Sock Yarn Studio by Carol J. Sulcoski Lark Crafts (October 2, 2012).
For sock yarn fans, this book gives you a whole slew of alternative (to knitting socks) ideas on using that oh so delectable fine sock yarn. There are so many hand dyed and finely spun sock yarns available, so beautiful with their self striping and almost solid or subtly changing hues. A really quite beautiful book, with interesting designs in a mix of simple to more complex patterns ranging through ‘one skein’ cowls and hats and baby cardigans to more intricate ‘two skein’ wrist warmers and hats and mittens and children’s sweaters, and lastly three or more skein projects — halter neck tops, blankets and vests. There is plenty in here for the advanced knitter too with entrelac and Fair Isle projects throughout.
Comfort Knitting & Crochet by Norah Gaughan and the Berroco design team STC Craft/A Melanie Falick Book (October 1, 2012)
There is a mix of knitting and crochet in this book — lots of hats, cardigans and rugs and some very sweet outfits too – love the knitted jumpsuits, rompers and dresses. Unfortunately some of the crochet sweaters look a little stiff, and the yarn used is not always to my taste (a lot of soft pastels), but the strengths of this book are in the crochet blankets and the knitted rompers and sweaters. Some great things in here if you have some babies and toddlers in your life to knit for!
Knitting from the Center Out by Daniel Yuhas Stewart, Tabori and Chang (November 1, 2012)
Daniel takes the premise of knitting from the center out and shows some really interesting ways to design wearable and home items — the expected designs like shawls and hats are interesting and he also explores this premise with hoodies, socks and teddies. As you would expect from Stewart, Tabori and Chang, this book is beautiful to hold — slightly heavy and textured paper, beautiful images and fun (but not cluttered or cheesy) layout. And the tutorials at the back are really handy too. A winner of a book!
Circular Knitting Workshop by Margaret Radcliffe Storey Publishing (March 13, 2012)
Margaret takes the fear out of circular knitting. Before you get to any patterns there is a huge section (1/3 of the book) devoted to techniques and helpful advice. Then each chapter builds upon the next, starting at the basics and getting gradually more difficult as you make your way through the book. There are extra tips and how-to diagrams as you go too. You’ll work your way from tubes and hats, to shawls and socks and finally onto gloves and sweaters. Extremely detailed how-to photos and diagrams — this book is just fantastic for the beginner and intermediate knitter.
The Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet by Hunter Hammersen Pantsville Press (May 29, 2012)
We had Hunter on whipup recently as part of our knitter designer series where she showed us how to swatch in the round. In this book she shows how she is inspired by botanical drawings to create her stitch patterns for her (mostly) sock designs. The yarns used are luscious and very inspiring and the book is beautifully laid out, with lots of photos. I’d say you’d need to be a intermediate to advanced knitter to be able to tackle the fancy stitch patterns and you’ll need to know how to read lace knitting charts too!