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See also: Crocheting

Knitting is hitting a peak of popularity these days, and what better way to try it out than by checking out some knitting books from the library? Here are a few titles that can help you get started, plus some to try once you've mastered the basics!

Selected Books

Bouquerel, Catherine
Knitted Booties for Tiny Feet
TT825.B6549 2012x
This French book (Chaussons en tricot pour mon bébé) with 20 patterns is just what the new Grandma needs! Bouquerel has another book Cuddly Knits for Wee Ones.
Bristow, Janet and Victoria A. Cole-Galo
The New Prayer Shawl Companion : 35 Knitted Patterns to Embrace, Inspire, and Celebrate Life
TT825.B739 2012
This new version of The Prayer Shawl Companion, is part of the Prayer Shawl Ministry, a group that reaches out to people of all faiths in sadness and celebration. Even if you don't pray in cold temples and churches, shawls are very useful to wrap up in when you are reading or conserving energy. There's also A Crocheted Prayer Shawl Companion for crocheters.
Budd, Ann
Knitter's Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters: Basic Designs in Multiple Sizes and Gauges
TT825.B822 2012
This Handy Book from Interweave offers instructions for knitting five basic seamless sweater types: circular yoke, raglan, modified-drop shoulder, set-in sleeve, and saddle shoulder. Patterns are offered in multiple sizes and yarn gauges and for a broad age group.
Danger, Rebecca
Knit a Monster Nursery: Practical and Playful Knitted Baby Patterns
TT174.3.D357 2012
Monster hats, monster sweaters, monster booties, monster blankies... but I guess monsters are better than skulls and crossbones...
Druchunas, Donna
Ethnic Knitting Exploration: Lithuania, Iceland, and Ireland
TT819.L57 D79 2009
Working as she did in Ethnic Knitting Discovery: The Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, and the Andes, Druchunas covers traditional knitting designs and techniques of three new regions and more complicated structures, including raglan, yoke, and saddle-shoulder sweaters.
Durant, Judith
Luxury Yarn One-Skein Wonders: 101 Small Indulgences
TT820.L89 2008
One-skein projects are portable, fun, quick to finish, and the perfect answer to that stash of orphan yarns. Check out Durant's other One-Skein Wonders.
Durant, Judith
Sock Yarn One-Skein Wonders: 101 Patterns That Go Way Beyond Socks!
TT825.S655 2010
For those of you who can only handle short books and one skein knitting projects!
Flanders, Sue and Janine Kosel
Norwegian Handknits: Heirloom Designs from Vesterheim Museum
Norwegian Handknits collects thirty paterns for colorful folk mittens, socks, scarves, hats, wristers, handbags, knapsacks, and sweaters -- all inspired by traditional knits housed in Vesterheim Museum in Decorah, Iowa.
Flanders, Sue and Janine Kosel
Swedish Handknits: A Collection of Heirloom Designs
TT819.S8 F54 2012
Swedish Handknits is a collection of patterns for sweaters, hats, scarves, mittens, headbands, and bags, all inspired by the historic textiles housed at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Guy, Lucinda
Northern Knits Gifts: Thoughtful Projects Inspired by Folk Traditions
TT819.E853 G89 2012
You'll learn some of the traditional knitting techniques of Scandinavia, Estonia, Iceland, and the Faroe and Shetland islands. Accompanied by notes on history and folk culture, these small projects embrace the Danish notion of hygge - taking pleasure in comforting and cozy things.
Hammerskog, Paula
Knitting for Kids: Over 40 Patterns for Sweaters, Dresses, Hats, Socks, and More for Your Kids
Knitting for kids takes so much less yarn and goes so much more quickly. Here's another Swedish book to inspire you.
Johansson, Ingalill
Shades of Winter: Knitting with Natural Wool
TT825.J6313 2012
Oh, those Swedes! They know how to make something out of winter: "Inspired by the sublime, subtle tones of wintry northern landscapes, the more than 35 projects in Shades of Winter showcase the natural beauty of pure undyed wool yarn photographed against the Scandinavian winter's snow crystals and cold."
Knitting Hats & Mittens from Around the World: 34 Heirloom Patterns in a Variety of Styles and Techniques
TT825.K6452 2012
34 patterns for hats, mittens, and gloves from around the globe -- including projects from Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, the British Isles, the Americas and Asia. An introduction on the history of hat/mitten knitting by Donna Druchunas is included.
Knit Prayer Shawls: 15 Wraps to Share
TT825.K633 2010x
Knitters of all faiths are creating handmade shawls for people in need. What started as a grass-roots movement has quickly grown into an international cause, with countless numbers of shawls being given to grateful recipients around the globe.
Leapman, Melissa
Mastering Color Knitting: Simple Instructions for Stranded, Intarsia, and Double Knitting
TT820.L388 2010
Leapman's clear instruction proves that knitting with multiple colors may appear complex, but it doesn't have to be difficult. She includes the quickest, easiest, and most intuitive methods for each technique.
Linden, Stephanie van der
Around the World in Knitted Socks: 26 Inspired Designs
TT825.L54 2010
Drawing inspiration from signature local textiles such as Turkish kilim carpets, Japanese sashiko embroidery, Belgian lace, American quilts, and Scottish argyle tartan, each pattern is distinctly tied to both country and culture.
Lohr, Nikol
Literary Knits: 30 Patterns Inspired by Favorite Books
TT825.L64 2013x
Pride and Prejudice, Moby Dick, The Catcher in the Rye, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Great Gatsby, Breakfast at Tiffany's...
Medieval-Inspired Knits
Lundberg, Anna-Karin
Medieval-Inspired Knits: Stunning Brocade & Swirling Vine Patterns with Embellished Borders
q TX825.L86 2012x
Inspired by the murals in the medieval churches of the province of Uppland, Sweden, this Swedish collection by Anna-Karin Lundberg of colorful knitwear projects is for experienced knitters, offering sweaters, vests, hats, and mittens in sizes for adults and children.
Melville, Sally
Knitting Pattern Essentials: Adapting and Drafting Knitting Patterns for Great Knitwear
According to knitting instructor Sally Melville, the number one mistake that knitters make is to follow a pattern exactly. This comprehensive guide to sweater construction reveals the secrets to creating or modifying a pattern so the finished project looks and fits right.
Dress Up Your Dolls
Nymark, Lise
Dress Up Your Dolls: Sensational Outfits to Knit & Crochet for Dolls Up to 18"
The 90 patterns, which fit 12-, 15- or 18-inch dolls, can be combined and modified for customization and variety. They include 33 complete outfits, from princess dresses and a safari outfit to winter wear and pirate costumes.
Van De Car, Nikki
What to Knit When You're Expecting: Simple Mittens, Blankets, Hats and Sweaters for Baby
TT825.V357 2012x
These 30 projects range from first trimester projects (which are moderately advanced, since there are months to finish) to second trimester (when most parents can determine the baby's gender and prepare for a boy or girl), to third trimester quickies, when time is short.
Zimmermann, Elizabeth
Knitting Without Tears: Basic Techniques and Easy-to-Follow Directions for Garments to Fit All Sizes
TT820 .Z55
This is a classic!! Learn how to knit without a pattern.

Knitting on DVD

The Art of Knitting & Crochet 2
(DVD) TT820.A785 2005x
Whether you're a beginner or advanced knitter, the best designers and instructors in America will show you how to knit and crochet with simple, understandable demonstrations.
The Brand New Knitter: a comprehensive guide for the never-held-needles-before knitter-to-be
(DVD) TT820.B8255 2009x
Lucy Neatby presents knitting instruction for the beginner, covering: knitting and purling using either hand; casting on; binding off; shapings; joining yarns; common problems adn how to avoid or fix them; an introduction to knitting terms and abbreviations; how to read a pattern; cables; knitting in the round.
Elizabeth Zimmermann's Ribwarmer
Meg Swansen shows how to knit 3 "ribwarmers". The classic ribwarmer is a utilitarian and attractive garment, the knee length version is a warm, long over-layer and the butterfly is sleek and graceful. Elizabeth Zimmerman might be considered the grandmother of American knitting.
I Can't Believe I'm Knitting!
(DVD) TT820.I233 2006x
Melissa Leapman provides beginning knitters with basic instructions so that even novices will be able to learn enough stitches and techniques to complete the simple projects that are included.
Learn to Knit
(DVD) TT820.L4276 2005x
Learn to knit beginner to intermediate projects in multiple lessons. Knit a kitchen cloth, mittens, and a multi-colored cabled scarf.
Learn to Knit with Laura Jean
(DVD) TT825.L388273 2005x
Demonstrates the basics of knitting, with a separate index menu of techniques. Shows how to knit a sweater, a hat, a dog sweater, a purse, and a baby sweater.

Browse the Catalog

For additional titles, browse the library catalog under the subjects


Web Sites

  • Knitting
    Web resources on knitting maintained by Barbara Breiter
  • Craft Yarn Council of America: Standards & Guidelines for Crochet and Knitting
    Do you ever scratch your head over abbreviations in knitting patterns: p2tog, psso, wyif? Next time check this website. They have abbreviations for both knitting and crocheting.
  • Interweave
    Interweave publishes Knits, Knits Scene, Knits Weekend and Knitting Traditions.
  • ipl2: Knitting
    Links to a variety of online knitting websites and magazines.
  • The Knitting Guild Association
    Includes chapter guilds throughout the United States, including the Pittsburgh East Knitting Guild #149 and Three Rivers Knitters #164. They also publish a magazine, Cast On.
  • Knitting Help
    This site includes online videos that you can download and view. Both British and Continental methods of knitting are shown.
  • Knitty
    An online knitting magazine, community, offering patterns.
  • Lion Brand Yarn Company
    Free knitting instructions and patterns.
  • Socknitters
    Socknitters is a mailing list for anyone interested in knitting socks by hand. Their website includes many patterns.
  • Victoria & Albert Museum: Knitting
    Not only does this British museum have information on knits from its collection, it also has patterns that you can download and use, links to knitting websites and webblogs. Very good for an English perspective on this ancient craft.
  • Vogue Knitting
    The website of the print publication, also includes links to yarn manufacturers.

Pittsburgh Resources

  • Knit the Bridge
    Knit the Bridge is a vision for a grassroots, community-led arts project that would bring the many diverse communities of Pittsburgh and Southwestern Pennsylvania together to create a large-scale, aesthetically stunning, fiberarts installation on a bridge in downtown Pittsburgh.
  • Berroco: Yarn Shops in Pennsylvania
    This is a page from Berroco Yarns listing yarn shops in the Pittsburgh region carrying their yarns but it is a good list for anyone looking for yarns. Pittsburgh shops are at the top.
  • Jo-ann Fabrics
    Go to store locator to find a superstore near you in the Pittsburgh area that offers classes. They offer both knitting and crocheting.
  • Kid Ewe Knot
    Designer yarns, buttons, classes, finishing in Bridgeville, PA.
  • Knit One
    Murray Avenue in Squirrel Hill.
  • Michaels
    This arts and crafts store chain has multiple stores in the Pittsburgh area. Search for Pittsburgh in their store locator and then click on "This Store's events" to see when they offer "Learn to Knit" and "Learn to Crochet" classes.
  • Natural Stitches
    A full service yarn shop featuring a wide array of natural and man made fibers as well as classes. Located in East Liberty near Trader Joe's.
  • Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival
    An annual event in February that offers classes and exhibits.
  • Yarns by Design
    Yarns By Design is an upscale fiber arts boutique located in Oakmont, PA, half an hour north of Pittsburgh.