While Ravelry.com is arguably THE place to get knitting and crocheting patterns, Seattle Public Library has many pattern books as ebooks that are free to borrow, from beginner learning books like Teach Yourself Visually Knitting, to books on advanced techniques such as Knitting Brioche: The Essential Guide to the Brioche Stitch by the venerable Nancy Marchant. Here’s some stash-busting suggestions.
Knitted Tanks & Tunics: 21 Crisp, Cool Designs for Sleeveless Tops by Angela Hahn is a perfect place to find cool knits as the weather warms in the PNW. Find patterns for linen yarn as well as layering tanks in this gorgeous pattern book. Find more warm weather patterns in Knitting in the Sun: 32 Projects for Warm Weather by Kristi Porter. We sometimes take for granted the material we work with as crafters.
The Knitter’s Book of Wool: The Ultimate Guide to Understanding, Using, and Loving This Most Fabulous Fiber by Clara Parkes will help you better understand what we as knitters and crocheters work with as well as how to make substitutions and achieve the desired fabric for knitted and crocheted objects. There’s 20 patterns included to showcase the different aspects of wool yarns. Slow Knitting: A Journey From Sheep to Skein to Stitch by Hannah Thiessen is another title that will help you appreciate wool in all its glory from sheep to skein to the beautiful projects found within the book. For those of us who like to knit their sweaters in the Spring and Summer to wear in Fall and Winter, Amy Herzog’s book, Knit to Flatter: The Only Instructions You’ll Ever Need to Knit Sweaters That Make You Look Good and Feel Great! is an essential book on how to adapt and knit sweaters that fit all our diverse, beautiful bodies.
Socks are perfect small projects to take on for when you’re bingeing your favorite show, and they make wonderful gifts. The Knitter’s Book of Socks: The Yarn Lover’s Ultimate Guide to Creating Socks That Fit Well, Feel Great, and Last A Lifetime by Clara Parkes has plenty of sock inspiration. For a bit of whimsy and story-telling in your knitting, try Faerie Knitting: 14 Tales of Love and Magic by Alice and Lisa Hoffman (yes, that Alice Hoffman), or Highland Knits: Knitwear Inspired by the Outlander Series, a book of designs inspired by the Outlander novels and tv series. Now might also be the perfect time to indulge in some Twilight nostalgia with Vampire Knits: Projects to Keep You Knitting From Twilight to Dawn by Genevieve Miller.
For more adventurous knitters, maybe this is the time to design your own patterns. Knitting Pattern Essentials: Adapting and Drafting Knitting Patterns for Great Knitwear by Sally Melville is a great resource for designing garments, while Knitting Modular Shawls, Wraps, and Stoles: An Easy, Innovative Technique for Creating Custom Designs, With 185 Stitch Patterns by Melissa Leapman can help you design your own fabulous accessories. It’s always good to start with the basics too. Teach Yourself Visually Knitting Design: Working From A Master Pattern to Fashion your Own Knits is a great resource for those just getting into designing patterns, or those looking to adapt other patterns for their own desires. Stitch bibles, like the Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible: 260 Exquisite Patterns by Hitomi Shida, are also useful references when designing your own knitted objects.
~posted by Veronica H.