knitting library

Fitted Knits by Stefanie Japel
The great idea of this book is, that you can alter all patterns according to your own measurements. Stefanie Japel tells you how and where to take your measurements and how to change the pattern. All sweaters and tops are knitted from the top down with raglan sleeves to avoid seeming, which is nice but not neccesary for me. There is only one thing I don’t understand: If you want to avoid seeming, and Stefanie says so, why don’t you knit the sleeves circular, too? Is there an advantage in knitting them flat and seeming afterwards?
The layout is very nice with great pictures almost a coffee-table book.

Felted Knits by Beverly Galeskas
It’s the first book about felting I’ve ever read and I really like it. It starts with general information about felting (fulling) explaining why some yarns felt and otheres don’t. The second part contains many patterens like purses, slippers and household items. The last chapter is a short introduciton to needle felting which encourages one to embellish your felted items.
The patterns are clear and easy to follow.

Mason Dixon Knitting by Kay Gardiner and Ann Meador Shayne
I really love this book. It’s fun to read and has many projects for easy knitting and not really taking care of gauge. I’m tempted to start the mittered blanked but I can’t afford it. But someday… 🙂

Vogue Knitting Stitchionary Volume One: Knit & Purl
The best thing is: all the swatches are green 😀 . Ok that’s not the best but for me..
It’s a great reference and very inspirational to look through the book. The photos are very, very good the chosen yarn shows stich definition clearly.
For me it’s a book for daydreaming about knitting………

Vogue Knitting Stitchionary Volume Two: Cables
Same as above although the swatches are knit in brownish colors 😦

Das große Strickbuch by Katharina Buss
This book is in german. It is the book which taught me to knit. Almost all techniques are explained thoroughly with pictures or diagramms. The instructions are clear and easy to understand. Even grafting is explained in a very easy to follow way and I never had problems with it.
At the end of the book there are some patterns for sweaters but the design is form the 80’s like all the pictures in the book. The pictures are good and clear but I doubt, that anybody will knit these patterns.


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