Friday, August 5, 2011

Coming-soon knitting books

Did you know that 95 knitting books will soon be published? Here's my official wish list for my personal knitting library.

The Best of Knitscene: A Collection of Simple, Stylish, and Spirited
Lisa Shroyer

Written by the author of Knitting Plus and the editor of Knitscene, this book features the magazine's 20 most popular styles, including Heather Lodinsky's Central Park Hoodie, Connie Chang Chinchio's Geodesic Cardigan, Katie Himmelberg's Phiaro Scarf.

Custom Knits 2: More Top-Down and Improvisational TechniquesCustom Knits 2: More Top-Down and Improvisational TechniquesWendy BernardWho didn't love Wendy's first book, Custom Knits? She taught the world that customizing knits for your body was not only achievable but entirely necessary. Wendy continues this mission with fresh patterns and new tutorials about fit, yarn substitution, and more.

The queen of knitting re-releases yet another of her incredible books. No one's better at stranded knitting than Alice Starmore. I can't wait to get my hands on this one.

200 Fair Isle Motifs: A Knitter's Directory200 Fair Isle Motifs: A Knitter's Directory
Mary Jane Mucklestone

If Alice is the queen, I suspect Mary Jane is the princess of fair isle knitting. I love her color sense and the stylish Border Socks she has in the current issues of Interweave Knits.
The Great American Afghan Collection: Knit Tradition and Innovation-One Square at a TimeThe Great American Afghan Collection: Knit Tradition and Innovation-One Square at a TimeRick Mondragon (Editor), Elaine Rowley (Editor), Alexis Xenakis (Photographer)

I'm not sure but suspect that this book brings together the best of the Great American Afghan booklets into one volume. I've always wanted to make one of these beauties; perhaps now is the time.

Amazon says, "Iconic knitwear designer Sasha Kagan treats readers to a fascinating retrospective of her work from the past four decades in this beautifully presented collection of women’s knitwear." All I know is that I love her intarsia work and look forward to getting this new book.


  1. Hello Julie, I have had the privilidge of taking two workshops with Alice Starmore and I agree she is the queen of stranded and fair isle knitting. Knit on!

  2. I find it very interesting that only one of these six selections (Custom Knits 2) appears to be mostly new material. Of the other five books, four are reprints, recombinations, or "expanded" reissues and the fifth, a collection of Fair Isle motifs, may or may not duplicate some of the charts in the Starmore book.

    New knitters can (and perhaps should) gobble up these treasuries of information, but those of us with a half-century's worth of knitting books and magazines on our ever-groaning library shelves are a bit less enthusiastic about leftovers, regardless of how prettily they are served up.

    --Lynda in Oregon

  3. I pre-ordered Wendy's book a couple of months ago and can't wait to get it. I'm a big fan of her first Custom Knits book, and have made several of the garments from it (all for my daughters, I'll add as a caveat!)

    Since I seem to be on a stranded knitting jag lately, I also pre-ordered the Starmore charts book and Mary Jane Mucklestone's book during the last few weeks. I agree with Lynda (last post) that a lot of rehash is going on here .... but I want to add that in some of them, the size offerings are expanded, which makes them valuable to the plus knitter. As for repetition of stranded motifs, I have four books of dedicated stranded stitch patterns, and while there is some overlap (maybe 25%?) there are an astonishing number of them that are unique to the particular book they're in and add to the rich palette of motifs. Can we ever have too many? ;-) Yes, my office shelves are wincing with over 100 books ala knitting, six years worth of 5 different magazine titles, and countless one-off issues, but the more the merrier. I never want to stop learning, experimenting, finding informational treasures, stitch patterns, and new techniques. (Keep your Nooks and Kindles, thanks very much ... I love handling, making notes in, paging and repaging my books!!!)

  4. as I can surely attest, NO, you can never have too many knitting books!

    but it would be nice if publishers focused on providing new content rather than just republishing the old stuff over and over again.