I love to while away an afternoon gazing upon newly published knitting books (aka “working”). This cuts into my knitting time, but even I can’t always be knitting.
In deep winter, the stream of knitting books has slowed from what it was last fall, but here are four of the latest and greatest.
The 2002 original is one of the most beloved reference books in all of knitterdom, especially in the United States. As it turns out, it was not literally the ultimate (meaning, last) Knitting Book. The book is newly revised, with 70 additional pages and a lovely new look. We got a glimpse of it at Vogue Knitting Live, where it was the subject of much excited, admiring discussion. I’ve always found the original to be more accessible than some of the other compendiums of knitting knowledge, so it’s very good news indeed that it’s been given a refresh.
At Vogue Knitting Live last month, we also got a preview of this long-awaited new book by the legendary Alice Starmore. The author’s collaborator and photographer, her daughter Jade Starmore, narrated a slide show of images from the book. Models walked through the audience wearing over-the-top, imaginative and theatrical pieces from the collection. It was magical.
Glamourie was inspired by Gaelic folklore, and photographed on the Scotland coast. An unfathomable amount of intricate knitting went into this book. These are museum-worthy knits that show the workings of one of the most creative minds knitting has ever known. Clearly, the Starmores’ legions of fans and collectors must have this book on our shelves and in our lives.
Confession: I don’t know what a “tuck stitch” really is. THIS MUST CHANGE. I do know that the fabrics created with these stitches are beautiful. In this book from Schoolhouse Press, Nancy Marchant, the reigning Queen of Brioche, gives knitters 90 tuck stitch patterns, plus scarf, cowl and blanket designs to take them out for a spin. (You can preview the 8 projects over on Ravelry. Do not miss the Retro Check blanket!)
Pam Allen really knows how to get my attention. This collection–a wardrobe, really–of elegant, clean-lined knits, is right up my alley. There are 11 pieces, mostly sweaters, of which 2 are yoked pullovers, with some accessories in the mix. All are in Quince & Co.’s Owl, a worsted-weight blend of wool and alpaca. Effortless style, unless you count knitting as effort (which I don’t).
Now, back to your knitting. Knit easy, knowing that I am keeping an eye on forthcoming new releases.