Knitting Patterns and
Source Books: Choices From Our Workbasket
We have a mitten pattern book we
love. Dozen upon dozens of mittens have been made from
this pattern book. You can't
imagine how surprised I was to find it has gone out of print...
and the current asking price for a used copy of a paperback that
sold for $12? $60!! And I thought buying pattern books
was an indulgence! Turns out it is a smart business move.
So, without further ado... the next generation
of must have classics:
Knitting: Award Winning SocksThe
classic coffee table reference from the best knitters going.
Fabulous designs, but largely for the experienced knitter, or
someone who enjoys the challenge. I tend to pick bits of a complicated
pattern out and simplify it, but the usual fabulous Vogue Knitting
Twisted Sister's Sock Workbook Colorful, inspiring pictures,
interesting patterns. For the "non-traditional" knitter
who is looking for something small and fun. A great way to use
up all those little balls of wool you can't bear to throw away
because they might come in handy!
Knitting: Mittens and Gloves Lush, lavish, projects to die
for. Not sure, ultimately, how practical some of these mittens
are, but they are wearable works of art. My mantra: small projects
on small needles. You get incredible satisfaction from it, but
it isn't a lifetime committment!
and Scarves: The Best of Knitters Magazine I've always liked
Knitters for their down to earth patterns and liveable style.
But I genuinely hate the "magazine pile." Oh, you
have one too. That pile of magazines, each with a pattern or
tip you're going to use "someday." Ditch the pile,
buy the book. You know you'll never find the pattern you want
in that pile anyway!
Knitting needles available today
Free Knitting Pattern Sources are
widely available online, but the quality of the patterns often
leaves something to be desired. I'm not opposed to free patterns,
but if they don't work out, they're a waste of good wool, and
worse, my time. These books are full of perfect patters. They
work, they're dazzling, and they're fun.