I first saw Knit Red at my friends store. I leafed through the book and found several patterns that I could easily see myself making. There are 30 patterns in this book by Laura Zander and was published to promote good heart health for women. There are even some recipes in the back as well as several pages of knitting tutorials.
The Harmony Guides- lace & eyelets edited by Erika Knight is next on my list. It has 250 stitches to knit. The photos are of smaller swatches, but I felt it was worth my effort to have this one to help me with future designs in my head. No charts, but the text is well written.
My last book that I purchased is Super Stitches Knitting by Karen Hemingway. As the cover says, "essential techniques plus a dictionary of more than 300 stitch patterns". The swatches are big enough to see how they will look in any pattern you might choose to use them in. If you are doing a plain vanilla design and want to add a little panache to it, this book is the one for you.
And finally, here are 2 patterns that I bought. I really want to do some Fair Isle, but I have not quite made it there yet. I think either of these projects would be fun to start with. The Horatio and Oren owl mittens are so cute, but I think I would probably start with the Woodlands Collection of hand warmers first. Short and sweet!
|Horatio ans Oren from Twist Collective|
|The Woodland Collection from Knit Picks|
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