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Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knitting Workshop (Updated and Expanded)
— Edited by Cully Swansen and Meg Swansen

Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knitting Workshop, which guides knitters from beginner to master status through carefully created lessons, has been a bestseller since its release. The book has been updated with color throughout, new techniques, editorial notes, some of Elizabeth's previously unpublished journal writing, and expanded directions and sizing for some garments. Included are the Baby Surprise Jacket (with row by row instructions), the Epaulet Sweater, an Icelandic Yoke Sweater, the Heart Hat (with Cully's row by row directions for six sizes), the Rorschach Sweater, and many more of EZs beloved designs. A wonderful book for beginning, intermediate, and master knitters, who often tell us they return to Elizabeth's books time and again to remind themselves of her innovative knitting techniques and construction methods.

Softcover. $24.95 (Pre-order at left)


 

 

 

 

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Knit One Knit All
— Elizabeth Zimmermann's Garter Stitch Designs

One of Elizabeth Zimmermann's dreams was to publish a book of her garter stitch designs. Though she proffered the idea to her primary publisher, and though the idea floated around their office for years, ultimately the project was not undertaken. In one of the publisher's letters that seemed promising, Elizabeth had written an exclamation of joy in the margins, and it seems fitting to us to fulfill her wish for a garter stitch book.

As we looked through Elizabeth's designs, we found a wealth of material, much of it little known or unknown to knitters. Further, we were intrigued and excited by the unique construction of some of these "new" designs (equal to her classic baby surprise jacket). You will find sweaters, coats, jackets, and vests for adults and kids, baby garments, plus a wonderful array of small projects including sideways gloves and socks, several brimmed hats, an ingenius pattern for knitted clogs and more. Hardcover. $32

 

Free Download of a Stocking Stitch Icelandic Overblouse; a variation of EZs Icelandic Overblouse in Knit One Knit All

KOKA Stocking Stitch Icelandic Overblouse

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Knitting with Two Colors

—Meg Swansen and Amy Detjen

 

Meg Swansen and Amy Detjen, both master knitters, have been working with color techniques for decades. Knitting with Two Colors not only presents the knowledge they have gathered but also expands on it with a generous amount of original color knitting techniques developed by Elizabeth Zimmermann, Meg Swansen, Amy Detjen, Joyce Williams, Janine Bajus, and Cully Swansen.

The book is a two-color knitting workshop for beginner to advanced knitters and a companion to the multitude of color patterns and color charts available in our knitting world. You will find extensive instructions for custom sizing and centering patterns, as well as step by step direction to help you design and knit multiple styles of two-color garments. 64 pages. Detailed photos and examples throughout. $24.95

 

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Spinning Around: Spinning, Dyeing, and Knitting Elizabeth Zimmermann's Classics
— Jeannine Bakriges

 

Master spinner (and dyer/knitter), Jeannine Bakriges worked for years to compile this beautiful and informative book. The book includes extensive technical information on spinning, notes on natural and solar dyeing, including setting up a dye studio, and knitting patterns by Elizabeth Zimmermann and Meg Swansen including: Sock-Toe Scarf, Halter Top, I-cord Gloves and Hat, Knit-Stitch Pullover, Very Warm Hat, 3-Cornered German Shawl,Circular Brioche Watch Cap, Headband, Kliban Hat, Moccasin Socks, Epaulet Jacket, Jogger’s Mitts, Moebius Vest, Dickey, Knee Socks, Moebius Scarf, Balaclava Helmut, Bohus Sweater & Hat, Pillbox Hat, and the Mananita. From fleece to knitted garment, Spinning Around is an incredible journey. Softcover. $29.95


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Diagonal Knitting

—Katharine Cobey

 

I have long admired this remarkable and innovative knitter, teacher and sculptor. Her imagination and intelligence ooze from the pages of this new book. Follow Katharine's guidance for simple knitting techniques and shaping insights to knit your own unique garments - from dramatic and splendid coats, to sweaters, scarves, shawls, etc; all diagonal and seamless. The power of some of Katharine's gallery installations in the final chapter bring me to tears. Softcover. $35


 

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Twisted-Stitch Knitting
— Maria Erlbacher


A classic trio of Austrian books (originally titled, Überlieferte Strickmuster) is now in English and amalgamated (by us) into one volume; 174 intriguing twisted-stitch designs plus instructions for a number of jackets/cardigans, vests and elegant stockings with separate motifs in the calf-shaping. Amy Detjen and I augmented the technique section a bit (explaining more fully things that had stymied us). What a treat. 208pp. Softcover. $28

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Inca Knits
—Marianne Isager

 

Marianne Isager stuns us, again, with her book Inca Knits. The book's 15 designs are inspired by traditional South American art. Not only are there step by step directions, plus charts and diagrams for each piece, but also essays describing Isager's inspiration for these lovely garments. See Marianne's 3! previous books, Knitting Out of Africa, Japanese Inspired Knits (below), and Classic Knits (below). Softcover. $24.95

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Classic Knits
— Marianne Isager


More amazing garments from this most inventive designer: garter-stitch, entrelac, two-color, slip-stitch, and more. 25 garments which concentrate on garment shaping and technique. Softcover. $24.95

Isager is the author of Japanese Inspired Knits and Knitting Out of Africa (see side bar) and she'll treat us to Isager's Inca Knits in October.

 

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Japanese Inspired Knits
— Marianne Isager

 

A wonderful new book of inventive designs: a sweater for each month of the year - inspired by festivals and traditions of Japan. The garments feature 2-color patterns, lace, cables a, garter-stitch and other textures plus unique garment construction. pb $22.95 (I must say that the cover photo is not representative of the contents.) Isager is author of the splendid Knitting Out of Africa. Softcover. $22.95

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Double Knitting: Reversible Two-Color Designs
— M'lou Baber

 

The fascinating technique of Double-Knitting (which produces a two-faced, negative-image fabric) has been simplified by the author to enable you to work both sides in a single pass. M'Lou's stunning designs for coats, jackets, and shawls are all accessible through detailed charts as well as written out instructions. An extensive technique section and a chapter of assorted practice items will help you to fall into the rhythm of this increasingly popular type of hand knitting. Softcover. $29.95

 

 Double Knitting Project Yarn List

 

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Armenian Knitting: Designs from Joyce Williams and Meg Swansen

 

For many years, we assumed that Elsa Schiaparelli's famous Bowknot sweater had been knitted by Intarsia. Not so.

Armenian Knitting was used; the motif color is carried throughout the plain part of the garment (trapped across the back) until it is needed. A large and exciting window of design possibilities opened for us when we became aware of this technique.

You wlll find Joyce's Knit/Purl pullover, Olive Branch, and Lily Jacket. Plus, from Meg, two versions of a Monarch pullover and three vests: Butterfly, Cossack and Flower. We get you started with three hats for practice.

You will also find some innovative garment shaping; all techniques described fully including three choices of how to trap. Hardcover. $24

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Knitted Jackets
— Cheryl Oberle

20 handknitted modern jacket designs inspired by cultures around the world and their textiles from Cheryl Oberle, author of Folk Shawls and Folk Vests. Each jacket focuses on a specific knitting technique resulting in a beautiful garment made to fit and flatter. Techniques include lace, cables, color work and more. Softcover. $22.95

 

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Sweater 101: How to Plan Sweaters that Fit
—Cheryl Brunette

 

I am delighted to see this valuable book back in print and immediately delved into Cheryl's extensive sizing-section to start a new sweater for my far-away granddaughter. Schematics for 30 standard sizes in 3 basic garment-shapes for kids, women and men, from size 6-months to men's size 50. That is a small taste of the useful, practical and unique data divulged by the author. Actually, her More-or-Less Right Formula is worth the price of the book unto itself. Wonderful! Concealed spiral-bound/hc. $32.95

 

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Canada Knits
—Shirley Scott

"In Canada Knits, Shirley Scott, a self-described 'fifth generation Canadian born into a family of knitters," explores the history of Canadian knitting through diaries, memoris, anecdotes, and oral histories. She uncovers instances of famous Canadians who were knitters, from Arctic explorers and labour leaders to hockey players, missionaries, and perhaps even a Father of Confederation. Queen Elizabeth II wore baby clothes made by Candian knitters and each of her children has worn Candian-knit sweaters."

$26.00

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Knit To Be Square: Domino Designs to Knit and Felt
—Vivian Hoxbro

 

As a huge fan of the Danish designer, Vivian Hoxbro, I rejoice to see her new book available. There are plenty of small projects - with Vivian's delightful slippers at the top of my list; also hats, bags, shawls, pillows and more. Take a look at the intriguing "openwork" in chapter five: incomplete squares united to form a fascinating visual effect - as well as being interesting to knit. As opposed to other small-unit books, these squares are united as you knit to keep sewing to a minimum. Plenty of instructions for knitters who may be totally new to this technique. Softcover. $24.95

 

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The Best of Vogue Knitting

Since its launch in 1982, Vogue Knitting has been the ultimate magazine resource for knitters of all skill levels. Now, for the first time, the very best articles from twenty-five years of VK have been collected in one comprehensive volume. At once a keepsake and a valuable reference book, The Best of Vogue Knitting Magazine features detailed how-to's on basic techniques, including more than a dozen different cast-on methods alone; seminal articles on expert techniques such as cabling without a cable needle and fixing common mistakes; step-by-step instructions on shaping and sizing, finishing techniques and designing your own knitwear; inspiring profiles of top industry and Seventh Avenue designers; the most memorable essays and workshops ever published in VK by Elizabeth Zimmermann and daughter Meg Swansen; and much, much more. Hardcover. $29.95

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The Opinionated Knitter
— Elizabeth Zimmermann

All of Elizabeth's original Newsletter designs (pre-Wool Gathering), published between 1958 and 1968. There are 45 designs in all, and many have been newly-knitted by contributors from across the country. Besides the designs, there are 15 knitting (and non-knitting) previously unpublished stories discovered in Elizabeth's files and journals. Hardcover. $30.00

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Knitting Around
—Elizabeth Zimmermann

Her last book (and video); dozens of inventive designs, both seamless and garter-stitch, plus her autobiographical Digressions. Hardcover. $28.00

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Knitting Without Tears
—Elizabeth Zimmermann

Scribner's calls this "a classic"; never out of print since 1971. It concentrates on circular, seamless garments. Softcover. $16.00

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Knitter's Almanac
— Elizabeth Zimmermann

EZ knits her way through the year; several designs each month. A good read even if you don't knit. Softcover. $7.95

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Knitters Almanac Commemorative Edition

—Elizabeth Zimmermann

 

Dover is celebrating EZ's hundredth birthday with a special edition of Knitter's Almanac. Embellishments include: All new color photographs of ma's designs by contemporary knitters; wonderful intro by Stephanie Pearl McPhee; a 1974 letter from Barbara Walker to EZ; new and extensive Index; Feb Lady Sweater instructions, preface by me AND an Andrew Wyeth painting which includes EZ's Maltese Fisherman's Hat. Hardcover. $24.95

 

 

 

 

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Knitting Workshop (Original Edition)
— Elizabeth Zimmermann

From “Beginnings” and learning the basics of knitting (casting-on, knitting, purling, increasing, decreasing and casting-off) to “Master Classes” and delving into the more complicated techniques involved in Fair Isle, Aran, or Lace knitting, the Knitting Workshop is a wonderful compendium for circular knitting and an introduction to master knitter Elizabeth Zimmermann. Instructions for hats, sweaters, shawls and EZ’s legendary Baby Surprise Jacket, as well as The Tomten. Hardcover. WAS $18.00. Now $9.00

An updated and expanded edition of this book is now available; scroll to the top of the page to read about it and preorder it.

The book accompanies the DVD of the same name, but each stands on its own as well.

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Knitting from the Top
— Barbara G. Walker

Back again after 20 years. Everything from the top: sweaters, skirts, pants, etc. The only book of its kind. Softcover. $20.00

 

A Treasury of Knitting Patterns $30

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A First Treasury of Knitting Patterns
—Barbara Walker

Barbara Walker’s first treasury introduces us to traditional patterns for Knit-Purl combinations, Ribbing, Color-Change, Slip Stitch, Twist Stitch, Lace, Cables and more.
“Whether a novice or an expert, you will find plenty of novelty, challenge, and inspiration in working with this book,” writes Barbara. The book includes a wonderful introduction with information about the origins of knitting. See Treasury Set below.
Softcover. $30

A First Treasury of Knitting Patterns may also be purchased as part of the reasury set with a 10% discount on all four titles. See Treasury Set below.

A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns

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A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns
—Barbara Walker

In Walker’s introduction to her Second Treasury, she writes, “Some of the patterns in the this book are contemporary originals…Other patterns are traditional…I have resurrected these from old, forgotten books and translated them into modern terminology…Still other patterns have come from other areas of the world…Like music, knitting truly is a universal language.” Along with Knit Purl Combinations, Color and Mosaic patterns, Lace, Edgings, Borders and more, Walker has included a section on ‘Adapting Patterns for Circular Knitting.’
Softcover. $30

A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns may also be purchased as part of the Treasury set with a 10% discount on all four titles. See Treasury Set below.

Charted Knitting Designs:
A Third Treasury

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Charted Knitting Designs: A Third Treasury of Knitting Patterns
—Barbara Walker

The patterns in this book are mostly original designs by Barbara Walker, some of them knitted by unusual methods that combine standard knitting techniques to create new types of fabrics. As well as extensive chapters on Textured Fabrics, Twist Stitch Patterns, Cables, Lace, Mosaic and Color, the book includes a useful section entitled “How to Read Charts” and an accompanying complete list of symbols.
Softcover. $30

Charted Knitting Designs may also be purchased as part of the Treasury with a 10% discount on all four titles. See Treasury Set below.

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A Fourth Treasury of Knitting Patterns
— Barbara G. Walker

The latest Barbara Walker knitting treasury combines 82 newly-invented stitch patterns in Knit, Purl and Texture, Cables and Traveling Stitches, Lace and more with a reprint of Walker’s Sampler Knitting including stitch patterns for Basic Shapes in Garter Stitch, Mosaic, Lace and Cable Samplers. Softcover. $30

A Fourth Treasury of Knitting Patterns may also be purchased as part of the Treasury set with a 10% discount on all four titles. See Treasury Set below.

Barbara G. Walker Treasury Collection

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The Treasury Collection: 4 Books by Barbara G. Walker
A First Treasury of Knitting Patterns, A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns, Charted Knitting Designs, A Fourth Treasury of Knitting Patterns

Barbara G. Walker is clearly a master in the field of knitting. She has not only gathered and cleverly translated traditional patterns from all over the world into useable forms but has also invented a number of ways to create new knitted fabrics by combining knitting techniques. Each treasury has extensive entries for Knit Purl combinations, Slip-Stitch, Cables, Lace, Mosaics and more. 4 softcover books, $120 value, with 10% discount $108.

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Mosaic Knitting
— Barbara G. Walker

Mosaic Knitting was originally published in 1976, then it languished out-of-print for two decades until Schoolhouse Press reprinted it in 1997 -- with the addition of 116 brand-new "Magic Mosaics" (rotationally symmetric designs) that Barbara had come up with in the interim.

When the book sold out, we decided that the thick chapters on mosaic knitting in each of Barbara's four Treasury books were sufficient for years of solid mosaic knitting -- but, as Barbara herself said, "Those are not the best ones."

So this unique and splendid book is back. Softcover, a total of 380 charts, $32.00

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Learn to Knit Afghan Book
— Barbara G. Walker

An excellent How-to-Knit book in a logical progression of skills. 63 different stitch patterns to knit, resulting in a beautiful afghan. Softcover. $20.00

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Handknitting with Meg Swansen
—Meg Swansen

A compilation of Wool Gatherings #42– #48; a video accompanies each chapter. Softcover. $16.00

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Unexpected Knitting
—Debbie New

Be not daunted by the seemingly esoteric and abstruse concepts. Yes, the designs emanate from an extraordinary mind, but the author has reined herself in and written out detailed and comprehensive instructions for the rest of us. While you read, you may feel your brain creaking as it expands its scope of handknitting possibilities. You may be stunned, enchanted, inspired and encouraged all at the same time. Leap right in at the beginning with Swatchless Knitting and follow the progression through Free Form Knitting, Scribble Lace, Swirl, Sculptural, Virtual, Cellular Automaton, Ouroborus and Labyrinth knitting. Try to limit yourself to one chapter each week, lest you succumb to Knitter's Overload. Hardcover. $40.00 See Debbie New's blank notecards with images of knitted objects from Unexpected Knitting.

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America Knits (formerly, Knitting in America)
— Melanie Falick

In-depth interviews with designers and fiber-people from all over the U.S. (including Meg). Beautiful photographs. Paperback. $19.95

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Latvian Dreams
— Joyce Williams

For years Joyce has been stunning other knitters with her beautiful and elegant designs. The charts are intriguing to knit unto themselves, but when you incorporate Joyce's extensive, innovative techniques you will be held captive throughout the book. She gives us 12 sweaters including one for a child, plus two gloves and six socks and stockings. In addition, the final pages of the book are filled with over 250 (!) Latvian charts to enable you to design on your own. 8.5x11 in, 176 pp. Hardcover. $34.00

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Styles
—Sally Melville

A collection of projects in which to imaginatively use the yarn stashes we all accumulate. The various garments combine different colors, textures and weights of yarn. Hardcover. $28.95

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Also available at $19.95 each are the (softcover)
Books 1 and 2 of this series,


The Knit Stitch
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The Purl Stitch $19.95

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Knitting Experience: Color
—Sally Melville

The third in the series—another excellent book for new knitters. Softcover $24.95

 

 

 

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Knitting Tips and Trade Secrets
— Threads

A compilation from Threads magazine. Softcover, recently re-issued with new cover, contents unchanged. $14.95

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Patchwork Knitting: Fashions for Children
—Horst Schultz

Colorful designs from kid-sized building block garments. Hardcover. $23.95

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Kaffe's Classics
— Kaffe Fasset

Just that: 25 dazzling designs. Softcover. $24.95

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Simply Knit Book 3 $18.95

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Simply Knit
—Unicorn Books

Nine garter-stitch garments and one mosaic pattern. Softcover. $17.95

 

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The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns
—Ann Budd

Simple templates for sweaters, hats, socks, and mittens. Spiral-bound. $24.95

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The Handy Book of Sweater Patterns
—Ann Budd

Six sweater shapes, 15 sizes, 5 gauges, plus variations for 1500 options! Hardcover. $26.95

 

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Andean Folk Knits
—Marcia Lewandowski

35 plus designs for colorful, small projects including bags, hats, socks, and dolls inspired by the South American knitting culture of Peru, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador and Bolivia. The author worked and traveled extensively in South America and has produced a gorgeous one-of-a-kind book replete with “mood” photographs, a history section and plenty of cultural stories throughout. Hardcover. $24.95

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Knit Kimono
—Vicki Square

18 interesting designs. The authentically shaped body and voluminous sleeves means a lot of knitting—but what a great incentive for us obsessed knitters! The
resulting garments are as lovely and graceful as you imagine; you will find a number of different styles with both color and texture patterns.Softcover, $24.95

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The Knitter's Handbook
—XRX

This book is chock full of handknitting techniques divided into 15 categories for quick reference. Clear, concise illustrations and text; knitting-bag sized. Hardcover/spiral. $19.95