review: The Knitter’s Book of Knowledge

The Knitter's Book of Knowledge

The Knitter’s Book of Knowledge: A complete guide to essential knitting techniques by Debbie Bliss

Looking for a one-stop reference book for knitting? This is it. Bliss brings her legendary expertise and covers pretty much all the things you could think of in an informational knitting book. She includes yarn, needles, the basics of how to knit, understanding the terminology and techniques used in knitting, variations of knitting texture, finishing techniques, knitting design, and entire chapters devoted to color, embellishments, shaping, and knitting in the round. Illustrated throughout with color photographs and hand-drawn diagrams (some of the clearest/easiest-to-parse I’ve seen), this book is beautiful and useful, and is definitely one I’ll be adding to my own personal library.

full disclosure: I borrowed this book from the Baldwin Public Library through the MeLCat interlibrary loan system


The Knitter’s Year

The Knitter's YearI have too short an attention span and too many whims to commit to knitting one project a week for an entire year, but I love the concept. I also love a lot of the projects in this book. They all have a streamlined style that appeals to me, and many of them are useful items that I’d like to have around or that would make good gifts. I do think it would be really fun to work through this book with a group in a knit-along. I didn’t see a group on Ravelry, but I’ll bet there’s one out there somewhere. My post at CPL has more on this book.