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These books have been suggested by KBTH members as useful references for the traditionally-oriented knitter. This by no means a complete listing; if you would like to suggest an addition to this list, please email the webmaster. (link below)


FOLK KNITTING IN ESTONIA- Nancy Bush
In Estonia, knitted gloves, mittens, and socks are traditional symbols, gifts, and dowries. Illustrated step-by-step instructions guide readers through unfamiliar techniques. Detailed instructions for 25 gloves, mittens, and socks plus charts for traditional lace and multicolored patterns are included. A brief history of Estonia itself and a section on the folk culture provide a background to the technical instructions.


PATTERNS FOR JERSEYS, GUERNSEYS, AND ARANS - Gladys Thompson
Here is a book with practical instructions for the fisherman sweaters of the British Isles. It has 82 genuine folk patterns for the light weight Jersey sweater or the heavier weight Guernsey. Each sweater pattern has a diagram of the pattern and a photograph of the pattern or of a finished sweater in that pattern. Its 172 pages have patterns and detailed instructions.


LATVIAN MITTENS- Lizbeth Upitis
Latvian Mittens, written in both English and Latvian, is a feast of pageantry, history, folk tradition, and simply incredibly beautiful knitting patterns. And Lizbeth Upitis has stuffed her mitten treasure chest with all the how-to's, techniques, and advice needed.Both temperate-zone and frost-belt knitters will find Lizbeth's instructions for miniature lapel mittens irresistible.


KNITTING GANSEYS - Beth Brown-Reinsel
Gansey sweaters were standard wear for nineteenth-century British fisherman. Knitting Ganseys teaches special cast-ons, cables and increases, shoulder straps and gussets, and more. There's plenty of information on sizing, graphing and technique---as well as blank cartoons and worksheets---to guide you through the process.


KNITTING WITHOUT TEARS - Elizabeth Zimmerman
Elizabeth Zimmermann was one of America's most ingenious and creative knitters. In this book she sets forth her delightful 'philosophy of knitting' in witty, readable prose that will inspire any knitter - beginner, intermediate or advanced - with an enhanced enthusiasm for the medium of knitting and the things it can do. Her designs are easy to follow, fun to work, and full of common sense solutions to technical problems.


KNITTING AROUND - Elizabeth Zimmerman
Sub-titled Knitting Without a License, this book is a wonderful blend of knitting techniques and patterns. Patterns include the mocassin sock, a classic Fair Isle yoke sweater, a reversible hat and dickeys, the Moebius scarf, "The Bog Jacket", "The Pie are Square" shawl, a Norwegian Pullover, mittens and an Aran coat.Included in the book is Elizabeths Percentage System(EPS), autobiographical personal 'digressions' and, of course, Elizabeth Zimmermann's knitting opinions.


POEMS OF COLOR - Wendy Keele
From 1929 to 1969, knitters in Sweden were organized and marketed by a remarkable woman. Eloquent colors and patterns made the handknitted sweaters from the Bohus workshop in Sweden world-famous for more than half a century. Original designs, pattern swatches, and adaptations of sweaters and accessories are presented with permission from the estate of the workshops founder, Emma Jacobsson.


FANCY FEET - Anna Zilboorg
....the vivid sock designs of rural Turkey in a collection that honors the Turkish tradition and adapts it to a Western knitting style. Zilboorg's research into the history of Turkish knitting and her explanation of Turkish design principles are an excellent complement to the fascinating patterns.


THE ART OF FAIR ISLE KNITTING - Ann Feitelson
Ann Feitelson has visited the Shetland Islands often to bring this distinctive knitting style to life. The background sections are lavishly illustrated with color photographs of historic Fair Isle garments; Fair Isle color theory is demonstrated with actual knitted samples; and the more than 20 original Fair Isle garments by Feitelson are illustrated with both color photos and color charts.


KNITTING IN THE OLD WAY - Priscilla Gibson-Roberts
Knitting In The Old Way shares the simple fundamentals of design and construction allowing the knitter to draft their own styles, chart their own patterns, create their own heirlooms. Brilliant multi-colored patterns of the Scandinavian countries, intriguing motifs of the Shetland Islands, and rich sculptural knits of northern Europe are covered in detail.


HEIRLOOM KNITTING- Sharon Miller
This book is for both the everyday and expert knitter, presenting this exquisite craft in a clearly understandable form. It is intended as an instructive guide, and in addition to an overview of Shetland lace, there are helpful explanations of technique and useful information on design, including how to develop your own patterns; there are practical tips too.




KNITTING FROM THE TOP - Barbara Walker
An intriguing look at knitting just about any sweater from the top down, seamlessly, and incorporating shaping as you go. This book, now reprinted, was years ahead of its time.


TREASURY OF KNITTING PATTERNS - Barbara Walker
Any of the four "Treasury" books by Barbara Walker is a gold mine of stitch patterns to apply to your own projects. Cables, lace, slip-stitch patterns, colorwork, eyelet patterns, and textures galore wait to inspire you.


KNITTING FAIR ISLE MITTENS AND GLOVES - Carol Rasmussen Noble
Beautiful mittens and gloves, but beware of errors in the patterns and charts. Lovely eye-candy for an experienced knitter who can work around the problems.