Every once in a while, a knitting book will pop into my life and really change things. A few years ago, my mom bought me The Art of Knitting by Françoise Tellier-Loumagne, and this book has become the single most helpful item on my shelf. Whenever I start to feel burned out or uninspired, I open it up and, without fail, I find something new to get excited about.
Rather than a stitch dictionary, this book catalogs knitted textures – it highlights the seemingly endless number of ways a knitter can combine a yarn with a stitch structure to create a new fabric. There are no patterns, and none of the photographs suggest what the final end use of a fabric might be – instead, this book treats knitted textures as achievements all their own.
Feeling inspired by The Art of Knitting once again, I started snapping photos of some of the textures I’ve recently encountered –
The riot of colors in pompons made from Boboli
Waves of slipped stitches make their way up a panel of stockinette in Vintage Chunky
With a such a wide range of fibers, yarns, colors, and stitch patterns at our fingertips, the texture possibilities are endless!