Let’s just marvel at how beautiful Japanese craft books can be? Aesthetically pleasing as well as good ideas and projects! It is a dream come true. I always get lost for an hour or two looking at craft books. I found one that was just incredible lace stitches. It is so hard to not buy them all…
Time for a little book haul!
All knitting related of course.
Let’s start with #1. Alice Starmore’s Book of Fair Isle Knitting. I purchased this as an early birthday present for myself. My hope is that this book helps me through my first foray into fair isle clothing items.
#2. Alterknit by Andrea Rangel. This is a fantastic color work stitch dictionary. Filled with really fun and interested stitch patterns. If you like color work, or have a project up coming, I highly suggest you pick this up.
#3. A book that is all in Japanese so I have no idea what it is called or who wrote it. I will try to find out, because this book is incredible. I stumbled upon it sometime last year, and ever since then I was kicking my self for not buying it. Then finally after checking every single bookstore I came across, I found it again! Lucky for me I think it is popular enough most Japanese bookstores carry a copy. It is another stitch dictionary, but full of charted beauties. Lots of lace and cables, and complex stitches. Very excited to plan something around one of the stitches.
Update on #3. The book is the Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible: 260 Exquisite Patterns by Hitomi Shida
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And that’s all!
Any other knit books I should check out?
Share them with me!
Yet another collaboration from the Amsterdam label, this time focused on its core product: handmade bags. Teaming up with Facing West, this limited edition features Japanese Sashiko stitching embellishments, traditionally used by farmers and fishermen as a means to reinforce stress points or repairs.