We are so lucky that many terrific new knitting books come out every year. There are a plethora of great craft publishers who put out creative, original, educational new knitting books. Combined together, they provide a wealth of information, stitch techniques, patterns, and inspiration. Here are 2021’s new knitting books that you might want to buy or pre-order today.
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New Books for Learning How to Knit Including Specific Knitting Skills
If you’re a beginner how is just learning how to knit, then you’re going to want to make sure that you have the books that are geared just towards you. Of course, the knitting stitch dictionaries above will also be a great resource. But there are also some great new knitting books for people who are just learning the craft. Moreover, there are books for people who want to learn a specific niche of the craft in depth.
How to Knit: The only technique book you will ever need
If you are a brand new beginner to the craft then start here.
Brioche Knitting for Beginners and Beyond: Your Definitive Guide to Creating Colorful, Lusciously Textured Knitwear
Brioche knitting allows you to create terrific texture and graphic design with vertical striping. This is a book for brioche beginners who want to learn all that they can about this knitting niche.
French Knitting: 40 fast and fun i-cord creations with a mini knitting mill
Learn how to use a mini knitting mill to make iCord knits. But guess what? Even if you don’t have one of these fun little machines, you can still use all of the patterns in this book worked with traditional knitting methods. Have fun trying new things.
280 Japanese Lace Stitches: A Dictionary of Beautiful Openwork Patterns
There are several great ways to use stitch dictionaries. If you’re stuck on a pattern and need help figuring out how a stitch works, then you can turn to a stitch dictionary. If you’re looking for a stitch that you can repeat to create your own scarf or blanket, then you can find one in a stitch dictionary. And, of course, if you want to build new skills then stitch dictionaries can help you figure out what you might want to learn next. Moreover, if you want to design your own knitting patterns, then these books can be a terrific resource. Advanced knitters will find a lot of interesting new lace stitch patterns in this collection.
Nordic, Norwegian, Scandinavian, and Fair Isle Knitting Books
It’s easy to get confused about the similarities and differences between these types of knitting. Generally speaking, Scandinavia refers to Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. Nordic is a broader term that includes these places as well as Finland, Iceland, and associated territories such as Greenland and the Faroe Islands.
When it comes to knitting, there’s actually a specific knitting technique called Norwegian knitting. But sometimes people simply refer to the pattern style as Norwegian (or Nordic, or Scandinavian). Fair Isle is also related to this knitting pattern style. IT comes from the Shetland Islands, which isn’t technically a Nordic country, but does have Nordic roots.
So, here are the new knitting books that embrace the color work and pattern style typically associated with Nordic, Norwegian, Scandinavian, and Fair Isle knitting.
The Nordic Knitting Primer: A Step-by-Step Guide to Scandinavian Colorwork
Start here if you want to get to know about this region’s knit colorwork. There are patterns for beginners and advanced knitters. Likewise, you’ll find designs for children as well as adults.
Knit Like A Norwegian: 30 Stunning Patterns from Scandinavia’s Top Designers
One of the best ways to learn a knitting style is to get inspiration from a range of different designers’ interpretations of that style. This is one of the new knitting books that will allow you to do that
Knits from Around Norway: Over 40 Traditional Knitting Patterns Inspired by Norwegian Folk-Art Collections
The Amazon description includes: “With her trademark attention to detail and patience for painstaking reproduction of knitted patterns, based on archival photographs and examples preserved in museum collections, Nina guides readers through the history and origins of each design, in a fascinating step-by-step tour of Norwegian knitting tradition no knitter should be without.”
Knitting from Fair Isle: 15 contemporary designs inspired by tradition
Per the description on Amazon: “The book includes fisherman jumpers with high, crew and slash necks, a poncho, neck warmer, cowl and long scarf, fingerless gloves and hand and wrist warmers, as well as the traditional fisherman’s hats known as keps.”
Maja’s Swedish Socks: Over 35 Imaginative Patterns to Knit
If you love Swedish prints and knitting socks then this is one of the best new knitting books for you.
Jorid Linvik’s Big Book of Knitted Mittens: 45 Distinctive Scandinavian Patterns
If mittens are more your thing then this is the Scandinavian knit pattern book for you.
The subtitle on this one says it all: “Discover the Rich History of a Norwegian Knitting Tradition with Over 400 Charts and Classic Designs for Socks, Hats, and Sweaters”
Some of the designs in this book are for little kids – ages 3-6. Others are for ages 7-9. And some of them are designed for all of those ages. You’ll find hats and scarves, dresses and sweaters in these pages.
Knitting Patterns for Garments and Accessories
Do you enjoy knitting things to wear? Whether it’s hat and mittens or sweaters and socks, these are the new knitting books to add to your shelves:
What’s more fun than exploring how yarn and stitches can come together to create different textures. This book explores that while giving you patterns to make scarves, vests, gloves, and sweaters. The designs and their texture were inspired by the city, country, and coastal landscapes, all of which is reflected in the beautiful photography that makes this not only a great knitting book but a good coffee table book as well.
Top-Down Colorwork Knit Sweaters and Accessories: 27 Patterns for Women and Men
Fourteen of this book’s patterns are top-down, seamless, yoke pullover sweaters. They’ll keep you cozy and stylish. The rest of the book’s patterns apply the same basic knitting techniques to accessories that you can wear with the sweaters or on their own.
Summer Knitting: 26 Projects for Warm Weather Crafting
Knitting, of course, isn’t just about sweaters. You can make beautiful, lightweight summer garments as well. This collection has shirts (including a Hawaiian shirt) as well as accessories for home and body.
Easy Knits for Beautiful Yarns: 21 Shawls, Hats, Sweaters & More Designed to Showcase Special Yarns
If you have been looking for an excuse to use your luxury yarns, then this is one of the best new knitting books for you. The simple knit patterns are designed specifically to showcase beautiful, special yarns.
Knit Happy with Self-Striping Yarn: Bright, Fun and Colorful Sweaters and Accessories Made Easy
Knit colorful sweaters, mittens and more with the self-striping yarn patterns in this collection.
This looks like it’s going to be one of the most interesting new knitting books of 2021. On the one hand, it’s a collection of more than two dozen knit shawl patterns. However, it’s also a guide to learning how to knit, with shawls as your projects because gauge is less important than with other wearables. And it also includes information about the health benefits of knitting.
Knitted Animal Hats: 35 designs from the animal kingdom for babies, kids, and teens
How cute are these animal hats? You can knit one for everyone you know, for holidays and special occasions or just for fun.
If you’re looking for more classic knit hat patterns for the whole family then this might be the book for you.
Big Book of Baby Knits: 50+ Garment and Accessory Patterns
Do you enjoy knitting for babies. If so, then this is one of the new knitting books you’ll want to get your hands on.
52 Weeks of Socks: Beautiful patterns for year-round knitting
Challenge yourself to knit a new pair of socks every week for one year. Or just turn to this book whenever you get the urge to knit socks and need a new pattern at your fingertips.
Knit Soxx for Everyone: 25 Colorful Sock Patterns for the Whole Family
If you love to knit socks then you’ll be pleased to know there are several new knitting books dedicated to patterns for you. This one has patterns in all sizes.
Blanket Knitting Books
Use these new knitting books to make blankets of all sizes.
Geometric Knit Blankets: 30 Innovative and Fun-to-Knit Designs
The designs in this book are inspired by tiles, quilt patterns, and other graphic geometric prints.
Knitted Baby Blankets & Cuddle Bags: Over 50 Designs to Make and Share
Baby blankets are always cute gifts for little ones. Moreover, they’re great to donate to charities.
Knitting Books for Making Toys
So often we see books for amigurumi crochet toys. However, knitters can make toys, too! If that sounds like fun to you then check out these new knitting books:
Adorable Knitted Animals: Cute Stuffed Toys to Knit the Japanese Way
There are more than two dozen different knit animal pattern in this book. They are designed as cuddly stuffies.
Make a group of cuddly stuffed bears. They are dressed for various professions and hobbies including a firefighter, an astronaut, and a judo bear. Therefore, these are great for kids who are learning and dreaming about what they might want to be when they grow up.
Create a collection of space-inspired toys for kids to play with using your knitting skills and these patterns.
Arne & Carlos’ Field Guide to Knitted Birds: Over 40 Handmade Projects to Liven Up Your Roost
These knitted birds are humorous toys. However, they;’re also perfect for bird lovers. Have fun crafting them and delight in gifting them.
New Novels, Memoirs and Knitting History Books
Knitting is such a popular pastime that it shows up in a variety of different types of books. Novels, particularly mysteries, often have knitting in the plot. Moreover, there are some really interesting new knitting books that explore the history of the craft.
This is a non-fiction book that combines memoir with history through the exploration of a year of knitting while traveling the British Isles. The author explores the history of wool in this area. According to the Amazon description:
“This Golden Fleece is at once a meditation on the craft and history of knitting, and a fascinating exploration of wool’s influence on our landscape, history and culture.“
This is the new book from Clara Parkes, author of Knitlandia. It is a memoir of the process of turning fleece into yarn.
This children’s book looks adorable. It’s about a knit blanket that a child loves. When it becomes unraveled, he’s upset. But then his mother knits him something new out of the yarn. Want to instill a love of knitting in children from a young age? This book seems like a good way to start.
Carina Adores is an LGBTQ+ friendly set of love stories. In this one, a pregnant woman finds love and support in a knitting group.
On Skein of Death (A Riverbank Knitting Mystery)
In this novel, a yarn shop owner works to solve a mystery when someone is murdered with one of her yarn skeins.
Purled and Poisoned: (A Humorous & Heart-warming Cozy Mystery)
The plot according to Amazon includes: “The Serial Knitters and Happy Hookers in the store’s Craft for Calmness group have been busy creating booties and baby blankets for a christening fit for a prince. But when I stumble onto the little prince’s fatally poisoned mother, a right royal mess ensues.” This book is part of the Knitty Kitties Mystery series, which also includes Knitted and Knifed: A Humorous & Heart-warming Cozy Mystery.
And Other New 2021 Knitting Books
Here are a few unique knitting books that don’t quite fall into any simple category. That’s what makes them special.
This book is all about knitting as a spiritual practice. It explores daily knitting as a form of prayer. Moreover, it looks at how knitting connects communities.
Knitting is a slow fashion antidote to fast fashion, making it a sustainable craft. However, there are many things you can do to make your knitting even more eco-friendly. This book provides information about sourcing eco-friendly yarns, keeping your yarn footprint low, and knitting with sustainability in mind.
This is an intriguing book. On the one hand, it’s a guide to upcycling your clothing using embroidery. However, it also contains nine knitting patterns, all of which also make great base projects for embroidering on. Therefore, if you love both embroidery and knitting then this is one of 2021’s new knitting books to order today.
This book has Star Wars inspired patterns for toys, costumes, garments and more. See our full book review here.
This book is unique in that it has patterns for both knitting and crochet. Moreover, the knitting patterns include patterns for needle knitting as well as arm knitting. What ties it all together is that you get the chance to use beautiful bulky yarn to create cozy accessories and blankets using these 23 patterns.
EZ Knitting: Knitting Without Needles-Easy to Learn, Fast and Fun, No Tools Needed!
This book is specifically about how to use one unique yarn: Bernat Alize Blanket-EZ. This is a bulky yarn that requires no knitting needles to pull loop through loop and craft a variety of items.