Category Archives: Reviews

Review: Knitlandia by Clara Parkes

I really like audiobooks. They help keep me occupied when I’m doing boring tasks like washing up or cooking. Lately, I’ve been enjoying Knitlandia by Clara Parkes. This is part knitting book, part autobiography and part travel guide. One thing I particularly like about the audio version is that it’s narrated by the author, which… Continue Reading: Review: Knitlandia by Clara Parkes

Review: 200 Fair Isle Designs by Mary Jane Mucklestone

I don’t tend to design using stitch dictionaries. Personally, I prefer to think of a shape and try to recreate it in knitting. However, they can be a very useful tool and 200 Fair Isle Designs is a great book for anyone interested in creating their own fair isle projects. Mary Jane Mucklestone is a… Continue Reading: Review: 200 Fair Isle Designs by Mary Jane Mucklestone

Review: Sock Knitting Master Class by Ann Budd

This month’s sock book, Sock Knitting Master Class by Ann Budd, is a collection of patterns from well-known designers and contains an accompanying DVD. Mastering Good Sock Design The socks cover a range of techniques and styles, which are described at the beginning, in a chapter called Mastering Good Sock Design. This includes fit, yarn and… Continue Reading: Review: Sock Knitting Master Class by Ann Budd

Review: Knitting Rules! by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

The Yarn Harlot is well-known in knitting circles for her blog full of amusing yarn related anecdotes and Knitting Rules! is written in that style, but also contains lots of helpful knitting content. You can easily read it through from start to finish, or just look up the information you need. If you’ve ever felt… Continue Reading: Review: Knitting Rules! by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

Review: CoopKnits Socks by Rachel Coopey

This month’s review is from one of my favourite designers. CoopKnits Socks was the first book Rachel Coopey brought out in 2013 and I bought it almost immediately. It contains ten patterns, featuring lace, cables and stranded knitting. The patterns The first pattern in the book is Dawlish, a cabled sock and I wrote a… Continue Reading: Review: CoopKnits Socks by Rachel Coopey

Review: The Knitter’s Book of Yarn by Clara Parkes

There’s nothing I like more than geeky knitting books. I don’t mean this in the sense of patterns based on sci-fi or scientific concepts (although I like them too), I mean being geeky about knitting, getting really technical about how things work and why. The Knitter’s Book of Yarn, in Clara’s words, shows you how… Continue Reading: Review: The Knitter’s Book of Yarn by Clara Parkes

Review: Sock Innovation by Cookie A

This months book, Sock Innovation: Knitting Techniques & Patterns for One-of-a-Kind Socks by Cookie A, is one of the first knitting books I ever bought, and one that I love and continue to use to this day (hence the slightly battered appearance). Background I started really getting into knitting when I started Uni in 2007 (studying… Continue Reading: Review: Sock Innovation by Cookie A

Review: Cast On, Bind Off by Leslie Ann Bestor

This is the second post in my knitting book review series, last month I reviewed Lazy Sunday Socks by Jane Burns. I’ve decided to alternate between sock specific books and more general knitting books (which can often be applied to sock knitting). Today I’m looking at Cast On, Bind Off: 54 Step-by-Step Methods by Leslie… Continue Reading: Review: Cast On, Bind Off by Leslie Ann Bestor