In my experience, learning to knit is more of an ongoing process rather than a single event. No matter how many techniques I’ve mastered, there’s always something new to learn. I have no doubt that it’s a major factor in why knitting is such an addictive activity…
I’ve pulled together a few books titles that continue to help expand my knitting skills:
1. Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Book
The first knitting reference book I ever used, which means it holds a special place in my heart. It’s accessible to the novice knitter, but includes techniques for advanced knitters too. It covers all the basics: how to hold your needles, how to sew seams, how to make pompons… I’ve turned to it for answers countless times.
2. Mary Thomas’s Book of Knitting Patterns
While I wouldn’t recommend this book for a brand-new beginner, it’s perfect for anyone with a little experience and a thirst for more knowledge. Different traditional stitch patterns are covered in great detail, including historical facts, diagrams, black and white photos, and a bunch of goofy little sketches tossed in for good measure. I find a new thing in this book every time I look at it.
3. The Art of Manipulating Fabric
It’s not a knitting book, but this reference guide can offer loads of inspiration to an adventurous knitter. I first encountered it on an internship in Philadelphia, and I kept “borrowing” it from the designer’s desk so that I could get a better look at the huge number of ways fabric can be transformed. While the book itself is cataloging the ways woven fabric can be manipulated, there’s a lot that can be applied to knitted fabrics as well. It’s a great jumping-off point for anyone willing to experiment.
These are a few of my favorites, but there are many more great reference books out there. Check out Norah’s list from a while back, too. All these titles are a great investment, and they continue to help me years after I first stumbled across them!