Create garments for family, friends and charity by knitting, a calm and productive hobby that’s easy to learn with a book from the Lititz Public Library.

Floral Knits : 25 Contemporary Flower-Inspired DesignsFloral Knits: 25 Contemporary Flower-Inspired Designs by Martin Storey
Projects offer a mix of designs including clothes, accessories and throws with applied flowers and floral designs knitted into them or embroidered on top.

Knits At Home: Rustic Designs for the Modern Nest by Ruth Cross
An organic approach uses traditional stitches to achieve texture and create 22 projects ranging from sachets to rugs to wall hangings.

Circular Knitting Workshop: Essential Techniques to Master Knitting in the Round by Margaret Radcliffe
Thirty-five demonstration projects cover the basics for mastering circular knitting, an efficient, convenient technique that eliminates the need for seams.

30 Min-Knits : What Can You Do in Half an Hour or Less?30 Minute Knits: What Can You Knit in Half an Hour or Less? By Carol Meldrum
UK-based designer focuses on knitting in small chunks of time in this collection of 60 projects that can be knit in 30-minute blocks.

The Sock Knitter’s Handbook: Expert Advice, Tips, and Tricks by Charlene Schurch and Beth Parrott
Find clear instructions for both toe-up and cuff-down sock knitting in this handy answer book.

Classic Elite Shawls, Wraps and Scarves : 20 Ideas, 3 WaysClassic Elite Shawls, Wraps and Scarves: 20 Ideas, 3 Ways
Each of the 20 stylish and practical projects comes with three variations – shawl, wrap and scarf – that showcase a variety of stiches.

Cast On, Bind Off: 211 Ways to Begin and End Your Knitting by Cap Sease
Learn the advantages and disadvantages of more than 120 ways to cast on and more than 80 ways to bind off with step-by-step written instructions, clear how-to illustrations and a photo of the finished edge.

Weekend Hats: 25 Knitted Caps, Berets, Cloches, and More by Cecily Glowik MacDonald and Melissa La Barre
Designer hat patterns include a variety of cables, lace, color and texture.

Knit, Swirl!: Uniquely Flattering One Piece, One Seam Swirl Jackets by Sandra McIver
Create a variety of styles from one basic jacket construction technique – an outer circular form that flows into a bodice and sleeve component.

More Modern Top-Down Knitting: 24 Garments Based on Barbara G. Walker’s 12 Top-Down Templates by Kristina McGowan
Fashion-conscious designs focus on techniques for custom fitting and provide a range of sweaters, dresses, capes, skirts, hats, pants and shorts.

Knitting from the Center Out : An Introduction to Revolutionary Knitting with 28 Modern ProjectsKnitting from the Center Out: An Introduction to Revolutionary Knitting with 28 Modern Projects by Daniel Yuhas
Start a project with just a few stitches and then knit outward in circles to create projects such as baby blankets, lace shawls, stuffed toys and sweaters.

Essential Guide to Color Knitting Techniques by Margaret Radcliffe
Multicolor knitting techniques are explained with step-by-step illustrations and complete chapters on stripes, stitch effects, knitting with multi-color yarn, stranded knitting and intarsia.

Sock Yarn Studio : Hats, Garments, and Other Projects Designed for Sock YarnSock Yarn Studio: Hats, Garments, and Other Projects Designed for Sock Yarn by Carol J. Sulcoski
Non-sock patterns made from basic, commercially available “workhorse” yarns include patters for accessories like hats, gloves, shawls and sweaters.

Nature’s Wrapture: Contemporary Knitting Techniques by Sheryl Thies
Twenty wraps in flattering styles range casual to elegant and are suitable for confident beginners, as well as experienced knitters.


Originally published on October 31, 2014 in the Lititz Record Express.