Thursday, September 20, 2007

My Fav's

All this talk the past couple of days about seaming and finishing of our wonderful knitting projects made me think about my favorite knitting techniques books. I thought I would share with you all my 2 all time favorite/reliable books that I have fallen back on many times during my 5 years of knitting. They are "The Knitter's Book of Finishing Techniques" by Nancie M. Wiseman and "Vogue Knitting Quick Reference".

The Knitter's book is one my sister Mary Beth turned me onto a few years ago. This is a fabulous book. It gives you detailed step by step instructions and awesome color pictures. It also gives you the "Benefits" and "Drawbacks" to doing the techniques listed in the book.

When I first started knitting in 2003 I sat my butt in Barnes and Noble one day looking through all the knitting books. I was determined to go home with a book that was going to help me in my time of need and despair. I loved the Vogue Knitting Reference book (ya know the big one) but I wanted something smaller that would be portable. That is why I love the Quick Reference guide. Just like the Knitter's book, this one has great colorful pictures and detailed instructions.

I have a third book that I won't even mention it's name here. I bought it because it had some things I needed more detail on at one time. The thing that I truly dislike about this unmentionable book is that the pictures are all in black and white and handrawn. I think I have only referred back to it 1 or 2 times in 5 years.

So anyone who asks me for some reccomendations on reference books to buy, I would quickly tell them these two! What are some of ya'lls favorites?

This is a picture of the Knitter's book TOC. Look at all the great topics!

And here is the Vogue Knitting TOC. What is great about this, is that each Chapter is broken down even more once you turn to it!


  1. I go back and forth between the Big Vogue book and the unmentionable book (I think I know what book you're talking about). The unmentionable was my first, and for a while, only knitting book so I got used to it. I may have to get the Knitter's Finishing book as it sounds great. Missed you at lunch today. We had a nice time knitting & chatting.

  2. The finishing book sounds great--I may have to add that one to my library.

    The best endorsements you've given these books aren't the words you used to describe them but the many sticky-notes-tabs on their pages! Clearly those are two well-used books!

  3. I'm curious as to which is the unmentionable book . . . I'm sure I have it (I have a LOT), but wonder if it's the one I'm thinking of?

  4. Now that is some good info. i'm putting the finishing book on my list of things to get. Thanks!

  5. I run to Nancy Wise's book 1st. When I can't really find what I need there, I turn to The Harmony Guide's Knitting Techniques(which Deb gave me as my 1st knitting book ever, & I really do love it. It flops open to the well worn pages!)Lastly, Vogue's Knitting Stitchionary for good stitch photos.