Knitting Book

Hi, I need a knitting book that’s terrific to work with. All I have is Reader’s Digest Guide to Needlepoint. I can knit and purl, cast on and cast off and a few lace patterns, but that’s about all. Which book would you recommend for me?

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I love Knitting in Plain English by Maggie Righetti. :cheering:

I started with that one and “Knitting Without Tears” (Elizabeth Zimmermann).

I’ve looked through Teach yourself knitting visually - that’s a really good book for visual learners. I know pretty much everything in it now though, so I didn’t buy it. I started with Stitch and Bitch books, and this website. I have to admit the stitch and bitch books confused me a bit, but I am a visual learner. This site helped me a lot.

I third this.

I also found Stitch and Bitch (the first book, not Nation) to be super helpful.

The Knitter’s Bible by Claire Crompton is a good one too.

Okay, here goes:
The two indispensible reference books:

  1. “Knitter’s Handbook (Reader’s Digest)” by Montse Stanley
  2. "Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Book"
    These are not “beginner” books but they’re encyclopedias of knitting knowledge. You will use them forever.

The indispensible how-books for beginners.

  1. “Knitting in Plain English” by Maggie Righetti. Conversational and solid, but the illustrations aren’t too hot if you’re a visual learner and it’s more about technique than about patterns to knit.
  2. “The Knitting Experience: The Knit Stitch,” by Sally Melville. First in a series of three (the others are “The Purl Stitch” and “Color.” Melville’s approach is unusual, concentrating on only one stitch, and extremely detailed. Pictures are excellent. By Chapter Two you will be knitting something you really want to wear. Lots of nice projects.
    Both authors make you feel as though you are taking private lessons from a smart, sympathetic teacher.

To keep in your knitting bag

  1. “The Knitter’s Companion” by Vickie Square. Small, spiral-bound, handy. Contains all the basic information. Even has a needle gauge.
  2. “Vogue Knitting Quick Reference.” A knock-off of the Vickie Square book in format, but good: the information comes straight from “Vogue Knitting.”