Unusual knitting books

Since I’m quite new to knitting and pretty much everything I know I’ve learnt it from various webs and blogs, I’m rather ignorant when it comes to knitting books. This is in fact one of my pending tasks: to slowly build my library of valuable and inspiring reference books. Of course, for this, I would first need to settle in one place, and have a thing called home, where I can stock up on these cherished objects without fear of having to give them away or leave them behind in my next move…

Last weekend, I spent in Amsterdam, I happened to browse through the Local Goods market in De Hallen. And to my surprise I found two rather peculiar (to me, at any rate) knitting books.

The first of them was The Manly Art of Knitting by Dave Fougner (I’ve included a link to Amazon because they have a few sample pages). The book appears to be a reprint of the one originally published in the 1970s, and its author states that his work has a dual purpose: “The first is to introduce knitting to those men who have an interest but are reluctant to try. Then too, it is hoped that the many men who now knit will become less reluctant to admit it.”

With its vintage appearance and picturing a cowboy knitting on horseback, this really looks like something that the book lover me would definitely want to have in her collection. Perhaps not due to the utility of the book’s content itself. It is in fact a rather concise work and lacking in much detailed explanations, which might not make it the best companion for somebody aiming to master the width and depth of the art of knitting. But hey, it’s meant to be a beginners’ book, so it does explain the basics, and sure is very special.

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The Manly Art of Knitting by Dave Fougner

The other book I spotted was Vintage Hollywood Knits by Bill Gibb. The subtitle says “Knit 20 glamorous designs as worn by the stars”. And that is exactly what it is. The designs reproduce knitwear worn by Judy Garland, Cary Grant or Gary Cooper. Now, I’m not so much of a fan of vintage fashion (as in wearing vintage fashion), but the book does seem rather intriguing, and who knows, one might end up adapting some of these patterns to modern days…

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Vintage Hollywood Knits by Bill Gibb

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The book contains some background information about Hollywood knitters, knitters in movies… all so cool

This said, I can’t wait to have that book shelf where I can store such treasures!

Although… I am yet to compose the list of real useful must have knitting books. Any ideas?

2 thoughts on “Unusual knitting books

  1. Sweaters in Plain English by Maggie Riggheti and Custom Knits by Wendy Bernard have both been extremely useful to me. They both explain in clear detail, with practical examples, how (and more importantly WHY) something is constructed a certain way.

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