Fall is almost upon us and thus time to get your knitting on. For some knitters collecting great knitting books is as important as having a good yarn stash and there is no shortage of excellent new knitting books out for 2014. Whether you're always looking for better explanations of knitting technique or catching on to the new knitting craze (I think it's another year for kooky animal hats) we share with you some of the new knitting books for 2014.
If you're a longtime knitter, I know you're thinking to yourself "self, why do I need yet another knitting stitch dictionary?" here's the thing: this stitch dictionary does more than just offer photographs of long cherished stitch patterns (and a few new ones) -it explains details about swatching, garments with which you can actually use the stitch patterns AND instructions both written out AND charted. This is a great stitch dictionary for the knitter who just wants to have one in their library -and for the beginning knitter who is just learning about stitch patterns and swatching.
The Spinner's Book of Fleece by Beth Smith and Deborah Robson
If you really want to know about yarn, the construction and materials used and how they work in a knitted garment it's good to understand yarn from a spinner's perspective even if you have no desire ever to spin your own yarn. Understanding fibers and their construction will give you a better idea how a yarn will behave in a certain pattern, whether it will hold up well or give out. Learn more about wool fleeces and you'll become more acquainted with different sheep fleece types and which ones will work best for your next knitting project.
Botanical Knits 2 by Alana Dakos
If you know Never Not Knitting, then you know that these designers are able to make absolutely exquisite knitting patterns inspired by nature and biology and Botanical Knits 2 is no exception. While you're at it, get the other Never Not Knitting books. You'll want to knit all the things. So many beautiful shawls and hats that will be appreciated for years to come.
The Knowledgeable Knitter by Margaret Radcliffe
It's easy to forget being a beginning knitter and not knowing the intricate secrets of knitting the produce longer lasting wearable garments. The Knowledgeable Knitter is a great foundation for the new knitter and reminder for the experienced knitter of what to do when your knitting goes wrong. The knitter behind the Knittin Answer Book takes your knitting expertise to the next level so that you can be your knit-night's know-it-all.
Dutch Traditional Ganseys by Stella Ruhe
If you're a knitter AND a history buff then you have to check out the book of Dutch Traditional Ganseys. Writer Stella Ruhe has done extensive research to bring you more than sixty knitting patterns and the stories that go along with them. Whether your honey is a fisherman or not any knitter will appreciate the history and craftsmanship behind these functional works of art made by townswomen in the Netherlands.
Knockout Knits by Laura Nelkin
Knitters know Laura Nelkin for her exquisite knitted jewelry kits and they will be wowed by her new book of knitted accessories. This is the book to get if you're looking to make a ton of knitted holiday gifts this year. You will find quite a few little treasures to delight the ones your love. Fun techniques and simple lines will keep your knitting fun and will show your friends and family how much you really care.
Knitting Wizardry by Amy Clarke Moore
If you are still hung up on Harry Potter then you need to check out Knitting Wizardry. Even if you're not a huge Potter fan there are many magical knitting patterns to choose from, especially if you're looking for men's pullovers with lots of stitch work, majestic knitted mits or other accessories to complete your Renaissance Faire costume. Truly gorgeous work here.
Woodland Knits by Stephanie Dosen
OK, so this isn't new for 2014, but it's still a lot of fun and now is the perfect time to knit projects from this glorious book of unique knitting patterns.
New Vintage Lace by Andrea Jurgrau
It's been a while since we've seen an epic book of lace knitting and this one is a perfect addition to your knitting book library -especially if you're a lace knitting nerd with design aspirations. Take your knitting lace nerdery to the next level with these beautiful tidbits based on vintage lace knitting patterns.
Which new knitting book has caught your eye?