It’s back-to-school time here in New York (we are always the last in the U.S., as far as I know). I’m nostalgic for new school supplies (these pencils are going to STAY SHARPENED, I swear) and crisp new books, or at least new plastic-coated book covers saying McMillan Junior High School Monarchs. (I’m either too old to remember Trapper Keepers or I was the only law student who had a Trapper Keeper—I’ll keep you guessing on which it was—but I loved this history of this wildly successful product.)
Anyway, it’s time to pack up our books and get started on a brand-new knitting season.
Is it just me, or is the new crop of knitting books especially choice? Could it be that in a world where there are fewer knitting books, the books are getting better? Or is it just dumb luck for knitters?
Here are the ones on my radar from the past year, and ones that are coming up quick in September. Please, if you know of other good new books on knitting (or Other Things I Am Interested In), please shout them out in the comments.
(April 2017, Pom Pom).
This is a little gem from last spring: a trip to Shetland in book form, with great patterns from Amber Platzer Corcoran, Jaime Jennings, Malia Mae Joseph, Ysolda Teague and Stephen West.
By Nina Granlund Saether (Trafalgar Square, May 2017).
Modernity, whimsy and romance. In mitten form.
By Maja Karlsson (Trafalgar Square, July 2017).
There is freshness and retro fun to these patterns. At some point I hope to be able to tell Norwegian patterns from Swedish and Danish. Every time I think I’ve got it, I haven’t got it.
By Cori Eichelberger and Megan Williams (photos by Gale Zucker) (August 2017).
There is a lot of knitterly joy beaming out from Minnesota; makes me hungry for some fried perch.
By Rosemary Drysdale (September 5, 2017, Sixth & Spring).
Edited by Clara Parkes (September 12, 2017, Abrams).
We’re in this one, and we’re in excellent company. You’re going to hear more about it. There may be an Epic Giveaway involved. (Epic as in “making giveaway history” epic.) Stay tuned!
Not About Knitting But Really Cool
By Fashionary (August 2016).
Kate Atherley clued us in to this fascinating, must-have book. If you have ever wanted to know what any part of a garment, no matter how technical or obscure, is called, and what it looks like, this is your book. I don’t think you have to be a designer or fashion industry insider to enjoy it.
By Boo Paterson (September 5, 2017, Abrams).
Everything but the X-Acto knife is in this book. The templates are beautiful and imaginative. I know we have artists and papercut fans out there, and I can’t resist the word scherenschnitte.
Early Birds Department
There are more good knitting books coming next month. If you are the pre-ordering type (and there is no greater way to support an author), check out:
Slow Knitting: A Journey from Sheep to Skein to Stitch, by Nashville’s own Hannah Thiessen (October 10, 2017, Abrams).
We’ll have more to share on this one in a few weeks, but suffice it to say, we’ve held it in our hot little hands, and it’s beautiful.
Knit Mitts: Your Hand-y Guide to Knitting Mittens and Gloves, by Kate Atherley (October 26, 2017, Interweave).
There are many contenders in the mitten category, but to understand how things work in knitting, and why things work in knitting, you can’t go wrong with Kate.