Hello there, a lot of my knitting books have to be bought on-line which can be a bit hit and miss! Even when you have a knitting shop close by they might not have that great a collection. I was really happy to come across Loop Knitting shop last year which has the best book collection I have ever come across and it is where I first discovered Japanese Stitch directories. I’m really looking forward to going down to London when I am back in the UK in April and visiting Loop.
5th Best Knitting book
Wrapped in Lace by Margaret Stove – there are not that many designs I would knit from this book, there is actually only one, but it is so beautiful I had to buy the book. The book is full of beautiful heirloom shawls that can be threaded through a wedding ring, but most of them are too old fashioned for me.
The one that caught my eye is the Filmy Fern Shawl it looks so complicated that I had the book for two years before I even dared to read the instructions! Last year I searched out the yarn, I don’t want to make a cream or white one and a lot of places only sell this type of yarn in those colours, eventually I found The Gossamer Web on Etsy, beautiful cobweb yarns in any colour you wish for!
I choose this Forest colour, it’s a little greener than the photo.
And look how fine it is! Like thread you sew with… even winding this into a ball is worrying me, let alone knitting with it!
On the pattern you start on the outside and work in, you have to make 64 triangles first and then the first row is 1,856 sts…. good grief, I can’t even imagine how long many hours it will take to knit this, it will be a item of great beauty and a future heirloom.
You can take a closer look at the book over in Amazon Wrapped in Lace: Knitted Heirloom Designs from Around the World
4th Best Knitting book
Knitted Socks East and West by Judy Sumner. This was my first introduction to Japanese Stitch Patterns. There are so many patterns in here that I had never seen before, I found this in Loop last year. All the socks in here are beautiful, so far I have knitted two, you may have seen them in my gallery already.
The super yoga socks which I have fallen in love with and made a few variations since,
and this lovely green pair I knitted for my sister called Bonsai.
I have some lush orange yarn ready to turn into another pair too, shame I don’t need socks, they are so lovely to knit and easy to carry around with you! If you want to learn some new stitches, love socks then I highly recommend this book, one you can look through over and over again, it takes quite a while to choose which one to do first! Take a closer look Knitted Socks East and West: 30 Designs Inspired by Japanese Stitch Patterns
3rd Best Knitting book
To put the top three in order was hard to do, any of these could be number one they are all so divine.
This is a new addition to my collection, Op-Art Socks by Stephanie Van Der Linden, bought for Christmas by my sister, the most amazing socks I’ve come across. The multi-coloured ones do make me nervous! You have to knit them inside out so the colour strands do not make the socks tight, this will be an interesting challenge for sure! I am going to start off with one of her single coloured socks first before moving onto a multi-coloured one. Again it is one of those books you can look through over and over again, I have it by the side of my bed and love leafing through before I go to sleep. I haven’t been able to choose which ones to do yet, I’m going to choose the yarn when I’m back in the UK so I have a couple of months before I have to decide. Take a closer look… Op-Art Socks: Creative Effects in Sock Knitting
2nd Best Knitting Book
300 Lace knitting patterns, Japanese stitch directory. When I first looked through this I wasn’t sure if it would be manageable or not, all the instructions are in Japanese! But all the patterns are charted, after first buying Knitted Socks East and West which was my introduction to Japanese knitting I realised I had to own this too. I love looking though all the designs, so many to choose from. To me they are not lace patterns you can make shawls with, there are a few you can, but they are fantastic texture knitting patterns, you just need to work out what you are going to make with them!
It’s not the easiest of books to get hold of, like I said Loop have a great collection but this one is currently not available.
I’ve made some lovely new yoga socks with the patterns from this book
I call this the Lotus flower rib
and the Japanese Wave.
There will be some patterns you recognise from Western books but there are a few stitches you will have never seen before, absolutely fantastic, perfect for the adventurous knitter!
Best Knitting Book
Victorian Lace today by Jane Sowerby, I bought this purely on the rave reviews on Amazon and I was not disappointed, out of all the lace books I own this is by far the best, the designs are beautifully photographed and very modern, designs most people would want to wear. Out of the generous 40 projects so far, I have knitted 9 and there are still more that I want to knit! No other knitting book I own has this amount of items made from it! There is also a range of difficulty so if you haven’t knitted lace before and want to try then this is also perfect for you. I can’t imagine anyone could be disappointed with this beautiful book! One day I would love to publish a lace shawl book of my own….
Close up of the Leaf and Trellis pattern on page 54
Alpine Knit scarf on page 36
Three Cornered Shawl on page 138
Be warned though, some of the feedback is that the yarn quantity mentioned is not enough, which I had a problem with on the Leaf and Trellis pattern, but regardless, I would be lost without this book, a must buy. Have a further look at amazon at this beautiful book. There are also more shawls from Victorian Lace today in my Shawl and Collar gallery.
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