I have a lot of books. I can’t seem to resist buying these packages filled with possibilities. Craft, interior design books and knitting books are special temptations. If a book has any possibility of being useful to my design process, it’s even harder to resist.
My work library ranges from books on indigenous crafts, origami, fashion history, art history to actual knitting books. I love having books filled with knitting techniques, ideas I can go to and learn from whenever I’m stuck on designing a new knitting project, need a different twist on something or just plain want to learn something new.
Here are 10 of my favorite go-to work books. Some are knitting books, some are design books. Many of these volumes have been around for quite a while and still there is so much for me to learn from them:
- Knitting Without Tears by Elizabeth Zimmerman
- A Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barbara Walker
- The Principles of Knitting by June Hemmons Hiatt
- Mary Thomas Knitting book by Mary Thomas
- Pattern Design by Lewis F. Day
- Pattern Design by Archibald H. Christie
- Designing Tessellations: The Secrets of Interlocking Patterns by Jinny Beyer
- Pattern Magic by Tomoko Nakamichi
- Fashion: A History from the 18th to the 20th Century (Collection from the Kyoto Costume Institute) [Hardcover]
- Dress in Detail from Around the World by Rosemary Crill
What other books should I get my hands on? I’d love you hear your book suggestions!