Today I'd like to share with you two of my favourite knitting books. The first one is Socks from the Toe Up. I love this book so much that's actually come on holiday with me!
This book is a must for anyone who loves knitting socks or wants to learn. I've seen it recommended in so many places
The first part of the book describes various cast on's, cast off's, heel techniques and information about how to knit socks whether you choose magic loop, two circular needles or DPN's. There is also information about how to design your own sock
Then you move on to the pattern section. It begins with a few plain vanilla socks to ease you in gently
But it then goes on to give you over 20 beautiful sock patterns, complete with recommendations on whether they would suit a variegated or plain yarn best
There are loads of photos on ravelry if you want to see the other designs :-)
The other book I'd like to share with you today is a book of stitch patterns. I expect the vast majority if not all knitting pattern designers have a similar book to refer to. Mine is 400 Knitting Stitches: A Complete Dictionary of Essential Stitch Patterns
I just adore this book. Each swatch has a clear photo and instructions on how to make it. I find it almost mind boggling how many completely different patterns you can get from just a handful of stitches
As you can see in the photo below there are also charts if you find them more useful :-)
There are sections dedicated to lace, cables, twisted stitches and slipped stitches as well as lots of different cast off techniques too
It's just wonderful from a knitting-geek point of view but I imagine for a knit-wear designer it can be inspiring
In my opinion every knitter should have a book like this on their bookshelves, it's so useful and interesting to see what you can do with a couple of sticks and some yarn.
Once again I've included some Amazon links if you feel tempted to buy either of these books. By clicking through them I will get a small percentage of any money you spend. I won't be offended if you choose to buy them elsewhere, they are good books though and I would recommend them regardless.
Thank you to everyone that's visited my blog these past couple of weeks. I hope you've enjoyed these scheduled posts, I'm looking forward to being able to catch up with you all again soon. TTFN x