I want to share three of my favorite knitting books for new knitters with you. If you want to make knitters of your friends, these books are the gateway drugs. If you're getting your feet wet in the realm of needles and yarn, then these are a perfect way to start your library.
These are all time-tested classics. They're easy to find and easy to read.
Knitting in Plain English by Maggie Righetti: A one-stop solution for general information about almost any knitting fiasco. Think of it as a kinder, less intimidating version of June Hyatt's Principles of Knitting (an over 700-page tome that literally addresses every knitting question). Righetti's clear and comprehensive guide is perfect for new knitters.
Knitting Rules by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee: Pearl-McPhee writes a hilarious blog, Yarn Harlot, which provides witty commentary on life and knitting. Knitting Rules is full of useful advice about topics like swatching, equipment, and building a stash, plus reflection on why knitting is so tricky-wonderful-fun. It's a great intro to knitting culture.
Knit Fix: Problem Solving for Knitters by Lisa Kartus: This book is perfect for adventurous knitters, new or intermediate. It gives tactics and strategies for fixing errors, and each method is clearly illustrated. Every knitter makes mistakes, and with this book, you'll be able to solve them.
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