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The Felted Bag Book

The felted bag book : 21 simple projects for every occasion by Susie Johns

Are you in the market for a sturdy bag that you can make yourself? You may find just the thing in this book of over twenty felted projects. They range from clutches to purses to totes and use a variety of techniques: knitting, crochet, wet felting, and reusing existing materials. Crafters with some experience will have a head start, but there are also projects here for beginners.

Hattitude: Knits for Every Mood

Hattitude : knits for every mood by Cathy Carron

Want to make a hat? Got little to no knitting experience, or maybe just some easy patterns that you can whip through? This book has got you covered with forty different designs using a wide variety of yarns. From a cloche to a stocking cap to a fedora, if you can name a hat, it's probably in here. My favorite is the Aloof (which is also available free online). What's yours?

100 Afghans to Knit & Crochet

100 afghans to knit & crochet by Jean Leinhauser & Rita Weiss

100 afghans is a lot of blankets! But you'll be glad for the selection when you look through this book, because you can choose just the right design to suit your taste. There are more crochet patterns than knit, but the variety is still quite impressive. You can also find one of each available free online: Americana (crochet) and Rainbow Rib (knit).

New England Knits

New England knits: timeless knitwear with a modern twist by Cecily Glowik MacDonald and Melissa LaBarre
When I think of New England and knitting, my first thought is of bulky cabled sweaters, but this book offers a wide variety of projects in a range of styles. Nothing here is oversize or stiflingly heavy, and there are even a number of small projects, like a the Brattleboro Hat and the Groveland Satchel.

Knitting Mochimochi

Knitting mochimochi : 20 super cute strange designs for knitted amigurumi by Anna Hrachovec ; photographs by Brandi Simons

This totally cute book includes patterns for twenty adorable knitted creatures and objects. It also includes basic knitting instructions and even has information about how to make sure your cute critters are safe for kids. I think my first project will be the Squirrels on Wheels. There are also some free patterns available on the Mochimochi blog (right sidebar).

Swedish Knits

Swedish knits : classic and modern designs in the Scandinavian tradition by Paula Hammerskog and Eva Wincent; photos by Rikard Westman
This book has the usual introduction to the basics of knitting, but also includes more detailed information on garment construction and a number of advanced techniques. It also has a great section on what to do when something goes wrong - your cable twists the wrong way, something turns out too large or too small, and other common problems. There is also quite a bit of info on interpreting patterns and on making your own. Finally, the sweater patterns are beautiful. This book is a treasure trove of information for knitters.

Vogue Knitting Shawls and Wraps

Vogue Knitting Shawls and Wraps

Vogue Knitting can always be counted on for stylish patterns. The shawls and wraps contained here run the gamut from those appropriate for a casual day at the beach to cuddling up with a book by the fireplace to a snazzy dress-up night out. The patterns are clear and concise and the fibers recommended range from those available at a local big box craft store to fancier yarns sold only at local shops or online.

Crazy Lace

Crazy Lace: An Artistic Approach to Creative Lace Knitting by Myra Wood

Ever get the urge to pick up some needles and yarn and just go wild? This book encourages just that and offers some helpful hints for ending up with a product you enjoy as much as the process. From totally random to knitted objects with a little more structure and/or design, this is a great guide to free-form lace knitting. If you're looking for folks to knit with, drop in to the next Knit Night on April 12.

Fiber Gathering

Fiber Gathering: Knit, Crochet, Spin, and Dye More Than 25 Projects Inspired by America's Festivals by Joanne Seiff

This book visits fiber festivals across the United States, including the Michigan Fiber Festival which is held annually at the Allegan County Fairgrounds. Included are patterns, recipes, techniques and information about all things fiber-related. Filled with vivid color photographs in addition to a wealth of information, this book is one to come back to. If you're looking for local yarn shops, check out the Craft Stores page on Cantonwiki.

Vintage Knits for Modern Babies

Vintage Knits for Modern Babies Vintage Knits for Modern Babies by Hadley Fierlinger

These patterns are inspired by vintage styles and focus on wearability and ease of use; these garments are intended to become heirlooms. From hats to sweaters to adorable bunny rabbit stuffies, the designs included have a timeless quality that will certainly last many years and through generations. Also included is a detailed guide to selecting yarn to use when knitting for babies.

French Girl Knits

French Girl Knits: Innovative Techniques, Romantic Details and Feminine Designs by Kristeen Griffin-Grimes

The nearly twenty patterns in this book all have two things in common: they are fitted to a woman's curvy shape and they have subtle feminine details that make them special. Also included are detailed instructions for tailoring and achieving the kind of fitted looks seen in this book. These garments are beautiful and fit a variety of body types; despite the cover, the models inside vary in size and shape and all the garments accentuate one's positive aspects.

The Knitter's Book of Wool

The Knitter's Book of Wool: The Ultimate Guide to Understanding, Using, and Loving this Most Fabulous Fiber by Clara Parkes
Wool is one of the most-used fibers for knitting and this book contains all the info you could possibly want to know. There are dozens of varieties of wool outlined here, as well as advice for handling and use and twenty patterns that show off the beauty of this natural fiber.

Aware Knits

Aware Knits: Knit & Crochet Projects for the Eco-Conscious Stitcher by Vickie Howell and Adrienne Armstrong
Many popular knitting patterns are designed to take advantage of and show off the myriad of man-made fibers available today, but a lot of crafters prefer to be more environmentally responsible. The patterns in this book are designed to highlight the beauty of natural fibers and even some creative materials like reused newspaper. These projects are not only eco-conscious, they are lovely and useful.

Knit Along with Debbie Macomber

Knit Along with Debbie Macomber: Summer on Blossom StreetKnit Along with Debbie Macomber: Summer on Blossom Street

Debbie Macomber's Blossom Street books have many fans and now you can knit and crochet ten projects inspired by the series. This book is designed with ease in mind - the print is large and you can easily refer back to the patterns without losing track of the stitches on your needles. The patterns are simple yet elegant and range from beginner to intermediate skill level.

Yarn Bombing

Yarn Bombing Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti by Mandy Moore and Leanne Prain
What is art? Is knitting good for more than sweaters and scarves? This book takes a detailed look at the subversive movement of beautifying public spaces and objects with handmade art pieces. This book includes instructions, tips, and techniques, as well as patterns for traditional projects like sweaters and gloves. Teach yourself to knit and decorate your world.

Itty-Bitty Toys

Itty-Bitty Toys: How to Knit Animals, Dolls, and Other Playthings for Kids by Susan B. Anderson

The handknit toys featured in this book are cute, classic, and are sturdily constructed. It's a winning recipe for both the knitter who makes one and the child who is the recipient. There are a wide variety of creations here, including a bunny, koala mama and baby, a monkey, nesting boxes, and more. The last section even includes some reversibles, like a cat that turns into a mouse and an egg that turns into a bluebird nest.

Men's Knits

Men's Knits: 20 New Classics by Erika Knight

It's not always easy to find knitting patterns for men's garments that actually look like clothing your husband, brother, or other real-life man might wear. In contrast, these patterns are all wearable, designed for comfy fibers in masculine colors and without any frilly or fussy details. As a bonus, these patterns are very easy to follow and don't involve any advanced techniques.

All New Homespun Handknit

All New Homespun Handknit: 25 Small Projects to Knit with Handspun Yarn by Amy Clarke Moore

Knitting with handspun yarn is a treat, but it's also quite different from knitting with machine-spun yarn. It's not necessarily consistent in texture and thickness and it often surprises you as it knits up. The patterns offered here are perfectly suited to handspun and are, as the title says, small, which is also perfect as you often only have a limited amount of handspun in any given colorway.

Fairy Tale Knits

Fairy Tale Knits: 32 Projects to Knit Happily Ever After by Alison Stewart-Guinee

Fairy tales are the source of so much pleasure, wonder, and imaginative play for children, and the patterns contained here are fanciful without sacrificing wearability. From the Snow Queen to Robin Hood to magic carpets, these projects explore classic fairy tale characters that are staples of playing dress-up. The garments are for the most part versatile enough for everyday wear as well, which will delight everyone who sees them.

Haiku Knits

Haiku Knits Haiku Knits: 25 Serenely Beautiful Patterns Inspired by Japanese Design by Tanya Alpert

Alpert has filled this book with gorgeous garments that are elegant in their simplicity. She uses a wide variety of types of yarn for a beautiful range of textures and effects. All of the patterns are inspired by natural elements, from a flickering flame to ripened wheat to a hazy moon. The book is also put together expertly, with close-up photos that truly show off the beauty of each piece.