Detailed Knitting Book/Video Descriptions







Camilla Valley Farm Weavers' Supply is pleased to offer hundreds of books on Fibre Arts related topics. Below (and at the other links above) are detailed descriptions for a subset of the books available. The full list of books can be found at:

Also note that occasionally books become unavailable or a new source for out of print books is located. While we will try to provide books out of our inventory and/or can order them from our suppliers, sometimes this may not be possible. We will advise if a situation like this exists when you place your order, or you can contact us and we will verify availability before you order.


Lace from the Attic: A Victorian Notebook of Knitted Lace Patterns

by Nancie Wiseman
8 1/2" x 9" Softcover (96 pages)
1998, Interweave Press, Inc.
NO LONGER AVAILABLE (CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT)

Here's a chance to meet a woman who lived and knitted 100 years ago. Lace from the Attic combines the story of one Victorian's knitting life with an astonishing collection of patterns from the time when lace embellished everything from clothing to tea cozies. Taken from Blanche Beau's original book of swatches, the collection presents samples and written patterns updated with conventional abbreviations and terminology. It also offers ways to incorporate the patterns into projects.

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 and the videos: Learn to Knit - Basic Knitting and Sweater Finishing, Basic Sock Video, Continental Knitting, Hand Knitted Lace and Three Techniques for More Colourful Knitting.



Lace Style - Traditional to Innovative, 21 Inspired Designs to Knit

edited by Pam Allen & Ann Budd
8 1/2" x 9" Softcover (160 pages)
2007, Interweave Press, Inc.
$22.95 Canadian ($22.95 US)

No matter what the occasion, you can't go wrong with lace. Eighteen talented knitwear designers, including Veronik Avery, Norah Gaughan, Annie Modesitt, Nancy Bush, Shirley Paden and Mari Lynn Patrick, take a fresh approach to lace with innovative designs for socks, shawls, hats, sweaters, dresses, shrugs and more. This contemporary project collection showcases a wide variety of styles inspiring new ways to think about knitting lace.

This collection of contemporary knitting projects includes garments and accessories for women. It features projects with a sense of style that will appeal to knitters of all ages. The 21 stunning projects illustrating diverse and nontraditional ways to use lace.

The patterns in the book include: "Just Right Wrap", "The Point About Cuffs", "Lily of the Valley Shawl", "Floral Lace Anklets", "Lace-Edged Corset", "Featherlight Lingerie Dress", "Little Silk Shrug", "The Essential Tank Top", "Tailored Scallors", "Ooh La Lace Dress and Stole", "Retro Redux Shrug", "Katharine Hepburn Cardigan", "Long Long Lacy Gloves", "Peek-a-Boo Cloche", "Show-Off Ruffle Skirt", "Leg Cozies", "Lacy Weaves Top", "Greta Garbo Garden Hat", "Never Wimpy Wimple", "Sterling and Crystal Cuff" and "Shetland Shawl Turned Vest".

A "Design Notebook" is included that demystifies the elements of knitted lace so the reader can incorporate lace patterns in their own designs, plus pointers on how they can correct and avoid mistakes. This basic primer on knitting lace is closely linked to the projects in the book and includes information on how to knit lace, choosing yarn and needles, types of increases and decreases, reading charts, simple ways to achieve a lacy effect, ways to incorporate lace designs in knitting patterns, and information on blocking. The book also has an extended glossary of illustrated instructions for all project techniques.

Each pattern has detailed step-by-step instructions, lavish lifestyle photographs, and plenty of detail shots. Experienced knitters looking for inspiration and beginners trying lace knitting for the first time will find everything needed to knit lace with confidence.



The Lacy Knitting of Mary Schiffman

by Nancy Nehring
8 1/2" x 9" Softcover (96 pages)
1998, Interweave Press
$16.95 Canadian ($16.95 US)

The Lacy Knitting of Mary Schiffman is an eclectic collection of lace patterns and short stories about knitting as told by Mary Schiffman to Nancy Nehring. Schiffman was one of the founding members of the Lacy Knitters, a national guild for lace knitting, and she made collecting lace patterns her life's work.

The book begins with Schiffman developing her knitting skills as the daughter of missionaries in Japan, then continues with further anecdotes and memories from a life of knitting. Each interesting episode is accompanied by a lace pattern that Schiffman collected during her fascinating life. The patterns are presented with both row-by-row instruction and in charted form. Projects include towels, handkerchiefs, a sweater, and a christening gown.



Lacy Little Knits - Clingy, Soft & a Little Risque

by Iris Schreier
8 1/2" x 11" Hardcover (144 pages)
2007, Lark Books
$17.95 Canadian ($17.95 US)

Open, peek-a-boo stitches are all the rage with knitters and fashionistas. So isn't it great to know that you can achieve that lovely lacy look without all the complicated patterns?

Bestselling author Iris Schreier reveals her clever tricks for using simple, accessible techniques to mimic lace beautifully. Each of these 25 garments features gorgeous lightweight yarns, and their sensuous cling and drape evoke an aura of romance and sexiness. Wrap yourself in a luxurious pretty-in-pink Turkish Shawl. Play the role of a retro starlet in the Seashell Hat in ultra-soft green cashmere. Beat the heat in style with an eye-catching turquoise Chevron Halter. There's even a show-stopping bridal outfit!

Schreier carefully covers all the basics, from an overview of key stitches to picking up stitches in fabric, from creating short rows to adding trim, tassels, and cords.



Last-Minute Knitted Gifts

by Joelle Hoverson
9" x 9 3/4" Hardcover (144 pages)
2004, STC Craft
$22.95 Canadian ($22.95 US)

Today's knitters are chic, smart-and busy. Although they love to knit and enjoy making gifts for family and friends, they're constantly faced with the challenge of finding enough time to actually finish what they've started. Last-Minute Knitted Gifts solves this problem. Joelle Hoverson, owner of a hip knitting supply store in downtown Manhattan, has designed more than 30 fun, fresh, beautiful patterns, most of which can be made in less than ten hours-some in as little as two!

Known for her keen sense of color, Hoverson includes instructions for classic gifts like baby booties and bonnets, sweaters, and scarves, plus imaginative options like a cashmere tea cozy, a felted yoga mat bag, floor cushions, and a poncho-surely something for everyone on the gift list. And to make each present extra-special, Hoverson offers easy tips on how to incorporate knitting and other yarn embellishments into the gift wrap.

The designs in this book are broken down into 5 ranges of time required; Less-Than-Two-Hour gifts: "Angora Baby Booties", "Linen Tassels", "Pompoms", "Kercheif Scarf", "Sweater and Stocking Minis" and "Felted Potholders"; Two-To-Four-Hour-Gifts: "Baby Bonnet", "Super-Easy Leg Warmers", "Child's Rainbow Scarf", "Children's Cotton Hats" (Mission Falls), "Kim's Hats", "Cashmere Tea Cozy", "Hand/Wrist Warmers" and "Airy Scarf"; Four-To-Six-Hour Gifts: "Child's Placket-Neck Pullover", "Baby's Denim Drawstring Pants", "Men's Cashmere Scarf", "The Purl Scarf", "Men's Rustic Scarf", "Soft Drawstring Pouch" and "Gusseted Floor Cushions"; Six-To-Eight-Hour Gifts: "Circle of Friends Garter-Stitch Blanket", "Felted Yoga Mat Bag", "Pashmina Cowl", "Silk Camisole", "Cabled Purse" and "Lovable Toys"; and finally More-Than-Eight-Hour Gifts: "Hourglass Sweater", "Herringbone Poncho", "Ombre Alpaca Blanket", "Chevron Scarf" and "Men's Zipped Raglan".

Knitwear designer Joelle Hoverson is the owner of an upscale knitting supply store in New York City's trendy SoHo neighborhood. Since opening in 2002, she has been featured in Oprah Winfrey's O magazine, Lucky, and Time Out, as well as on Martha Stewart's syndicated television show. From 1996 to 2000, Hoverson worked as a senior style editor for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. She holds a master of fine arts degree from Yale University.



Latvian Dreams - Knitting from Weaving Charts

by Joyce Williams
8 1/2" x 11 1/4" Hardcover (165 pages)
2000, Schoolhouse Press
$30.95 Canadian ($30.95 US)

For years the author has been stunning other knitters with her beautiful and elegant designs. The charts are intriguing to knit unto themselves, but when you incorporate Joyce's extensive, innovative techniques you will be held captive throughout the book. She gives us 12 sweaters including one for a child, plus two gloves and six socks and stockings. In addition, the final pages of the book are filled with over 250 Latvian charts to enable you to design your own.

The patterns in the book include: "Highland Jacket", "Highland Socks", "Tay's Sweater", "Bountiful Harvest" sweater, socks and gloves, "Circles" sweater, socks and gloves, "Cornfields" sweater and socks, "Don's Vest", "Joyous Jacket", "Morocco", "Park High Pullover", "Park High Socks", "Snowflake Cardigan", :Snowflake Socks" and "The Star" jacket.

This wonderful book is illustrated using both colour and black and white photographs of the projects and also includes many black and white charts and drawings showing knitting techniques.



Latvian Mittens: Traditional Designs & Techniques (New Expanded Edition)

by Lizbeth Upitis
8 1/2" x 11" Softcover (90 pages)
1997, Schoolhouse Press
$22.95 Canadian ($22.95 US)

Latvian Mittens, written in English and Latvian, is a feast of pageantry, history, folk tradition, and simply incredibly beautiful knitting patterns. And Lizbeth, ever the consummate teacher, has stuffed her mitten treasure chest with all the how-to's, techniques, and advice you'll need: a child's/sampler mitten, two scalloped borders, fringe, braid, thumb holes, top decreases, mitten liners, outer mittens, adaption of a graph to your mittens and your guage, and finishing tips.

The expanded color section in this new edition has 44 new mittens, 23 new graphs, an numerous new color combinations - more than enough to justify buying this even if you already have the original.

The book opens with a short cultural background, explains color and design symbols, and provides more than 125 black and white diagrams. All mittens come in 7 sizes. Latvian brides knit 100 to 200 pairs for mittens for their marriage chest before the wedding. Aren't you and your loved ones worth a pair or two each?

Both temperate-zone, and frost-belt knitters will find Lizbeth's instructions for miniature lapel mittens, as they will find this book, irresistible!



Learn-to-Knit Afghan Book

by Barbara G. Walker
7" x 9" Softcover (161 pages)
1997, Schoolhouse Press
$18.95 Canadian ($18.95 US)

This excellent learn-to-knit book is ideal for new and intermediate knitters. Following instructions for basic casting-on and stitch structure, a logical progression of patterns will lead you through: Knit-Purl, Mosaic, Slip-Stitch, Twist-Stitch Patterns, Cables, Increase/Decrease and Lace. When the 63rd square is finished, there will be very little you do not know about stitch-pattern techniques, and you will have a snug and beautiful afghan as a bonus. This edition includes a new introduction by Therese Inverso.

The author's other books include the four "Treasury" volumes: A Treasury of Knitting Patterns, A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns, Charted Knitting Designs: A Third Treasury of Knitting Patterns and A Fourth Treasury of Knitting Patterns as well as Mosaic Knitting and Knitting from the Top.



Learn to Knit - Basic Knitting and Sweater Finishing

by Nancie M. Wiseman
VHS Video (165 minutes)
1998, Wisewater Productions
$49.95 Canadian ($49.95 US)

The instructor, Nancie Wiseman, presents all the information needed to help the viewer become a proficient knitter. Besides all the get-started information, she also works the viewer through a miniature sweater so that they can learn increases, decreases, picking up stitches, sewing seams together, and finishing off a sweater. The written pattern for the sweater in included on the video package. This is a good, basic video for a beginning knitter.

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: Basic Sock Video, Continental Knitting, Hand Knitted Lace and Three Techniques for More Colourful Knitting.



Learn to Knit Socks - 12 Designs in sport weight yarn

by Edie Eckman
8 1/2" x 11" Softcover (24 pages)
1999, ASN Publishing
$6.95 Canadian ($6.95 US)

Everyone knows that when your feet feel good, you feel good all over. And what better way to pamper them than with soft, cozy socks? Cute as a bug, and snug as a bug in a rug, each of these socks is designed to warm hearts as well as soles! The detailed instructions in this book will guide you through sock-knitting basics, and designer Edie Eckman presents a dozen imaginative anklet and cuffed sock styles, all worked in sport-weight wool. Projects in this book include: "Basic Sock", "Fair Pair", "Curl Your Toes", "Footsie-Cuffs", "Freckled Footsies", "Heart and Sole", "Peri-Twinkle Toes", "Toe to Toe", "Step Right Up", "This Little Pinkie", "Toe the Line" and "Yours, Mine, and Argyles". Each project includes a picture of the finished sock along with detailed knitting instructions, a materials list, colour chart (if required) and finishing hints. Basic instructions at the beginning teach you the tricks of the sock knitting trade - like turning a heel and understanding the Kitchener Stitch as well as a review of the basics (ie. Knit, Purl and Casting Off).

From the just-for-giggles ringletts of "Curl Your Toes", to the tender-as-butter softness of "This Little Pinky" ..., these socks are fanciful, classic, stylish, and fun - to make, to give, and to wear!



Little Badger Knitwear - Knitted Projects for Babies and Toddlers

by Ros Badger and Elaine Scott
8 1/2" x 11" Softcover (96 pages)
2000, Taunton Press
NO LONGER AVAILABLE (CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT)

Little Badger has been all the rage in Britian for some time. And now, the designers behind all those cute and classic designs have "arrived" in this country. In this book, Ros Badger and Elaine Scott have collected 25 children's projects inspired by traditional knitting techniques and a modern colour palette. This is a beautifully illustrated book with 45 colour photos and 45 drawings.



Loop-d-Loop - More than 40 Novel Designs for Knitters

by Teva Durham
11" x 9" Hardcover (176 pages)
2005, Stewart, Tabori and Chang
$26.95 Canadian ($26.95 US)

Teva Durham, formerly an editor at Vogue Knitting International, began knitting as a hobby. It wasn't long, though, before she became mesmerized by the craft. Now, as an extraordinarily innovative designer, she is at the forefront of the widely heralded new era of knitting. In Loop-d-Loop, she presents more than 40 fresh, modern designs for adults, children, and the home, a mix of simple projects with high-fashion impact sure to inspire beginners and more complex projects for those who want to test and expand their virtuosity. These ingenious designs utilizes her uniquely geometrical style of garment construction.

Focusing on a wide range of clever technical applications, the patterns include a spiral scarf, a cardigan with a "dreamcatcher" web carved out of the back, a buckled tartan kilt, and a slipcover that transforms a folding chair into a throne. The book is divided into three sections: Cycles, Planes and Waves. Each concept is explored through a series of illustrative garments. For example, the designs in Cycles focus on circular or tubular knitting, while the designs in Planes produces architectural planes and angles using textured stitches. The patterns encompass everything from charming sweaters and hats for children to high-fashion creations for the young and hip (a cashmere lace blouse, a zip-off color-block yoke sweater, etc.).

The sizing of the patterns tends to run small, and the designs range in difficulty from easy to quite challenging. Fortunately, the author has included a section of technical tips and a glossary of techniques and abbreviations. In addition, helpful remarks are distributed throughout the text, which is generally easy to follow. Durham's designs offer up unexpected textures and unusual symmetries and asymmetries, all artfully captured in the books photos.

With more than 70 lush color photos and a thought-provoking text that brings together eclectic references to philosophy, art, and popular culture, the book creates a contemplative, enchanted realm that resonates with beauty and meaning. For knitters who enter the Loop-d-Loop world, the way they knit - and think about knitting - will never be the same.



Lopi Pattern Book #10 (Natural)

Istex Yarn
9" x 11 3/4" Softcover (62 pages)
NO LONGER AVAILABLE (CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT)

This Lopi pattern book includes 22 Patterns in Lopi and Lopi Lite for Adults and Children and is often referred to as the "Natural" pattern book.

At Camilla Valley Farm, we stock Lopi, Lopi Lite and Bulky Lopi and sell yarn kits for any Lopi design including those found in the new Best of Lopi book. Contact us for a quote and more information.



Lopi Pattern Book #11

Istex Yarn
9" x 12" Spiralbound Softcover (38 pages)
NO LONGER AVAILABLE (CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT)

14 Lopi Designs for men, women and children.

At Camilla Valley Farm, we stock Lopi, Lopi Lite and Bulky Lopi and sell yarn kits for any Lopi design including those found in the new Best of Lopi book. Contact us for a quote and more information.



Lopi Pattern Book #12

Istex Yarn
9" x 12" Spiralbound Softcover (57 pages)
NO LONGER AVAILABLE (CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT)

There are 34 Designs in Lopi Including Sweaters, Cardigans, Hats and Mitts in this pattern book.

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Lopi Pattern Book #13

Istex Yarn
9" x 12" Spiralbound Softcover (39 pages)
NO LONGER AVAILABLE (CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT)

17 Lopi Lite Patterns Including Sweaters, Cardigans, Hats, Mitts and Vests.

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Lopi Pattern Book #14

Istex Yarn
9" x 12" Spiralbound Softcover (40 pages)
NO LONGER AVAILABLE (CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT)

18 Lopi and Lopi Lite Designs including Cardigans with and without Hoods, Sweaters, and a Hat.

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Lopi Pattern Book #16

Istex Yarn
9" x 12" Spiralbound Softcover (30 pages)
$12.95 Canadian ($12.95 US)

Only $9.95 CDN ($9.95 US) with purchase of 5 or more balls/skeins of Lopi Yarn

19 Winning Lopi and Lopi Lite Patterns from the Companies 100th Anniversary Design Contest.

Camilla Valley Farm can provide any of the designs in this book in kit form. Click Here to see all the designs in this book or use the links below to take you directly to pictures and ordering information for a specific design:

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Lopi Pattern Book #17

Istex Yarn
8 1/2" x 11 3/4" Softcover (30 pages)

NO LONGER AVAILABLE (CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT)

10 Lopi and Lopi Lite Designs for Adults and Children.

Camilla Valley Farm can provide any of the designs in this book in kit form. Click Here to see all the designs in this book or use the links below to take you directly to pictures and ordering information for a specific design:

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Lopi Pattern Book #18

Istex Yarn
9" x 12" Spiralbound Softcover (60 pages)
$12.95 Canadian ($12.95 US)

Only $9.95 CDN ($9.95 US) with purchase of 5 or more balls/skeins of Lopi Yarn

41 Lopi and Lopi Lite Designs for Adults, Children and even Dolls!

At Camilla Valley Farm, we stock Lopi, Lopi Lite and Bulky Lopi and sell yarn kits for any Lopi design including those found in the new Best of Lopi book. Contact us for a quote and more information.



Lopi Pattern Book #20

Istex Yarn
12" x 8 1/2" Spiralbound Softcover (30 pages)
$12.95 Canadian ($12.95 US)

Only $9.95 CDN ($9.95 US) with purchase of 5 or more balls/skeins of Lopi Yarn

12 Lopi, Lopi Lite and Bulky Lopi Designs for Adults and Children.

Camilla Valley Farm can provide any of the designs in this book in kit form. Click Here to see all the designs in this book or use the links below to take you directly to pictures and ordering information for a specific design:

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At Camilla Valley Farm, we stock Lopi, Lopi Lite and Bulky Lopi and sell yarn kits for any Lopi design including those found in the new Best of Lopi book. Contact us for a quote and more information.



Lopi Pattern Book #21

Istex Yarn
12" x 8 1/2" Spiralbound Softcover (38 pages)
$12.95 Canadian ($12.95 US)

Only $9.95 CDN ($9.95 US) with purchase of 5 or more balls/skeins of Lopi Yarn

28 Lopi, Lopi Lite and Bulky Lopi Designs for Adults and Children. While there are plenty of the traditional yoked, Fair Isle lopapeysa sweaters the company is known for, there are a number of new designs as well, drawn from current fashion. These include striped pullovers with funnel necks, a lattice-cabled poncho and hooded jackets. Note that this book is also sold under the Reynolds Lopi name as "Volume 82122".

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Lopi Pattern Book #22

Istex Yarn
7 1/2" x 7" Spiralbound Softcover (16 pages)
$10.95 Canadian ($10.95 US)

Only $7.95 CDN ($7.95 US) with purchase of 5 or more balls/skeins of Lopi Yarn

This Lopi "Accessories" pattern book includes instructions for 5 Sets of Hat/Mitt Designs plus one matching sock design. All designs are knit with regular Lopi yarn (some have patterns embroidered with Lopi Lite) and make the perfect companion to your Lopi sweater.

Camilla Valley Farm can provide any of the designs in this book in kit form. Click Here to see all the designs in this book or use the links below to take you directly to pictures and ordering information for a specific design:

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Lopi Pattern Book #23

Istex Yarn
12" x 6 3/4" Softcover (24 pages)
$12.95 Canadian ($12.95 US)

Only $9.95 CDN ($9.95 US) with purchase of 5 or more balls/skeins of Lopi Yarn

7 beautiful Lopi Sweater/Cardigan Designs photographed against an Icelandic backdrop. All are traditional Lopi yoke designs and are knit using regular Lopi yarn.

Camilla Valley Farm can provide any of the designs in this book in kit form. Click Here to see all the designs in this book or use the links below to take you directly to pictures and ordering information for a specific design:

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Lopi Pattern Book #24

Istex Yarn
8 3/4" x 12" Spiralbound Softcover (33 pages)
$12.95 Canadian ($12.95 US)

Only $9.95 CDN ($9.95 US) with purchase of 5 or more balls/skeins of Lopi Yarn

25 beautiful Lopi patterns that include Sweaters, Cardigans, Hats, Scarves, Pillows, Blankets, Mittens. Socks and Purses photographed against an Icelandic backdrop. The majority are knit using either regular Lopi or Lopi Lite yarn, but there is one purse project that uses Bulky Lopi.

Camilla Valley Farm can provide any of the designs in this book in kit form. Click Here to see all the designs in this book or use the links below to take you directly to pictures and ordering information for a specific design:

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Lopi Pattern Book #25

Istex Yarn
9" x 12" Spiralbound Softcover (55 pages)
$12.95 Canadian ($12.95 US)

Only $9.95 CDN ($9.95 US) with purchase of 5 or more balls/skeins of Lopi Yarn

24 Lopi, Lopi Lite and Bulky Lopi Designs for Adults, Children and even Dogs!

Camilla Valley Farm can provide any of the designs in this book in kit form. Click Here to see all the designs in this book or use the links below to take you directly to pictures and ordering information for a specific design:

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Lopi Pattern Book #26

Istex Yarn
9" x 12" Spiralbound Softcover (57 pages)
$12.95 Canadian ($12.95 US)

Only $9.95 CDN ($9.95 US) with purchase of 5 or more balls/skeins of Lopi Yarn

25 Lopi, Lopi Lite and Bulky Lopi Designs for Adults, Children and even Horses!

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Rjupa
Haus
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Tat
Var
Pifa
Snjor
Sokkar
Pida
Old
Hestur

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Lopi Pattern Book #27

Istex Yarn
9" x 12" Spiralbound Softcover (57 pages)
$12.95 Canadian ($12.95 US)

Only $9.95 CDN ($9.95 US) with purchase of 5 or more balls/skeins of Lopi Yarn

21 Lopi, Lopi Lite and Bulky Lopi Designs for Adults and Children!

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Skotta
Land
Utjord
Saga
Stukur
Pyrniros
Klukka
Snaefellsjokull
B&G
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Drama
Oroi
Greta
Sjon
Bjalla
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Nost
Kolla
Kyrrd
Leggur

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Lopi Pattern Book #28

Istex Yarn
9" x 12" Spiralbound Softcover (57 pages)
$12.95 Canadian ($12.95 US)

Only $9.95 CDN ($9.95 US) with purchase of 5 or more balls/skeins of Lopi Yarn

20 Lopi, Lopi Lite and Bulky Designs for Adults and Children.

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Lopi Pattern Book #29

Istex Yarn
9" x 12" Spiralbound Softcover (57 pages)
$12.95 Canadian ($12.95 US)

Only $9.95 CDN ($9.95 US) with purchase of 5 or more balls/skeins of Lopi Yarn

22 Lopi, Lopi Lite and Bulky Designs for Adults and Children.

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Lopi Pattern Book #30

Istex Yarn
9" x 12" Spiralbound Softcover (57 pages)
$12.95 Canadian ($12.95 US)

Only $9.95 CDN ($9.95 US) with purchase of 5 or more balls/skeins of Lopi Yarn

27 Lopi, Lopi Lite and Bulky Designs for Adults and Children.

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Lopi Pattern Book #31

Istex Yarn
9" x 12" Spiralbound Softcover (57 pages)
$12.95 Canadian ($12.95 US)

Only $9.95 CDN ($9.95 US) with purchase of 5 or more balls/skeins of Lopi Yarn

27 Lopi, Lopi Lite and Bulky Designs for Adults and Children.

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Lopi Pattern Book #32

Istex Yarn
9" x 12" Spiralbound Softcover (57 pages)
$12.95 Canadian ($12.95 US)

Only $9.95 CDN ($9.95 US) with purchase of 5 or more balls/skeins of Lopi Yarn

26 Lopi, Lopi Lite and Bulky Designs for Adults and Children.

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Lost and Found Mittens

by Robin Hansen

This book was never actually printed under this name but was released as Favorite Mittens: Best Traditional Mitten Patterns from Fox Geese & Fences and Flying Geese and Partridge.

Other books by this author include Knit Mittens! - 15 Cool Patterns to Keep You Warm and Sunny's Mittens - Learn to Knit Lovikka Mittens.



Luxury Knitting - The Ultimate Guide to Exquisite Yarns: Cashmere - Merino - Silk

by Linda Morse
8 3/4" x 10 1/4" Hardcover (168 pages)
2005, Sixth&Spring Books
$22.95 Canadian ($22.95 US)

Knitters who love the look and feel of luxury yarns are drawn to the softest cashmere, the most sensuous silk and the finest Merino. After all, the most luxurious yarns can transform a basic sweater into a sophisticated work of art.

Luxury Knitting takes knitters on a tour of the world where superior fibers are found and woven into yarns. Learn about the culture and the inhabitants of each region and their relationship to the textiles. Over the centuries, these fibers have incurred their own special legends and legacy: From the Mongol Emperor Zanul Abidur, who first commissioned Kashmir shawls for his court, to Ermenegildo Zegna, who uses the finest Merino wool in his suits, people continue to be inspired to make the most exquisite garments in the world.

The softest cashmeres, sensuous silks, fine merino wools...Knitters are inevitably drawn to the look and feel of gold-standard yarns found in a Gucci sweater or a Zegna suit. Now they're invited on a superbly photographed journey with knitting aficionado and entrepreneur, Linda Morse, to the regions of the world where luxury yarns were born. Meet the shearers and spinners of Ireland, Asia, and Italy. Go back in time to when Spain's king wore Merino underwear in testament to its wonderful feel--and breeding secrets were national treasures. Find out how prized textiles are manufactured, from raw fiber to finished product, and why one fiber is more precious than another.

Meet the shearers and spinners of Ireland, Asia, and Italy. Go back in time to when Spain's king wore Merino underwear in testament to its wonderful feel -- and breeding secrets were national treasures. Find out how prized textiles are manufactured, from raw fiber to finished product, and why one fiber is more precious than another.

In Luxury Knitting knitters also will find patterns for making their own classic garments out of these fine yarns. Author Linda Morse, owner of one of New York City's premier knitting boutiques, gives valuable tips on selecting the right yarns, and handling and caring for your handmade garments.

The designs in this book are grouped by fiber. For Cashmere there is "Mitered Throw & Pillows", "Striped Jacket & Scarf", "Baby Ensemble Blanket & Bunting" and "Cape with Mink Border"; for Silk there is "Chanel Jacket", "Newborn Celebration Set", "Honeycomb Pillow", "Chain Pillow" and "Chevron Pillow"; for Merino there is "Pleated Dress and Capelet", "Reversible Cable Lap Throw", "Toddler Stripes Dress" and "Polo Pullover"; for Blends there is: "Woman's Cabled Hoodie", "Toddler Pullover", "Toddler Hoodie", "Wrap with Fur" and "Lace Pullover".

Whether you are obsessed with luxury or with knitting - or both - Luxury Knitting is a book you cannot live without!



Maggie's Ireland - Designer Knits on Location

by Maggie Jackson
11 1/2" x 11 1/2" Hardcover (174 pages)
2004, XRX Books
$34.95 Canadian ($34.95 US)

Travel brings discovery and surprise. So does Maggie's Ireland.

Maggie Jackson brings a fashion designer's approach to handknits and new life to the Irish love of pattern and texture. The real surprise is that her fresh, exciting designs are easy to knit - as much fun to make as they are to wear. Simple stitches create lines and blocks of texture. Combined with traditional yarns (Irish tweeds and linens), a handful of innovative techniques, and touches of exotic fiber (ribbon, strips of denim, even fur), the variety is almost endless. With over 40 projects, there are pieces suited for each season; shapes to take you to the boardroom, to the ballroom, to the beach; designs for men, kids and the home.

Highlighting each design are photographs from locations around Northern Ireland, including Ballintoy Harbor, Cushendun Beach, Giant's Causeway, Mussenden Temple, Glens of Antrim, Lismacloskey Rectory, Meenagarragh House, the Mourne Mountains, Queen's University, the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, and historic Slieve Donard Hotel. The views are stunning; the journey is warm and personal. You may not be able to smell the peat fire or taste the soda farls, but you'll surely see a double rainbow.

The list of patterns in this book include: "Abbey Sweaters & Skirt", "Connemara Sweater", "Connemara Coat", "Clonakilty Skirt & Shrug", "Kilkenny Top, Skirt & Hat", "Bangor Cushion", "Cashel Cushion", "O'Brien Tablemat", "Ballymena Sweater", "Ballinadee Cardi & Waistcoat", "Aranmore Shawl", "Inishowen Cardis", "O'Toole Tablemat", "Boyle Cardi, Waistcoat & Apron", "Sligo Throw & Cushions", "Bushmill Cushions", "O'Connell Tablemat", "Ballyconneely Shawl & Sweater", "Bog of Allen Cardi & Beanie", "Kylemore Dress, Top & Skirt", "Botanic Doggy Coat", "Hillborough Top", "Peatland Cardi & Hat", "O'Donaghue Tablemat", "Blackrock Coat", "Guiness Cardi", "Enniskerry Top", "Galbally Sweater & Hat", "Murlough Bay Cardi & Sweater", "Ballinfad Sweater & Hat", "Ardee Shell" and "O'Flagherty Tablemat".

All designs are beautifully photographed in this gorgeous book which is part history book, part pattern book, part travel guide and even part cook book with a collection of Irish recipes from "Chef Stevie"!



Magnificent Mittens - The Beauty of Warm Hands

by Anna Zilboorg
11 1/4" x 9" Hardcover (143 pages)
1998, XRX Books
NO LONGER AVAILABLE (CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT)

This book has been revised and expanded in the new Magnificent Mittens & Socks

The author has reinvented mittens, bringing them to life using her love of colour and pattern. These mittens are elegant, glamorous, exciting and will make you want to reach for your knitting needles to get started!

The author starts by providing an overview of mittens with some quick notes on shapes, materials, sizing and finishing before launching into a detailed lesson on how to knit with four or five needles creating what she refers to as "beginner's mittens". This and the next section that shows the basic directions required to knit all the mittens in the book contain an extensive collection of clear drawings showing the stitches used as the various parts of the mitten is knit. A section called "small-patterned mittens" provides detailed directions for 15 mitten designs with a 4, 6, 8 or 12 stich repeat. This is followed by a chapter called "large-patterned mittens" with patterns for 17 more designs and another chapter with collection of 10 "sore-thumb mittens" (ie. with the thumb sticking out the side).

All 42 designs in this book include detailed knitting instructions along with a colour photograph of the finished garment and the necessary stitch guides. After providing instructions for a collection of 13 finishing edge designs, explaining how to add lining to the mittens the author includes a collection of stitches and provides the dying information for all the colour combinations used in the patterns. This is a beautiful book with a gorgeous collection of colour photographs and extremely clear stitch charts and technique diagrams.

The author's other books include Fancy Feet: Traditional Knitting Patterns of Turkey and 45 Fine & Fanciful Hats to Knit.



Magnificent Mittens & Socks - The Beauty of Warm Hands & Feet

by Anna Zilboorg
11" x 8 1/2" Softcover (144 pages)
2010, XRX Books
$22.95 Canadian ($22.95 US)

The new, revised edition of Magnificent Mittens has been expanded to include directions for working socks.

Anna's toe-up, free-sole sock design works with all those beautiful color patterns: stranded patterning on the top of the foot and a reinforced sole. This practical approach avoids the inelasticity of most stranded, color-patterned socks and solves the problem of too much work for too little wear.

With complete instructions for 42 fully charted mitten designs, this guide uses geometric color patterns, sophisticated colors, occasional embellishments and embroidery, and simple yet effective edgings and cuffs to make vibrant, warm mittens.

This knitters' essential includes seven embellishments and 13 cuff designs that add color and texture to homemade mittens. Notes, photos, and comments throughout illustrate how to add hand-knit or machine-knit linings and reveal which dyes and kits to use for those who wish to exactly reproduce the mittens featured.

Now your socks can be as magnificent as your mittens!

The author's other books include Fancy Feet: Traditional Knitting Patterns of Turkey and 45 Fine & Fanciful Hats to Knit.



Maine Island Classics - Living and Knitting on a Maine Island

by Chellie Pingree & Debby Anderson
8 1/2" x 11" Softcover (79 pages)
1988, Down East Books
NO LONGER AVAILABLE (CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT)

A rugged coastline, blue green spruce, fields of wild flowers dotted with grazing sheep, sailboats crossing the bay; such images of island life are reflected in the sweaters of North Island Design. These contemporary designs leave you with the feeling of a classic sweater - one that you may pass on for generations.

The authors have managed to combine their love of life on an east coast island with a series of wonderful sweater designs to produce a book that is both beautiful and inspiring. Wonderful colour photographs of the sweaters modeled by members of the local community against the scenic backdrop of the area are framed with stories of island life ranging from stories of keeping sheep and running a business on the island to some insights into the one of the most well know local residents: the lobster.

Designs in this book include: "Sophisticated Chickens", "Chicken Cardigan", "Sheep in the Meadow Pullover", "Versatile Cable Pullover", "Sheep in the Meadow Cardigan", "Versatile Cable Cardigan", "Sailboat Pullover", "Sailboat Cardigan", "Appletree Pullover", "Appletree Cardigan", "Spring Scene Cardigan", "Fall Scene Cardigan", "Appletree with Sheep Vest", "Sunset over Camden Hills Vest", "Whimsical Chicken Vest", "Summertime Vest", "Men's Lobster Pullover or Vest", "Versatile Cable Pullover", "Seagull Pullover", "Siamese Cats Cardigan", "Teddy Bear Sweater" and "Chicken Sweater in Cotton".

Instructions for each pattern as well as detailed charts are included along with an introduction explaining tips and handy techniques that may be used while knitting these designs.



Maine Island Kids - Sweaters and Stories from Offshore

by Chellie Pingree & Debby Anderson
8 1/2" x 11" Softcover (80 pages)
1989, Down East Books
$14.95 Canadian ($14.95 US)

While this book is an excellent pattern book, providing the reader with 20 sweater designs, it is also provides insight into the close knit Island communities and the special place children hold. Inter-mixed with the designs are stories about life on the islands as well as stories written by the children themselves. Through these the reader gains insight into what life is like for a child growing up in this wonderful environment.

The patterns in this book include: "Schoolbus Pullover", "Country Scene Pullover", "City Scene Pullover", "Farmyard Cardigan", "Train Cardigan", "Summertime Vest", "Appletree with Sheep Vest", "Camden Hills Vest", "Sailboat Pullover", "Sailboat Cardigan", "Sheep in the Meadow Pullover", "Appletree Cardigan", "Appletree Pullover", "Youth Seagull Pullover", Youth Chicken Pullover", "Youth Chicken Pullover", "Teddy Bear Turtleneck", "Tropical Fish Pullover", "Child Starry Night Pullover" and "Youth Starry Night Pullover".

This book is beautifully illustrated with colour photographs of the children modeling the designs against the scenic background of the islands. Each of the 20 patterns includes full instructions as well as charting diagrams. The authors also include some knitting tips at the beginning to help with the designs.



Making Mathematics with Needlework

by Sarah-Marie Belcastro & Carolyn Yackel
8 1/4" x 9 1/4" Hardcover (184 pages)
2008, A K Peters, Ltd.
$36.95 Canadian ($36.95 US)

Mathematical craftwork has become extremely popular, and mathematicians and crafters alike are fascinated by the relationship between their crafts. The focus of this book, written for mathematicians, needleworkers, and teachers of mathematics, is on the relationship between mathematics and the fiber arts (including knitting, crocheting, cross-stitch, and quilting).

Each of the 10 chapters is organized with four sections. First, there's an overview intended for both crafters and mathematicians, so it should be understandable to mathematicians who don't know anything about crafting and also for crafters who don't know anything about mathematics. Then, there's a section of detailed mathematics which is intended for mathematicians. All of the authors have made an effort to include basic information so that mathematical enthusiasts who are not professional mathematicians can follow the bulk of the material. The third section of each chapter contains teaching ideas, and these range from elementary-school level to graduate level. Finally, every chapter has a project, with instructions written for and tested by crafters.

  • Quilted Mobius Band - topology/graph theory (project: two quilted Mobius bands)
  • Picking Up Stitches and Diophantine Equations - number theory (project: knitted hat)
  • The Sierpinski Variations: Self-Similar Crochet - fractals (project: crocheted shawl)
  • Only Two Knit Stitches can Create a Torus - combinatorics/topology (project: knitted torus)
  • Symmetry Patterns in Cross Stitch - geometry/group theory (project: cross-stitched pillow)
  • Socks with Algebraic Structure - group/number theory (project: knitted socks)
  • Fortunatus's Purse - topology/graph theory (project: sewn Fortunatus's purse)
  • (K)Not Cables, Braids - group theory/topology (project: knitted cabled pillow)
  • The Graph Theory of Blackwork Embroidery - graph theory (project: blackwork embroidery motif)
  • Stop Those Pants! - geometry (project: knitted baby pants)

The book includes an index with both mathematical and craft terms, and the usual acknowledgements, credits, table of contents, and such.It starts with an Introduction by the editors and includes surveys of mathematics and mathematics education research in fiber arts, thoughts on future work, and a comprehensive bibliography.



Malene Sweaters Pattern Book #1

by Malene A. Samuelsen
8" x 10" Softcover (32 pages)
1995, Norselander Fiberarts
$11.95 Canadian ($11.95 US)

Malene's sweater designs reflect her rich Norwegian heritage and her own unique style. Special edges, touches of mohair and sparkling threads set these designs apart.

Bright and vibrant color choices make the six classic Norwegian designs fun to knit. All can be knit entirely from the charts and schematics in this book, though English text is also included. In special sections, the author covers topics such as: "How to Measure, Sew and Cut Open", "Knitting Button Bands and Collar for Cardigan", "How to Knit a Sweater Sideways" and turning "A Sweater into a Cardigan". Many of her techniques are traditional, but Malene also shares with you some invaluable tips and tricks she knows as a result of years of trial and error. Terms and techniques are discussed. Finished chest sizes of garments range from 40-64".

This is a great collection of classic designs!



Mason-Dixon Knitting - The Curious Knitters' Guide

by Kay Gardiner and Ann Syayne
8 3/4" x 11 1/4" Hardcover (160 pages)
2006, Potter Craft
$26.95 Canadian ($26.95 US)

Stories, Patterns, Advice, Opinions, Questions, Answers, Jokes and Pictures - Created for Knitters Everywhere who Share the Give'em Hell Spirit of just Picking up the Needles and Making Stuff!

Enjoy the practical advice, real-life knitting instruction, and irreverent humor of Yankee Kay Gardiner and Tennessean Ann Shayne, the duo behind the renowned knitting web log masondixonknitting.com. The ladies of Mason-Dixon Knitting will take you on a thrilling adventure through Knitopia, a place where knitting and creativity unite through the zaniest knitted items imaginable. Kay and Ann reveal that a pattern is a starting line, a launching pad, the front doors of Saks the day after Thanksgiving: oh, the potential!

Mason-Dixon Knitting is a collection of unbelievable patterns, a how-to manual, and a crazy quilt of hilarious narrative, all in one. In this book, Kay and Ann chitchat their way through a series of more than thirty incredible patterns. Drawing creative inspiration from their surroundings, they present colorful blankets, sassy nightgowns, a delicate curtain, and much more to reveal that knitting can weave its way into just about every aspect of life. Most of these projects are the epitome of ease, but you can make them as simple or complicated as you prefer.

Projects in this book include: "Joseph's Blankie of Many Colors", "Courthouse Steps Denim Blanket", "Moderne Log Cabin Blanket", "Moderne Baby Blanket", "Flying Geese Blanket", "Mitered Square Blanket", "Keepsake Blanket Knit by Three Friends", "Snazzy Bath Rug", "Tailgate Rag Rug", "Absorba, the Great Bathmat", "Superfancy Wool Potholder Loop Rug", "Dizzy Rug", "Dishrag Rug", "Circle-of-Fun Rug", "One-Piece Baby Kimono", "Dragon Jacket", "Flower Jacket", "Baby Bib o' Love", "Baby Genius Burp Cloth", "Keepsake Blanket", "Mason-Dixon After Dark Nightie", "Mason-Dixon After Dark Robe", "Pawleys Scarf", "Weightless Scarf", "Nina Shawl", Billband Washcloth", "Moss Grid Hand Towel", "Chevron Stripe Towel", "Big Dotty Cushion", "Bubbly Curtain", "Mason-Dixon Dishcloth", "Felted Boxes", "Grandmother Version", "Moses Bag, Ambitious", and "Moses Bag, Stovetop Version".

Kay and Ann invite you to use your creative vision to interpret each pattern and give it your own personal touch. Full-color photography of these delightful home- and family-inspired knits accompanies each project. Along the way, Kay and Ann will introduce you to incredible knitting personalities, share their own knitting experiences, and present eye-popping knitting phenomena. Mason-Dixon Knitting explores the humor, fun, and outrageous possibilities of a realm in which knitting is much more than a craft - it's a lifestyle.



Mastering Lacework

by Annie Maloney
8 1/2" x 11" Spiralbound Softcover (60 pages)
2003, Annie Maloney
NO LONGER AVAILABLE (CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT)

An In-Depth Study of Knitting & Designing Lacework Garments & Eyelet Lace Stitch Patterns. Includes Step-by-Step Methods, Original Stitch Patterns & Knitting Projects.

For anyone who wishes to expand their knitting experience into eyelet lace garments, this book explores all aspects of the craft, from basic understanding of the structure and nature of lacework, to transcribing stitch patterns into charts, to such advanced procedures as designing original stitch patterns.

Included are many tips and techniques used for finishing and fitting which can be applied to all styles of knitting, and detailed interpretations of such subjects as pinpointing mistakes, shaping, and overall construction skills, which will help knitters to have more sucess and enjoyment in their projects.

This book also contains thirty-two previously unpublished stitch patterns and some lacework knitting patterns. In addition, this book also includes the 8 page booklet Aran Lace Pattern #102 for a loose fitting Aran style tunic using Eyelet Stitch Patterns.

The author's other books include: Personal Knitwear Design



Meg Swansen's Knitting - 30 Designs for Hand Knitting

by Meg Swansen
9 1/4" x 12" Hardcover (144 pages)
1999, Interweave Press
NO LONGER AVAILABLE (CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT)

American knitting guru Meg Swansen shares tips, tricks, techniques and secrets she's learned and discovered during her long knitting and designing career. The "Introduction" gives us a candid look into the knitting world of the daughter of America's first famous knitter and author, Elizabeth Zimmerman. From learning to knit from Elizabeth to taking over at the helm of Knitting Camp and Schoolhouse Press, Meg entertains with some of the stories behind the stitches.

The "Terms, Tools and Techniques" chapter includes a glossary of relevant knitting terms, the famous EZ percentage system, various ways to cast on, cast off, increase and decrease as well as step-by-step illustrations. After this, Meg jumps into the designs, which are grouped into 6 sections. In "Yoke Sweaters" she includes two projects: "Box-the-Compass Yoke Sweater" and "Aspen Yoke Sweater". In "Allover Designs" five projects titled: "Russian Prime", "Faroese Sweater Variations", "Turkish Maple", "Turkish Ocean Pullovers" and "Celtic Swirl" are covered followed by a section on "Cardigans" with 7 patterns with names like: "Lupine Cardigan", "Fair Isle Cardigan", "Medallion Cardigan", "Ram's Horn Cardigan", "Saddle-Sleeved Jackets" and "Bavarian Twist Saddle-Sleeved Cardigan". After this, 3 projects are covered in "Picture Knits" with titles like: "Weeping Sun/Moon Sweater", "Phoenix Pullover" and "Phoenix Cardigan". With the variations that Meg suggests, these result in a total of twenty-two sweater designs. The fifth "Vests" section covers 3 projects titled: "Mesa Verde Vest", "Mimbres Vest" and "Navajo Vest" and to complete the collection a "Stockings" section with 4 variations of "Stockings with Form-Filled Arch" are provided.

This book is beautifully illustrated with colour photographs of the resulting garments, diagrams showing knitting techniques and knitting charts that complement the detailed instructions provided by the author.

Other books by the author include: A Gathering of Lace, Handknitting with Meg Swansen, The Opinionated Knitter and Sweaters from Camp while the list of videos are: Cardigan Details, Knitting Around, Knitting Glossary and Knitting Vacations with Meg Swansen - Cardigan Details.



Men in Knits - Sweaters to Knit that he WILL Wear

by Tara Jon Manning
9" x 10" Softcover (126 pages)
2003, Interweave Press
$26.95 Canadian ($26.95 US)

Men! Knit your boyfriend a sweater and he leaves you a month later, Or knit your husband a sweater that he leaves in the drawer.

This collection of men's sweater projects presents classic designs and trendy fashion-forward pieces, forgoing the stereotypical Mr. Rogers and Bill Cosby variety of sweater. Offering tips for overcoming men's reluctance to wear sweaters, this book provides the tools needed for making the right choices in fit, color, texture, and style to create beautiful, masculine knitted sweaters.

Knitwear designer Tara Jon Manning has the secret to knitting your favorite guy a great sweater that he will want to wear. Start by learning how to investigate his personal style - discover his preferences and what he wants in a sweater. Then explore how to make the best style and colour choices - which colors and textures flatter his physique - and how to customize a pattern to achieve the perfect fit.

Finally, select a sweater pattern from a masculine collection of more than 20 original designs for men and boys including traditional styles, historically based garments, and trendy fashion-forward pieces. Choose from Aran, argyle, basketcase, and cabled rib patterns for knitting cardigans, pullovers, V-necks, and vests, as well as accessories such as scarves and gloves. Although intended for men, these sweaters have great unisex appeal and were developed for both new and seasoned knitters. Make the next sweater you knit for him the success you want it to be.

Designs in this book include Double-Crossing Diamonds Aran Pullover", "Jack's Aran Cardigan/Pullover", Hyland Argyle Vest", "Garter Stitch Aran", "Classic Camel Vest, with Muffler", "Basketcase Jacket", "Fast Favorite Vest", "Rustic Raglan Pullover", "Fred's Jazz Vest", "Chain Link Pullover", "Cabled Rib Cardigan/Vest", "Perpendicular Lines Pullover" and "Tweeds Cardigan with Scarf".



Men Who Knit & The Dogs Who Love Them - 30 Great-Looking Designs for Man & His Best Friend

by Annie Modesitt & Drew Emborsky
8 1/2" x 10" Hardcover (144 pages)
2007, Lark Books
$22.95 Canadian ($22.95 US)

The author has combined two hot topics: male knitters and knitting projects for dogs in this one fabulous, fun volume!

This book is a stand-out-from-the-crowd collection of 30 projects that features strong, colorful, and masculine designs that will appeal to men of all ages plus companion items for their four-legged friends.

The writing is informative, supportive, and humorous; crowd-pleasing images of well-dressed pooches with their sartorially splendid owners add to the entertainment. Geared toward knitters of all levels - but with an emphasis on intermediate and advanced techniques - the projects will wow readers.

Imagine a quirky Rasta-inspired hat and a cool matching doggie jacket. Or a classic gray, cabled vest in merino wool and cashmere - one for him and one for Fido. Hit the town in a colorful patchwork pullover; matching saddlebags turn walk time into a fashionable outing.

The projects are offered in a wide range of sizes to fit a variety of male and doggie body types and, as an added feature, there are tips and anecdotes from more than a dozen male knitters.

Annie Modesitthas also written Cheaper than Therapy: Joy, Healing and Life Lessons in Fiber, Confessions of a Knitting Heretic and Knitting Millinery.



Miniature Pullovers - 19 New Knitting Patterns

by Betty Lampen
5 1/2" x 8 1/2" Softcover (17 pages)
1992, Haskin Press
$6.50 Canadian ($6.50 US)

Would You believe 19 different sweater patterns for Christmas tree decorations - each only 1 1/2" tall, with a gauge of 8-9 stitches to the inch. They look like they'd be great fun to knit and would make very attractive and unusual decorations for your tree. This is Book II of Miniature Sweaters Christmas Tree Decorations.

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



Miniature Sweaters - Book 1

by Betty Lampen
5 1/2" x 8 1/2" Softcover (17 pages)
1994, Haskin Press
$6.50 Canadian ($6.50 US)

These will certainly be the smallest sweaters you have ever knitted. There are 12 different patterns and, despite their small size, very attractive. As the subtitle says, they are designed for Christmas Tree ornaments, but they would probably be big enough for small dolls as well. The completed sweaters are illustrated in colour.

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



minnies - quicknits for babbies and toddlers

by Jil Eaton
8 1/4" x 9 1/4" Hardcover (131 pages)
2001, Contemporary Books
$15.95 Canadian ($15.95 US)

More than twenty chic creations from celebrity designer Jil Eaton provide everything a stylish bambino needs for comfort with panache!

Say good-bye to time-consuming baby patterns that require fingering-weight yarn, size 2 needles and unending patience. With this delectable collection of speedy knits from internationally acclaimed designer Jil Eaton, you can experience the joy of knitting for the little ones in your life. Using big needles and bulky yarn, whip up any one of these adorable projects for your favorite baby or toddler

Jil Eaton's fun, fresh, colourful confections are simple enough for beginners yet allow for the personal touch and design details of the experienced knitter. Designs include a layette, party dresses, playtime rompers, hats, booties, a stylish kimono jacket, outerwear and more. Simple shapes enhanced by charming details like bobbles, cords, spirals, ruffles, tassels and trims evoke that touch of whimsy that makes Eaton's designs unmistakable.

This book includes more than twenty new designs in brilliant colours and irresistibly soft yarns, sized for newborn, 1, 2 and 3 year olds. Titles include: "koko kimono", "puff baby", "baby bunting", "feltie feet", "welcome, baby", "swing set", "seedling", "flax jax", "cable-alls", "dutch treat", "genghis baby", "jump", "baby baby", "snow baby", "piccolo", "vestimenti", "gelati", "feltie chapeau", "english trifle", "mini pini" and "colori".

Most projects in this book are QuickKnits, using worsted and bulky yarns and big needles to knit up in a snap. All designs are pictured in gorgeous colour photos by award winning photographer Nina Van Brocklin Fuller. An illustrated Learn-to-Knit section that's great for beginners and anyone returning to the craft is provided as well as tips on technique, equipment, knitting to fit, finishing and caring for garments.

With the portability, versatility and simplicity of the projects, even new moms can find time to make more than one. Instant gratification never looked so cute!

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



MinnowKnits - Uncommon Clothes to Knit for Kids

by Jil Eaton
8" x 9" Softcover (128 pages)
1996, Lark Books
NO LONGER AVAILABLE (CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT)

From hats to rompers, from pantaloons to party dresses, from sweaters to a complete skating outfit, now you can knit up a sensational baby present or a complete designer wardrobe for the kids in your life.

MinnowKnits presents 24 separate projects for kids' clothes, created by internationally acclaimed designer, Jil Eaton. Designed for children 3 months to 10 years of age, the projects range from simple hats for newborns to complete outfits for older kids.

In a field dominated by pale pink, light blue and small, cute motifs, Eaton's designs for children's clothes are electrifying. Colors are brilliant, intense and imaginatively combined. Patterns are bold and graphic. Silhouettes are spacious and comfortable. In applying a highly sophisticated and contemporary design sense to children's wear, Jil Eaton has created clothes that are at once adventurous and approachable, innovative and adorable.

Projects in this book include: Baby Brit Sailor (hat and sweater), Tangerina (jumper), Bon Bons (baby hats), Surprise! Chapeau (hats), Zany Bambini (hat-sweater-pantaloon), Beau Jest (romper), Polka Dots (pullover), Gumdrops (sweater), Coco Chenille (hat-sweater-pantaloons), Tennis Anyone? (vest), Parfait (hat), Yikes! Stripes! (cap-sweater-pantaloons), La Pinafore (pinafore), Party Dress, Petite Chic (dress), Holiday Dress, Classic Brit Jacket, Buttons and Bows (dress), Red Riding Hood (hooded jacket), Ski, Baby! (jumpsuit), Skating (sweater-hat-skirt), Faux Fisherman (sweater), Aran Ruffles (sweater-hat) and Firecrackers (hat with earflaps). Each project is shown in full colour, worn by a child of the appropriate age, and includes complete, step-by-step instructions and all necessary charts and graphs. A "Tips for Knitters" section offers how-to information from a pro.

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



MinnowKnits Too - More Uncommon Knit for Kids, Big and Small

by Jil Eaton
7 3/4" x 9 1/4" Hardcover (176 pages)
1998, Clarkson Potter/Publishers
$15.95 Canadian ($15.95 US)

Kids are lively, they have fun, they attract attention. So shouldn't their clothes do the same? With internationally acclaimed designer Jil Eaton's innovative knit patterns, you can create clothing that has the same fresh attitudes and bright looks as children themselves.

Jil Eaton's 26 original creations in MinnowKnits, Too include seasonal knitwear for every age. Using her signature bold colours, roomy styling and spirited details, Eaton designs one-of-a-kind outfits, from classic sweaters to "Jailbird" striped rompers that both kids and adults will love. And each pattern is illustrated with full-colour photographs, drawings, schematics, and clear instructions. Many of Eaton's QuickKnits patterns are included, so even novices will find exciting projects within their reach.

Patterns in this book include: La Bebe (cotton dress & bonnet), Spring Coat and Pillbox Hat, Bellissima (day dress), Brittany Jumper, Tyrolean Waistcoat (double-knit vest), Sweet Pea (sleeveless dress), Zigzag (crewneck sweater), Swedish Day Dress, Beach Robe (hooded sweater), Sunsuit (playsuit), Au Bateau (pullover sweater), Bow Wow (cabled turtlenecks for child & dog), School Days (jacket with buttons), Button, Button (double-breasted sweater jacket), Hum Bug (cardigan sweater & pantaloons), One-Button Vest, Twirl (cropped sweater), Tutti Frutti (unisex day suit), Jailbird (romper & hat), Denim Bibs (bib overall), Parka (reversible mohair jacket), Popcorn (baby bunting), Snowflake (Fair isle tunic), Aran Pull (cabled pullover) and Twizzle Tops (caps).

Eaton's designs are perfect projects for a snowed-in weekend or a looming birthday - most designs take less than a week. For the mother-to-be, chenille baby bunting or a denim bib would be welcome. During the holidays, a mohair jumper or a shawl-collar dress allows little girls to dress up but still remain comfortable. And days at the beach call for a cotton swing play dress or a colourful robe. A learn-to-knit chapter with a hand-puppet starter project, a glossary of knitting terms, a bibliography, and helpful shopping notes are the knitter's perfect companions.

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



Mission Falls Goes Crochet

from Mission Falls
8 1/2" x 11" Softcover (50 pages)
2008, Mission Falls
NO LONGER AVAILABLE (CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT)

This is the first book of crochet patterns for the Mission Falls 1824 Wool and 1824 Cotton yarn. It includes patterns for sweaters, coats, vests, hats, wraps, scarves and even toys and purses.

The book includes full instructions for 13 original crochet patterns from Mission Falls and 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.

Complete kits with all the yarn and buttons can be purchased by contacting us.

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



Modular Knits - New Techniques for Today's Knitters

by Iris Schreier
9" x 10 1/2" Hardcover (128 pages)
2005, Lark Books
$16.95 Canadian ($16.95 US)

A traditional knitting technique gets a new and easier spin, so that even beginners can master the process. Just dip into this comprehensive course, with themed tutorials -- each with handy practice exercises -- as well as simple instructions, charts, and 24 fabulous projects.

In Modular Knits Iris Schreier introduces her revolutionary new techniques that greatly simplify creating triangles, diamonds, squares and other project designs. Using the traditional modular method, you finish a shape, bind it off, cut the yarn, pick up stitches, and then knit a new shape into the old one to expand the garment. Schreier, in this new method, shows you how to knit shapes continuously without cutting yarn and picking up stitches. "The only danger," she advises, "is that once you become comfortable using these techniques, you probably won't be able to stop!"

The chapters introduce various knitted shapes and include instructions for knitting practice swatches before starting on the projects that follow. Once you're comfortable with the techniques, or if you're already a proficient knitter, you can try any of the intermediate or advanced projects that are part of the book's four experience levels.

Easy enough to make in a weekend, the "Patchwork Eyeglass Case" shows off the beautiful sheen of silk yarn. The sophisticated "Starburst Shawl" features variegated yarn that is knit in garter stitch diamonds and surrounded by openwork panels. The "Elegant Table Runner" combines drop-stitch garter lace with unmitered triangles for trim. With its bold and funky pattern, the "Bull's Eye Hat" is so attractive, you'll quickly want to knit another one as soon as you finish. The "Diamond Blossom Scarf", one of the projects to knit with multiple modular designs, has a soft, delicate drape.

Modular knitting is a bit like a game: you create designs in the same way you'd work a jigsaw puzzle -- piece by piece. Start by completing one square, cube, or diamond, and then build on that by knitting additional basic figures and forms. Although the finished product looks complex, with its variety of shape and color changes, it's actually not hard at all.

The results are spectacular when you move beyond the straight lines often found in knitwear, and work with unusual crossings and intersections, vertical and horizontal lines, and other distinctive patterns. Other patterns in this book include: "Basketweave Pillow", "Multi-Directional Scarf", "Felted Geometric Tote", "Flat-Top Hat", "Zigzag Scarf", "Lace Ribbon Poncho", "Building Blocks Shawl", "Chevron Tie", "Holes Scarf", "Square Holes Sweater", "Pinwheel Purse", "Zebra Afghan", "Hidden Square Purse", "Sequined Evening Sash", "Sheer One-Piece Shawl", "Diamond Panel Vest", "Elegant Openwork Poncho", "Cozy Diamond Wrap" and "Mirrored Angles Scarf".



Module Magic - Creative Projects to Knit One Block at a Time

by Ginger Luters
10" x 9 1/2" Softcover (122 pages)
2004, XRX Books
$17.95 Canadian ($17.95 US)

The modular techniques introduced in this knitting guide provide a creative approach perfect for beginners in which rectangular, square, and triangular pieces are used to fashion a sweater or other knitted garment. Step-by-step instructions and simple solutions illustrate the construction procedure. The swatches and sketches provided reveal endless possibilities for mixing color, texture, and shape.

This book presents ideas for making fabrics and garments from modules. They can be knitted as presented, but you can also personalize them in any colour, stitch, and texture you prefer. From there you can then design your own combinations.

The grids - blocks, diamonds, and triangles - lay a foundation that you can use to create a pattern you like. The garment silhouettes are shown alongside the grids to help you in your trek. Before you cast on a stitch, you can preview your design ideas on the grids. Arrange the blocks as you would arrange puzzle pieces, dominoes, blocks or tiles. As you develop a design, you can add colour or directional changes in the modules.

The arrangements have infinite possibilities, even squares can be arranged to form different modules. How you choose to combine them will be completely up to you. The designs on paper can then be analyzed to see the sequence of knitting and the arrangement of modules. As you work, many other ideas may occur to you. The logic of modules is easy to comprehend, and the endless numbers of unique patterns are truly a treasure trove to explore.

Projects in this book include: "Arnie's Vest", "Nicole's Cardigan", "Nevada City Windows" cardigan, "Tumbling Triangles" shawl, "Triangle Trio" pillows, "Hot Summer Nights" short-sleeve pullover, "Adagio" scarf, "Times Square" vest, "Yuba River" short-sleeve top, "Mendocino" cardigan, "Mariposa" vest, "Stained Glass" vest, "Swatch Your Step" socks, "Morgan's Pullover" (child & adult), "De Colores" jacket, "Star Light, Star Bright" child's sweater, "Kalapaki Bay" throw, "Aidan's Hat", "Sonata" dressy evening shawl, "Sonoma" vest, "Allegro" vest and "T-Square" pillow.



Monkeysuits - Sweaters & More to Knit for Kids

by Sharon Turner
8" x 10" Softcover (154 pages)
2001, Taunton Press
NO LONGER AVAILABLE (CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT)

If you truly love to knit, it's hard to resist making sweaters for babies and children -- and Sharon Turner's book of 25 colorful, creative designs will be hard to resist as well.

Here is a playful book of sweater, hat and mitten designs featuring knitting patterns for kids of all ages. All the patterns are colorful and use a wide range of yarns -- and some of them have size variations wide enough to cover teens.

The patterns are available here for the first time as a collection and represent some of the best work to date from an artist with a growing name in the knitting world. Whatever your skill level, you'll find the book accessible and easy to use, and you'll find that the delightful photos of the kids add to the book's charm.

Patterns in this book include: "Jacky-O", "Get Shorty", "Puppy Love", "Vested Interest", "Hoodwinked", "Swedish Pancakes", "Electric Smock", "Prematurely Gray", "Aqua Velvet", "Shrinking Violet", Tweedy Pie", "Red, Set, Go", "Green Sleeves", "Yellow Jacket", "Copycat", "Stripe it Rich", "Mood Indigo", "Snow Suit", "Classic Cables", "Blanket Statement", "Candy Stripes", "Fall Colors", "Boxed Set" and "Checkered Past".



More Miniature Sweater Designs - Book 3

by Betty Lampen
5 1/2" x 8 1/2" Softcover (17 pages)
1996, Haskin Press
$6.50 Canadian ($6.50 US)

Thirty different sweater patterns for Christmas Tree decorations, in book three of the sweater series - each only 2 1/2" tall, with a gauge of 8-9 stitches to the inch. Graphs for each design are shown.

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



More Sensational Knitted Socks

by Charlene Schurch
8 1/2" x 11" Softcover (112 pages)
2007, Martingale and Company
$24.95 Canadian ($24.95 US)

Discover more patterns, more stitches, and more styles - this follow-up to the award-winning bestseller Sensational Knitted Socks presents new possibilities for knitting great socks!

In this book, the author teaches the reader to combine the yarn, gauge, stitch pattern, and size of their choice to knit more than 1,000 variations of adult- and kid-sized socks. The reader can start with 11 basic designs; then try loads of different looks with an all-new stitch-pattern library. They can choose their favorite technique and use four or five double-pointed needles or two circular needles.

The author's other books include Hats On, Mostly Mittens and Sensational Knitted Socks.



More Sweaters - A Riot of Color, Pattern, and Form

by Lise Kolstad & Tone Takle

8 1/2" x 11" Softcover (144 pages)
1994, Interweave Press, Inc.
$17.95 Canadian ($17.95 US)

More Sweaters is a book for beginners and experienced knitters alike - both for use and inspiration. If you want to experiment and design your own garments, this book will help you get started. An abundance of charts, sketches, detailed studies, and photographs depicts the endless possibilities in the world of knitting. If you're anxious to get started right away, there are 21 detailed patterns inspired by Norwegian tradition.



Morehouse Farm Merino Knits: More than 40 Farm-Fresh Designs

by Margrit Lohrer
8 3/4" x 11 1/2" Hardcover (144 pages)
2006, Potter Craft
$26.95 Canadian ($26.95 US)

This extraordinarily beautiful volume offers over 40 original patterns for unique merino wool hand-knits - including baby garments, blankets, and mittens - while telling the story of life on idyllic Morehouse Farm. A wonderful collection for knitters who love to use luxurious, high-quality wool in their projects.

Tucked away in a valley surrounded by a luscious landscape and rolling hills, Morehouse Farm is home to two former Manhattan-ites - Margrit Lohrer and Albrecht Pichler - who sought refuge from city life to raise Merino sheep and create the plushest wool of them all. Morehouse Farm Merino Knits opens the gates of this magical farmland with a true city-to-country fairy tale and a fresh crop of patterns for merino handknits.

The author has developed more than forty patterns that range from lacy shawls and classic sweaters to adorable baby garments and colorful mittens, along with a selection of gorgeous accessories for the home - all inspired by the beauty of merino wool and the comfort of life on Morehouse Farm. These inventive patterns include something special for each member of the family, even the cat. Lively sidebars include anecdotes about farm life, helpful knitting tips, and methods for caring for merino wool.

Designs in this book include: "Tufted Chair Pad and Cat Mat", "Striped Blanket and Matching Pillows", "KnitKnot Throw and Wrap", "Reed Shawl and Scarf", "Huck Lace Shawl", "Foulard with Case", "Rabbit-Proof Scarf", "Spiral Ruffle Scarf", "Buggy Mitts and Hats", "Child's Sweater with Matching Hat", "Molly's Jacket, Turtleneck and Hat", "Fringe-Binge Mini Muffler", "Baby Blanket with Booties and Hat", "Hats with Stripes", "Diagonal Scarf", "Double-Sided Hat", "Indian Corn Scarf and Hat", "Molas Mittens", "Bojangles Scarf with Hat", "Beret", "Mozart Trio", "Albrecht's Sweater", "Jeff's Vest", "Erin's Tunic", "Jeff's Mosaic Sweater and Socks", "Kim's Jacket" and "Debbie's Sweater".

Full-color photographs of each handknit set against the lush Morehouse landscape will transport you directly to the farm. As you escape into this charming backdrop, discover the enchanting tale of the farm and follow the wool from sheep to shawl as you read firsthand accounts of caring for the flock, shearing, dyeing, spinning, and knitting with merino wool.

Note that this is not a book for beginners, as there aren't any knitting instructions - just patterns - so readers who want to cast on should already know what they are doing.

Morehouse Farm Merino Knits offers a collection of designs geared for knitters who delight in the soothing qualities of working with a plush fiber. The functional wardrobe and household staples and color photographs make this a worthwhile addition to the knitter's bookshelf.



Mosaic Knitting - Revised Edition

by Barbara G. Walker

7 1/2" x 9 1/2" Hardcover (259 pages)
2006, Schoolhouse Press
$28.95 Canadian ($28.95 US)

Mosaic knitting is a new term in the knitter's vocabulary. It describes a novel development in color-knitting technique and a whole new class of patterns, each different from any pattern that has ever been used before. The term was coined, and the patterns of this class have been invented, by the author of this book. Previous books (see links below) also present collections of original mosaic patterns. But the patterns given in this volume are entirely new, unlike any included in previous collections. If you have already enjoyed trying out the easy-knitting, dramatic designs that are created by mosaics, you'll love this new assortment of patterns. If you've never tried mosaic knitting before, you'll find it easy to learn and exciting to use.

Though all mosaic patterns are unique, the basic technique is neither unusual nor excessively demanding. Do you know how to knit a stitch, and how to slip a stitch? That's all you need. If you know these two simplest of all knitting operations, then in fact you already know how to do mosaic knitting. Each fascinating mosaic pattern uses only these two operations, with purling, sometimes, as an occasional option. Despite this extreme simplicity, however, mosaic knitting is quite different from the old method of working designs in color.

Mosaic knitting has many other advantages for the beginner. Any mosaic pattern can be worked on any number of stitches, so there's no need to worry about stitch counting and casting on correct multiples for each pattern. Also, all mosaic patterns knit to the same gauge (number of stitches and rows to the inch) as long as yarn and needle sizes remain unchanged. Patterns can be changed at will in the same piece of knitting, without altering the stitch count or the size. You never have to increase or decrease to accommodate a different gauge when passing from one pattern to another. Mosaic knitting makes no special demands on the knitter's materials. It can be worked on needles of any diameter, from zero to enormous, with yarn of any weight from fine two-ply to bulky. Furthermore, mosaic knitting gives you a choice of two basic fabric styles, garter stitch or stockinette stitch. The same patterns can be used with equal success in both, either, or a combination of them.

This revised edition of the author's 1976 work includes 113 brand new, heretofore unpublished "Magical Mosaics" - so named because they are rotationally symmetric. This book is extensively illustrated with photographs of knitted designs and knitting charts.

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



Mostly Mittens - Ethnic Knitting Designs from Russia

by Charlene Schurch
8 1/2" x 10 1/2" Softcover (112 pages)
2010, Martingale & Company
$22.95 Canadian ($22.95 US)

This updated version of Charlene Schurch's previous collection includes her original designs plus new versions of several mittens.

Developed by Russia's Komi people, these patterns were originally passed down visually from knit pieces, so they're easy to understand and knit. They only look complex!

Mittens are knit in the round and include a thumb gore for excellent fit and this collection features patterns for 35 pairs of mittens plus four traditional hats. The projects use stranded color work and include easy-to-follow color-coded charts.

The author has also written Hats On, More Sensational Knitted Socks and Sensational Knitted Socks.



Mother-Daughter Knits - 30 Designs to Flatter & Fit

by Sally Melville & Caddy Melville Ledbetter

9" x 11" Hardcover (160 pages)
2009, Potter Craft
$26.95 Canadian ($26.95 US)

It sounds simple. But if every knitter knew how to do it, the unflattering sweater and the top that doesn't fit would be things of the past. Unfortunately, that's not the world we live in, and knitwear designer Sally Melville knows why: too many knitters choose the wrong pattern for their shape and size!

After decades of teaching, designing, and writing about knitting, Sally Melville knows how to customize knitting patterns to fit a wide variety of body types perfectly. With a little planning and subtle alterations, you can make a garment that is just right for you! In Mother-Daughter Knits, Sally shares this knowledge for the first time. Together with her daughter, fellow knitwear designer Caddy Melville Ledbetter, Sally demystifies the process of picking the right pattern and modifying it to your body's advantage. Whether you're a beginning or experienced knitter, young or mature, an hourglass or a triangle, Sally and Caddy have you covered!

The authors have designed 30 customizable garments for women of all shapes, heights, and ages, including: a slimming Jackie Kennedy-style Camelot coat, a reversible tank top with a scoop neck, a Jane Austen-inspired jacket with an empire waist and a flirty top that enhances feminine curves.

The designs in this book include: "No-Mess Headband", "Buttoned Muffler", "Tabbed Cuffs", "Tabbed Spats/Legwarmers", "The Slouch", "Two-Way Shrug", "Camelot Coat", "Knit-Across Sweater", "Long-and-Short-of-It Pullover", "Scarf-Closing Cardigan", "Classic Shirt", "Swing Top", "Sophisticated Hoodie", "Cable-Edged Vest", "Mother-of-the-Bride Cardigan", "Garden Party Scarf", "Corsage Choker/Headband", "Corset Belt", "Flirty Top", "Box-Pleat Skirt", "A Gray Cardigan", "Inside-Out Panel Suit", "Eco-Tote", "Reversible Tank Top", "Femme Tie", "Altered Austen Jacket", "Lace-and-Cable Jumper", "Minidress" and "Crinkly Blouse Sweater".

With fascinating insight, practical advice, and patterns for both classic and avant-garde tastes, Mother-Daughter Knits just might be the most useful guide a knitter could have - whether she's young or just young at heart.

The author's other books include The Knitting Experience - Book 1: The Knit Stitch, The Knitting Experience - Book 2: The Purl Stitch, The Knitting Experience - Book 3: Color and Sally Melville Styles.



Motif, Borders and Trims in Classic Knitted Cotton

by Furze Hewitt and Billie Daley

Softcover (128 pages)
1996, Kangaroo Press
NO LONGER AVAILABLE (CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT)

The motifs, borders and trims in this book can be joined together to make articles of any size. Traditionally these motifs were used to make white knitted cotton bedspreads, but knitters who are less ambitious may prefer to make cot covers, shawls or even doll's wraps. The possibilities for soft furnishings and decorator items are limitless - cushion covers, blinds, wall hangings, lamp shades ... The borders can be used as attractive edgings for larger items, and the trims to finish off smaller or more delicate articles. Should you need further inspiration, you will find a wide variety of edgings in the authors' highly successful first book: Classic Knitted Cotton Edgings.

The patterns are traditional - they have been collected from nineteenth century sources and the instructions have been updated. There are simple yet effective patterns for beginners, and patterns which get progressively more challenging for experienced knitters. Each pattern is clearly illustrated in black and white and there are colour photos of finished articles, including some antiques. Instructions with diagrams explain the stitches in lace knitting. A brief history of white cotton knitting traces the upsurge in popularity of this gentle craft.



The Natural Knitter - How to Choose, Use, and Knit Natural Fibers from Alpaca to Yak

by Barbara Albright
8 1/2" x 11" Hardcover (192 pages)
2007, Potter Craft
$29.95 Canadian ($29.95 US)

In The Natural Knitter, the author takes readers on a rich journey through the joys of all-natural fibers - materials that can make an incredible difference, both in your knitting and in the health of our planet. From the animals and plants that produce the fibers to the artisans who work with them, The Natural Knitter presents the first-ever all-encompassing look at the world of natural knitting.

Tempted by the versatile and beautiful yarns produced from the fibers of llamas, sheep, cashmere-producing goats, and angora bunnies - as well as from cotton, hemp, linen, and silk - some of the most renowned designers in the textile industry have contributed patterns to this collection. There are more than twenty wonderful projects in all, and each highlights the softness, drape, and quality of the fiber used-from Norah Gaughan's "Architectural Rib Pullover" in cashmere and wool yarn and Vicki Square's "Uma Sweater" in silk yarn, to clever designs like Debbie New's "Cast-Off Clothing" in hemp yarn and Barbara Albright's "Lilliana's Organic Cotton Poncho and Drawstring Pouch" design for organic cotton yarn. Meet the entrepreneurs who are creating beautiful products that are also non-toxic and earth-friendly, using plant-dyed fibers and unique processes. For the adventurous, step-by-step instructions are included for dyeing yarn naturally at home.

Lavishly illustrated and thoughtfully detailed, The Natural Knitter offers a thorough and engaging picture of the natural fiber industry - and a beautiful palette of designs for readers to knit, savor, and enjoy.

Other bokks by the author include The Knitter's Stash.



Naughty Needles - Sexy, Saucy Knits for the Bedroom and Beyond

by Nikol Lohr
7 1/2" x 10" Softcover (144 pages)
2006, Potter Craft
NO LONGER AVAILABLE (CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT)

Fulfill your sex kitten fantasies and your crafting jones at the same time: knit naughty! Naughty Needles is a fun and feisty knitting adventure filled with designs that can go from bedroom to costume party and back again. Play it sweet in a Fembot babydoll nightie or sex it up in Hootchie Kootchie pasties. When you're feeling frisky, knit up the Baby Blue-Ball Gag or play dress-up in the naughty nurse cap or the felted Red Riding Hood cape. New and experienced knitters alike will find inventive and easy-to-follow patterns. And since the garments aren't exactly full-coverage, they don't take much time to complete.

With inspiration from retro icons like surfer Gidget, Mrs. Robinson, and cavegirl Raquel Welch, Nikol Lohr pushes the boundaries of the traditional "wifely" crafts into the age of Sex and the City and cuddle parties. Part how-to guide, part peep show, Naughty Needles is a brash, tongue-in-cheek take on an age-old art. From the demure to the bizarre, with a splash of fetish thrown in, these are the projects that will make you smile - and make your partner growwwwl.



Never Knit Your Man a Sweater (Unless You've Got the Ring)

by Judith Durant
8 1/2" x 10" Softcover (184 pages)
2006, Storey Publishing
$17.95 Canadian ($17.95 US)

Judith Durant's book of handsome projects for every level of commitment is a fun collection of knitted designs for the man in your life!

Is he sweater-worthy? According to the author no man deserves a sweater until the relationship has progressed to the level of long-term commitment. It's just too risky to put all that time and effort and love into a knitted garment for a man who might be long gone by the time the sweater actually looks like a sweater.

But knitters do want to make soft, warm things for the people they love - new boyfriends included. So what is the proper project for the it's been-four-dates-and-we're-having-a-great-time guy? The "Dinner Date Scarf", customized with the colors of his favorite sports team, doesn't scare him with thoughts of commitment but does give him something warm he'll be happy to wear to football games.

Simple, shaped projects should be saved for more serious, exclusive relationships. Mittens, socks, and hats are all perfect for that semi-committed phase - they require a little more time and effort but can be quickly dropped if things don't work out after all. Only when the ring is in hand should work begin on the merino/cotton blend "Half-Zip Pullover", a classic, not-too-heavy sweater he will wear for years.

Knit items are excellent gifts for men; they just have to be given at the appropriate time. With Never Knit Your Man a Sweater, the author not only warns stitchers about appropriate project-to-relationship ratios, she offers 22 of the smartest patterns available for men's clothing and accessories.



New England Knits - Timeless Knitwear with a Modern Twist

by Cecily Glowik MacDonald, Melissa LaBarre
8 1/2" x 9" Softcover (160 pages)
2010, Interweave Press
$22.95 Canadian ($22.95 US)

New England's seasons call for plenty of warm knitwear, and New England Knits provides an irresistible collection of beautiful designs. Each pattern delivers classic wear-ability and the seasons with contemporary style.

Inspired by autumn and winter in New England (where the savvy knitter is never far from a sweater between September and March), the book is divided into three themes: "Walk in the Woods", "Day in the Park", and "Along the Coast". Within each section you will find a variety of flattering, wearable sweaters and accessories (including hats, mittens, scarves, bags, and shawls).

Projects by guest designers from Classic Elite, Berroco, and the Fiber Company round out the collection.



New Patchwork Knitting - Fashion for Children

by Horst Schulz
8 1/2" x 10 1/2" Hardcover (64 pages)
2000, Saprotex International
$21.95 Canadian ($21.95 US)

Like the author's other book on the subject Patchwork Knitting, this book explains how to knit garments in a rainbow of colours using his "Patchwork" technique. This time the focus is on clothing for children. The pullovers, jackets and waistcoats, which Horst Schulz knits for children, compete with the fashion garments designed by international designers. Fascinating patterns in numerous colours can be knitted with this simple technique.

The author solves the problem of knitting with many different colours by knitting separate sections in different colours and then joining them to produce a glorious piece of knitting. The principles on which Patchwork Knitting is based are simple to understand and mean that you can have fun knitting in an assortment of different colours without the bother of having to untangle many balls of yarn.

Following a section explaining the technique, 27 of the author's designs are presented. These include: "Child's jacket with car buttons", "Child's jacket with strawberry buttons", "Child's pullover with slip stitches", "Child's jacket with slanting strips", "Jacket in squares for young and old", "Child's jacket with hood", "Child's jacket with herringbone strips", "Brick jacket", "Jackets in patchwork style", "Two small diamond jackets", "Child's mult-coloured jacket", "Jacket with a scale pattern", "Jacket with squares for father and son", "Child's waistcoat", "Short-sleeve jacket for girls", "Gent's jacket with diagonal strips", "Child's jacket with diagonal strips", "Baby's jacket with diagonal strips", "Child's jacket made with quadruple squares", "Child's jacket with kite pattern", "Child's pullover with coloured pencils", "Child's pullover with coloured shapes" and "Child's jacket with shell pattern".

This wonderful book, originally published in German has been translated to english in a version packed full with glorious colour pictures of the designs.

The author's other work include: Patchwork Knitting.



New Pathways for Sock Knitters - Book One

by Cat Bordhi
10" x 9 1/2" Softcover (136 pages)
2007, Passing Paws Press, Inc.
$26.95 Canadian ($26.95 US)

8 new forms of sock architecture, 28 individual designs, 8 Master Patterns and all the elements needed to empower you to knit with freedom and joy in a new world of sock knitting!

Cat Bordhi has once again turned the sock knitting world on its heel with this long-awaited book. Bordhi has the unique ability to see in an object something completely different from what you or I may see. This book stems from one such observation: The arch stitches in socks don't need to go where we've always put them. With a little understanding, you can put those stitches anywhere within the arch area - for example, in an orderly column or placed randomly - with equally successful results.

Bordhi outlines eight sock architectures based on this principle, with master patterns that can be customized for any foot, yarn type, or needle, in any size ranging from infant to large adult. More than twenty additional patterns round out the collection. This is just book one . . . I can only imagine what'll come next. (Clara Parkes, INTERWEAVE KNITS Magazine)

New Pathways for Sock Knitters ignites a bright new era for sock knitters everywhere! - knit the 2 little learning socks, and you're ready for 8 new styles of sock architecture -- over 400 colorful illustrations and photos -- your choice of dpn s, 2 circs, or 1 long circ -- 28 unique patterns, with 8 for babies -- 8 Master Patterns - 1 for each architectural style -- Master Pattern sizing for infants to large men, in 11 gauges -- custom-fit feet of all shapes and sizes Worked in pure stockinette, each style is so elegant you may never wish for more. But if you want to play, the possibilities are infinite: -- let hand-painted yarns spill their colors along new and artful pathways -- harmonize the rhythms of familiar stitch patterns with the book s universal formula, and see the familiar reborn with a new and beautiful look -- combine architectures for infinite hybrid forms, or be the first to try something brand new.

The designs in this book include: "Charlie's Seeded Heart Socks", "Bartholomew's Tantalizing Socks", "Robin Hood's Fireside Boots (Elf Toe Option)", "Master Sky", "Max's Springy Ring Socks", "Veil of Leaves", "Cedar Dancing Socks", "Ocean-Toes", "Slipstitch Rings", "Master Cedar", "Charlie's Dragon Socks", "Tibetan Coriolis", "Master Coriolis", "Marcelo's Seven-League Boots", "Simple Socks with a Slant", "Bubble Trails", "Fountain Foxgloves", "Master Foxglove", "Etta Mae's Bootikins", "Philosopher House Socks", "Dove Socks", "Milkmaid's Stockings", "Master Upstream", "Rushing Rivulet", "Margaret Rowan's Silken Slippers", "Clematis Vine", "Cables and Corrugations", "Master Riverbed", "Home & Hearth Eyelet Anklets", "Charlie's Wiggle Socks", "Soft-Hearted Socks", "Woven Ridge", "Master Ridgeline", "Charlie's Sheriff Boat Socks", "Sunrise Socks", "Jeweled Steps" and "Master Sidestream".

Other books by this author include: A Treasury of Magical Knitting, Personal Footprints for Insouciant Sock Knitters, Second Treasury of Magical Knitting and Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles - A Manual of Elegant Knitting Patterns and Techniques



The New Stranded Colorwork - Techniques & Patterns for Vibrant Knitwear

by Mary Scott Huff
8 1/2" x 10 1/4" Softcover (143 pages)
2009, Interweave Press
$22.95 Canadian ($22.95 US)

Breathe new life into your colorwork knitting!

Mary Scott Huff puts a new spin on classic colorwork techniques in The New Stranded Colorwork. In this book she explains how to go beyond the traditional Nordic snowflakes and reindeer motifs with colorful, contemporary designs for sweaters, pullovers, and cardigans for men, women, and children.

Inside the reader will learn stranded colorwork methods and steeking how-to. The book is filled with tips, tricks, and advice on all aspects of colorwork knitting plus 17 vibrant designs for the adventurous knitter. She also explains how to create interesting closures and add unique finishing details.

“This book is folk art, not masterwork, and it speaks of everyday things that have meaning to everyday people like you and me,” Mary says. “Don’t feel bound to any rule that doesn’t suit you or your knitting. Examine The New Stranded Colorwork and others for charts that are interchangeable or create your own using graph paper. Just count the number of stitches each repeat and work accordingly.”

The patterns in this book include: "Leafy Toque", "Timberline" sweater, "Kjersten" cardigan, "Being Koi" vest, "Counting Crows" pullover, "Go for Baroque" tote, "Queen of Scotts" vest, "Kiss that Frog" hoodie, "Houndstooth" sweater, "Norwegian Blue" cardigan , "Lotus Blossom" vest, "Johnny Jump-Up" legwarmers, "Kashmir" sweater, "The Bee's Knees" cardigan, "Fluer de Zebra" sweater, "Wassily Vest" and "Wedding Belle" jacket.

Take your colorwork up a notch with these wonderful new book!



Nicky Epstein's Knitted Embellishments - 350 Appliques, Borders, Cords and More!

by Nicky Epstein
8 1/2" x 9" Softcover (272 pages)
1999, Interweave Press, Inc.
$28.95 Canadian ($28.95 US)

Nicky Epstein's Knitted Embellishments contains hundreds of ideas and instructions for using knitted appliques, borders and cords, and embellishments such as tassels, embroidery, and fringes to add flair and style to knitted garments and household items. Easy to follow step-by-step instructions, charts, line drawings, and photographs of knitted samples for over 350 patterns provide guidance and inspiration to novice and expert knitters alike.

The book is broken down into 6 main headings starting with Appliques which has sections describe "Flowers", "Leaves", "Trees", "Fruits and Vegetables", and "Miscellaneous Motifs". The Cords heading is broken down into sections on "Knit Cord Motifs" and "Frogs and Closures". This is followed by a discussion on Embroidery stitches and then ideas for Fringes, Tassels, Pom-Poms and Ties. The following section on Creative Combinations shows how the author has combined groups of these techniques together in 16 beautiful finished garments. An illustrated glossary and index completes the work.

The author's other books include: Cover Up, 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 and Winter White Knits.



99 Yarns and Counting - More Designs from the Green Mountain Spinnery

by Eugenie S. Delaney
10 1/2" x 8 3/4" Softcover (121 pages)
2009, The Countryman Press
$22.95 Canadian ($22.95 US)

In their vintage mill in rural Vermont the artisans at Green Mountain Spinnery create 99 beautiful, touchable, wearable yarns. In this follow-up to their immensely popular The Green Mountain Spinnery Knitting Book they provide knitters with 36 patterns for stunning sweaters, comfy socks, wonderful hats, and more.

99 Yarns and Counting offers inspiration-for knitters who appreciate natural fibers and beautiful styles as well as for anyone who values sustainability and creativity. And for fiber enthusiasts, crafters, and readers who want to learn the yarns behind the yarns, 99 Yarns provides engaging stories about and lush full-color photographs of the Spinnery’s venerable old mill. Detailed pattern charts and schematics round out this must-have volume.

The book includes the following designs: "East Putney Aran", "Ascutney Mountain Hat & Earwarmer", "Playful Sweaters for Children", Pebble Yoke Sweater & Hat", "Child's Striped Raglan", "Grandma's Delight Sweater & Hat", "Stripy Stripe Sweater", "On Your Toes Sweater", "Saucy Sunhat", "Islander's Vest", "Wessagussett Wave Socks", "Jelly Beans Socks", "Alpine Lace Shell", "Juliet Shell", "Maureen's Cardigan", "The Lightweight Pullover", "Leafy Lace Shawl", "Meadow Lark Lace", "Great Meadows Cardigan", "Great Meadows Hat", "Country Cable Cardigan", "Snowy Woods Sweater", "Turkish Rose Mittens", "Anatolian Flip", "Riley's Hat", "Melissa's Hat & Mittens", "Icebreaker Hat", "Istanbul Aran", "Lotus Blossom & Lightning Bolt Hats", "Switchback Hat", "Evening Shadows Afghan", "Amanda's Romance" and "Retro Ribbed Turtleneck".

The Green Mountain Spinnery, a worker/owner cooperative, was founded with a distinctly Vermont mission: to produce the highest quality all-natural yarns, to help sustain regional sheep farming, and to develop environmentally sound ways to process natural fibers. Since then the Spinnery has grown and thrived, designing and producing all-natural yarns in alpaca, mohair, wool, and organic cotton that are known and loved by knitters and weavers across the country. Unlike most commercial mills, the yarns they produce with vintage equipment are untouched by bleach or chemicals. New members, new ideas, new product lines, and more continue to spin out from this talented, knowledgeable, devoted collective.



No Pattern Knits - Simple Modular Techniques for Making Wonderful Garments and Accessories

by Pat Ashforth & Steve Plummer
8 1/2" x 11" Hardcover (128 pages)
2006, Barron's Educational Series
$21.95 Canadian ($21.95 US)

Here's a knitting book with a difference. It shows and tells how to leave patterns aside and make beautiful clothing and accessories from simple geometric shapes. Following the modular - or "no pattern" - method, knitters can forget about complicated increases and decreases, and they won't have to labor over an intricate pattern book. Instead, they learn how to create sweaters, bags, hats, cushions, socks, scarves, and ponchos using just a few easy-to-learn stitches.

Step-by-step color photos instruct on knitting geometric shapes, then on joining them together to create stylish garments. Each stage of the no-pattern process is explained and supplemented with advice on measuring and calculating yarn requirements, as well as on creative ways to mix and match colors and shapes.

The authors present ten easy-to-follow projects for making items knitters will be proud to wear or give as gifts. Also featured are suggested variations on each project plus advice on how needlecrafters can create their own unique designs. No Pattern Knits is a how-to volume that belongs on every knitter's bookshelf. This book is well illustrated with approximately 250 color photos.

Other books by the author's include: Creating Knitwear Designs, Making Knitwear Fit and Woolly Thoughts: How to Unlock Your Creative Genius.



No Sheep for You - Knit Happy with Cotton, Silk, Linen, Hemp, Bamboo & Other Delights

by Amy R. Singer
8 1/2" x 9" Softcover (160 pages)
2007, Interweave Press
$20.95 Canadian ($20.95 US)

Get cozy with some of the most luxurious fibers on the planet in No Sheep for You - your guide to the wonders of knitting without wool. Learn all about nonwool yarns, including cotton, silk, linen, soy, bamboo, hemp, Tencel, rayon and their origins, characteristics, and how to make substitutions to achieve similar effects in wool. Then delight in the 21 knockout patterns, including sweaters, scarves and socks, all created with fibers that never had four legs.

Projects in this book include "Bacardi" cotton cardigan, "Eileen" linen shell, "Network" silk hat, "Tuscany" silk shawl, "Intoxicating" silk sweater, "Twist" silk/cotton vest, "Bespoke" cotton/linen coat, "River Rock Scarf" in silk, "Manly Maze" hemp pullover, "Sweet Indulgence" silk robe, "The Bag" hemp purse, "He and She Ganseys" in cotton/acrylic, "Berthe Collar" in cotton/rayon/bamboo, "Cables and Os" cotton/linen cardigan, "Midwest-Style Thrummed Mitts" in cotton/silk, "Drunken Argyle" pullover in cotton/elite, "Morrigan" aran sweater in cotton/microfiber, "Tomato" cotton sweater, "Peerie Fleur" silk/cotton cardigan and "No-Wool Socks" in cotton/soy/polyproplyene.

This knitworthy collection of nonwool designs takes the itch out of your stitch but keeps the fabulous in fiber!



Nordic Felted Knits

by Gerd Fjellanger
7 1/2" x 11" Softcover (80 pages)
2007, Search Press
$17.95 Canadian ($17.95 US)

With patterns for felters of all levels of expertise, this project book offers more than 50 colorful, inspirational ideas for traditional garments with a northern European flair.

Projects in this book include: "Triangle Shawl, Hat and Bag", "Girl's Hat with Rosette", "Embroidered Bag", "Patterned Bag", "Fancy Bag", "Hat and Mittens with Embroidered Rose", "Striped Scarf", "Two-Toned Bag", "Hat and Mittens in Double Yarn", "Striped Scarf and Winter Bag", "Turquoise Bag and Hat", "Cozy Sweaters and Accessories", "Fringed Hat and Bag", "Laced Slippers", "Poncho, Bonnet and Scarf for Little Girls", "Sweater, Poncho, Hat and Bag", "Boy's Sweater", "Beautiful Bag, Mittens and Hat", "Fringed Slippers", "Beaded Basket", "Angel", "Decorative Heart", "Heart Basket", "Christmas Basket", "Red Mat", "Rococo Bag", "Embroidered Cushion", "Crocheted Rug", "Furry Hat and Mittens", "Chic Sweaters with Accessories", "Black Evening Bag", "Fringed Poncho", "Turquoise Heart Sweater", "Easter Basket", "Yellow Mat", "Slippers for all the Family" and "Funky Hat, Mittens and Slippers".

Emphasizing warmth and durability, these sweaters, scarves, hats, slippers, and bags all demonstrate the wonderful qualities of felted knitting and make great gifts for both young and old. The simple and attractive felting techniques employed in the book will enhance the skills of even the most accomplished knitter. Additional ideas for embroidery, beads, and other embellishments allow for a variety of finishing touches so that reusing a pattern never yields the same results.



Norsk Strikkedesign - A Collection from Norway's Foremost Knitting Designers

edited by Margaretha Finseth
9 1/2" x 11 3/4" Hardcover (129 pages)
2002, Unicorn Books and Crafts, Inc.
NO LONGER AVAILABLE (CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT)

This has been reprinted as Norwegian Knitting Designs

This wonderful book of knitwear designs contains 2 stunning designs from each of 11 of Norway's most respected knitwear designers. For each designer a "Background and Inspiration" section provides background into their experience as well as insight into how they came up with their designs. The designs stand out from the ordinary with the intricate patterning, striking motifs and their dramatic use of colour. This book of complex patterns was written for experienced knitters and includes detailed instructions with clear coloured charts and beautiful photographs of the designs against the background of the Norwegian countryside. Many of the patterns have information for Small, Medium and Large sizing.

We are proud to be able to present a design book where the designers had total freedom to create specially designed and unique garments. The simplest patterns for beginner knitters don't have a natural place in this collection; however, we have collected twenty-two practical designs which show how fantastic and lovely garments can grow from something as simple as needles and skeins of yarn. Handknitting allows an unbounded freedom to create a completely personal expression through colors, embellishments, structure, and styling."

Norway has always been identified as a knitting nation, and their knitwear is regarded with wonder. Norwegian knitting is associated with traditional patterns and "Norwegian motifs", which are readily recognized by the rest of the world. Norwegian knitting designs are thriving and can be found at sporting events and on the well-known knitted garments for the tourist and souvenir markets. We have a fantastic knitting tradition, but, if that tradition is to continue, there must also be the space and the desire for new expressions of it. These are the areas where designers can offer innovative solutions and be the source for new thinking.

Included in this book are: Mette N. Handberg's "Virgin" jacket, vest, cap and fingerless gloves and "Siren's Heart" jacket, vest, cap, fingerless gloves and socks; Lise Kolstad Yuen's "Swan Sweater with Bird Motif" and "Fancy Jacket Embellished with Birds and Flowers"; Solveig Hisdal's (author of Poetry in Stitches) "Garter Stitch Jacket, Cap and Bag" and "Jacket"; Kirsti Braein's "Sweater with Detached Collar, Cap and Wristwarmers" and "Princess-line Sweater"; Kari Hestnes' "Aran Sweater" and "Rainbow Jacket"; Iselin Hafseld's "Short Sweater in Blue Tones" and "Short, Wide Sweater with Collar"; Irene Haugland Zahl's "Eydehavn Jacket with an Overall Pattern" and "Lunde Sweater with Pleated Welt and Decorative Bands"; Ann Helene Gjelstad's "From Selbu to the Sahara" sweater and "Carpathian Black Roses" jacket; Kari Haugen's "Child's Sweater with a Cat Pattern" and "Fitted Jacket with Embroidery"; Betty Hermansen's "Jacket with Hat" and "Short Jacket with Hat"; and Margaretha Finseth's "The Season of Darkness and Winter Light" jacket (on cover) and "Grey Stones, White Sea Trading and Boat Rugs" Coat.



Northampton Wools Knitting Book - The Shop Patterns

by Linda A. Daniels
8 1/4" x 8 1/2 Hardcover (115 pages)
2002, The Countryman Press
$19.95 Canadian ($19.95 US)

For more than two and a half decades, a shop called Northampton Wools has been the center of an ever-widening community of knitters seeking creative yet classic designs. Linda Daniels takes readers into the heart of this community, and into her shop, which has become a destination for knitters from across the country. Shop patterns and techniques that appeal to beginners and accomplished knitters alike are threaded through with stories of how the shop has grown with the community in this quintessential New England town.

This wonderful pattern book includes 36 timeless designs from the Massachusetts knitting store. Included is one of the designs the author knit for the movie The Cider House Rules.

Patterns in this book include: "Blithefully Yours Scarf", "Reversible Cabled Scarf", "Two Colors Two Hands Hat", "Foxy Hat and Scarf", "Fingerless Mitts", "Fancy Watch Cap", "Montera Socks", "Swirly Whirly Scarf", "Cardigan with Pockets", "Two-Color Cardigan", "KeriAnne's Plaid Sweater", "Four Seasons Vest", "Cider House Boat Neck Pullover", "All in Rib V-Neck Pullover", "Shawl Collar Cardigan". Classic Guernsey", "Bonnie's Basketball Pullover", "Brick Stitch Pullover", "Autumn Jacket", "Side-to-Side Pullover", "Celtic Plait Pullover", "Double Cable Pullover", "Adult Dot Cardigan", "Blossom Stripe", "Colinette Baby Jacket", "Cotton Striped Cardigan and Pullover", Child's Dot Cardigan and Hat", "Duck Pullover", "Fandango Fun Baby Cardigan", "Lettuce-Edge Hat", "Lettuce-Edge Cardigan", "Valerina Ballerina Skirt" and "Mitered Baby Blanket".



Northern Knits: Designs Inspired by the Knitting Traditions of Scandinavia, Iceland, and the Shetland Isles

by Lucinda Guy
8 1/2" x 9" Softcover (160 pages)
2010, Interweave Press
$22.95 Canadian ($22.95 US)

Northern Knits celebrates the pure, natural wool yarns that have a place in the folk art of their land of origin, the pure Shetland wool used in fine Shetland lace work and Fair Isle knitwear, Norwegian yarn in classic Norwegian ski wear, and pure Icelandic yarns that make up traditional Lopi sweaters.

Northern Knits opens with an introduction that explores the traditions of these quintessential knitting cultures, from the wool and yarns to the history of the garments traditionally made from them. Accompanying the information is a breathtaking montage of photos showing vintage traditional garments, landscapes, and sheep.

The collection of 20 women's garments and accessories uses traditional knitting techniques and folk motifs to showcase these classic wool yarns. The projects explore a range of techniques and knitwear construction ideas that are both interesting to knit and very wearable.

Featured techniques include knitting in the round and steeking, lace, cables, Fair Isle, twined knitting, and embroidery. Rowan designer Lucinda Guy's newest collection includes the best of new and old in knitwear: the inspiration of folk traditions, the wholesome purity of natural wool yarns, and the styles of today's knitter.



Norwegian Handknits - Heirloom Designs from Vesterheim Museum

by Sue Flanders & Janine Kosel
8 3/4" x 10 1/4 Hardcover (144 pages)
2009, Voyageur Press
$26.95 Canadian ($26.95 US)

Vesterheim Museum in Decorah, Iowa, is one of the premiere centers for Norwegian-American heritage in the United States. As such, it houses one of the country's most extensive collections of the textiles and handknits that have woven ties between Norwegian communities in America and the Old World, between today's culture and a rich past.

This book collects thirty patterns for handknits from Vesterheim—folk mittens, socks, scarves, hats, wristers, handbags, knapsacks, and sweaters—all inspired by traditional knits housed in the museum.

The complete list of patterns includes: "Ruth's Cap", "Adult Ruth's Cap", "Ruth's Mittens", "Ruth's Headband", "Ruth's Baby Blanket", "Nisse Hats", "Work Day Shawl", "Bread Drawer Scarf with Felted Bobbles", "Lether Waist Poucdh", "Messenger Bag", "Rosemaled Shag Bag", "Beaded Fjord Shawl", "Cross-Country Ski Cap", "Cross-Country Ski Socks", "Kloster Block Headband", "Reindeer Headband", "Rose or Bridal Wimple", "Rose or Bridal Wristers", "Daddy Long Legs Mittens", "Norwegian Knapsack", "Dancing Hat", "Dancing Mittens", "Sami Sweater", "Sami Mittens", "Flower Hat with Earflaps", "Flower Mittens", "Mitten Day Mittens", "Adult Voss Sweaters", "Kid's Voss Sweaters", "Voss Self Fringing Shawl", Entralac Wristers", "Entralac Sheep", "Viking Pillow" and "Foolish Virgins Pillow".

With an introduction reflecting on the history of Norwegian-style knitting and the stories behind the handknits that inspired the patterns, the book is at once a practical guide, a repository of cultural history, and a lovely look at one of the rich traditions knit into the American fabric.



Norwegian Knitting Designs (Norsk Strikkedesign reprint

edited by Margaretha Finseth
9 1/2" x 11 3/4" Softcover (129 pages)
2011, Search Books
$26.95 Canadian ($26.95 US)

This is the UK paperback reprint of the very popular Norsk Strikkedesign

This wonderful book of knitwear designs contains 2 stunning designs from each of 11 of Norway's most respected knitwear designers. For each designer a "Background and Inspiration" section provides background into their experience as well as insight into how they came up with their designs. The designs stand out from the ordinary with the intricate patterning, striking motifs and their dramatic use of colour. This book of complex patterns was written for experienced knitters and includes detailed instructions with clear coloured charts and beautiful photographs of the designs against the background of the Norwegian countryside. Many of the patterns have information for Small, Medium and Large sizing.

We are proud to be able to present a design book where the designers had total freedom to create specially designed and unique garments. The simplest patterns for beginner knitters don't have a natural place in this collection; however, we have collected twenty-two practical designs which show how fantastic and lovely garments can grow from something as simple as needles and skeins of yarn. Handknitting allows an unbounded freedom to create a completely personal expression through colors, embellishments, structure, and styling."

Norway has always been identified as a knitting nation, and their knitwear is regarded with wonder. Norwegian knitting is associated with traditional patterns and "Norwegian motifs", which are readily recognized by the rest of the world. Norwegian knitting designs are thriving and can be found at sporting events and on the well-known knitted garments for the tourist and souvenir markets. We have a fantastic knitting tradition, but, if that tradition is to continue, there must also be the space and the desire for new expressions of it. These are the areas where designers can offer innovative solutions and be the source for new thinking.

Included in this book are: Mette N. Handberg's "Virgin" jacket, vest, cap and fingerless gloves and "Siren's Heart" jacket, vest, cap, fingerless gloves and socks; Lise Kolstad Yuen's "Swan Sweater with Bird Motif" and "Fancy Jacket Embellished with Birds and Flowers"; Solveig Hisdal's (author of Poetry in Stitches) "Garter Stitch Jacket, Cap and Bag" and "Jacket"; Kirsti Braein's "Sweater with Detached Collar, Cap and Wristwarmers" and "Princess-line Sweater"; Kari Hestnes' "Aran Sweater" and "Rainbow Jacket"; Iselin Hafseld's "Short Sweater in Blue Tones" and "Short, Wide Sweater with Collar"; Irene Haugland Zahl's "Eydehavn Jacket with an Overall Pattern" and "Lunde Sweater with Pleated Welt and Decorative Bands"; Ann Helene Gjelstad's "From Selbu to the Sahara" sweater and "Carpathian Black Roses" jacket; Kari Haugen's "Child's Sweater with a Cat Pattern" and "Fitted Jacket with Embroidery"; Betty Hermansen's "Jacket with Hat" and "Short Jacket with Hat"; and Margaretha Finseth's "The Season of Darkness and Winter Light" jacket (on cover) and "Grey Stones, White Sea Trading and Boat Rugs" Coat.



Not Just Socks

by Sandy Rosner
8" x 8" Softcover (76 pages)
2004, Unicorn Books & Crafts
$17.95 Canadian ($17.95 US)

This book is a collection of patterns that take advantage of self-striping sock yarns to transform simple knitting into show-stopping acessories.

Remember the first-time you saw self-striping sock yarn? Whether it was a sample at your yarn store or in a friend's knitting bag, your internal response was probably "You're kidding!" quickly followed by "How do they do that?"

Over the past five years many knitters have made socks for the first ime, inspired by the varied stripe patterns and wonderful colourways available. Making a complicated-looking project using only basic knitting - what's not to like? In this book, the author explores what comes after socks.

This is not a "how to knit" book. The patterns use common techniques which can be found in any good knitting reference. The designs include "Her Modular Scarf", "His Striped Scarf", "Gloves", "Gauntlets", "Fingerless Gloves", "Mittens", "Lightweight Socks", "Thicker Socks", "Leg Warmers", "Bull's Eye Heel Socks", "Thicker Bull's Eye Heel Socks", "Skater Beanie", "Sideways Hat", "Stocking Cap", "Dog Sweater", "Drawstring Bag", "Vest", "Poncho" as well as a Baby Gift Set which includes a Hat, Sweater and Booties. All the designs are knit with Lana Grossa Meilenweit Sock Yarn but other sock weight yarns like Fortissima Colori Sock Yarn can be substituted.

All of these projects are well within the reach of an adventurous beginner. The yarn provides the complexity, allowing the knitting to be kept simple. Most of the projects are small, so it won't take forever to finish. Don't be scared off by the small gauge. Grab your needles and dive in!

The author has also written the sequels Not Just More Socks and Not Just Socks for Kids.



Not Just More Socks

by Sandy Rosner
8" x 8" Softcover (75 pages)
2006, Unicorn Books & Crafts
$17.95 Canadian ($17.95 US)

The popularity of the original Not Just Socks book, has been phenomenal. Who knew so many knitters were working with self-striping sock yarns? This expanded collection continues to explore the possibilities of these popular yarns, using some old favorites and introducing new stripe styles now available.

While Not Just Socks used mostly basic stitches, the patterns in this book take advantage of more complex techniques and unusual construction methods to exploit the color changes in self-striping yarns. That said, the projects are still within the reach of all but the newest of beginners. While the patterns use common techniques found in any good knitting reference, some may be new to you. There are many good 'how to knit' books available and no knitting library is complete without one.

Jump in and try something new. Self-striping yarns can make every knitter look like an expert. You'll love the results and your friends will marvel at your ingenuity.

The author has also written Not Just Socks for Kids.



Not Just Socks for Kids

by Sandi Rosner
8" x 8" Softcover (76 pages)
2006, Unicorn Books & Crafts
$17.95 Canadian ($17.95 US)

16 fun projects to knit for your favorite kids in luxurious Lana Grossa Meilenweit self-striping sock yarn, including Mega Boots Stretch, Meeting, Colortweed, Multieffekt, Mutiringel, Magico and Inca.

Projects include socks, mittens, hats, hooded sweatshirt, patchwork pullover, girl's jumper, vest, nap blanket, dancer's wrap with matching leg warmers, and a very pretty cape.

The author's other books include Not Just Socks and Not Just More Socks.



Notes on Double Knitting - expanded edition

by Beverly Royce
8 1 /2" x 11" Softcover (85 pages)
1994, Schoolhouse Press
NO LONGER AVAILABLE (CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT)

Beverly Royce "wowed" them at Elizabeth Zimmerman's summer knitting camps and other knitters' gatherings. Basically, she set down in these notes a thorough study of double knitting - knitting circular, seamless fabrics on two needles. She illustrates the basic knit-slip motion with several different garments (hats, tams, socks and gloves). Then she really takes off with 2-colour double knitting, lined mittens, her famous knitted pony, and the most difficult to find pattern of any - two socks at once, with no seams, on two needles. Amongst all these notes are the basic instructions, and enough information for us to employ and explore these techniques in our own knitting.



Old World Treasures - featuring the work of Lillie Weitler

compiled by Gloria Penning
8 1/2" x 11" Softcover (35 pages)
Hermann Printing Co.
$10.95 Canadian ($10.95 US)

In this Lace pattern book, you will find 21 unique and beautiful rounds, ovals and squares. Each has been photographed in black and white and includes a full set of instructions.

The patterns in the book that were created by Lillie Weitler include: "Alyce", "Anita", "Anna Marie", "Carol", "Esther", "Ethel", "Gladys", "Helen", "Leota", "Marilyn", "Velma", "Viola" and "Mary". In addition to these 13, a further 8 patterns from an unknown European knitter are also included: "Adonienieroschen", "Chrysanthemum", "Elfreida", "Herzblatt", "Kreuzlblute", "Maiglockchenflor", "Mandenblute" and "Schelle".

The author's other lace pattern books include: Danish Lace Treasures, Knitted Heirloom Lace II, Knitted Heirloom Lace III, Knitted Lace in Miniature and Patterns for the Art of Lace Knitting.



One Skein - 30 Quick Projects to Knit and Crochet

by Leigh Radford
8" x 8 3/4" Softcover (128 pages)
2006, Interweave Press
$17.95 Canadian ($17.95 US)

Everyone has the time to spend on projects requiring only one skein ... so don't miss out on the fun!

One Skein features more than 30 knitting and crochet projects that range in size, time commitment, and experience level, providing both beginning and experienced knitters a variety of projects from which to choose.

These felted bowls are ideal for organizing buttons, beads, yarn, keys, or other small objects that need a special place.

The stitch patterns and instructions are easy to follow and quick to use. Readers will enjoy creating a felted purse, a drawstring bag, crocheted accessory bags, cozy scarves, a pretty tank top, arm and leg warmers, cable footies, lace wristlets, fingerless gloves, pillows, bibs, felted bowls, a baby sweater, a soft and absorbent crocheted bath mat and accessories-and so much more, each from a single skein of yarn!

In One Skein, author Leigh Radford smartly includes several projects specially designed to make use of whatever you've got left over from other projects-one of the nicest designs we've ever seen is for a quick-to-make, colorful, and long-lasting rug.

Dig out your stash and dash to your yarn store ... you won't want to wait to begin these artful projects!



Oops - Correcting Your Knitting Mistakes

instructed by Lori Sheffield
DVD Video (3 hours)
2006, LoriKnits
$24.95 Canadian ($24.95 US)

This video contains more than three hours of instruction on how to fix your most common knitting errors. From the basics of stitch anatomy to cutting a finished piece to shorten it or change the bottom, this video is sure to be a resource you'll use again and again.

The topics in this video include: proper stitch orientation, how to pick up dropped stitches in Stockinette, in Garter, on the ends, and through a long-tail cast-on, correcting half-knitted and half-purled stitches, changing a stitch rows below (knit to purl, purl to knit), taking out and ripping out your work, duplicate stitching, creating missed stitches (yarn over, knit two together, ssk, make one to the right or left), changing decreases rows below (i.e. ssk to k2tog), creating a missed buttonhole, re-twisting an incorrect cable rows below, tightening a loose bind-off and cutting your work from the bottom up.

This video contains many bonus features as well. A CD is included that allows you to print instruction sheets (just like a book), as well as all graphic screens. The CD has lots of extras this time, too, such as patterns from four national designers, hundreds of the instructor's favorite tips, and much, much more! We can't tell you all our secrets - you'll just have to check it out for yourself. And while you are, why not pick up a copy for a friend, too?



The Opinionated Knitter - Elizabeth Zimmermann Newsletters 1958-1968

by Elizabeth Zimmermann (compiled by Meg Swansen)
10" x 10" Hardcover (128 pages)
2005, Schoolhouse Press
$27.95 Canadian ($27.95 US)

The Opinionated Knitter is a name by which Elizabeth referred to herself, and was the title she wanted to use for her first book - but Scribner's chose Knitting Without Tears, instead. We seize this opportunity to, at last, accede to her wish.
----- from the forward by Meg Swansen

Elizabeth Zimmermann's 5th (posthumous) book,The Opinionated Knitter, contains all of Elizabeth's original Newsletter designs (pre-Wool Gathering), published between 1958 and 1968. There are 42 designs in all, and 38 have been newly-knitted by contributors from across the country. The book includes 83 color photos, plus 26 old black & white photos from the early days.

The contents of the 22 Newsletters reproduced in this book are: "Fair Isle Yoke Sweater", "Scandinavian Sweater", "Graphs for Knitting Colour-Patterns", Classic Brooks Saddle-Shoulder" sweater, "Sheepsdown" Cowichan Indian sweaters (4 garments), "Aran Sweater or Cardigan", "Tomten Jacket", "Seamless Raglan Sweater", "Garter-Stitch Blanket", "Woodsman's Socks", "Five Caps" (Pillbox, Ski-Bonnet, Headband, V. Warm Hat and Fast Cap), "V-Necked Aran Cardigan", "Three & One Sweater", "Icelanduic Yoke Sweater", "Mittens", "Eight Unusual Knitting Techniques", "Leggings (adult & baby)", "Stockings", "Spiral Hat", "Kangaroo Pouch Sweater", "Baby Surprise Jacket" and "Bonnet, Bootees, Bunting". Comments by Meg identify corrections and design alternatives that were identified in the years after the Newsletters were published.

Interleaved with the newsletters, a collection of Elizabeth's writings from her notebooks and journals, covering knitting and non-knitting topics, give the reader insight into the author and her rich life. Topics covered include: "very brief biography", "cross-country skiing", "history of Wool Gathering", "dropped stitches", "excerpts from TV series", "Mother's Day", "German Christmas", "Canadian journal", "Aran knitting", "at the Schoolhouse", "Easter", "biographical notes", "journal", "black bread" and "spectacles". Also included in the book is the instructions for her Adult Surprise Jacket from 1981 and a reprint of Wool Gathering Issue #62, the first issue after Elizabeth passed away with a collection of tributes from those who knew her.

As well as a wonderful collection of knitting designs and ideas, this is an inspirational book on living a full life and a wonderful tribute to the great knitter. A must for all knitters!

Other books by Elizabeth Zimmermann include: The Knitter's Almanac, Knitting Around, Knitting Without Tears, Knitting Workshop, the Knitting Workshop Video and The Opinionated Knitter. Other books and videos by Meg Swansen include: Cardigan Details (video), A Gathering of Lace, Handknitting with Meg Swansen, Meg Swansen's Knitting and Sweaters from Camp. The videos the two collaborated on include: Knitting Around and Knitting Glossary.



The Original Philosopher's Two-Handed Fair Isle and Other Stories

by Philosopher's Wool
VHS Video (60 minutes)
NO LONGER AVAILABLE

Complete step-by-step instructions on knitting Fair Isle sweaters using Philosopher's Wool original technique are shown in this excellent video. If you are new to knitting fair-isle sweaters or you've tried to and found that the yarns become twisted and tangled, we strongly recommend this video. It is like having your own expert knitting instructor available at any time. The video shows how wool goes from the sheep to the finished sweater. Included are dozens of Sweater Styles and Colourways, Instructions on Philosopher's Wool original two-handed Fair Isle Technique. With this method, there's no twisting or puckering and it's easy to learn how to knit all your sweaters completely in the round. In addition the video includes tips on finishing a pullover or cardigan, how to get your sweater to fit, set in sleeves, putting in pockets, cut open a cardigan, how to make finished sweaters bigger, smaller or longer, how to dye wool at home, and many, many more timesaving tips.

The author's have also written a pattern box of their designs entitled: Fair Isle Sweaters Simplified and there is a set of sock patterns to match their sweaters in Foot Notes - Socks to Make Your Feet Dance.



Pacific Coast Highway

by Alice Starmore
8 1/2" x 11 3/4" Softcover (112 pages)
The Broad Bay Company
NO LONGER AVAILABLE (CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT)

Another wonderful book by Alice Starmore. This time, California's Route 1 Coastal Highway provides the theme as you travel from San Francisco's Golden Gate up to Bodega Bay, through Mendocino and ending up at Glass Beach. Sixteen beautiful knitted sweaters are highlighted with gorgeous colour photos, patterns and detailed instructions. A definite must for your Knitting Book Collection!

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, Celtic Collection, Children's Collection, Fisherman's Sweaters, In the Hebrides, Stillwater and Tudor Roses.



Paintbox Knits - More than 30 Designs for Kids

by Mary H. Bonnette & Jo Lynne Murchland
8 1/2" x 11" Softcover (143 pages)
2001, Martingale & Company
NO LONGER AVAILABLE (CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT)

Sporty Knits for Spirited Kids

These playful, pint-sized patterns mix vibrant colours with clever motifs that kids will want to put on parade! You'll find designs for every season, from toasty-warm turtlenecks that will beat the winter chill to light-and-breezy sundresses just right for summer fun. Best of all, each project is brimming with splashes and dashes of bright, bold colours that kids will love.

This book includes more than 30 projects including pullovers, cardigans, tunics, skimmers, pants and jackets with many suitable for either boys or girls. Each design relies on kid-friendly fibres and generous proportions for those active, growing kids. As well, you will find helpful sections that reveal kid-tested secrets for simple sizing, trouble-free blocking and finishing, neckline knitting and graphing your own designs.

The patterns in this book include: "Dominoes", "Argyle", "Flowermania", "Sun-Kissed", "Lazy Daisy", "Little Ladybug", "Woolly Worm", "Biker Babe/Biker Boy", "Autumn Harvest", "Triangle Treat Pullover", "Triangle Treat Jumper", "Sand Dune", "Warm 'n Woolly", "Circus Parade", "Jazzy Juggler", "Blue Daze", "Blue Lagoon", "Sassy Sundress", "Hot Number!", "Puddle Jumper", "Petals", "Sweet Petunia", "Teatime Teal", "Winter Wonderland", "Let it Snow", "Sassy Scotties", "Wave Runner", "Nautical Number", "Fruit Loops", "Tally Ho!", "Chow Chow" and "Aye, Aye, Captain!".

This book is wonderfully illustrated with bright colour photographs of the designs as well as colour charts. From stylish twists on old classics to colourful, creative conversation pieces, Paintbox Knits is a must-have for knitters - and their kid-sized friends - who want knitwear with sass and spirit!



Patchwork Knitting - Pullovers, Jackets, Waistcoats

by Horst Schulz
8 1/2" x 10 1/2" Hardcover (64 pages)
2000, Saprotex International
NO LONGER AVAILABLE (CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT)

Patchwork Knitting simply means thinking differently - forget the old idea that you can only knit horizontally. Knitting vertically, that is to say, in multi-coloured narrow strips or using a patchwork technique, opens up new ways for those who are happy to experiment.

The author solves the problem of knitting with many different colours by knitting separate sections in different colours and then joining them to produce a glorious piece of knitting. The principles on which Patchwork Knitting is based are simple to understand and mean that you can have fun knitting in an assortment of different colours without the bother of having to untangle many balls of yarn.

The book starts with the a section that explains the technique and is followed by a "Style Gallery" with a collection of 29 of the author's designs, all complete with detailed instructions. These include: "Strip jacket for men", "Cable pattern for ladies", "Soft tones in wool", "Diamond variations", "Striking diamonds", "Now we go round", "The square method", "These squares form diamonds", "Fleecy squares", "Waistcoat in squares", "L-shaped patches", "Multicoloured jacket", "Patchwork in colour", "T squares", "A round affair", "Turn about squares", "Colours behind bars", "Black and grey jacket", "Pink fantasy", "Chic in zig-zag", "Baroque stitches", "Circles, circles, circles", "Brick pattern", "Circles and nets", "Palette of denim blue", "Cables - down and across", "Cube effects", "Cubes in turquoise" and "Jacket with shells".

This wonderful book, originally published in German has been translated to english in a version packed full with glorious colour pictures of the designs.

The author's other work include: New Patchwork Knitting - Fashion for Children.



Patterns for the Art of Lace Knitting

compiled by Gloria Penning
8 1/2" x 11" Softcover (27 pages)
Hermann Printing Co.
$10.95 Canadian ($10.95 US)

This is a reproduction of lace knitting charts originally published in New York in 1957 used by the author's mother. The collection includes 17 round doilies, 7 centrepieces, 2 square covers, 3 tablecloths, a curtain, a shawl, a stole, 2 scarves, a collar, 2 oval doilies, and 2 skirts. Each is illustrated using a black and white photograph and includes a full set of instructions. The patterns are charted for easy readability.

This is the complete knitting works of Rachel Schnelling. If you have not seen her work, you'll fall in love with her style!

The author's other lace pattern books include: Danish Lace Treasures, Knitted Heirloom Lace II, Knitted Heirloom Lace III, Knitted Lace in Miniature and Old World Treasures.



Personal Footprints for Insouciant Sock Knitters

by Cat Bordhi
9" x 8 1/2" Softcover (112 pages)
2009, Passing Paws Press
$24.95 Canadian ($24.95 US)

Book Two in the New Pathways for Sock Knitters Series

In 2008 Cat Bordhi, ground-breaking sock designer and author of Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles and New Pathways for Sock Knitters, Book One, set herself the challenge of developing a sock knitting process that would be as simple as humanly possible without sacrificing fit or design. This is that book!

Personal Footprint socks are worked 100% in the round (no back and forth on heels), no stitches need picking up, toe and heel are replaceable, there is no arithmetic, the surface is fully available for designs, the socks are easily worked two-at-a-time, and the knitter creates a very compact, portable sock pattern that can fit in any little sock bag for portability.

Other books by this author include: A Treasury of Magical Knitting and Second Treasury of Magical Knitting.



Personal Knitwear Design - Techniques for Designing and Planning Knitted Garments that Enhance your Wardrobe

by Annie Maloney
8 1/2" x 11" Spiralbound Softcover (100 pages)
2006, Annie Maloney
$26.95 Canadian ($26.95 US)

The author states that the intention of this book is not only to teach the development of original knitting patterns, but also to encourage the careful planning of every knitting project. She feels this step is equally important whether working from an original design or from a published knitting pattern, to produce useful items the reader can wear as an integral part of their everyday wardrobe. Many factors contribute to the planning and construction of a sweater; what she has learned, from her experience of designing numerous successful garments, is what she hope to share with the reader.

The book takes the reader through the design process in chapters titled "Introduction to Design", "Practical Considerations", "The Design Process", "Methods of Pattern Development", "Types of Knitting", "Specific Garment Styles & Details" and "Bands". A final chapter titled "Stitch Pattern Selection" includes detailed instructions and charts for 37 stitch patterns designed by the author.

The author's other books include: Mastering Lacework



Picture Perfect Knits - Step-by-Step Intarsia with More than 75 Inspiring Patterns

by Laura Birek
8 3/4" x 8" Softcover (128 pages)
2008, Chronicle Books
$17.95 Canadian ($17.95 US)

Just what the heck is intarsia anyway? One of the most overlooked knitting techniques, intarsia allows knitters to add graphics - think argyle diamonds or mod motifs - to their knits. There's no tricky double stranding and knitters can incorporate intarsia into almost any project - be it a cozy blanket or tiny mittens.

This handy guide includes instructions to make 12 projects plus more than 50 intarsia graphs that can be used to customize almost any knit. Clear instructions, helpful illustrations, and finished project photos make it simple to learn the basics. There are even some blank charts so knitters can invent their own patterns. It's easy. It's fun. And the results are totally picture perfect!

Projects in this book include: "Jolly Roger Skull-and-Crossbones Pocket Scarf", "Old School Felted Argyle Bag", "Heart and Bones Dog Sweater", "Armchair Revolutionary Throw Pillow", "I Heart Mom Baby Sweater", "Kitten Mittens", "Kitty Hat", "Geek Chic Argyle Vest", "Sweet Treat Felted Cupcake Cushion" and "Snowflake".

Picture Perfect Knits puts at your fingertips everything you need to know to design entirely original projects using intarsia. Work a cute cupcake into a plain pillow, knit a bright argyle motif into a sock, or stitch the state of Texas into a handbag. Step-by-step directions, make it a chinch to personalize all your knitting projects-no matter how big or small.



PIPSQUEAKS - Thirty five knitting designs for babies and children up to ten years old

by Kim Hargreaves
8 1/4" x 11 1/2" Softcover (86 pages)
2000, Rowan
NO LONGER AVAILABLE (CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT)

This is a contemporary collection of thirty-five beautiful knitted designs for babies and children up to ten years old by Kim Hargreaves. It features a range of styles of sweaters, cardigans, coats and vests and includes some designs for hats, scarves, blankets and bags.

The designs in this book are all sized according to Kim's original inspiration and are graded accordingly. All of the garments are photographed on the correct sized child; to help you to decide which size to knit, the author has numbered the sizes throughout the book to help translate garments with the correct fit onto your child. To facilitate this there is a size diagram included with each pattern which shows not only the finished garment length and width but will also enable you to calculate the crucial centre-back to cuff measurements needed to ensure a perfect fit.

The list of designs include such wonderful names as: "Action", "Angel", "Archie", "Billie", "Cheesecake", "Chill", "Core", "Crumpet", "Daisy", "Fletcher", "Flump", "Harry", "Hero", "Hide Blanket", "Hide Cushion", "Imp", "Jolly", "Lucky", "Maisie", "Mickey", "Mimi", "Muffin", "Munchie", "Mushroom", "Nixon", "Peaches", "Pumpkin", "Scamp", "Strawberry", "Strike", "Sport", "Sweet", "Squiffy" and "Twinkle".

Included are 40 full colour pages showing all the designs being modeled by children of a wide variety of ages and knit using a range of fibres from summer cottons to winter wools.

Other books by the author include The Kim Hargreaves Collection, A Season's Tale and A Yorkshire Fable.



Poems of Color - Knitting in the Bohus Tradition

by Wendy Keele
8 1/2" x 9" Softcover (144 pages)
2007, Interweave Press, Inc.
NO LONGER AVAILABLE (CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT)

For 30 years between 1939 to 1969 the Bohus Stickning label indicated that the knit sweater it was attached to was of the highest quality, a finely designed and knit garment with a distinctive style associated with this brand. This book includes patterns, pictures and instructions for knitting 16 of these original Bohus designs finally making available the information for knitters to create their own versions of the original sweaters.

More than just a pattern book, Wendy Keele has researched and put together the fascinating account of the formation and growth of a knitting collective of women in the province of Bohuslan in southwestern Sweden into a major international fashion brand known as Bohus Stickning. This is also the story of Emma Jacobsson who turned what began as a cottage industry to help local women weather the post World War I depression of the 1930's into a successful business enterprise.



Poetry in Stitches - Clothes you can Knit

by Solveig Hisdal
8 1/2" x 12" Softcover
2010, Unicorn Books
$40.95 Canadian ($40.95 US)

This is the softcover reprint of the sold-out 2000 classic!

The creativity of the past - an incredible inspiration for today

Solveig Hisdal is not only aware of the knowledge housed in Norway's museums, she has also learnt how to use it. She has visited museums throughout the country, searching eagerly for the treasures that her ancestors left behind. She has found textiles, chests, cabinets and old folk costumes that have later become her greatest source of inspiration.

This book is a result of her quest, and it shows how the creativity of the past has inspired her to make beautiful knitted designs. It contains wonderful knitting ideas for almost occasions, from a child's christening outfit to an exquisite, knitted bridal cardigan with beads and silk. Whether you wish to be inspired by the beautiful pictures or knit some of the outfits - enjoy the book!

After a beautiful photo essay of fabrics, styles and sights of Norway interspersed with poetry in which she introduces the designs and explains her inspiration, the 22 designs are detailed. In the collection, there are 4 Sweater patterns, 1 Top and 13 Cardigan patterns for women (including one with matching Cap and Muff and another with matching Wristlets). For men there is one sweater pattern and for children the author has included a Babyset (Sweater, Pants & Cap) and 2 Child's Cardigans (one with matching cap). All have a complete set of instructions, full colour photographs of the garment being modeled and colour stitch guides where required.

Look for more of the author's design's in Norsk Strikkedesign above.



Ponchos & Wraps - A Knitter's Dozen

from Knitter's Magazine
7 1/2" x 7 1/2" Softcover (88 pages)
2005, XRX Books
$14.95 Canadian ($14.95 US)

A poncho or other wrap is a most forgiving layer. It is ready to be thick and warm or light and airy; to look glamorous or casual, elegant or irreverent; to envelope or skim. What else can be worn front to back, even front (or back) to side? What else allows such a range of expression - from decisive fling to dreamy whirl? It has few issues - no sleeves to squeeze other sleeves into, no hemline to place advantageously (or at least not un-advantageously)--and when you are knitting one, very few "at same time's".

When we first think about knitting a wrap, we relax into an expansive, idea-generating mode. The shape is simple, fit is rarely an issue, gauge is not critical. The canvas is large and does not confine. The knitting is irresistible. It's comfort knitting.

So, although this book began as a collection of 12 designs from past issues of Knitter's Magazine, we were soon up to our needles in yarns and inspiration. Planning and knitting answers to 'What if... ?' While most appear here as Make it Yours! additions to other designs, a few are new, and more wait to be knit.

We know you too will find favorites and wonder "what if I made it in ribbon? ... in this stunning hand-paint mohair?" All that's required is getting the fabric right. For this, take time to make an ample swatch and wash or steam it well. * If you don't love it, try another, changing needle size, stitch, yarn, colour or colour sequence -- then compare. Repeat from * until you do love it. You'll have a unique wrap and a bonus -- the confidence that comes from making it yours! Soon your knitter's dozen, like ours, will grow to twenty-something...or more

The 22 designs in this book include: "Friller", "Paradoxical Ponch", "Cape Pointe", "All-Seasons Poncho", "Waterfalls", "Petal Power", "Silk Road", "Another Turn", "Lace in Garter", "Diamond Wrap", "Flowing Sands", "Anthracite Shawl", "Dappled Capelet", "Sugarplum & Toffee", "Rhythm & Blues", "Dramatic Datewear", "Trapezoid Ruana", "The Dawn of the Cape", "Sleeves in your Pi", "Dramatic Drape Update", "Retro Poncho" and "Shapes that Wrap".

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



Power Cables - The Ultimate Guide to Knitting Inventive Cables

by Lily M. Chin
8 1/2" x 9" Softcover (176 pages)
2010, Interweave Press
$22.95 Canadian ($22.95 US)

Expert knitter and crocheter Lily M. Chin has been teaching cable knitting for nearly 20 years to packed houses and eager students. With Power Cables, she shares her designing and teaching expertise to create a must-have resource on this popular technique.

This book takes the you from the most basic twisted stitches through complex and imaginative interpretations of cables that add texture, color, and even nontraditional explorations (such as turning stitches around, constructing cables with I-cord, and wrapping stitches to create the illusion of cables).

Lily's signature and sought-after technique for creating reversible cables is thoroughly explained and integrated with the rest of the techniques, teaching the reader to make almost any cable reversible.

In addition to knitting any cable pattern, readers will learn Lily's new charting system, which shows the behavior of the cable more clearly. Other tips include cabling without a cable needle, choosing the best yarns to show off different cable effects, and even designing your own cable patterns. Readers can practice each of these skills in an original knitted pattern.

The book contains 15 original patterns for pullovers, jackets, bags, socks, and accessories. These include: "Honeycomb V-Neck Pullover", "Widening-Rib Cabled Scarf", "Reversible Honeycomb Scarf", "Reversible-cuff Cabled Socks", "XOX Raglan Turtleneck", "Textured Tote Bag", "Staghorn Cabled Coat", "Background Stitches Cable Vest", "Five-way Cabled Shrug", "Pinstriped Cable Pullover", "Bi-color Brioche Stole", "Reversible Cuffs Hat + Mittens", "Two-Colored Handbag", "Turnaround Shawl" and "Three-Fakes Hoodie".

The author has also written Knit and Crochet with Beads and The Urban Knitter.



Pullovers For Men

by Y. C. Boucher
8 1/2" x 12" Softcover Booklet (18 pages)
Briggs and Little
$6.95 Canadian ($6.95 US)

This pattern book contains 6 men's pullover designs to be knit with wool yarn. Each is illustrated with a full colour photograph of the finished garment and full instructions in both English and French. The designs in this guide include: "Green Pullover", "Blue Pullover", "Grey Heather Pullover", "Pullover with Yellow Stripe", "Red Pullover" and "Grey Pullover".



Puppy Knits - 12 Quick Knit Fashions For Your Best Friend

by Jil Eaton
6 1/4" x 6 1/4" Hardcover (90 pages)
2005, Breckling Press
$13.95 Canadian ($13.95 US)

Owners and their pets can show off with this collection of 12 fun and upbeat knitwear designs for the stylish dog about town.

Cute everyday sweaters and ritzy special occasion designs even include a felted, waterproof sweater for drizzly days. As well as sweaters, there are hats for every occasion, such as the Holiday Spritz and the Puppy Fez.

The complete list of patterns includes: "Cabled Delight", "Puppy Fez", "Popcorn Pup", "Jester", "Collar Cuff", "Fringe Benefits", "Soutache", "Ruffles Galore", "Button Up!", "Puppy Panache", "Pom Pom" and "Boss Tweed".

All are knitted in fine quality yarns that are soft, sumptuous, and never itchy. The book also showcases a range of accessories, such as a collar and leash, felted toys, and a cozy doggie bed. A measuring chart for breeds of all sizes, knit-to-fit instructions, and a primer on basic stitches make this an all-in-one guide in a fun, portable format. Quick to knit and very functional, these are knits that any pooch would be happy to wear.

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



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