Favorite Knitting Resources

Off white Snowflower ShawlOver the years, people have asked me what resources I recommend. The following information includes many of my favorites. Each entry is listed in order of my personal favorites from first to last.

Online Supplier Websites:

Schoolhouse Press – My favorite online knitting supplier

This wonderful knitting supplier was started more than 50 years ago by famed and beloved Elizabeth Zimmerman and her daughter, Meg Swansen. Both are fabulously creative knitwear designers and instructors who have written many books and developed hundreds of knitting patterns. Wonderful books and instructional DVDs, beautiful yarns including authentic unspun icelandic and shetland wool, patterns, periodicals, accessories, and much more.

Thank you Meg for continuing the legacy, you’re priceless!

Philosophers Wool

This company is located in beautiful Ontario Canada and is owned by Eugene and Anne Bourgeosi. They teach a fabulous two handed knitting technique that I use to knit Fair Isle and stranded knit sweaters and accessories. I love their beautifully dyed heathered wool yarn and lovely sweater patterns. On their website you can find their excellent instructional DVD and book that teaches their two handed stranded knitting technique as well as, tools, accessories, and Eugene and Anne are terrific!

Jimmybeans   

Lots of yarn brands, patterns, tools, accessories, and books

Lucy Neatby

Lucy is an awesome knitting instructor and designer. Her teaching videos are entertaining yet very informative. If Lucy teaches it, you can learn it!

Royal Yarns

Large online knitting and crochet supplier

Yarn Market

Large online knitting and crochet supplier

Knit Picks  – My favorite interchangeable needles

Beautiful interchangeable knitting needle sets, yarn, books, DVDs, patterns, and more

Denise Interchangeable Knitting Needle and Crochet Hook Sets

Patternworks

Large online knitting and crochet supplier

Posey’s Favorite Yarn Brands:

Noro Silk Garden – both sock & worsted weight, available from local yarn shops or online – here is one online source

Canada Regal  – from Schoolhouse Press

Unspun Icelandic   from Schoolhouse Press 

Heathered worsted weight – from The Philosophers Wool Company

Alpaca Cloud, Lace weight – Knit Picks

Euroflax – 100% pure linen yarn from Louet Sales

Touch Me – from Muench Yarn

Jitterbug sock yarn – from Colinette Yarn

Trekking XXL sock yarn – from Zitron Yarns, this yarn is great for sweaters too (held two strands together)

Mangham Manor Mohair yarn – Michelle and family make the loveliest mohair yarn available.

Software:

Sweater Wizard, by Carol Wulster

Stitch and Motif Maker, by Carol Wulster

Books:

I love books and there are soooo many I could list but I have limited my list to the following 26 books.

Favorite Reference Books: 

The Knitting Answer Book: Solutions to Every Problem You’ll Ever Face; Answers to Every Question You’ll Ever Ask, Margaret Radcliffe

The Knitters Bible, Claire Crompton

The Knitters Bible Knitted Accessories, Claire Crompton

Donna Kooler’s Encyclopedia of Knitting, Donna Kooler

Knit Fix, Problem Solving for Knitters, Lisa Kartus

The Knitter’s Book of Finishing Techniques, Nancie M. Wiseman

Knitter’s Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to the Principles and Techniques of Handknitting, Montse Stanley

Favorite Pattern and Instructional Books: 

Knitting Around, Elizabeth Zimmerman

Knitting Workshop, Elizabeth Zimmerman

A Gathering of Lace, Meg Swansen

Best of Knitter’s Magazine Shawls and Scarves

Scarf Style, Pam Allen

Lace Style, Pam Allen and Ann Bud

Wrap Style, Pam Allen and Ann Bud

Folk Shawls, Cheryl Oberle

Knit with Beads, Stunning Shawls and Wraps, Scarlet Taylor

Knit with Beads, Beautiful Gifts, Scarlet Taylor

Adorable Knits for Tots, Zoe Mellor

Faith, Hope, Love Knitting, Lorna Miser

Favorite Stitch Pattern Books:

A Treasury of Knitting Patterns, Nancy Walker

A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns, Nancy Walker

The Encyclopedia of Knitting: A Step-by-Step Guide, With Inspirational Gallery of Finished Works, Lesley Stanfield

Knitting Stitches, Mary Webb

Charted Knitting Designs, Nancy Walker

Fourth Treasury of Knitting Patterns, Nancy Walker

Information Websites:

Knitty

An online knitting magazine that is published quarterly. Includes articles, lots of patterns, shopping, and advertiser info.

The Knitting Guild of America

The official site for the membership based knitting guild includes forum, articles, patterns, and information about knitting. They also publish a quarterly periodical entitled, Cast On.

Ravelry

A networking site for knitters and crocheters, similar to Facebook. Also includes lots of tools, ideas, patterns and information.

Craft Yarn Council

Represents the leading yarn companies, accessory manufacturers, magazine, book publishers, and consultants in the yarn industry. Learn how to knit or crochet, forum, FAQ/911, tips and other information.

Posey’s Parting Words

Relax, have fun, and just keep knitting!

The more you knit, the better it will become and you will become more confident.


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