There is a distinct dearth of upcoming knitting books for the next quarter. I don't know if it's because I'm early and publishers haven't released their year-end titles yet or whether the pandemic has had a negative influence on the number of book projects in the works. Whatever the case, it's slim pickings this winter: the upcoming knitting books on Amazon all fit on just one page.
But there's tiny glimmers of hope among the books that are coming out. The first one that has me all kinds of excited is Norah Gaughan's Twisted Stitch Sourcebook. I already have her Knitted Cable Sourcebook and it is a wonderful reference to turn to — not to mention just beautiful to look at. The Twisted Stitch Sourcebook promises more of the same, only focusing on twisted stitches (obvs) this time.
The book offers 125-plus stitch patterns, along with guidance on how the twists are engineered and how knitters can create designs of their own. Norah’s always-clear instructions are presented in a conversational, easy-to-understand voice that proceeds naturally as one twisted stitch leads to the next. Readers can test their newfound skills with the 15 garment patterns included—irresistible designs for hats, wraps, sweaters, and more.
The Twisted Stitch Sourcebook is slated to come out on January 16, 2021.
Self-striping sock yarn, hand-dyed or commercially produced, has been on the market for quite some time so it's great to finally see a full book dedicated to it. And not just socks! Designer Stephanie Lotven of Tellybean Knits is known for her bright and colorful style, so she is the perfect author for an entire volume focusing on self-striping yarns.
Every skein of self-striping yarn contains a whole palette of exciting colors, so you can create eye-catching rainbow details without needing to keep track of several yarns or weave in all those ends when your project is complete. Stephanie’s spectacular designs go way beyond traditional striped socks, offering new and exciting ways to showcase these beautiful yarns in sweaters, hats, cowls and more.
Knit Happy with Self-Striping Yarn will be released on December 22, 2020.
What's more cozy than alpaca yarns? Other than kitten tummies, I can't think of an answer. This & That: 10 Knits to Keep you Warm & Cozy by Pam Allen is a collection of designs featuring alpaca fibers using Quince & Co yarns. This looks to be such a comforting collection of classic knits. And comfort is just what we need heading into the darkest time of the year and pandemic still looming large over us.
This & That is a continuation of Pam Allen's exploration in designing with alpaca fibers. Her ten new designs include shapes that go beyond the basic sweater: a cardigan with an understated peplum, a dress with a gathered waistline, a Bohus-inspired round-yoke pullover, a classic peasant top—all these and more come alive in Quince & Co's alpaca and wool blend yarns.
This & That comes out on December 1, 2020.
Weirdly, I had to go the Amazon's Canadian website to find this last one. Licensing reasons possibly? Designer Tanis Gray is coming out with a title that sends my nerdy heart aflutter: Star Wars: Knitting the Galaxy.
Bring the power of the Force to your needles with the first official Star Wars knitting pattern book. Featuring 25 knits pictured in gorgeous full-color photography, Star Wars: Knitting the Galaxy includes patterns for toys, apparel, and home decor inspired by your favorite movie moments, characters (both human and alien), droids, ships, and more.
Will we see a knitted baby Yoda? Tanis Gray is our only hope. Star Wars: Knitting the Galaxy will be released on January 5, 2021.
Which titles are you most looking forward to? Let me know in the comments! 👇
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