When I taught myself to knit (from a library copy of Montse Stanley’s Knitter’s Hanbook* and Leslie Stanfield’s The New Knitting Stitch Library) there wasn’t this amazing online community of knitters and blogs. There was no Ravelry, and most of the yarn shops were very different than they are today.
I wasn’t really inspired by the knitting patterns that were available at the time, which was fine since I really didn’t understand them anyway. I muddled along for a few years, experimenting with stitch patterns and textures. Then, Anna Zilboorg wrote Knitting for Anarchists and it was a revelation. Zilboorg unraveled the mechanics of knitting, freed me from my anxiety over pattern comprehension and helped me immensely as I developed as a knitwear designer.
Zilboorg has a new book, Splendid Apparel, published by XRX Books and it is a marvel. There is innovative construction (vertical stripes!), stitch guides with swatches and beautiful step-by-step stitch guides for embroidering onto knits, as well as patterns for heirloom sweaters.
Win a kit to make Dodder from Splendid Apparel!
HOW TO ENTER: Leave a comment telling us about a knitting book, books or a teacher that changed your knitting for the better.
DETAILS: Must be 18 years or older to enter.
Comments must be posted by 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, June 28, 2015. One winner will be chosen at random and announced on the blog next Monday, June 29.