Last Updated on July 2, 2022 by Cheryl Moreo

Best Knitting Reference Books

Best Knitting Reference Books is a listing of my go-to books. Some are small enough for my knitting bag. No matter how long a person has been knitting, sometimes your mind draws a blank. That is where these books have saved me more than once. For me, it is impossible to remember how to do the many stitches that knitting has to offer.

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Yes, this is the electronic age. We all can whip out our phones or tablets or go to our laptops and google for almost any conceivable knitting problem and find the solution. But, there is no replacement for having a reference book that you can turn to for inspiration or an explanation of a technique. Most of these probably have digital versions, but there is something about holding that book in your hand and turning the pages.

Best Knitting Reference Books for Your Bookshelf

My favorite books in no particular order.

Calendar of 365 Knitting Stitches a Year

365 Knitting Stitches a Year: Perpetual Calendar– Get this jewel before it is gone forever. Discover a different knitting stitch every day. This book has been a great inspiration for my knitting.

cast on bind off book

Cast On, Bind Off: 54 Step-by-Step Methods – Find the perfect beginning and ending for your knits. I used this book to teach a class in companion cast on’s and bind off’s. Learn which methods have more stretch.

The Knitter's Companion with DVD's book

The Knitter’s Companion Deluxe Edition w/DVD– This handy book with 2 DVDs covers topics such as how to read a pattern, more ways to cast on, bind off, and increase stitches. Details on tassels, fringe, knitting with beads, and working cables.

Knitting Without Tears book by Elizabeth Zimmerman

Knitting Without Tears: Basic Techniques and Easy-to-Follow Directions for Garments to Fit All Size – For every knitter who has run into problems while knitting on their projects, this book gives you tips on overcoming the situation. Mentioned and solved are hating to purl, running out of yarn, or running out of yarn tail while casting on.

Every knitting library should contain a few if not all of Elizabeth Zimmerman’s informative books.

Book on the principles of knitting

The Principles of Knitting – This is the definitive book on knitting techniques, with valuable information for beginners to experienced knitters. You can read my review of this book. The Principles of Knitting by June Hemmons Hiatt Book Review

Knitting Technique Books – You should have a technique book for every technique you like or want to try. Here are just a few:

Color Knitting Book
Book on Increase and Decrease
Knitting Modular Book
Book on Sock Knitting
Book on Domino Knitting
Book on Shetland Lace Knitting

The Last Thing You Need to Know About a Knitting Reference Libary

I have way more books than I have listed in my reference library. Plus, I have some Kindle Books.

I also watch a lot of YouTube videos.

My books are my treasure house of inspiration and information. Yes, I have a few that I use more often, but I know I have others ready to be researched.

Start your Knitting Reference Book library today.

What books do you love? Be sure and leave me your thoughts in the comment section below! Thank you!

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