We have some great inspiration for lace knitters and crocheters.
Folk Shawls by Cheryl Oberle contains patterns and historical information for a variety of shawls, each with charted and written instructions. Oberle uses everything from fine laceweight to thick tweed yarns to create some stunning pieces. I made the Kimono Shawl with laceweight yarn for a dear friend’s wedding last year.
The Haapsalu Shawl delves into the history of lace knitting in Estonia. While it does not contain complete shawl patterns, there are dozens of charted stitch patterns paired with photographs of knitted samples. The abundant photos of finished shawls and their knitters are beautiful and inspiring.
The Art of Knitted Lace is a nice collection of lace garments and accessories from many popular designers. Crochet So Fine is beautiful, too. It makes me wish my crochet skills weren’t so atrocious.
And, we have books for sock knitters.
Want to try knitting socks toe-up? Socks a La Carte 2 can help you design your own socks by combining the details that you choose for the foot, leg, and cuff. In Toe-Up Socks for Every Body, Wendy Johnson breaks down everything from argyles to lace socks to knee socks in a variety of sizes. She discusses how working toe-up allows you to achieve the perfect fit for any foot. Or, if you aren’t a fan of double-pointed needles, try out The Magic Loop technique with Sarah Hauschka’s concise and helpful booklet.
Erica Knight’s Men’s Knits and Knits Men Want are full of great sweaters and accessories for the chilly men in your life.
It seems like Veronik Avery is everywhere right now. Her newest book, Knitting 24/7 is gorgeous and Knitting Classic Style is full of just that.
We also have this cool book from Helga Isager called Strikketoj.
Isager provides a decade-by-decade breakdown of what was happening in fashion during each decade of the twentieth century and provides designs for each era. There are even a few patterns for children. Take a look at some of these designs and details.
With so many new books, we have plenty of inspiration waiting for you. Jenni has displayed these new books for easy perusal. So, stop by this week, take a look at our new books and get inspired!