what’s on the bookshelf? knitting edition

The other day we covered the crochet books I own, now it’s time for the knitting ones (the list is shorter…maybe)!

Hannah's Crafty Books


This Jane Austin Knits magazine is great — my parents got it for me when we had Christmas in England a few years ago.


Jane Austen Knits


Here are some of the designs found inside:

Jane Austen Knits examples


Jane Austen Knits examples

I really want to do some of those wraps/shawls in particular!

Next up is Knitting in the Old Way, which I got in an attempt to learn how to magically come up with perfect patterns without having to think too much.  So far I haven’t had success.

Knitting in the Old Way


Knitting in the Old Way example


Next up are a couple of books by the fantastic Arne & Carlos, 55 Christmas Balls to Knit and Easter Knits:

55 Christmas Balls to Knit


55 Christmas Balls to Knit examples

I love the idea of either the Christmas balls or the Easter eggs as gifts, don’t you?

Easter Knits


Easter Knits examples


My friend bought the next single pattern for me along with some yarn so I could make her one.  It wasn’t too long ago!  It was a difficult knit for me at that time but I was proud of the result:



Next up is Sock Knitting Master Class from which I learned little — the DVD was nice but to be honest I like using YouTube for tutorials.  There was some good beginner info in there though that’s worth getting!  I haven’t completed a pair of socks from this yet but I plan on it!

Sock Knitting


Sock Knitting example


The Cool Girl’s Guide to Knitting was a nice companion to the crochet version, and it has some cute beginner patterns in it:

Cool Girl's Guide to Knitting


Cool Girl's Guide to Knitting example


Cool Girl's Guide to Knitting example

Next up is a great reference book given to me by the wonderful Nicky from D’NALI and it is so useful!  It’s got patterns as well as technique instructions and different stitch patterns:

Vogue Knitting


Vogue Knitting example


Vogue Knitting example


Next up is Last-Minute Knitted Gifts, which I have not yet used.  There are some super cute things in here, but I’m not so sure about last-minute…

Last-Minute Knitted Gifts


Does this look last-minute to you?

Last-Minute Knitted Gifts example

I really do like this scarf/head wrap though:

Last-Minute Knitted Gifts example


Well that’s all for today, thanks for stopping by!  I’ll have one more of these book posts and then it’s back to projects!  See you soon!



  1. I love this post. I need to get my hands on Jane Austen Knits; that is priceless! The concept is hilarious but the pictures look very pretty.

  2. I love this post! I need to get my hands on Jane Austen Knits. The idea made me laugh but the pictures look very pretty. Maybe not the bonnet?!

  3. It’s nice to see what books are on other crafters shelves! I particularly love the Arne and Carlos books. I have the Christmas Balls one myself and a couple of years ago my mum and I knitted lots of balls to decorate the house and tree…

    • That’s awesome! I’ve only made one so far because I get quickly tired of dealing with small fiddly needles, but they’re so cute I know I’ll do more!

  4. kathrynrubidoux says:

    No, the sweater doesn’t look last minute to me either. It even has a zipper! *sigh* Now I want a new book, maybe I should make a list of my books, it seems I have more than a few…


  1. […] mini-series of posts about crafting books is coming to a close.  My knitting books and my crocheting books are great, but I have a couple  left to share that actually have both in […]

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