includes over 600 illustrations and hundreds of diagrams and while originally written in French, has been translated to English in this edition.

The Art of Knitting 1: Stitches - Color - Fashion

Tricoast Studios
2005, Tricoast Studios
$25.95 Canadian ($21.95 US)

From working women across the country to Hollywood's biggest stars, knitting is back in a big, big way. Women - and men - are getting into the zone and rediscovering the meditative, curative and creative art of knitting with this definitive collector's edition DVD series. The Art of Knitting is the first in a series and the first DVD to swing open the doors to this wonderful art form with a searchable, surfable, non-linear encyclopedia of knitting, with one-on-one knitting instruction from the top experts.

The DVD includes: Stitch Library, Resource Guide, Patterns, Tips, State-by-state Shop Directory, Music-To-Knit-By and exclusive A-Z INDEX that instantly connects you to any topic. And so much more...

In The Art Of Knitting the viewer will explore the art of knitting with step-by-step instruction by master knitters Jennifer Wenger and Marla Pelz (all levels); Laura Bryant of Prism Yarns presents a Fiber Types Workshop; A section on the Making of Yarn includes information on shearing from Windy Hills Farm and on Spinning & Dyeing by Twisted Sisters; Zhenya Gershman, artist/educator J Paul Getty Museum presents Color Theory; celebrated designer Ashley Paige discusses Knitted Swimwear; Beverly Hills Chiropractor Dr Kent Sveningson presents a Fit-to-Knit Workout to prevent injuries; renowned author/designer Nancie Wiseman covers Wire Knitting; Bernadette Murphy recounts selections from her best-selling book Zen of Knitting. The DVD also includes follow up ideas with a section on Knitting Circles, events and workshops called Get Inspired.

Whether you're a beginner or advanced knitter, the best designers and instructors in America will show you how to knit with simple, understandable demonstrations that you can play over and over again. It will inspire you!

The Art of Knitting & Crochet 2

Tricoast Studios
DVD (3.5 hours)
2005, Tricoast Studios

This second volume of the popular DVD series is packed full of all-new video presentations; clear concise visual demonstrations that make learning to knit and crochet easy.

In The Art Of Knitting & Crocheting 2 the viewer will expand their skills with sections like A Review of Knitting Basics by Vogue Knitting's Carla Scott, Intermediate Knit Skills by author/designer Jennifer Wenger, The Art of Crochet by Crochet Guild Of America President Nancy Brown, A Socks Workshop by author/designer Nancie Wiseman, Felting by The Fashion Institute of Merchandising's (FIDM) Karen Krajzynski, More Zen of Knitting by best-selling author Bernadette Murphy, Recycled Silk Yarns Mango Moon's Amana Nova, Knitting for Charity California's Woman of the Year, Kathy Silverton, Stitches from the Heart, Specialty Yarns by Trendsetter Yarn's Barry Klein plus you will be able to attend a Vogue Knitting Fashion Photo Shoot.

This volume also includes such extras as a Stitch Library, Resource Guide, Patterns, Tips, State-by-state Shop Directory, Music-To-Knit-By and exclusive A-Z INDEX that instantly connects you to any topic. And so much more...

Whether you're a beginner or advanced knitter, the best designers and instructors in America will show you how to knit with simple, understandable demonstrations that you can play over and over again. It will inspire you!

The Art of Shetland Lace

by Sarah Don
7 1/4" x 9 3/4" Softcover (120 pages)
2007, LACIS

The Art of Shetland Lace has become established as the detailed reference book on both the history and techniques of lace knitting and is now available in paperback for the first time.

The author starts by giving an account of the history of the art of Shetland lace. She goes on to provide instructions for making sample squares of over 30 stitch patterns (each illustrated with a detailed photograph) and explains the techniques involved in making a garment. There are notes on dressing and stretching, basic constructions of shawls and scarves, adapting patterns and obtaining materials together with full instructions for seven projects. These are in different stitches and weights of yarn and include shawls, scarves, a baby's shawl and a christening dress - all destined to become heirlooms of the future.

For anyone who wants to take up this most delicate of knitting techniques, The Art of Shetland Lace is the ideal introduction.

Babies & Toddlers - A Knitter's Dozen

by Elaine Rowley
7 1/2" x 8" Softcover (96 pages)
2007, XRX Books
$19.95 Canadian ($16.95 US)

Patterns from more than 20 years of Knitter's Magazine are presented in this collection of irresistible knits for babies and toddlers, with the designs representing a selection of the magazine's best patterns from its back issues.

Knitters of all skill levels can find the right patterns to make hats, socks, onesies, sweaters, blankets, or cuddlesome toys. Photographs of finished projects and detailed illustrations guide knitters, and all stitches and techniques can be looked up in the section called "School".

Other books in Knitter's Dozen series from Knitter's Magazine include: Angels - A Knitter's Dozen, Bags - A Knitter's Dozen, Hats - A Knitter's Dozen, Kids - a Knitter's Dozen, Ponchos & Wraps - A Knitter's Dozen and Scarves - A Knitter's Dozen.

The Baby Collection - A Stylish Collection of Contemporary Designs for Babies from Birth to 24 Months

from Stylecraft
8 1/4" x 11" Softcover (40 pages)
2008, Stylecraft
$9.95 Canadian ($8.95 US)

Stylecraft Book #602

A collection of 8 beautiful designs for little ones knit using Stylecraft Pure Luxury Merino Wool. The next-to-the-skin softness of this yarn makes it perfect for baby and children's wear. This Double Knitting weight yarn offers the luxury of merino wool at an affordable price.

Camilla Valley Farm stocks this yarn and offers yarn kits for any of the designs. Contact us for more information.

Baby Knits - 32 Original designs for 0-3 year olds

by Debbie Bliss
8 1/2" x 11 1/2" Softcover (80 pages)
1996, St. Martin's Griffin
$27.95 Canadian ($22.95 US)

This wonderful book details 32 easy-knit patterns for young children with an emphasis on style and practicality. The designs are suitable for children from age 0 to 3 years of age and range from easy-on, easy-off baby suits to stylish jackets, jumpers, and cardigans for toddlers. The projects include: "Aran Sweater with Fan Bobbles", "Tweedy Double Breasted Jacket", "Jacquard Cardigan with Embroidery and Hat", "Aran Cardigan with Fan Bobbles and Hat", "Bobble and Ridge Pattern Sweater", "Fair Isle Sweater with Tam O'Shanter", "Moss Stitch Sweater with Collar", "Texture Pattern Cardigan with Bobbles", "All-in-one with Spot Pattern and Hat", "Aran Coat and Beret", "Tyrolean Jacket with Embroidery", "Striped Top and Pants", "Cardigan with Applique Yoke", "Patchwork Sweaters with Motifs", "Garter Stitch Jacket with Embroidery", "Norwegian Style Cardigan and Hat", "Embroidered Cardigan, Pants and Booties", "Rose Patterned Cardigan", "Scottie Dog Sweater", "Shawl Collared Aran Sweater", "Cotton Twin Set with Collar", "Two-Coloured 'Chanel' Jacket", "Fair Isle Cardigan", "Sampler Sweater", "Guernsey Sweater", "Fair Isle Sweater with Contrast Stripes", "Cowboy Shirt", "All-in-one with Hat and Bunny Boots", "Kimono and Pants", "Fisherman's Rib Sweater and Hat", "Mexican Sweater" and "Indian Sweater".

The garments are all shown at the beginning of the book with 36 full page of beautiful colour photographs. Detailed instructions to produce each project then follow. All are made up in hard-wearing, machine-washable yarns and sources for materials are included in the Source Guide at the end. This is an excellent source for ideas to dress your little one in style!

The author's other works include: The Baby Knits Book, Baby Style, Bright Knits for Kids, Celtic Knits, Classic Knits for Kids, Easy Knits, Essential Knits for Kids, Family Knits, Great Knits for Kids, How to Knit, Kids Country Knits, Kids' Knits for Heads, Hands & Toes, Nautical Knits for Kids, New Baby Knits, Nursery Knits, Quick Baby Knits, Simply Baby, Teddy Bears and Toy Knits.

The Baby Knits Book - The Ultimate Collection of Knitwear Designs for Newborns to 3-Year Olds

by Debbie Bliss
8 3/4" x 11" Hardcover (128 pages)
2002, Trafalgar Square Publishing

Debbie Bliss has firmly established herself as the most stylish and accessible children's knitwear designer working today. In The Baby Knits Book, she returns with a fabulous new collection of clothing and accessories for newborns to 3-year-olds.

Presented in three chapters - "Simple", "Cozy", and "Special" - her book offers ideas for every need and occasion. "Simple" has plenty of adorable designs for knitting novices and those short on time; "Cozy" offers warm and cuddly knits that babies and young children will love to snuggle in; and "Special" abounds with gift ideas for knits that will be cherished for years to come.

The complete list of projects, grouped by chapter include: Simple: "Coathanger", "Seed Stitch Hat, Scarf and Throw", "Tank Top", "Double-Breasted Jacket and Leggings", "Garter Stitch Jacket and Hat", "Kimono and Trousers", "Pompon Slippers", "Raglan Sweater", "Two-Colour Shoes" and "Classic Cardigan"; Cozy: "Donkey Jacket and Shoes", "Hooded Blanket", "Cable and Rib Sweater with Hood", "Circular Yoked Sweater", "Zipped Jacket with Contrasting Edges and Hat", "Cable and Seed Stitch Jacket", "Hat with Topknot and Socks", "Striped Sweater", "Bear in Lamb Sleep Suit" and "Dressing Gown"; Special: "Beaded Fair Isle Cardigan", "Beaded Fair Isle Shoes", "Dress with Lace Edging", "Embroidered Jacket", "Baby's Kaftan", "Sheep Dress and Shoes", "Cardigan with Frilled Sleeves", "Fair Isle Bag", "Embroidered Shoes", "Alphabet Blanket" and "Garter Stitch Shoes".

Whether you wish to create a simple baby blanket or a first cardigan, a chucky sweater or an irresistible pair of embroidered bootees, The Baby Knits Book is a must-have collection from an outstanding designer.

Debbie Bliss is one of the most popular names in knitwear; among her many successful books are: Baby Knits, Baby Style, Bright Knits for Kids, Celtic Knits, Classic Knits for Kids, Easy Knits, Essential Knits for Kids, Family Knits, Great Knits for Kids, How to Knit, Kids Country Knits, Kids' Knits for Heads, Hands & Toes, Nautical Knits for Kids, New Baby Knits, Nursery Knits, Quick Baby Knits, Simply Baby, Teddy Bears and Toy Knits.

Baby Style - Home Accessories and Irresistible Knitwear Designs for 0-3 years old

by Debbie Bliss
8 1/2" x 10 1/2" Softcover (80 pages)
2000, St. Martin's Griffin
$25.95 Canadian ($21.95 US)

Best selling designer Debbie Bliss is known worldwide for her ability to combine practicality and style in her immensely popular designs. In this new collection she provides a complete range of ideas for the new baby or child, including ideas for the home and stylish accessories as well as irresistible clothes. Each of the 30 designs is beautifully photographed and clear instructions make the patterns straightforward to knit. Some of the original ideas featured include: a denim throw with pockets for favorite toys and books, a variety of mini cushions, knitted coat hangers, a cozy dressing gown and hot-water bottle cover as well as practical and stylish sweaters, cardigans and jackets to suit every child.

The patterns in this book are: "Alpaca Bolero", "Four-colour Cardigan", "Striped Coathanger", "Dressing Gown with Hat and Slippers", "Heart Cushion", "Simple Top with Picot Edging", "Snowflake Skirt", "Snowflake Bootees", "Cow Cushion", "Frilled Edge Crossover Jacket", "Hot Water Bottle Cover with Billy Bear", "Four-colour Sweater", "Kimono, Pants and Bootees", "Moss Stitch Coathanger", "Moss Stitch Jacket and Bootees", "Scandinavian Blanket", "Scandinavian Jacket", "Bobble Hat", "Scottie Dog Cardigan", "Scottie Dog Cushion", "Shawl-collared Tunic with Hat and Shoes", "Patchwork Blanket", "Nellie the Sheep", "Throw with Pockets", "Sheep Jacket", "Stocking Switch Sweater", "Striped Jacket", "Striped Cushion", "Striped Rucksack" and "Zipped Jacket". All are beautifully photographed in colour and include detailed instructions and stitch guides.

The author's other works include: Baby Knits, The Baby Knits Book, Bright Knits for Kids, Celtic Knits, Classic Knits for Kids, Easy Knits, Essential Knits for Kids, Family Knits, Great Knits for Kids, How to Knit, Kids Country Knits, Kids' Knits for Heads, Hands & Toes, Nautical Knits for Kids, New Baby Knits, Nursery Knits, Quick Baby Knits, Simply Baby, Teddy Bears and Toy Knits.

Bag Style - 20 Inspirational Handbags, Totes and Carry-alls to Knit and Crochet

by Pam Allen & Ann Budd
8 1/2" x 9" Softcover (128 pages)
2007, Interweave Press
$25.95 Canadian ($21.95 US)

Custom handbags and handcrafted purses are hotter than ever - bags have become the trendy way to show off personal style. What's more, bags are quickly replacing scarves as the most popular small projects to make. Whether knitted, crocheted, or felted, Bag Style will give you endless ways to personalize and customize a bag.

From a dressy purse to carry your essentials to a generous tote based on nineteenth-century carpetbags to a felted messenger-style bag, you'll find loads of practical projects and inventive inspiration from twenty top knitwear designers, including Pam Allen, Veronik Avery, Norah Gaughan, Mags Kandis and Kristin Nicholas.

From a tiny pouch to carry an iPod to a generous tote based on nineteenth-century carpet bags to a felted messenger-style bag to a delicate purse with handles made of bracelets, knitters and crocheters will find loads of practical projects and inventive inspiration from twenty top knitwear designers.

The list of projects include: "Zenith Carpet Bag", "Two-Tone Triangle Purse", "Cabana Backpack", "Knitting Needle Knitting Bag", "Rugged Messenger Bag", "Classic Crocheted Purse", "Hemp Market Bag", "Linen Tube Clutch", "Apple Ribbon Tote", "Felt Laptop Case", "Fair Isle Book Bag", "Lace Doily Purse", "Formal Boot Bag", "Yoga Mat Tote", "iPod Pocket", "Yo-Yo HoBo", "Celtic Weekend Tote", "Chullo Pouch", "Penny Rug Purse" and "Surface-Woven Tote". Each project features gorgeous photographs and step-by-step instructions, and all techniques are explained in easy-to-understand detail.

In addition to the innovative patterns, the Design Notebook chapter examines the essence of the knitted bag and how to create a bag of your own. You can learn ways to give a knitted or crocheted bag shape, depth, stability, handles, closures, and fasteners.Whether you're an avid bag knitter (or crocheter) or you're creating one for the first time, Bag Style has all the inspiration, technique, and details you need.

Other books by Pam Allen include: Knitting for Dummies, Scarf Style and Wrap Style while Ann Budd wrote: Knitted Gifts, The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns, The Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns and The Knitter's Handy Guide to Yarn Requirements.

Bags - A Knitter's Dozen

from Knitter's Magazine
7 1/2" x 7 1/2" Softcover (90 pages)
2004, XRX Books
$19.95 Canadian ($16.95 US)

From Knitter's Magazine view and knit 21 bag patterns - handbags, totes, packs, pouches, purses, and pocketbooks. The book includes instructions, yarn suggestions and color pictures.

Designs in this book include: "Market Squares", "Flaps", "Snaps", "Felted Pocketbook", "Three for the Road", "SoHo Sling", "Pocketbook in Blocks", "On Pointe Handbag", "Market Stripes", "Zigzag on the Town", "Gallery Bags", "Zigzag Bags", "Four-Square Mitered Tote", "It's in the Bag", "Season-Spanners Duo", "Fabulous Felted Backpacks", "Aran Pocketbook", "Road-Tested Aran", "Counterpanes to Go", "A Treasure of a Pocket" and "Wedding Day Lace". Each design is shown in full colour with instructions and graphs where necessary and is coded as "Easy" or "Intermediate" in terms of difficulty. The book also includes 6 pages of illustrated techniques and a list of abbreviations.

Other books in Knitter's Dozen series from Knitter's Magazine include: Angels - A Knitter's Dozen, Babies & Toddlers - A Knitter's Dozen, Hats - A Knitter's Dozen, Kids - a Knitter's Dozen, Ponchos & Wraps - A Knitter's Dozen and Scarves - A Knitter's Dozen.

Barbara Abbey's Knitting Lace

by Barbara Abbey
7 1/4" x 9 1/4" Hardcover (143 pages)
2007 Schoolhouse Press
$28.95 Canadian ($23.95 US)

Back in Print in this New Hardcover edition!

This book is the result of the author's hobby of collecting knit laces and the instructions for making them. Most of the more than 100 lace patterns were devised in the nineteenth century and several were to be found in print before 1850. All the patterns are made on two needles and the patterns range from five to ninety-five stitches in width and provide for almost every kind of need for an edging or a piece of insertion.

To record patterns that in some cases were created before photoengraving became an established art, the author has devised her own form of notation that makes use of familiar modern knitting notations. This system is explained along with detailed instructions explaining the stitches used in the designs as well as handling "Special Problems".

In a section entitled "Lace Stitches" the author provides instructions for 100 lace edgings and insertions giving the reader a marvelous reference of stitches to help with other projects.. This is followed by a collection of 10 "Background Stitches" and then on to the projects! The 19 wonderful designs presented include: "Shawl", "Mantilla", "Pleated Lace Collar", "Torchon Lace Collar", "Diamond Centerpiece", "Diamond Plate Doily", "Diamond Eight-Inch Bread-and-Butter Doily", "Diamond Six-Inch Tumbler Doily", "Card Tricks Centerpiece", "Card Tricks Doilies (Spades, Hearts, Diamonds, Clubs)", "Star and Diamond Centerpiece", "Counterpane Strip", "Bedspread Strip", "Afghan", "Bedspread Square with Scalloped Leaf Edging" and "Bedspread".

Each of the stitches and designs includes a black and white photograph of the finished work along with Barbara's instructions. This revised edition of a classic work is a must-have book for lace knitters!

The author has also written The Complete Book of Knitting.

Basic Knitting Techniques

instructed by Bobbie Groom
Video (90 minutes)
1992, Wool Shop Video, Inc.

This unique "hands-on" instructional video answers the questions most frequently asked, introduces the beginner to fundamental knitting and for the advanced knitter, provides a comprehensive review of correct techniques.

In this video, the instructor teaches every knitter to think logically and to simplify for the rewards of beautiful knitting .. a "custom" instead of a "home-made" look to their knitting garments. Topics covered include: knit, purl, cast on, slip knot, garter stitch, stockinette, ribbings, gauge, multiples, increases, decreases, 1 row buttonhole, pocket insert, simple cable, knitting shoulders together, picking up stitches, sleeves, the crew neck, the V neck, binding off, knitting hints, ripping out, dropped stitches, counting rows, knitting in a basting thread and joining wool.

This video also includes a basic knitting technique booklet for your knitting bag!

Basic Sock Video

instructed by Nancie M. Wiseman
DVD Video (60 minutes)
1996, Wisewater Productions
$34.95 Canadian ($28.95 US)

All the basics needed to knit a simple pair of socks. From casting on with double pointed needles, to turning a heel, to Kitchener Stitch for the toe. This video will be a great resource for review each time socks are knitted. Includes pattern in 3 weights of yarn.

Other books by this author include: Classic Knitted Vests, Knitted Shawls, Stoles & Scarves, Knitted Sweaters for Every Season, The Knitter's Book of Finishing Techniques, Knitting with Wire, Lace from the Attic and the videos: Learn to Knit - Basic Knitting and Sweater Finishing, Continental Knitting, Hand Knitted Lace and Three Techniques for More Colorful Knitting.

Beadwork Creates Beaded Beads - 30 Designs

edited by Jean Campbell
4 1/4" x 10" Softcover (110 pages)
2003, Interweave Press
$21.95 Canadian ($17.95 US)

Making your own beaded beads is the ultimate in creativity! With the simplest material -- seed beads, wire, readily available findings -- you can create truly unique beads, each an expression of your personal style. The stunning work of 30 bead artists will inspire you while you learn a range of techniques, from simple to elaborate, from funky to elegant. Simply slide your bead onto a neck wire, dangle it from an earring, or incorporate it in an intricate piece of jewelry. All these beaded beads are sensational and readily wearable!

Projects in this book include: "Santa Fe", "Golden Gumbdrops", "Ruffled Net", "Simple Wrap", "Sculpturally Yours", "Right-Angle Weave Tubes", "Sparkly Wheels", "Cubies", "Here Fishy, Fishy, Fishy", "Fandango", "Netted Ovals", "Beaded Beading Beads", "Turquoise Elegance", "Flowers and Vines", "Spirals", "Four Square", "Warped Jack", "Wirewovens", "Pinwheels", "Bead Cage", "Melon Bead", "Star Flower", "Diamond Band", "Story Beadz", "Delica/Wire Connection", "Crystal Cluster", "Bead Royale", "Tartan", "Carnival Tubes" and "Garden of Delights".

This book is well illustrated with 30 color photographs, 100 color illustrations and 3 charts and is the third book in the successful Beadwork Creates series, which includes Beadwork Creates Necklaces and Beadwork Creates Bracelets.

Best Dressed Teddy Bears

by Betty Lampen
5 1/2" x 8 1/2" Softcover (17 pages)
1997, Betty Lampen
$9.95 Canadian ($7.95 US)

Book III of the "Sweaters for Teddy Bears" series.

This third in a series of three books from the author is designed to expand your teddy bears wardrobe with patterns for 3 sizes of bears. Patterns include: "Off Shoulder Pullover in 3 sizes", "Knit Sideways Jacket and Cap", "Yoke Pullovers", "Twirly Cap", "Cable Stitch Pullovers", "Grass Skirt Pullovers", "Pooh Pullovers", "Caps with Gathered Top" and a collection of "Off-Shoulder designs that are done with a "Stars and Stripes", "Union Jack" or lettered design.

This booklet is illustrated with both black and white diagrams of the pattern and stitch charts and includes colour pictures of the finished product. The author also provides knitting tips, measurement information and instruction on making special patterns.

The author's other works include: Knitted Bears & Dolls, Miniature Pullovers, Miniature Sweaters, Family Knits, More Miniature Sweaters and Sweaters for Teddy Bears and Teddy Bear Knits.

Best of Interweave Knits - Our Favorite Designs from the First Ten Years

edited by Ann Budd
5 1/2" x 8 1/2" Softcover (159 pages)
2007, Interweave Press

From its premier issue ten years ago, Interweave Knits has provided classic to innovative garment designs from top knitwear designers and in-depth technique articles from expert knitters. In this anniversary volume, they showcase an inspiring spectrum of styles and innovative techniques.

Inside this book the reader will find the outstanding work of trendsetting designers, including V?ronik Avery, Debbie Bliss, Norah Gaughan, Kate Gilbert, Faina Letoutchaia, Marta McCall, Charlotte Morris, Kristin Nicholas, Leigh Radford, and many more. These include twenty-six stunning designs for women and men, including cardigans, pullovers, vests, jackets, tops, scarves, stoles, and even a couple of terrific totes.

Designs in this book include: "Marcel's Sweater", "Basketweave Pullover", "Salt Peanuts", "Threepenny Pullover", "Lac Peignoir and Simple Shell", "Striped Fringe", "Simply Marilyn", "Ruffle Tank", "Stripes Go Round", "Marseilles Pullover", "Kristin's Favorite Carry-All", "Millennium Argyle Vest", "Water Garden Fair Isle", "Cabaret Raglan", "Lotus Blossom Tank", "Lite Lopi Pullover", "Icarus Shawl", "Forest Path Shawl", "Cambridge Jacket", "Burma Rings", "Man's Brioche Vest", "VIP Cardigan", "Pearl Buck Swing Jacket", Weekend Getaway Satchel and "Union Square Market Pullover".

In addition to the fabulous designs there are more than ten articles derived from the popular Beyond the Basics column that provide in-depth information on essential techniques including casting on, binding off, increasing, decreasing, working with two yarns simultaneously, reading charts, seaming, blocking, working short-rows, lace, and grafting.

Best of Lopi

compiled by Susan Mills & Norah Gaughan
11 1/4" x 9 1/4" Hardcover (120 pages)
2002, XRX, Inc.
$34.95 Canadian ($28.95 US)

Spanning 35 years and nearly 1000 designs, The Best of Lopi celebrates the tradition of the Icelandic yoked sweater with updated sizing, colourway choices, and clearly illustrated tecniques. But colour patterns are only the beginning. For easy-to-wear, quick-to-knit Arans and simple textured knits, look no further. As you knit, in one colour or many, enjoy the photographs of Iceland, meet the people behind the yarn, and plan your next Lopi sweater, jacket or hat.

This book is filled with directions for over 50 unique and beautiful designs. Each is shown in full colour photographs, many shown with multiple colouways. Complete and clear knitting instructions are provided for multiple sizes and charts are included for clarity where needed.

The patterns in this book for adults include: "Brigitte & Eric" cardigan and pullover, "Elka" cardigan, "Sigvaldi" cardigan, "Gudjon" cardigan, "Luter & Iva" pullovers, "Annika" pullover, "Tanja & Andri" pullovers, "Britt" pullover, "Bergmar" pullover, "Astrid" poncho pullover, "Maria" pullover, "Jora and Gils" cardigan, "Sigridur" pullover and hat, "Katinka" pullover and hat, "Vedis" cardigan, "Gislina" pullover, "Zora" cardigan, "Erica" hooded sweater, "Laela" pullover, "Lauf" embroidered intarsia pullover, "Domaldi" cardigan, "Klara" pullover, "Enok" textured pullover, "Sonja" Hooded Aran jacket, "Hof" jacket and hooded shawl, "Lukka" textured jacket, "Austmann" textured argyle motif pullover with cables, "Greta" jacket, "Snorri" Aran pullover, "Marta" cardigan, "Ingvar" pullover with Henley neck and "Hilda" jacket. Designs for children include: "Jens" pullover, "Ina" cardigan, "Jana" sweater (pictured on cover), "Judit & Olaf" pullover, "Krista" pullover, mittens & ear-flap hat, "Hanna" hooded jacket, "Aggi" pullover, "Una" jacket with ear-flap hat & mittens, "Emy" hooded poncho, "Hans" pullover, "Nanna" Aran sweater with scarf, mittens & hat and "Fannar & Rosa" pullover, cardigan, mittens and caps.

Think of The Best of Lopi as one big, extended family of sweaters with a wide range of options. Some are closely related, others share little more than a name. You'll be able to see family resemblances, but you'll be just as surprised by the diversity. And, since the sweaters have so much in common, you'll be able to borrow a pocket from one or the tunic shaping from another, as you knit your favorites. Whether shape, garment detailing, or colour is your interest, The Best of Lopi will stimulate your creativity within the security of a strong tradition.

Note that Camilla Valley Farm stocks Lopi Wool Yarn in a large range of colours and in 3 yarn weights (Lopi, Lopi Lite and Lopi Bulky). Contact us for pricing on any yarn kit in this book or in any of the other Lopi pattern books. If you like the Lopi designs in this book, we invite you to browse through the many Lopi Sweater Kits we have online.

The Best of Rowan - 50 Designer Knitting Patterns

edited by Stephen Sheard
9 1/4" x 12" Hardcover (192 pages)
1998, Interweave Press, Inc.

This beautiful collection includes fifty of the best handknitting patterns to come from the famous Rowan design company over the past twenty years. You'll find luxurious and intricately coloured garments from such designers as Kaffe Fassett, Annabel Fox, Kim Hargreaves, Jean Moss, Sasha Kagan, Louisa Harding, and more. You'll also find expert technical advice on colourwork, texture and finishing. The Rowan photography is outstanding, and the instructions and charts are clear and easy to follow. This is an essential addition to every knitter's design library.

The Best of Vogue Knitting Magazine - 25 Years of Articles, Techniques, and Expert Advice

by the editors of Vogue Knitting
10 1/2" x 10 1/2" Hardcover (244 pages)
2007, Sixth&Spring Books
$35.95 Canadian ($29.95 US)

Since its launch in 1982, Vogue Knitting has been the ultimate magazine resource for knitters of all skill levels. Now, for the first time, the very best articles from twenty-five years of VK have been collected in one comprehensive volume.

At once a keepsake and a valuable reference book, The Best of Vogue Knitting Magazine features detailed how-to's on basic techniques, including more than a dozen different cast-on methods alone; seminal articles on expert techniques such as cabling without a cable needle and fixing common mistakes; step-by-step instructions on shaping and sizing, finishing techniques and designing your own knitwear; inspiring profiles of top industry and Seventh Avenue designers; the most memorable essays and workshops ever published in VK by Elizabeth Zimmermann and daughter Meg Swansen; and much, much more.

Big Book of Knitting

by Katharina Buss
9" x 11 1/2" Softcover (239 pages)
1999, Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.
$20.50 Canadian ($17.95 US) - Softcover

Turn to this all-in-one knitting book for every technique you need - plus fabulous projects. Would you like to cover the basics? You can with the detailed information, diagrams and colour photos. Do you already know how to knit? Then this book is also the right one for you. See how to give a remarkably distinctive feel and a one-of-a-kind look to patterns with different stitches and embellishments.

The book covers: "Basic Techniques" including casting on, knit and purl, binding off and more, "Perfect Details" including from bands and ribbing to knit-on facings and crocheted edges, "Finishing" including spanning sewing in seams and blocking your work, "Special Techniques" including shaker knitting and weaves, "Decorative Details" including embroidery, smocking, pom-poms, tassels and fringes, "Practical Tips" on measuring, converting, and lengthening and shortening pieces, "Basic Patterns" for sweaters, socks, gloves and mittens.

Big Fish, Little Fish - QuickKnits for Kids & Grown-Ups

by Jil Eaton
9" x 7 1/2" Softcover (144 pages)
2002, McGraw-Hill

This collection is organized by categories which include sporty, party clothes and accessories. Simple tips are included for achieving a perfect fit. Some patterns are sized to fit toddlers up through adults in case you want to make matching mother/daughter or father/son sweaters or vests.

Beautiful yarns made into charming designs make this book a pleasure to use. I liked the author's description of knitting as a "magic, Zenlike way" to calm down, meditate and find time for yourself. Needlework as therapy. Who knew? Many color photographs of the finished items, black and white illustrations.

Other books by this author include After Dark, Minnies, Minnowknits, Minnowknits Too, Puppy Knits and Top Dog Knits.

Big Girl Knits - 25 Big, Bold Projects Shaped for Real Women with Real Curves

by Jillian Moreno & Amy Singer
8 1/2" x 11" Hardcover (160 pages)
2006, Potter Craft

Big Girl Knits offers 25 patterns designed for women size 14 and up, as well as a sassy style guide to educate knitters on how to create knitwear that fits well and looks beautiful. Part knitting instruction and part style guide, this book is full of useful advice to help the big girl figure out which styles suit her, which styles don't, and how to use clothing to make the most of the three B's: the Boobs, the Belly, and the Butt.

The second half features wonderful patterns for garments accessories that are proportioned to fit as well as helpful garments hints and tips for shaping knitwear to create a flatering silhouette.

Big Softies - 35 great designer knits in mohair

by Melinda Coss
9" x 11 1/4" Hardcover (96 pages)
1992, Aurum Press

Mohair is the perfect knitting yarn - light to wear, warm in winter and ideal for cardigans and jackets. Best-selling designer knitter Melinda Coss has compiled this stunning book of some of her most successful knitting designs. Here are thirty-five stylish patterns, both pastel and vividly coloured, for men or women, ranging from simple designs for the beginner to more intricate designs for the expert knitter. These patterns include: a Coat of Many Colours, a man's geometric sweater, the Flagship jacket (designed during the gulf war), the Priscilla coat (for those in a feline mood), a classic crew-necked cardigan and sweater, an Argyll coat, a Zigzag and bobbles jacket and many more.

Designs in this book are grouped into 5 categories: Pullovers - "Stacy Pullover", "Sexy Ribs Pullover", "Mosaic Sweater", "Amelia Corset" and "Whichway Funnelneck"; Cardigans and Coats - "Sandy Cardigan", "Lift and separate", "Natalie Coat", "Meryl Coat", "Curvalicious Cardigan" and "Chocolate-Covered Cherry Jacket"; Tanks and Tees - "Bombshell", "Boobalicious Tank", "Laura Tee" and "Cherry Bomb"; Bottoms - "Jackie Skirt", "Yo! GaPants", "Peel Skirt", "Trinity Bay Skirt" and "Mosiac Skirt" and Accessories - "Scarlett Carpetbag", "Sunrise-Sunset Socks", "Mimosa", "Chinese Menu Handgear" and "Bluebell Ruana".

Each garment is illustrated in full colour and where appropriate, with a chart of the pattern. An introductory section explains the techniques required to knit the designs - mainly Fair Isle and intarsia - and gives advice on tension, sizing, making up and caring for the garment. Big Softies is thus the ultimate source book for chic mohair knits.

Boutique Knits - 20+ Must-Have Accessories

by Laura Irwin
8 1/2" x 9" Softcover (135 pages)
2008, Interweave Press
$25.95 Canadian ($21.95 US)

With Boutique Knits, you can make your very own knockout accessories. If you love showing your personal style with the "it" handbag, funky scarf, or the hat that makes heads turn, then this book is for you.

Author Laura Irwin designs knitted accessories for the trendsetting indie designer fashion boutique Seaplane in Portland, Oregon, and is particularly known for her felted hats and stylish bags. In Boutique Knits, Laura presents designs for knitted accessories that stand out from the crowd.

The book includes patterns that cover a variety of knitting techniques in varying degrees, including felting, intarsia, Fair Isle, lacework, and cables. In adition it has advice on incorporating non-knitting tools and techniques to transform your knitting to achieve that one-of-a-kind boutique feel: pliers, hammers, a sewing machine, use of millinery techniques, and handsewing techniques.

The author includes unique adornment inspiration, such as buckles and bolts borrowed from leatherwork close an intricately cabled belt, a chain handle finishes a felted bag with circle pockets, leather lacing dresses up a knitted bag, and grommets finish a half-felted handbag. The book gathers inspiration from vintage lace, beads, ribbon, and fabric-covered buttons and covers knitting and felting techniques to create effects like ruffles, shibori-style pleats, and clever shaping.

Projects in this book include: "Pseudo Shibori Scarf", "Fawn Earflap Hat", "Best Felted Collar", "Softly Pleated Sleeves", "Silky Wool Vest", "Sunshine Intarsia Bag", "Side Slip Cloche", "Alpaca Silk Bow Scarf", "Hand-Felted Bag", "Sideways Grande Hat", "Raglan Wrap", "Argyle Lace Hat", "Teak Bittersweet Gauntlets", "Hoodie Devoted", "Heather Headband", "Big Brown Bag", "Braided Cable Belt", "Plain Talk Ruffled Mittens", "Whiskey Felted Cap", "Ruffled Neck Kerchief", "Bamboo Diamond Shell", "Pleated Denim Purse", "Soft Kid Bubble" and "Beaded Fair Isle Hat".

This collection of modern, stylish patterns will inspire beginning and intermediate knitters with its uncommon techniques and materials. Transform your knitting with Boutique Knits!

Boys Don't Knit!

by Janice Schoop
8" x 8" Softcover (24 pages)
1986, Women's Press

Marvin was given a sweater knitted by his grandmother. He accidentally unraveled about half the sweater on the very day his grandmother was coming to visit. What should he do? Other than his grandmother, he didn't know anyone who could knit. His friend Elsa did, through - her grandfather. He had been a sailor and learned to knit at sea. Well, Elsa's grandpa saved the day, repairing the sweater, and later on taught Marvin how to knit. This is a pleasant story, good for young children from about 3-8.

The Braided Rug Book: Creating your own American Folk Art

by Norma M. Sturges
8 1/2" x 10" Softcover (112 pages)
1995, Lark Books
$21.95 Canadian ($17.95 US)

This beautiful book provides a new generation with an easy-to-follow approach to the enduring American craft of rug braiding. You'll learn how to plan a rug, what weight wool to use, how to recycle old wool, how to care for braided rugs, what tools you need to get started - and much more. Instructions, illustrations, and row-by-row colour plans are provided for braiding an oval, a circle and a heart. Plus there are colour plans for braiding 16 other attractive rugs, along with numerous tips and techniques to help you create what is sure to become a family treasure! For inspiration, the book also features the work of some of this country's most talented braiders.

Brilliant Knits - 25 Contemporary Designs from the Kaffe Fassett Studio

by Brandon Mably
8" x 10" Softcover (128 pages)
2001, Taunton Press
$30.95 Canadian ($25.95 US)

From the legendary Kaffe Fassett studio comes this stunning collection of unique designs for men's and women's sweaters, cardigans and other knitted garments. Trained by Fassett, Brandon Mably has a passion for color and uses it in his own original way -- and his uncomplicated designs and pleasing color combinations are proving him one of the brightest new knitwear designers in the field.

No matter your taste, you will find something in this collection that will greatly appeal to you -- from an elegant, diamond-patterned, V-neck cardigan in a subtle pastel colorway to a casual trellis-patterned, crewneck sweater in natural tweeds or a vibrant patchwork-effect cropped cardigan.

Brilliant Knits brings you: 25 sweater designs for men and women with complete and charts, designs that are accessible to all skill levels and timeless styles that are suitable for all tastes and shapes. Designs in this book include: "Great Plains" crewneck sweater, "Tall Poppies" shawl-collared cardigan, "Nomad" V-neck cardigan, "Seascape" crewneck sweater, "Tie Dye" shawl-collared cardigan, "Ladybird" V-neck waistcoat, "Jazzy" V-neck waistcoat, "Gypsy" V-neck waistcoat and scarf, "Cut Diamonds" V-neck sweater, "Olives" V-neck cardigan, "Old Tiles" box jacket, "Jockey" crewneck sweater, "Champagne Please" V-neck cardigan, "Nantucket" collared cardigan, "Rice Paper" round-neck cardigan, "Trellis" crewneck sweater, "Game Board" round-neck cardigan and crewneck sweater, "Interweave" boat-neck sweater, "Banded Stripe" crewneck sweater, "Prisoner" crewneck sweater, "Shark" crewneck sweater, "Kubra" V-neck waistcoat, "Shelves" crewneck sweater, "Aurora" slipover and "Marrakfch" crewneck sweater.

Cables Untangled - An Exploration of Cable Knitting

by Melissa Leapman
8 3/4" x 11 1/2" Hardcover (192 pages)
2006, Potter Craft Publishers
$39.95 Canadian ($32.95 US)

Beautiful, intricate, flowing, mysterious, iconic - cable knit sweaters are all that and more. They are classic, stylish wardrobe staples. For many of us, cables are the main reason we were compelled to learn to knit in the first place. But it's necessary to be an ultra-advanced knitter to even think about knitting cables, right?

Not really. In Cables Untangled, widely published author, knitwear designer, and teacher Melissa Leapman demystifies this perennially popular technique, guiding the reader through the process step by step. Even if you've mastered just a few basic knitting techniques, you can turn out beautiful cables too!

A comprehensive resource book for knitters of all levels, Cables Untangled features over twenty cabled projects, from simple household items to clothing, fashion accessories, and gifts for virtually everyone on your list. Every project is beautifully photographed and includes useful detail shots of every piece of cabled fabric.

In addition to the projects, Cables Untangled includes an invaluable Cable Stitch Dictionary, giving you the tools to be a skilled and creative cable-knitter. Extra resources include: a guide to using knitting charts and understanding their symbols, a comprehensive stitch library of both traditional and unusual rib, panel, and allover cable stitches, all clearly photographed and accompanied by easy-to-use charts plus a collection of tips for designing your own projects.

Throughout the book, Leapman relies on the techniques she has developed teaching her popular workshops - making the process easy and fun for anyone.

Here's the book that will bring your knitting to a whole new level, help you impress family and friends with your beautiful creations, and open up a new world of creative opportunities. Without a doubt, Cables Untangled is an indispensable resource in helping you conquer - and enjoy! - cables. It's the ultimate guide for beginners and seasoned knitters alike.

Widely published author, designer, and teacher Melissa Leapman includes over twenty beautiful sweater and accessory designs - plus more than 100 cable-stitch patterns - in the definitive cable resource book for beginners and experts alike.

Patterns in this book include: "Simple Hat and Scarf Set", "Woman's Simple Pullover", "Perpendicular Squares Afghan", "Entwined Cables Pillow", "Aran-Style Afghan", "Harvest Tweed Afghan", "Rug with Faux Tassels", "Two-Color Pillow", "Sampler Afghan", "Tweed Pullover", "Poncho", "Fringed Skirt", "Cotton Raglan", "Turtleneck", "Sleeveless V-Neck", "Man's Intertwined Cables Pullover", "His/Hers Reversable Scarf", "Little Bag with Handles", "Child's Crewneck Pullover", "Man's Tweed Pullover" and "Baby Blankie".

With Cables Untangled, even beginning knitters can learn to cable like pros, and those who already consider themselves seasoned cablers will find new avenues for their creativity and skill as they expand their repertoire and learn to design their own cabled creations.

Other books by the author include A Close Knit Family, Chunky Knit Sweaters, Continuous Cables and Melissa Leapman's Knitting Beyond Scarves.


by Louisa Harding
8 3/4" x 10 1/4" Hardcover (162 pages)
2009, Sixth & Spring Books
$30.95 Canadian ($25.95 US)

Cardigans will change the way you think about this classic fashion staple. In Louisa Harding’s designs, the humble cardigan is transformed with grace and beauty into dozens of unique creations. Included here are more than 25 patterns, with variations on each pattern expanding the collection to more than 40 unique designs — all with accompanying photographs. The author provides easy-to-understand instructions and charts, with multiple sizes given for each pattern. In addition, reference guides for basic finishing techniques and yarn characteristics are included. All this with more than 50 full-color photographs!

Specific patterns in the book include: "Marguerite", "Willow", "Sabrina", "Gypsy", "Sylph", "Otello", "Marmee", "Tide", "Muse", "Ginger", "Fritallary", "Augustine", "Minnie", "Silver", "Waterfall", "Masquerade", "Vertigo", "Kitty", "Alwar", "Cecile", "Orchis", "Lacewing", "Antillean", "Viola", "Contarini", "Sofia" and "Bundi".

With all these beautiful styles, colors and embellishments to choose from, you’ll never run out of inspiration for knitting this universal favorite.

Other books by the author include Hats Gloves Scarves.

Casts Off - The Yarn Harlot's Guide to the Land of Knitting

by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
6" x 8" Softcover (218 pages)
2007, Storey Publishing
$19.95 Canadian ($16.95 US)

From the best-selling author of Yarn Harlot and Knitting Rules comes yet another hilarious book of tongue-in-cheek observations on the world of knitting. Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off invites knitters of all ages, levels, and persuasions to embark with her on a journey deep into the land populated by those who are obsessed with yarn, needles, and what's on their needles now.

Using a travel guide format as her launching pad, the author acts as tour guide extraordinaire, displaying her trademark razor-sharp wit as she describes and critiques every aspect of this land she knows so well - its people, native language, familiar phrases, strange beliefs, etiquette, and cultural customs. Readers will love her timeline of notable dates in knitting history and rarely celebrated knitting heroes, from the samurai warriors of Japan to the "Ter-rible Knitters of Dent." And, while the land of knitting is a peaceful place, it does have its political arguments, such as the acrylic versus natural fibers and circular versus straight needles debates.

As she's toured (and knit) her way across North America during the past two years, Pearl-McPhee's smart, perfectly timed banter has captured the hearts, minds, and funny bones of thousands of knitters far and wide. No fan is going to want to be left behind as Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off on her latest yarn-bound expedition.

Other books by the author include At Knit's End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much, Casts Off - The Yarn Harlot's Guide to the Land of Knitting, Knitting Rules - The Yarn Harlot's Bag of Knitting Tricks, Things I Learned from Knitting ... whether I wanted to or not and Yarn Harlot - The Secret Life of a Knitter.

Celebrity Scarves

by Abra Edleman
9 1/2" x 11 1/2" Hardcover (120 pages)
2003, Sixth & Spring Books

What do Julianna Margolies, Daryl Hannah, Rosie Perez, Eartha Kitt, Laura Leighton, Portia de Rossi, Courtney Thorne Smith, Vanna White, and Jennie Garth have in common?

They love to knit. And one of the easiest and quickest garments for them to work on while they're waiting to get called for their close-ups is a scarf. Here are their favorites. Exquisite, evocative, full-color photographs showcase the celebrities wearing their handiwork, and make this lavish volume a sumptuous visual feast, as well as a stunning project collection.

An age-old craft that has long been associated with grannies; knitting is the hottest trend to hit Tinseltown. From up-and-comers like Rosario Dawson to classic starlets such as Daryl Hannah, fashion concious celebrities are filling their downtime on sets with a pair of needles and a few skeins of yarn, noting the craft's myriad therapeutic and meditative benefits. Hailed as the "new yoga", knitting relieves stress, relaxes the mind and invites a sense of calm.

Celebrity Scarves captures the essence of the Hollywood knitting circle by presenting 25 scarves designed and modeled by some of today's favorite leading ladies and each offers their thoughts on their favorite pastime. From an eyelash muffler to a hybrid hat/headwarmer, each scarf is both unique in design and reflective of the creator's personality and style. Complete instructions, along with information on knitting basics, enable even beginners to recreate the high-fashion scarves.

The trend among the stars has prompted some of the country's hippest fashionistas to pick up their needles. With beautiful full-page photographs and instructions to accompany each design, Celebrity Scarves is sure to inspire your creativity, whether you want to replicate one of the featured designs or create your own original work of art.

The Celtic Collection

by Alice Starmore
9" x 12 1/4" Softcover (144 pages)
1997, Trafalgar Square Publishing
$27.95 Canadian ($22.95 US)

Inspired by the magic and mysticism of Celtic art, this fabulous collection of knitwear designs for both adults and children will appeal to knitters everywhere. With each garment beautifully photographed in colour against the stunning scenery of western Ireland the book is a visual delight as well as a source of rich patterns complete with clear practical instructions.

The photos leave you breathless while the designs whisper "Knit me, knit me first!" Using tweeds, wools silks and chenilles in knotwork, spirals, key patterns, fretwork and breasts from the metalwork and manuscripts of the Celts, Alice Starmore creates 25 designs including six for children. One key design is used three ways and each sweater is distinctively different through choice of colour and bands that frame the garment. There's no reason you can't make them all, working through the four ratings. Each is a knockout.

The author's other works include: Alice Starmore's Book of Fair Isle Knitting, Aran Knitting, Celtic Collection, Children's Collection, Fisherman's Sweaters, In the Hebrides, Pacific Coast Highway, Stillwater and Tudor Roses.

Celtic Knits - Over 25 designs for babies, children and adults

by Debbie Bliss
9" x 11" Hardcover (80 pages)
2000, Trafalgar Square Publishing
$15.95 Canadian ($12.95 US)

Scottish, Irish and Welsh designs have long been a rich source of inspiration for knitters. Beautiful earthy colours and styles that range from simple chunky sweaters to intricate Fair Isles offer endless ideas. Now, in this stunning new collection, leading knitwear designer Debbie Bliss presents more than 25 original Celtic-inspired designs for the whole family. Giving a contemporary twist to traditional designs, she has simplified more complex patterns and used styles and colours that look right for today. For adults, there are rugged fishermen's sweaters, cardigans in delicate hues of heather and moss, a cabled tweed jacket and a luxurious cashmere wrap. For infants and children, the adorable designs include Fair Isle jackets, socks, berets, and throws and a lace-and-cable sweater. With every design illustrated in atmospheric colour photographs, Celtic Knits is another welcome addition to the Debbie Bliss knitwear series.

Patterns in this book include: "Fair Isle Cardigan with Chenille Edging", "Fair Isle Scarf", "Simple Sweater with Collar", "Denim Tunic with Pockets", "Boxy Aran Jacket", "Classic Fair Isle Cardigan and Socks", "Smock Jacket", Herringbone and Moss Stitch Sweater", "Lace Jacket", "Lace Alpaca Scarf", "Child's Zipped Jacket", "Cabled Hearts Sweater", "Cashmere Crossover Top", "Lace and Cable Tunic", "Moss Stitch Denim Jacket", "Cabled Tweed Jacket", "Shaped Denim Jacket", "Longline Aran Tunic", "Argyle Twinset", "Shawl Collared Sweater", "Beret", "Fair Isle Sweater with Socks", "Fair Isle Baby Wrap" and "Chenille Jacket".

The author's other works include: Baby Knits, The Baby Knits Book, Baby Style, Bright Knits for Kids, Classic Knits for Kids, Easy Knits, Essential Knits for Kids, Family Knits, Great Knits for Kids, How to Knit, Kids Country Knits, Kids' Knits for Heads, Hands & Toes, Nautical Knits for Kids, New Baby Knits, Nursery Knits, Quick Baby Knits, Simply Baby, Teddy Bears and Toy Knits.

Charmed Knits: Projects for Fans of Harry Potter

by Alison Hansel
8 1/2" x 9" Softcover (176 pages)
2007, Wiley
$19.95 Canadian ($16.95 US)

The Harry Potter phenomenon and the popularity of knitting - a magical combination. An online search demonstrates this; by combining the words "Harry Potter" and "knitting" yields over a million results.

This unique book features 30 patterns that celebrate popular Harry Potter characters and places. Knitters can create initial sweaters for Harry, Ron, Fred, and George; sweaters, scarves, mittens, hats, and socks in the house colors of Hogwarts; themed items such as cloaks, robes, stuffed toys, and a blanket; and more. A bonus craft project lets readers "magically" hold a work in progress.

Easy-to-follow patterns and color photos showing the finished projects inspire both beginners and experienced knitters.

Charted Knitting Designs - A Third Treasury of Knitting Patterns

by Barbara G. Walker
8" x 9 1/4" Softcover (269 pages)
1998, Schoolhouse Press
$36.95 Canadian ($30.95 US)

Knitters Rejoice! Barbara G. Walker's classic trilogy of indispensable stitch-pattern books is back in print. This third book contains 350 different charted designs, including: How to read charts, Textured Fabrics, Twist Stitch patterns, Cables, Closed-Ring Cables, Cable-Stitch Patterns, Lace, Lace Panels, Mosaic patterns Colour patterns and uncharted miscellany.

The author's other books include the three other "Treasury" volumes: A Treasury of Knitting Patterns, A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns and A Fourth Treasury of Knitting Patterns as well as Mosaic Knitting, Learn-to-Knit Afghan Book and Knitting from the Top.

Cheaper than Therapy: Joy, Healing and Life Lessons in Fiber

by Annie Modesitt
5 1/2" x 8 1/2" Softcover (122 pages)
2006, ModeKnit Press

28 Essayists discuss the positive impact that knitting, crochet, spinning & all fiber in general have had on their lives. Funny, touching, moving and inspirational, this collection reaches into the soul.

The author has compiled essays from women who work with fiber encompassing a wide range of topics from childbirth to family barbeques to mourning a loss. She is the author of Confessions of a Knitting Heretic, Knitting Millinery and Men Who Knit & The Dogs Who Love Them.

Chesapeake Collection - Nine Original Ron Schweitzer Knitwear Designs In Pure Shetland Wool

by Ron Schweitzer
8 1/2" x 11" Softcover (50 pages)
1999, Yarns International

The sweaters in this collection are innovative designs based on old techniques and knit in 2 ply jumper weight yarn. Unisex styling and a very appealing use of natural colours in unique Fair Isle repeats makes all patterns stand independently, as well as in a cohesive group. If the Fair Isle patterns you've seen so far are a bit too "old fashioned" for your taste, give one of these updated versions a try. Good clear charts and row schemes, along with detailed steek instructions and generous pattern sizing make this collection hard to resist. Very nicely done. Although natural colours are shown in the book, any variety of colour combinations could be used magnificently.

Patterns in this collection include: "Bayberry" - a Fair Isle drop-shoulder pullover; "Chesapeake Bay" - a Fair Isle drop-shoulder cardigan; "Driftwood" - a Fair Isle V-neck vest; "Lighthouses" - a Fair Isle drop-shoulder v-neck cardigan; "Seascape" - a Fair Isle drop-shoulder pullover; "St. Michaels" - A Fair Isle drop-shoulder pullover; "Tilghman Island" - a Fair Isle drop-shoulder cardigan; "Waterman" - A Fair Isle V-neck vest and "Zizany" - a Fair Isle drop-shoulder pullover. All of the garments are shown in full page full colour pictures.

The Children's Collection

by Alice & Jade Starmore
8 1/2" x 11 1/2" Softcover (96 pages)
2000, Interweave Press

Knitwear designers Alice Starmore - grandma par excellence - and Jade Starmore - devoted mom - have put their heads together and have come up with adorable fresh takes on all the knitted classics: Fair Isles, Arans, Lace Knits and more. Heirloom quality, beginner to intermediate in time and challenge. Nostalgic read-aloud stories to accompany each pattern and the wittiest most lovable photography ever. Included in this book are cardigans, vests, pullovers, sweet dresses and a very feminine little coat. The authors provide yarn substitution information (yardage, wraps per inch), hints, tips and techniques as well as lovely technical illustrations by Jade.

Projects in this book include such lovely titles as: "Fish & Anchors", "Mendocino", "Oriental Flower", "Western Seas", "Cats & Mice", "Magic Carpet", "Sand Dollar", Elephants", "Classic Aran" and "Secret Garden".

NOTE: For information on substituting Jamieson's Shetland Wool for the discontinued Alice Starmore yarn used in projects in this book, please Click Here.

The author's other works include: Alice Starmore's Book of Fair Isle Knitting, Aran Knitting, Fisherman's Sweaters, In the Hebrides, Pacific Coast Highway, Stillwater and Tudor Roses.

Christmas Stockings: 18 Holiday Treasures to Knit

edited by Elaine Lipson
8 1/2" x 9" Softcover (96 pages)
2001, Interweave

For knitters, early fall is the time to start thinking about making Christmas presents. Stockings are classic gifts among knitters-they're timeless, fun to knit, and you only need one of them! Christmas Stocking: 18 Holiday Treasures to Knit celebrates the joy, beauty and charm of the Christmas stocking tradition with creations from today's top designers. From classic to contemporary, with fast and easy choices for beginning knitters as well as challenging projects for experienced knitters, there's a stocking for everyone in this unique and inspiring book.

Highlights of this book include: an elegant Victorian beauty by top international designer Sasha Kagan, A captivating snowman stocking from designer Nicky Epstein in her popular knitted-applique style, classic Argyle, Estonian and Gansey designs, A keepsake stocking for baby's first Christmas, Bonus tips and patterns to create your own stocking or personalize any design, miniature stocking and mittens to knit - perfect for tree ornaments and package decorations, and more!

The full listing of the 18 designs in this book are: "Snowy Night Gansey Stocking", "Christmas Rainbow Surprise", "Sock Monkey Stocking", "The Chubby Sock", "Paintbox Pocket Stocking", "The Big Easy", "Keepsake Baby Stocking", Giant Jester Stocking", "Snowman at Midnight", "Diamonds in the Rough Argyle Stocking", "Village of Kirbla Estonian Stocking", "A Fetching Stocking", "Counterpane and Lace Stocking", "Hugs and Kisses Aran Stocking", "Naughty but Nice Victorian Elegance", "Scandinavian Stocking", "Celtic Christmas Fair Isle Stocking" and "Austrian Alpine Treasure".

Chunky Knit Sweaters

by Melissa Leapman
8 1/2" x 11" Softcover (37 pages)
2000, American School of Needlework, Inc.

Direct from New York City designer Melissa Leapman come a new set of designs for the fashion conscious. Straight from the pages of today's hottest fashion magazines, these beautiful and charming sweaters are easy to make and will please any friend or family member lucky enough to receive one. Don't be surprised if your trendy teen suddenly decides the sweater is meant for her.

On top of a pleated skirt or a pair of jeans, these sweaters are wonderfully versatile. Made with thick yarn and big needles, these easy-to-wear and attractive knits will keep you warm, as well as keep you in fashion. The classic designs will allow you to wear these sweaters this year, next yea, and for years to come.

As a gift for someone special or as an addition to your own wardrobe, these Chunky Knit Sweater are easy to make, fun to wear and are must-haves. The 8 patterns included in this book are: "Cabled Turtleneck", "Cozy Zip Cardigan", "Eyelet Raglan", "Pullover with an Edge", "Simply Snuggly", "Side-to-Side Tunic", "Tunic with Texture" and "Two-tone Turtleneck". Each finished garment is modeled in a full colour picture and is accompanied by a full set of instructions to knit each in sizes: Small, Medium, Large and X-Large.

Other books by the author include Cables Untangled, A Close Knit Family, Continuous Cables and Melissa Leapman's Knitting Beyond Scarves.

Classic Knits

by Marianne Isager
8 1/2" x 9" Softcover (184 pages)
2009, Interweave Press
$34.95 Canadian ($28.95 US)

This timeless collection of knitwear designs from Danish designer Marianne Isager is a stitch technique guide and a gallery of design inspiration in one book. Classic Knits features 25 traditional, appealing projects worked in basic knit and purl stitch patterns, each with a distinctive design element typical of Marianne's style, be it an interesting combination of yarns, a clever use of stitch pattern, or an unusual form of construction.

Choose the knitting technique you'd like to learn - entrelac, color stranding, double knitting, slip stitch, herringbone, and more - and apply them to your design by first practicing with a gauge swatch. When the swatch is knitted to the correct gauge and the same size as shown in the book, the garment will match the measurements listed in the pattern.

Originally published in Danish as Strik a la Carte the patterns in this book include: "Corsage" garter-stitch top, "Cossack" sweater, "Sugar" cardign, "Fisherman" man's simple ribbed sweater, "Monk" child/adult hoodie, "Elf" one-piece toddler outfit, "short jacket" using brioche stitch, "Knit & Purl" boy/mans jacket, "Beach Flowers" sweater, "Pearls" cardigan, "March" sweater, "Zigzag Top", "Zigzag Jacket", "Mie's Jacket and Cap", "Waves" little summer top, "Honey" v-neck sweater, "Dashes" sleeveless top (pictured on cover), "Newsprint Pullover", "Newsprint Top", "Black & White" sweater and "Relief" textured pullover.

Many of the garments in this book are based on simple knit-purl pattern stitches. None require extensive knitting experience. You only need to know how to cast on, knit, and bind off to successfully complete any project in this book. All other information is provided in sidebars and the Glossary. Plus, if you have trouble with the finishing process, don't worry, the garments have been designed to require as little finishing as possible. Several of the garments are worked from the top down, so it's easy to add or remove rows to customize the lengths.

If you're looking for innovative knitwear designs that include a variety of knitting techniques, Classic Knits will appeal to you!

The author has also written Knitting Out of Africa - Inspired Sweater Designs.

Classic Knits - 15 Timeless Designs to Knit and Keep Forever

by Erika Knight
8 1/2" x 9" Hardcover (96 pages)
2007, Potter Craft
$23.95 Canadian ($19.95 US)

Erika Knight designs chic and classic knitwear for every occasion. With 15 stylish patterns, gorgeous photographs, and clear instructions, Classic Knits shows you how to create gorgeous knitwear pieces no woman should be without.

The majority of the designs in this book are sweater patterns and the author has assembled a wide variety of styles. There is a simple Mohair cardigan with snap closures, two turtlenecks, a military style cardigan jacket with pockets and a beautiful silk shrug. The book also includes accessories like a pair of socks, gloves as well as a lovely cable keyhole scarf. All designs display simple but elegant construction and are the perfect way to expand the readers wardrobe.

Other books by the author include: Comforts of Home, Knitting for Two, Simple Knits for Cherished Babies and Simple Knits for Little Cherubs.

Classic Knits for Kids - 30 Traditional Aran and Guernsey Designs for 0-6 Years

by Debbie Bliss
8 1/4" x 11 3/4" Softcover (80 pages)
1998, Trafalgar Square Publishing

Here's Debbie Bliss' newest book in her ongoing series of fun sweaters, hats and booties for kids and fun-to-knit kids knits. The theme this time is traditional Aran and Guernsey designs for 0-6 years. The designs range from simple knit-purl motifs to big bobbly cable patterns. There are 30 designs in here with a gallery of beautiful colour photos in front and detailed instructions and garment charts in back. These are really cute and fun, easy-knit patterns that combine style with practicality.

The list of projects included in this book are: Duffel Coat, Tweed Waistcoat and Beret, Baby's Coat with Beret, Garter Stitch Jacket with Hat and Booties, Windcheater and Hat, Ribbed Tunic Style Sweater, Aran Coat, Longline Aran Cardigan, Aran Fishing Shirt, Striped Pirate Hat, Diamond and Bobble Sweater, Black Aran Jacket with Beanie Hat, Jacket with Sailor Collar and Pockets, Boxy Jacket with Collar, Moss Stitch and Garter Stitch Guernsey, Hearts and Flowers Sweater, Aran Cardigan with Lace Edging, Bobbles and Waves Sweater with Bag, Tree of Life Guernsey, Cotton Aran Sweater, Diamond and Moss Stitch Cardigan, "Star" Sweater with Sandals, Simple Guernsey Style Sweater, Wee Willie Winkie Hat, Striped Tunic Top, Sampler Sweater and an Aran Sweater with Sailor Collar and Striped Insert.

The author's other works include: Baby Knits, The Baby Knits Book, Baby Style, Bright Knits for Kids, Celtic Knits, Easy Knits, Essential Knits for Kids, Family Knits, Great Knits for Kids, How to Knit, Kids Country Knits, Kids' Knits for Heads, Hands & Toes, Nautical Knits for Kids, New Baby Knits, Nursery Knits, Quick Baby Knits, Simply Baby, Teddy Bears and Toy Knits.

Classic Knitted Vests: 16 Styles for Men and Women

by Nancie M. Wiseman
8 1/2" x 11" Softcover (96 pages)
2003, Martingale & Co Inc


Vests are a perennial favorite with knitters - they're quick to knit (no sleeves!) and require minimal finishing. The versatile vest designs in this book are perfect for any season and every occasion.

Included are sixteen pullover and button-up vests rely on easy stitches that produce extraordinary texture. The projects sized from small to extra-large for women and men are made with wool, cotton, mohair, and angora. The book also includes fashionable options for necklines, borders, and other details.

The author begins the book with an informational section that includes instructions on Short-Row Shaping for Shoulders, 3-Needle Bind Off, Substituting Yarn, Pattern Tips and Tricks and Knitting Abbreviations. This is followed with a collection of wonderful patterns which include the "Multi-size Vest for Men and Women (Pullover & Cardigan)" plus designs with names like: "Friday Harbour", "San Francisco", "Chicago", "Columbus", "Dallas", "Anchorage", "Puget Sound", "Atlanta", "Portland", "San Diego", "Whidbey Island", "Philadelphia", "Lexington" and "Olympic Peninsula"

Other books by this author include: Knitted Shawls, Stoles & Scarves, Knitted Sweaters for Every Season, The Knitter's Book of Finishing Techniques, Knitting with Wire, Lace from the Attic and the videos: Basic Sock Video, Continental Knitting, Hand Knitted Lace, Learn to Knit - Basic Knitting and Sweater Finishing and Three Techniques for More Colorful Knitting.

The Classics - Fisherman Knits

by Janet Whitney Mysse
9" x 11 1/4" Spiral Bound Hardcover (207 pages)
1984, Falcon Press Publishing Co., Inc.

These are indeed classic! There are 40 patterns for sweaters and vests in 9 sizes as well as afghans and coverlets. The author offers 17 ribbing and welt patterns and 52 stitch patterns to combine her way or yours (and it's easy because of the section on changing patterns within a style after checking your gauge). Styles include V-Neck Vest, Guernsey, Set-in Sleeve, Raglan Sleeve, T-Style, and Strap Shoulder.

Beginner and experienced knitters will like these classic patterns and every knitter will find the "basics" chapters at the beginning a great reference, especially the sections on "Closures and Pockets", "Neck Finishes" and "Finishing" the garment. The book is well put together with schematics, black and white close-ups of stitches and garments and clear text.

Clever Knits - Great Looks for Kids

by Kristine Clever
8 1/2" x 11" Softcover (95 pages)
2002, Martingale & Company
$33.95 Canadian ($27.95 US)

Discover this fresh, relaxed approach to knitting for kids! You'll delight in this collection that blends timesaving techniques with smart fashion for children. Knit up sweaters, cardigans, a tunic, a party dress and more. Choose from 14 up-to-date designs for girls and boys, sizes 4 through 12. With the clear instructions the reader can start and finish projects with plenty of time left for kids to wear them before they outgrow them -- and big needles mean faster, easier knitting!

Sporty designs for boys and stylish projects for girls feature ready-to-wear details for fashion-conscious kids. Minimal finishing requirements make patterns a snap to complete; flexible options make it easy to substitute different yarns. The projects in this book include: "Terry Tunic", "Kaitlyn" cropped sweater, "Doll Sweater", "Entralac V-Neck Pullover", "Starlight" cardigan, "Linen-Stitch Vest", "Savvy Sweatshirt", "Bobbles and Bows Sweater", "Bobbles and Bows Hat", "Tate's Cardigan", "Kirsten" Nordic-feel sweater, "Fleece Tunic", "Kamille's Color-Blocked Coat", "Zippered Pullover" and "Karolyn's Party Dress".

Each design is shown in multiple colour photographs in this beautifully illustrated book along with clear instructions, diagrams and "Clever Ideas" from the designer. As well as a glossary of knitting terms, a list of yarn resources and some basic information, the author includes a chapter on Finishing Techniques.

A Close-Knit Family - Sweaters for Everyone You Love

by Melissa Leapman
9 1/4" x 11" Hardcover (154 pages)
1999, Taunton Press
$30.95 Canadian ($25.95 US)

Most knitters create garments for someone else - usually a family member. With this beautiful collection of sweaters from knitwear designer Melissa Leapman, knitters will find projects to delight everyone on their gift list. All are wonderfully knittable, with enough style to make the entire family look great.

Each chapter has a basic design that has been interpreted into different sweaters for adults and children. Instead of taking one sweater and changing the size, Melissa has created practical and different designs from a similar theme for each family member. By not merely reworking the same sweater in many different sizes, these projects will keep even the most prolific knitter engaged.

The 40 sweater designs detailed in this book range in difficulty from easy to advanced, so every knitter will find a wide range of interesting projects. The projects are grouped into chapters called: Entwined Hearts, Spicy Fair Isles, Toasty Trio, Pastoral Pastels, Riot of Ribs, Bird's-Eye-Bulkies, Harbor View Guernseys, Argyle Antics, Quick and Cozy, Seaside Stripes, Nordic Warmth, The South Hadley Tweeds, Cabled Elegance and Casual Comfort. Each sweater has complete, easy-to-follow instructions which include 14 good contemporary stitch charts, designer hints and assembly diagrams. The author includes many colour photos in this gorgeous book.

Other books by the author include Cables Untangled, Chunky Knit Sweaters, Continuous Cables and Melissa Leapman's Knitting Beyond Scarves.

Closure - A Take 5 Book

by Mags Kandis
8 1/2" x 11" Softcover (17 pages)
2002, Mission Falls
$10.95 Canadian ($8.95 US)

The first book in the Mission Falls Take 5 collection includes 5 new and unique designs.

The book includes full instructions for 5 patterns using Mission Falls 1824 Wool yarn. Alternatively Mission Falls 1824 Cotton yarn can be substituted to make a lighter garment. The book is illustrated using colour photographs of each of the designs and the patterns and charts are clear with most including information for producing multiple sizes.

Detailed information and photographs of all the designs in this book can be found by following the links below or go to the Summary Page to see them all. In addition, complete kits with all the yarn and buttons can be purchased.

Other Mission Falls pattern books include: Accent, Decade, Dreamer 136, Duet, East + West, For Him and Her, Harvest, Homecoming, The Illustrator, In Living Colour, Just Kidding, Mission Falls Goes Crochet, Quinte Scrapbook, Recollection, Simple, Smitten, Spirit, Wee Knits, Wee Knits Too and Wee Knits 3.

Colorful Knitwear Design

from Threads magazine
8 7/8" x 10 7/8" Hardcover (96 pages)
1994, Taunton Press

A sourcebook of ideas and techniques

There's nothing quite as exciting as combining luscious yarns in wonderful, colorful patterns. Here is a treasure trove of design ideas and techniques you can use to blend colors and fibers to create beautiful knitwear. You'll learn how to make textural stitches and see how to chart freeform or geometric designs.

Includes a variety of easy-to-duplicate techniques including lace and patchwork. This knitter's sourcebook contains 7 schematics, 2 complete patterns and plenty of knitting tips. This book is extensively illustrated with over 150 photos and drawings.

Color by Kristin - How to Design your own Beautiful Knits

by Kristin Nicholas
8 3/4" x 10 1/4" Hardcover (172 pages)
2009 Sixth & Spring Books
$30.95 Canadian ($25.95 US)

Embrace your inner artist!

That’s the message woven all through this beautifully illustrated guide to knitting and designing with multiple colors. Renowned designer Kristin Nicholas shares her unique approach to combining colors and her secrets to creating stunning designs and even shows you how to design your own colorwork charts.

Glossaries of edgings and interchangeable colorwork charts offer endless possibilities for creating one-of-a-kind knits. The 25+ colorful patterns include an adorable patchwork baby afghan, charming mother-daughter mittens, comfy slipper socks for the whole family, a zip-up cardigan any little one will love and an eco-friendly tote to carry your knitting projects.The complete list of projects includes: "Bloomsbury Gauntlets", "Over-the-Top Shawl", "Many Hearts Baby Blanket", "Family of Slippers Socks", "Child's Zip-Up Cardigan", "Little Shepherd's Scrap Yarn Scarf", "Mad for Plaid Mittens", "On-the-Go Knitter's Tote", "Java Jacket", "Best Friends Pullovers", "Felted Laptop Cozy", "Southwest-Style Sleeved Wrap", "Pompom Bolster", "Extra-Long Scarf for Extra-Cold Days", "Mother-Daughter Mittens", "Hen Party Pullover", "Marrakesh Market Pillows", "Last-Minute Mitts and Hat", "Op Art Ottoman", "Lazy Daisy Teapot Cozy", "Cuffed Mittens and Socks" and "Norwegian Dreams Pullover".

Other books by the author include: Knitting for Baby and Knitting the New Classics.

colorSTYLE - Innovative to Traditional, 17 Inspired Designs to Knit

by Pam Allen & Ann Budd
8 1/2" x 9" Softcover (144 pages)
2008, Interweave Press
$30.95 Canadian ($25.95 US)

Color work is a popular form of knitting for projects of all types and complexity. Knitting is more fun when two or more colors are used and gives the knitter an opportunity to learn new techniques.

From simple repeating stripes to intricate Fair Isle patterns, two or more colors can add life and dimension to garments and accessories. Color Style, following in the footsteps of Bag Style, Lace Style, Scarf Style and Wrap Style - with gorgeous patterns, luscious lifestyle photographs, and step-by-step instructions - features classic and innovative use of traditional color techniques by top knitwear designers that will be a welcome library addition for beginner and experienced knitters alike.

From an easy-to-knit pullover that alternates narrow stripes of solid and variegated yarns to a multicolored Fair Isle cardigan worked with steeks, readers will find loads of practical projects and inspiration from fifteen top knitwear designers including V?ronik Avery, Mags Kandis, Deborah Newton, Kristin Nicholas, Shirley Paden, and more.

Designs in this book include: "Gee's Bend Pullover", "Holi Mitts", "Mohair Fair Isle", "Faux-Embroidery Yoke Sweater", "Honeycomb Turtleneck", "Bohus-Style Knee-Highs", "Harvest Cardigan", "Hooded Scarf", "Funky Fair Isle Bag", "Mosaic Yoke Jacket", "Cunningsburgh Sar Jacket", "Peace and Love Gloves", "Retro Andean Pullover", "Argyle Vest", "Floral Pillow", "Striped Raglan", "Fun Flower Mittens".

In addition to seventeen inventive patterns, the Design Notebook chapter details the fundamental ways to incorporate color into knitting. Learn the secrets to successful Fair Isle, intarsia, and slip stitch or how different techniques can be used in combination for outstanding results. Soon you'll be on your way to designing your own colorful masterpieces! Even if you're a beginning knitter, Color Style shows easy ways to achieve colorful effects in your knitting.

Comforts of Home - Simple Knitted Accents

by Erika Knight
10" x 10" Softcover (128 pages)
2000, Martingale & Company

Create luxurious knitted textiles for your home with 18 gorgeous step-by-step projects

Capturing the mood of minimalist design, Comforts of Home offers simple patterns for creating luxurious, contemporary knitted accents for the home. Eighteen beautiful and practical projects feature the easiest stitches and patterns, making this book ideal for even first-time knitters.

Starting with basic knitting techniques, Comforts of Home provides detailed photographs and easy-to-follow instructions that introduce each knitting concept clearly and concisely. From casting on to increasing, decreasing and binding off, you'll find each project simple to stitch and a joy to create.

The book provides quick-to-knit designs that follow the stylish "natural look" trend, using soft, lavish yarns and muted colour palettes to harmonize with any decor. Large projects are conveniently broken down into portable sections for knitting at the soccer game, the doctor's office, or away from home. No previous knitting experience is needed - most of the lush accessories can be completed in a weekend, even by novice knitters.

Projects in this book include: "Simple Cushions", "Seams Cushions", "Cushions with Alternative Embellishments", "Stripe Cushion", "Stripe Cushion with Alternative Stripes", "Tassell Throw", "Floor Cushion", "Table Runner", "Beaded Cushions", "Beaded Cushions with Alternative Beading", "Squares Throw", "Felted Sweater", "Color-block Throw", "Button Cushions", "Button Cushions with Alternative Buttons", "Child's Blanket", "Child's Cusion", "Simple Slippers", "Wash Mitt", "Bain Bag", "Cuddle Coat", "Knitted Baskets", and "Rag Rug".

These elegant, quick, and easy projects for modern interiors offer a casual look that will transform your home's spaces into comfortable, welcome havens for living. The book is filled with colour photographs showing the completed projects as well as detailed shots of the stitches. In a section at the beginning on knitting techniques, close-up photographs are used to explain the basic stitches for beginner knitters.

The authors other books include: Classic Knits, Knitting for Two, Simple Knits for Cherished Babies and Simple Knits for Little Cherubs.

Compendium of Finishing Techniques - Crochet, Embroidery, Knitting, Quilting, Weaving

by Naomi K. McEneely
7 1/2" x 9" Softcover Spiral Bound (176 pages)
2003, Interweave Press
$35.95 Canadian ($29.95 US)

For the first time, an abundant collection of fabric finishing techniques is presented in a single book!

This invaluable compendium offers finishing techniques for weavers, knitters, sewers, quilters, embroiderers, crocheters, or anyone interested in the textile arts. From basic to esoteric, simple to elegant, or plain to highly decorative, these finishes can be applied to most any fabric - woven, knitted, crocheted, handmade or purchased. Each technique is clearly presented with text, illustrations and photographs of examples created in the technique. In the years ahead, this book will become your most-prized reference for all your finishing needs.

The book has two indexes, the first groups the techniques by type indicating whether they are "Edges", "Seams and Joins", "Braids, Cords a& Trimmings", "Embroidery" and "Miscellaneous". The second index groups the techniques by what discipline they are primary used in. The "Crochet" techniques covered include Bosnian Stitch, Buttonholes, Buttons (Ring, Cover, Ball and Acorn), Chain Fringe, Crocheted Loops, Corkscrew Fringe, Finger Braid, Looped Fringe, Picot Chain, Irish Picot, Mile-a-Minute Edge, Picking Up, Popcorn Stitch, Reverse Stitch, Round Cord, Simple Lace, Slip Stitch and Tassel Crocheted Crown. "Embroidery" Techniques include Arrow Tack, Attaching Lace and Other Trim, Blanket Stitch, Blind Stitch, Bound Hem, Bullion Knot, Buttonholes, Buttons, Chain Stitch, Chevron Stitch, Couching, Cross-Stitch, Duplicate Stitch, Fagoting Stitch, Fly Stitch, French Knot, Herringbone Stitch, Ladder Hem, Mitering, Monograms, Mountmellick Stitch, Overcast Stitch, Pekinese Stitch, Piping, Raised Chain Band, Rolled Hem, Satin Stitch, Scalloped Hem, Slip Stitch, Smocking and Stem Stitch.

For "Knitting" there is information on the Backstitch, Bias Bands, Bolivian Pom-Pom, Buttonholes, Darning, Finger Cord, Fringes, I-Cord, Invisible Stitch, Kitchener Stitch, Knitted Lace, Picot Turning, Pom-Poms, Pressing, Purl Turning, Rolled Hem, Spool Cord, Tassel Knitted Crown and Tassel I-Cord. "Knotting" Techniques presented include: Bullion Knot, Chinese Flower, Damascus, Phillipine, Double Wrapped Cord, Half Hitch, French Knot, Monkey's Fist, Overhand, Sennit and Square. Finally, for "Weaving" there are instructions on: Augmented Fringe, Baseball Stitch, Bound Seam, Braids, Buttonhole Stitch, Concealed Seam, Couching Join, Damascus Edge, Darning, Drawn Thread Marker, Double Wrapped Cord, Edges Done On Loom (Chain, Clove Hitch, Four-Sided Fringe, Hemstitch, Looped Fringe, Twined, Warp Tabs and Wrapped Warps), Eskimo Join, Fingerweaving Braid, French Seam, French Sennit Braid, Fringe, Half Hitch Knots, Hong Kong Seam, Invisible Join, Lacing, Needle-Woven Picot Edge, Netted Fringe With and Without Beads, Phillippine Edge, Picot Edge, Peruvian Flat Braid, Rya Join, Slentre Braid, Spool-Knitted Cord and Wrapped Edge.

This is easily the most complete book on the subject, a manditory reference book for fibre artists and a fascinating collection of techniques that you will want to try on your own projects!

The Complete Book of Knitting

by Barbara Abbey
8 1/4" x 11" Softcover (239 pages)
2001, Dover Publications, Inc.

With this excellent how-to book, anyone can learn to knit well, undertake new knitting projects, and even create new designs. A key to better knitting rather than a set of instructions for making specific garments or articles, this comprehensive guide is a permanent reference on various knitting techniques. All basic procedures are thoroughly explained-from selecting and using knitting equipment, casting on and binding off, to taking measurements and adjusting sizes, assembling garments, inserting zippers, and making linings for jackets, skirts, and other apparel.

Over 300 drawings illustrate such fundamental steps as knitting and purling, increasing and decreasing stitches, knitting left-handed, making cable and other crossover stitches, turning and shaping, working Argyle, Scandinavian, and other multicolored patterns; knitting with ribbons and making crocheted finishes, picking up stitches, and much more.

Individual chapters describe yarn bobbins and characteristics of a wide variety of yarns (wool, mohair, cashmere, alpaca and angora, as well as nylon, rayon, orlon and other man-made fibers), while 200 photographs illustrate finished designs, among them lace patterns for formal occasions, trimmings, sportswear, baby or adult garments, scarves, and afghans. For needlecraft enthusiasts who have added foreign-language publications or very old knitting books to their libraries, this volume will prove especially useful. A valuable chapter on Abbreviations and Terms explains word usage in old instruction books and even translates commonly used terms in foreign publications.

The author has also written Barbara Abbey's Knitting Lace.

Continental Knitting- Tips and Techniques for Knitting Continental Style

by Nancie M. Wiseman
DVD Video (60 minutes)
1996, Wisewater Productions
$46.95 Canadian ($38.95 US)

Continental Knitting; Learn the basics of this faster knitting technique! Used in Europe for years, and now by many Americans. This technique is known for its speed and smoothness. Closeups of the needles and yarn make this technique easy to learn. Knit, Purl, Ribbing, Decreases, and Increases are shown with a brief discussion of Fair Isle Knitting.

Other books by this author include: Classic Knitted Vests, Knitted Shawls, Stoles & Scarves, Knitted Sweaters for Every Season, The Knitter's Book of Finishing Techniques, Knitting with Wire, Lace from the Attic and the videos: Learn to Knit - Basic Knitting and Sweater Finishing, Basic Sock Video, Hand Knitted Lace and Three Techniques for More Colorful Knitting.

Continuous Cables - An Exploration of Knitted Cabled Knots, Rings, Swirls, and Curlicues

by Melissa Leapman
8 3/4" x 11 1/4" Hardcover (192 pages)
2008, Pottercraft
$39.95 Canadian ($32.95 US)

Endless cables, infinite possibilities!

Mention the phrase "cable knitting", and most people-knitters and non-knitters alike-envision textured ropes, twists, and braids winding up knitted fabrics. But did you know that knitters can also create circular, closed-ring shapes with cables? Just imagine: curlicues, rings, swirls, knots-even intricate Celtic-inspired motifs-all richly embossed on knits!

In Continuous Cables, expert knitwear designer Melissa Leapman goes beyond the traditional, ordinary cables explored in her first book, Cables Untangled, providing knitters with an original collection of projects and stitch patterns featuring beautiful, closed-ring cables.

Complex-looking cables aren't as hard as they look, and in Continuous Cables, Leapman breaks them down into all of their component parts. The all-new patterns are versatile and sophisticated, and the directions are clear and accessible. Leapman walks knitters through projects that include everything from starter projects (Simple Pillow, Simple Hat) and home accents (Fireside Afghan, Stowe Cabin Throw Rug), to clothing for women (Sage Tunic, Honeysuckle Sleeveless Shell), and gifts for friends and family (Baby Blocks, Man's Entwined Circles Pullover).

But Continuous Cables isn't merely a source for 20 fun patterns - it also features more than 80 original individual stitch patterns, most designed just for this book. With a primer on basics, a useful yarn choice and substitution section, resource guide, and a stitch dictionary of closed-ring cable patterns, Continuous Cables is a must-have reference for any cable knitter's growing library.

Other books by the author include Cables Untangled, A Close Knit Family, Chunky Knit Sweaters, Continuous Cables and Melissa Leapman's Knitting Beyond Scarves.

Cooking with the Seasons - Recipes from the Covent Garden Outdoor Farmers' Market

by Christine Scheer
6" x 8 1/2" Spiralbound Softcover (149 pages)
2002, Covent Garden Market Corp.

When you love to cook and enjoy good food, nothing tops the pleasure of discovering the freshest produce available. Cooking with the Seasons shows how to make the most of the amazing diversity of foods produced in Southwestern Ontario. Containing more than 100 recipes from the farmers, chefs and other culinary experts associated with London's Covent Garden Outdoor Farmers' Market, this straight-from-the-soil guide makes it easy to base meals around the freshes products of the season. It also includes some fun recipes to make with your children.

Established in 1845, Covent Garden Outdoor Farmers' Market is one of London, Ontario's most treasured cultural landmarks. This public market reintroduced an open-air farmer's market after a major redevelopment in the late 1990s. Now operating on the Market's public square during the growing seasons, the twice-weekly Outdoor Farmers' Market features local products sold directly by area farmers.

The book's author is a chef who has the good fortune to be married to a farmer. This marriage of food and farming has led to a deep appreciation of local in-season produce. Christine has taught cooking classes in London as well as courses at Fanshawe College and, for a number of years, was a partner in a London-based catering business. She completed an apprenticeship at London's noted Black Swan Cafe' and an externship at the internationally acclaimed Cafe Beaujolais in California.

$2.00 from the sale of this book will be donated to the London Food Bank.

Cool Socks Warm Feet - Six Exceptional Sock Patterns for Printed Yarn

by Lucy Neatby
8 1/2" x 6 1/2" Spiralbound Softcover (128 pages)
2004, Tradewind Knitwear Designs Ltd.
$27.95 Canadian ($22.95 US)

The author's latest book is a collection of her ingenious ways with self-patterning sock yarns, as well as a treasury of sock-knitting arcana. Six explicit patterns in multiple sizes are given, as well as many ways of customizing these with other heels, toes, or cuffs.

The book begins with a list of 18 "Tips for Great Socks" followed by a selection of "Helpful Notes" which includes subjects like Yarn Selection, Swatching and Gauge as well as Sizing Your Socks. This is followed by the patterns which include: "Simply Splendid Socks", "Timberline Toes", "Crenellated Toe-Up Socks", "Marietta Rib Socks", "Chequerboard Socks" and "Mermaid Socks". Additional sections cover making Miniature Socks and provide information on "Spare Parts for Your Ultimate Socks" to allow the knitter to mix and match parts from different designs.

While the book should really be finished at this point, the author continues with almost 50 more pages of "Techniques, Tactics and Tools of the Trade" covering all you need to know about "Sock Needles", "Sock Yarns", "Sock Fit and Adjustment", "Double-Pointed Needle Techniques" and "Sock Techniques" which covers techniques like: Yarn Butterflies, Long Tail (Continental) Cast-On (Two and One Handed Method), Channel Island Cast-On, Provisional Crochet Cast-On, Tubular Cast-On, Running Yarn Marker, Darning and Sutures, Frafting with a Toe Chimney, Three-Needle Bind-Off, Modified Conventional Bind-Off and Tubular Bind-Off for 1x1 and 2x2 Rib.

This wonderful book is well illustrated with 21 colour photos, 7 black & white pictures and 30 line drawings. No matter what level you knit at, you're bound to find something of interest here.

Country Inspiration - Knitwear for all Seasons

by Sasha Kagan
8 3/4" x 11" Hardcover (170 pages)
2000, Taunton Press

Wonderful to knit and delightful to wear, this new collection from Sasha Kagan is inspired by the meadows, forests and cottage gardens of her native Wales. Autumn leaves, roses, forget-me-nots, and all the other glories of the countryside are beautifully re-created in these sweaters, throws and pillows. The lush and sophisticated colours and luxurious yarns make these projects as pleasurable to knit as they are to own. These classic styles will become treasured heirlooms to be worn and enjoyed for years to come. Sasha Kagan, one of the U.K.'s foremost knitting designers, has designed these classic, wearable styles to suit a range of skill levels.

The author has grouped the 45 patterns into 5 main themes of: Roses (includes "Victorian Rose Peplum", "Victorian Rose Edge-to-Edge Jacket", "Rose Rib Turtleneck Sweater", "Paisley Rose Jacket", "Paisley Rose Throw", "Rosebud Cropped Top", "Flemish Rose Bedcover", "Flemish Rose V-Neck Jacket", "Gypsy Rose Coat", "Gypsy Rose Throw", "Wild Rose Top" and "Cable Rose Round-Neck Cardigan"), Autumn Leaves (including: "October Leaves Throw", "October Leaves Bolster", "Ash Kimono", "Leafy Waistcoat", "Ivy Coat with Hood", "Dancing Leaves Blouson Jacket", "Leaf Chain Jacket" and "Maple Coat with Hood"), Meadow Flowers (including: "Elderflowers Shirt", "Pansy Chain Coat", "Cornfield Crew-Neck Sweater", "Wildflower Cardigan", "Violets Ballet Cardigan", "Forget-Me-Knot V-Neck Sweater" and "Garlands Round-Neck Cardigan"), Forest Fruits (including: "Rosehip Shawl-Collar Jacket", "Rosehip Tam-o'-Shanter", "Hawthorn Berries Jacket", "Hawthorn Berries Throw", "Rowanberry Cropped Jacket", "Blackberry Log Cabin Quilt", "Horse Chestnut Jacket", "Horse Chestnut Cloche Cap", "Hazelnut Throw", "Sloeberries Chunky Jacket" and "Sloeberries Hat") and Cottage Garden (including: "Pussy Willow Crew-Neck Sweater", "Iris Round-Neck Cardigan", "Sweet William V-Neck Jacket", "Poppy Cushion Cover", "Lattice Flower Sweater", "Anemone Wide-Neck Crew" and "Patchwork Flowers Bedcover"). Each design is beautifully photographed in colour and comes with full instructions and a colour chart. Special techniques like constructing fringes, tassels, Pompoms, bobbles as well as special stitches used in the designs are detailed in a section at the end. This is a gorgeous book and a wonderful source of inspiration for knitting projects.

Country Knits

by Debbie Bliss and Fiona McTague
8 1/2" x 11 1/2" Softcover (143 pages)
2001, Trafalgar Square Publishing

Casual country clothing has never been more popular, with top designers like Ralph Lauren and Perry Ellis leading the way. This sumptuous collection of designs shows knitters how to create their own country creations. In this stunning book, one of knitting's most creative teams gives a fresh, contemporary look to some classic country clothing. Traditionalists will recognize the inspiration for many of the designs, which range from chunky Guernsey-style sweaters and Aran jackets to tartan and Fair Isle knits. Suited to a lifestyle that is both elegant and practical, the sweaters, skirts, and jackets are as equally at home in the country as on city streets.

Although the focus is on women's apparel, there are garments for the whole family, and the clear instructions and charts place the patterns within the reach of most knitters. Patterns include: "Scandinavian Cardigan", "Cable Fitted Sweater", "Farmyard Sampler Cardigan", "Diamond and Cable Sampler Sweater", "Textured Sweater with Deep Rib Collar", Zig-Zag and Flower Pattern Sweater", "Short-Sleeved Cotton Sweater", "Lace Pattern Cardigan with Embroidered Flowers", "Floral and Tartan Waistcoat", "Aran Jacket with Large Collar", "Cropped Fair Isle Sweater", "Long Line Fair Isle Cardigan", "Child's Fair Isle Cardigan", "Classic Fair Isle Socks", "Cross and Diamond 'Kelim' Sweater", "Textured Suit", "Sailor-Collared Cardigan with Lace Trim", "Jacquard Shawl-Collared Sweater", "Tapestry Bird and Flower Sweater", "Forties-Style Twinset", "Jacobean Tapestry Sweater", "Bobble and Cable Sweater", "Simple Cable Sweater", "Tweedy Jacket with Embroidery", "Aran Coat", "Lace and Texture Panelled Sweater", "Reindeer, Heart and Snowflakes Sweater and Cardigan", "Classic Fair Isle Family Sweaters", "Classic Fair Isle Tam O'Shanter", "Tyrolean Jacket", "Tartan Mohair Wrap", "Fisherman's Aran Shirt", "Guernsey Sweater", "Cricket-Style Sweater", "Chunky Fair Isle Sweater", "Sporty His and Hers Sweaters" and "His and Hers Saddle Shoulder Sweaters".

Lavishly illustrated with stylish color photos, Country Knits features patterns for more than 30 beautiful designs. Originally a hardcover published in 1990 there are 64 beautiful colour photos.

Country Weekend Knits - 25 Classic Patterns for Timeless Knitwear

by Madeline Weston
9" x 9 3/4" Softcover (143 pages)
2008, St. Martin's Griffin
$30.95 Canadian ($25.95 US)

Country Weekend Knits features a collection of 25 classic patterns that showcase the rich heritage of traditional British knitwear -- cozy pullovers, chunky cardigans, patterned vests, and lightweight lacy tops that all have an enduring appeal and will never go out of style.

Divided into four chapters according to their origin -- "Ganseys", "Fair Isle", "Aran", and "Shetland Lace" -- the patterns are derived from all corners of the British Isles and include textured fishermen's ganseys from Cornwall, the east coast of England, and Scotland, chunky Arans from the Isle of Aran off the west coast of Ireland, and multicolored Fair Isle patterns and lace knitting from the Shetland Islands. Many are based on original designs dating as far back as the eighteenth century, which have been passed down through generations of knitters, and some have been reinterpreted with a fresh approach to color and pattern.

Patterns in this book include Ganseys like: "Flamborough Fisherman's Gansey", "Polperro Pattern Jacket", "Newbiggin Pattern Sweater", "Short-Sleeve Cotton Shirt", "Jacob's Ladder Sweater", "Fife Banded Gansey", "Sanquhar Gansey", "Eriskay Gansey" and "Caister Fisherman's Gansey". Fair Isle designs include: "Cross and Flower Fair Isle Crewneck", "Cross and Square Fair Isle Vest", "Diamond Fair Isle Vest", "Katie's Fair Isle Vest" and "OXO Fair Isle Crewneck". Aran sweaters include: "Cable and Moss Aran Tunic", "Chevron Aran Crewneck", "Tree of Life Aran Jacket", "Wheat Cable Cotton Sweater", "Fountain Lace Short-Sleeve Sweater" and "Classic Cotton Crewneck". The Shetland Lace designs are: "New Shell Pattern Lace Sweater", "Lace Cardigan in Eyelet Pattern", "Old Shell Pattern Lace Sweater", "Fern Motif Sweater" and "Old Shell Shetland Shawl".

The rich textures of the sumptuous yarns, soft natural colors, and intricate patterns of these timeless knits instantly evoke heather-clad hills, lush green meadows, shaded woodland paths, crumbling stone walls, crashing surf, crisp autumn leaves, and roaring fires. Whether you're a country soul through and through or an urbanite at heart, you cannot fail to be seduced by the nostalgic appeal of the traditional patterns collected in Country Weekend Knits.

Couture Knits

by Jean Moss
8 1/2" x 11" Hardcover (144 pages)
2007, Guild of Master Craftsman Publications
$30.95 Canadian ($25.95 US)

As one of Britain's foremost knitwear designers, Jean Moss has been creating her own collections for 25 years, as well as designing for Rowan yarns and many international fashion houses. Here, she brings together an exclusive selection of 24 of her classic couture designs, and demystifies the techniques needed to knit beautiful pieces.

She provides simple but effective secrets for everything from casting on to simple finishing techniques, and shows how anyone can achieve a professional-looking garment with only a basic understanding of how to knit and purl.

Whether you are a beginner looking for easy-to-handle but elegant patterns, or a more experienced knitter who wants to make something chic and glamorous, you'll find what you're looking for!

Other books by the author include The Jean Moss Book of Sculptured Knits and The Jean Moss Book of World Knits.

Cover Up - Knitted Afghans from her Personal Collection

by Nicky Epstein
9 1/2" x 11 1/2" Hardcover (200 pages)
2007, Sixth&spring Books
$35.95 Canadian ($29.95 US)

Cover Up gathers together for the first time twenty iconic designs by Nicky Epstein, today's foremost knitting designer

Knitters will find in this lush, beautifully photographed volume a treasury of stunning pieces, ranging from the simply elegant to the truly fantastical. Those who favor simplicity will adore the famous White Trees afghan. Those who prefer Nicky's signature embellished style can choose the celebrated Twelve Days of Christmas afghan, the Zodiac afghan, or any of several other fabulous designs.

The complete list of designs in this book include: "Woodland Counterpane", "Doves", "English Garden", "Liberty Bell", "Patchwork Floral", "Musical Instruments", "Nature Patchwork", "Medieval Tapestry", "Twelve Days of Christmas", "Twelve Months", "Zodiac", "Trees Breeze", "Proposal Sampler", "White Sampler", "Snowflake Aran", "Diamond Lace", "Diamond Drapes", "Wedgewood", "Mudcloth", "Regal Tapestry" and "Sun Visions".

Every piece in the collection is a masterpiece of imagination and technical skill, inspiring to look at and gratifying to make. Knitters will love receiving this beautiful volume as a gift and will treasure it for years to come.

The author's other books include: Fabulous Felted Bags, The Knit Hat Book, Knits for Barbie Doll, Knitted Flowers, Knitting Beyond the Edge, Knitting for your Home, Knitting Never Felt Better, Knitting on the Edge, Knitting on Top of the World, Knitting Over the Edge, Nicky Epstein's Knitted Embellishments and Winter White Knits.

Creating Knitwear Designs

by Pat Ashforth & Steve Plummer
5 3/4" x 8 1/4" Softcover (71 pages)
1996, Guild of Master Craftsman Publications, Ltd.
$13.95 Canadian ($11.95 US)

Have you ever wanted to knit something to your own design, but felt daunted by what is involved? If so, this book is for you. In simple language and gentle stages, it explains how to achieve the three vital elements of design -- getting the shapes right; getting the size right and adding decoration.

Focused on the overall design and how to achieve it, this book is the companion to the book Making Knitwear Fit. Written in a simple easy-to-follow style of writing, beginning designers learn about garment shapes and styles; how to take measurements and calculate gauge for good fit; stitch selection and fabric design using all-over patterning, borders and motifs. The final project of a teddy bear sweater lets the reader put it all together.

Fun to read and full of helpful illustrations and examples, Creating Knitwear Designs covers all the basic principles involved in planning your own designs for simple knitted garments.

Other books by the author's include: Making Knitwear Fit, No Pattern Knits - Simple Modular Techniques for Making Wonderful Garments and Accessories and Woolly Thoughts: How to Unlock Your Creative Genius.

Creating Original Hand-knitted Lace

by Margaret Stove
7 1/4" x 9 3/4" Hardcover (184 pages)
1998, Lacis Publications
$35.95 Canadian ($29.95 US)

Intended for all levels of skill, this book, with 236 illustrations and diagrams, is unique in that it is specifically designed to enable knitters to create original hand-knitted lace.

The opening chapter looks back over the years to the sixteenth century and the first knitting to use holes in a decorative manner. Early chapters then discuss the structure of knitting, the "tools of the trade" - yarns, needles and patterns - and where and when lace can be used to its best advantage.

With accompanying step-by-step pictures and diagrams, the effects of individual stitches are illustrated and explained. Having examined how stitches can be created, readers are invited to participate in specific, carefully described and illustrated exercises. These will extend their skills and, importantly, help make discoveries which will develop and extend their own creative abilities. This is a practical guide

Having, so to say, "flexed their needles", readers are then introduced to the important stage of project planning - using tension measurements, charts and construction techniques as a sound base for creating original designs. Instructions are given on how, for future reference, designs can be translated into patterns. Again, each stage is clarified by accompanying diagrams and illustrations. Additionally, the author provides sound advice on how to analyse printed patterns, how to repair damaged lace and how to adapt existing patterns to suit individual requirements.

Having established guidelines, the reader is then provided with a detailed account of how it is possible to progress from the "visionary" stage of inspiration, through the practical stages of design to the ultimate finished product.

The book concludes with an important set of appendices which include knitting pattern abbreviations. Each has an accompanying descriptive diagram, these are followed by chart symbols (together with a comparison to the major international conventions, including Japanese) and descriptions of construction and finishing techniques. These useful and essential references are followed by four original knitting patterns designed by the author ("Bluebell Baby Set", "Chainging Directions Tray cloth or Table mat", "Curtain worked in Rosebud and Leaf pattern" and "Flowering Eucalyptus Shawl"), a bibliography and an index. Extensively illustrated with both colour and black and white pictures and diagrams.

Creative Knitting - A New Art Form

by Mary Walker Phillips
8 1/2" x 11" Softcover (120 pages)
1986, Dos Tejedoras Fiber Arts Publications

Creative Knitting encourages the creation of highly decorative, rather than purely functional items. Its scores of examples illustrate that knitters need not be confined to developing someone else's designs, but can, as craftsmen in other areas have done, apply their basic skills to take their work in a new, richly rewarding direction.

The author focuses on ways to alter, combine and experiment with traditional stitches and patterns. The text is supplemented with clear, easy-to-follow diagrams. Instructions are given for many intriguing and unconventional stitches, such as the Plaited Basket and Horizontal stitches, Bell Frilling and Lace Diadem patterns.

Other features of the book include: historical information and sources of inspiration, the use of non-traditional materials such as linen, silk, handspuns, leather, straw, beads and found objects, analysis of pieces pictured to provide a foundation for individual experimentation.

Crochet For Babies & Toddlers

by Betty Barnden
8 1/2" x 11" Softcover (128 pages)
2001, Martingale & Co.
$30.95 Canadian ($25.95 US)

With a ball or two of yarn and a simple hook, you can create pattern and texture in any shape. A few basic stitches, once learned, can be combined in many ways to form beautiful stitch patterns and motifs. Designs in this book include simple, quickly made garments suitable for beginners, such as Two Easy Pullovers and Striped Pullover with Toy Rabbit, as well as more complicated and challenging designs such as Christening Shawl and Two-Colour Pullover. Measurement diagrams accompany the detailed instructions for each design along with a stitch diagram illustrating with symbols the main stitch(es) used. Actual measurements for each garment are located in the project size charts, so you can choose which size will best suit your needs.

The basic crochet stitches used in the designs are described in detail along with tips for finishing. Various special techniques are covered, including intarsia, woven crochet, and filet crochet. Applique motifs such as flowers, stars and snowflakes can be used to decorate any garment.

The book combines more than 20 patterns that include adorable hats and jumpers, simple stuffed toys and beautiful gifts for the nursery. The book is filled with beautiful colour photographs of the designs along with very clear instructions. Whether you are making a practical outfit for a new baby or a gift for a special occasion such as a christening or birthday, there's a whole range of designs and items from which to choose.

Crocheted Sweaters - Simple Stitches, Great Designs

by Susan Huxley
8 1/4" x 11" Softcover (128 pages)
2001, Martingale & Co.

You can create stylish, up-to-date crocheted sweaters, even if you've never held a crochet hook before! Learn a few basic crochet stitches step by step, and then combine them in innovative ways for sensational sweaters - most designed especially with beginners in mind.

This book includes twenty gorgeous patterns featuring sizes from extra small to extra large - many of these designs make wonderful weekend projects for experienced crocheters. The reader can choose from an array of seasonal styles, such as a summer-weight sleeveless shell with a matching beaded shawl, a classic crewneck pullover and a comfortable cardigan.

The author has also included a one-stop guide to crocheting basics which introduces yarns, stitches, swatches and smart tips that will ensure the perfect fit. Projects come from some of today's most popular designers and are made with the trendiest yarns for a fresh, up-to-date look. These include: "Beginner's Luck", "Snug Hug Tank Top", "Aran Classic", "Double Stripes", "Two-Way Tee", "Evening Shade", "Part of the Crew", "Cat's Meow", "Granny's Attic", "Homespun Hug", "Double Take", "Ins and Outs", "Tokyo Vest", "Summer Breeze", "Out of the Box", "Surf and Turf", "Fall Forward", "Bright Idea", "Lightning Strike" and "Loopy Idea". All the designs are shown in beautiful colour photographs and are accompanied by full instructions and charts.

Grab a hook, choose your favorite yarn, and get started on your own handmade sweaters today with this collection of beautiful, easy to stitch designs!

The Crocheter's Companion

by Nancy Brown
7" x 5 3/4" Spiralbound Softcover (112 pages)
2002, Interweave Press
$23.95 Canadian ($19.95 US)

This pocket-sized, spiral-bound reference for crochet-lovers is designed to fit into a project bag or basket, lie flat for easy use, and provide the essential information that crocheters need to have at their fingertips. Thread and hook charts, abbreviations, stitch instructions with clear illustrations, and lots of helpful hints demystify this endangered art. From basic and advanced stitches, finishing techniques, and special touches, to time-honoured favorite patterns, motifs, and medallions, this is an indispensable resource for serious and beginner crocheters alike.

The Crocheter's Companion can teach a novice the basic stitches and help any crocheter continue on through a completed project. It is an easy-to-use how-to guide for learning new stitches and getting tips on finishing, and it offers many suggestions for special additions to your projects. Although written with the beginner-to-intermediate crocheter in mind, the experienced crocheter will also find many advanced techniques and helpful hints.

Other books in this series include The Dyer's Companion, The Knitter's Companion, The Spinners Companion and The Weaver's Companion.

Curvaceous Cables Collection: How to Shape a Cable's Inner and Outer Edges

by Dawn Brocco
8 1/2" x 11" Spiralbound Softcover (36 pages)
2005, Dawn Brocco Knitwear Designs

This book of shaped cable designs and was conceived by the author after designing the Double Knot Cable Scarf. It is a beautiful cable, however, she thought its beauty was hindered being surrounded by purl stitches, as cables usually are. So she devised a way to increase and decrease along its outer edges to "free" the cable to show its true form. This first exploration into shaping cables led her to write this book.

The book is full-color with spiral binding and clear protective front and rear covers. The first half of the book is comprised of 5 "how-to" chapters that walk the knitter through the shaping of cables, from simple to complex. The remainder of the book has 6 shaped cable designs, listed at left. Using the concept for your own designs necessitates the ability to read cable charts. The designs, however have both chart and text directions. So even if you don't like charts, you can make the designs in the book.

Other books by the author include Handknits in Lopi: 6 Knitting Patterns from Dawn Brocco Knitwear Designs.

Custom Knits - Unleash Your Inner Designer with Top-Down and Improvisational Techniques

by Wendy Bernard
9" x 10" Hardcover (168 pages)
2008, Stewart, Tabori & Chang
$33.95 Canadian ($27.95 US)

Along with being pleasurable and satisfying, knitting can sometimes be frustrating: the turtleneck that looked so fabulous on the model is too bulky for your body, or the cardigan you spent countless hours on just doesn't fit right. Herein lies the beauty of Custom Knits, which teaches knitters how to use improvisational techniques to achieve spectacular results-and to unleash their inner designers.

Wendy Bernard, creator of the popular blog Knit and Tonic, provides 25 original designs for sweaters of nearly every type, plus variations, most knitted in one piece starting at the top, a method that allows you to try on as you go, alter as desired, and essentially design on the fly. "Make It Your Own" prompts in each pattern suggest easy alterations to suit your style and body type. And an in-depth reference section teaches how to alter key sweater elements, for example, change a crewneck to a V-neck, add sleeves to a vest, and much more. For the truly adventurous, the book concludes with guidelines for knitting sweaters with no pattern at all.

Designs in this book include: "Pink" Raglan Sweater, "Indigo Playmate Jacket", "Backward Cabled Pullover", "Ingenue" Raglan, "Lion-Neck Cardigan", "Skinny Empire", "Not-A-Poncho City Cape", "Tang" Top-Down Set-In Sleeve Sweater, "Jane" Cardigan, "Saddle A-Line" Saddle Shoulder Sweater, "Cameo" Little Cardigan, "Slinky Ribs" Ribbed Sweater, "Lettuce Coat", "Jewel" Shell, "Mina's Tuxedo Vest", "Paradise Beach Cover-Up", "Round-Yoke Cropped" Classic Cardigan, "Updated Old Classic" Round-Yoke Fair Isle Pullover, "Fab Wrap", "Looks Good on all Sides Scarf and Wrap", "Essential Tank", "Favorite Cardigan", "Instant Glamour" Fair Isle Beret and "Karma" Tank.

Bernard's friendly writing style and photographer Kimball Hall's lively images create an inviting book of beautiful designs and key techniques that a knitter can use to customize nearly every garment she knits from now on.


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