Fall has fallen and that means a new batch of upcoming knitting books will be soon hitting the bookstore shelves. Fall is usually the prime time for knitting and this quarter's new offerings didn't disappoint.
Let's take a look at three big themes featured in new knitting books for Fall 2022.
There's no end in sight for the onslaught of Icelandic-style colorwork jumpers. This fall you'll be able to knit two books' worth of modern interpretations of sweaters in the classic lopapeysa tradition. Ironically, neither of them is actually from Iceland.
The first one is The Lopapeysa Sweater: A Journey North in Search of Iceland's Iconic Knitwear by knitwear designer Toni Carr (a.k.a. roller derbyist Joan of Dark) and photographer Kyle Cassidy.
Embark on a journey through Iceland’s most gorgeous landscapes and intimate traditions—straight from your armchair. The lopapeysa sweater is a treasured piece of Icelandic culture, knitted for generations, always gifted, never bought, with warmth and love in every stitch. […] By interviewing local experts and digging through archives, [Toni and Kyle] trace the historic beginnings of the “lopi” sweater and its legacy—and, of course, provide 12 new, original lopi-style patterns ranging from novice to advanced.
Your journey to the land of sagas sets off on November 15, 2022.
The second lopapeysa book hails from Finland. Icelandic Knits is a collaboration between eight top Finnish knitwear designers, including Merja Ojanperä and Niina Laitinen who are mostly known for their ornamental sock designs.
Icelandic Knits features 8 trending Finnish knitwear designers and featuring their own interpretations of the famous lopapeysa sweater. The designs include a mix of the more traditional as well as some designs with a modern twist, such as addition of a hood or creating a cardigan instead of a sweater. […] Including a collection of 18 sweater designs for women, men and children, the instructions are presented with clear diagrams and stunning photographs showcasing the stunning landscapes of Lapland that will make you yearn for cozy sweaters and Nordic Noir.
Icelandic Knits: 18 Timeless Lopapeysa Sweater Designs is slated to come out on October 11, 2022.
Colorwork in Small Scale
If you find the thought of colorwork sweaters daunting, why not start with something more manageable? You're in luck because this season we're graced with a multitude of books for smaller colorwork accessories for the head, feet, and hands. Here are three that caught my eye.
Courtney Flynn, founder of flynnknit, shares her secrets to creating impressive hats that make a statement. Pair bold motifs such as stripes, zig zags, hearts and falling snow with daring colors to create one-of-a-kind gifts and cherished handmade accessories. These inviting projects offer the perfect introduction for those who are new to colorwork, while the variety and versatility of each design will inspire even the most experienced knitter.
The Art of Knitting Hats: 30 Easy-to-Follow Patterns to Create Your Own Colorwork Masterpieces by Courney Flynn is released on September 20, 2022. As is this next one: Charming Colorwork Socks: 25 Delightful Knitting Patterns for Colorful, Comfy Footwear by Charlotte Stone of @stoneknits.
Get ready to cast on the colorwork socks of your dreams! Prolific knitwear designer and colorwork aficionado Charlotte Stone has created a sensational variety of patterns in her signature colorful style, so you can flaunt your personality and keep your feet cozy at the same time. Whether or not you’re experienced in knitting socks or stranded colorwork, you’re in good hands with Charlotte’s best tips, tricks and techniques at the ready. Easy enough to whip up in a day or two, these socks are perfect to make for yourself or gift to your loved ones―if you can bear to part with them!
The final book under this theme is the fourth volume in the popular Saltwater Knits series that focuses on designs inspired by traditional knitting patterns found on Newfoundland (ha! see what I did there.)
This eagerly awaited volume focuses on family socks that promise to amaze, from delicate Nighty Night Sleep Socks to sturdy Bell Island Tickle Vamps and iconic Puffin and Whale play socks for youngsters. Coordinating hats, gloves and fingerless mittens rooted in traditional design complete this exploration of contemporary Atlantic outdoor style. Detailed instructions and lavish photographs will appeal to readers and knitters of all ages and abilities.
Saltwater Socks, Caps, Mittens and More from the Island of Newfoundland by Christine LeGrow and Shirley A. Scott will be out on September 30, 2022.
If you were watching the Tokyo Summer Olympics in 2020, you couldn't not run into this image of diver Tom Daley knitting in the bleachers.
The photo went viral, Daley went on to win a gold medal, and then launch his own yarn line and online store selling crafting kits.
Now Tom has created thirty original projects for this book, sharing his joy of knitting and crocheting as a calming and creative outlet alongside his charming, witty personality. Full color and totally bespoke for this book, these projects run the gamut from toys to clothing for adults and kids to home décor.
Tom Daley's Made with Love: Get hooked with 30 knitting and crochet patterns is scheduled for release on November 22, 2022.
This next book is inspired by knitwear worn and seen on the legendary Mister Rogers' Neighborhood children's show. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood: Knitting the Neighborhood is the first official book to feature knitting patterns from the show. Have there been unofficial ones, I wonder?
Knitting the Neighborhood will have knitters stitching 24 projects in nostalgic delight. Now knitters can make their own replicas of five of Mister Rogers' iconic zippered cardigans in nine unisex adult sizes. [...] With patterns for puppets, the neighborhood trolley, cardigan Christmas ornaments, blankets with classic phrases stitched in, and a posable Mister Rogers doll with changeable penny loafers and sneakers, each project replicates or is heavily inspired by some aspect of one of the world's favorite television shows.
November 1, 2022 will indeed be a beautiful day in the neighborhood.
Saving the best for last! This one is for all us knitting nerds that want to go beyond the 'how' to the 'why'. Patty Lyons is a knitwear designer and knitting teacher. In addition to writing her own blog, she also quest posts on Modern Daily Knitting under the Ask Patty column. Her post are chock-full of knitting technique tidbits!
Patty Lyons is an expert in all things knitting related. She will help you solve all of your knitting problems […] with the 70+ hacks in Patty Lyons’ Knitting Bag of Tricks. Featuring dozens of brand new how-tos and the most popular tricks from author Patty Lyons’ beloved advice columns, this handy guide goes far beyond your typical knitting tips. Knitters of all levels will discover both why and how various techniques work, and improve both the look of their knitting and their command of stitches. It’s sure to take any knitter’s skills up to the next level.
Patty Lyons' Knitting Bag of Tricks will make you a better knitter starting October 11, 2022.
Which book are you most excited about? Let me know in the comments!
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