Magpie's bookshelf.

Since Kirsten was kind enough to ask, here’s what’s on my knitting bookshelf.

In addition I have a number of pamphlets that give me basic measurements for a variety of items, notably baby and kid sweaters.

I also have a packet of articles cut from Threads when they were a general fiber arts magazine. I used to take Knitters magazine, but let my subscription lapse when they redesigned the magazine several years ago.

Notably missing from this list is books of knitting patterns. I don’t use knitting patterns except for reference.

I really couldn’t characterize individual books in my collection as being for beginning, intermediate or advanced knitters, except to say that I don’t have anything for people who are just learning. Each of these books has got something for everyone.

Pattern compendia

A Treasury of Knitting Patterns
A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns
Charted Knitting Designs: A Third Treasury of Knitting Patterns
Barbara G. Walker

Charts for Colour Knitting
Alice Starmore

Traditional knitting

Knitting in the Old Way: Designs and Techniques from Ethnic Sweaters
Priscilla Gibson-Roberts


Knitting in the Nordic Tradition
Vibeke Lind

Nordic Knitting
Susanne Pagoldh

Traditional Scandinavian Knitting
Sheila McGregor

Poems of Color: Knitting in the Bohus Tradition
Wendy Keele

Twined Knitting
Birgitta Dandanell, Ulla Danielson


Alice Starmore’s Book of Fair Isle Knitting
Alice Starmore

Traditional Fair Isle Knitting
Sheila McGregor

The Art of Fair Isle Knitting: History, Technique, Color and Pattern
Ann Feitelson

A Shetland Knitter’s Notebook: Knitting Patterns and Stories
Mary Smith


Patterns for Guernseys, Jerseys & Arans
Gladys Thompson

The Complete Book of Traditional Guernsey and Jersey Knitting
Rae Compton

For feet

Designs for Knitting Kilt Hose
Veronica Gainford

Ethnic Socks & Stockings
Priscilla Gibson-Roberts

Folk Socks: The History & Techniques of Handknitted Footwear
Nancy Bush

For hands

The Mitten Book
Inger Gottfridsson, Ingrid Gottfridsson

Magnificent Mittens
Anna Zilboorg

For heads

Knitted Tams
Mary Rowe


A History of Hand Knitting
Richard Rutt

No Idle Hands: The Social History of American Knitting
Anne Macdonald


Knitter’s Handbook : A Comprehensive Guide to the Principles and Techniques of Handknitting
Montse Stanley

Knitting in Plain English
Crocheting in Plain English
Sweater Design in Plain English
Maggie Righetti

Designing Knitwear
Deborah Newton


Knitting Without Tears
Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Knitter’s Almanac
Knitting Around
Elizabeth Zimmerman

Knitting in America
Melanie Falick

For the Love of Knitting
Kari Cornell

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