Every time I share a knitting project I’m asked by you, my lovely readers, ‘how can I teach myself or knit’ or you say ‘I wish I could knit’. So I’m sharing 3 of my all time fave knitting books that have helped me (and Keira) and which live in my craft room. And these are the books that I will never get rid of. They are still handy to me now if I have a new technique or I don’t understand an acronym. SSK, SKPO, YF, KFB, M1? Do you speak my language?
Now first up is the very first knitting book I ever purchased and used. It’s a good one and I often recommend it to beginners who don’t know where to start. It’s called Baby knits for beginners by Debbie Bliss. It covers the basics with clear pictures and then has a range of patterns that are suitable for beginners right through to more experienced knitters who are looking for a classic pattern. In fact one of my favourite cardigans, the raglan cardigan with fully fashioned shaping , is in here and it’s such a great knit for a new baby or toddler.
The patterns are also great if you’re wanting to move on from scarfs and squares but simple enough to follow that you won’t be lost or stuck with half a knitting project that you can’t finish because it’s too hard.
Next up is a golden oldie that I picked up at Vinnies for $5. Love a good buy like this one. There are a few variations and different editions of this book but you can pick these up at op shops, 2nd hand bookstores, eBay, Gumtree and wherever you buy your 2nd hand books.
It covers everything, is super easy to read and suits all levels. There are pages and pages of different stitches and it’s a great reference book. And no matter what level of knitter or crafter that you are, everyone needs a good reference book. Definitely a winner this one.
And last up is a new book for our craft library that I’d wanted for a few years now. And I picked up this book as soon as Keira told me she really wanted to learn how to knit. It is full of photos and little rhymes to help little people learn to knit and it is written for children in easy to understand language.
We’ve been sitting down together doing the stitches and when Keira gets stuck she can look at the photo or revisit the rhyme and see where she might have gone wrong.
I also love the few pages on correcting your mistakes. So important for any knitter. This book really is clear and I think is great for adults too but is really great for little ones and includes cute projects for them to make.
And a last little tip, before I buy a knitting book I pop over to Ravelry, select patterns, put in the title of the book and you should be able to see what people have made and sometimes all of the projects in the book. It’s a great way to see if a book is worth purchasing.
Now, have I missed one? Do you have a favourite knitting book for beginners that you want to share?