Stitch n' Bitch by Debbie Stoller is an excellent "for beginners" book that covers the first steps to knitting in a fun and easy-going manner. I loved this book for it's fast and fun approach to a craft that tends to feel a little dated. Or used to, in my case. The book brought knitting into a modern sense and also threw in a good base of patterns to knit that aren't difficult and give a lot of opportunity for practice. Debbie has quite a collection developing in the Stitch n' Bitch line of books including Stitch n' Bitch Nation, The Stitch n' Bitch Design Journal, and Son of Stitch n' Bitch which I have listed below.
Son of Stitch n' Bitch also by Debbie Stoller is one that falls into that category that has eluded me. I will find you soon. Until then I have contented myself with reviews on the book and pictures of completed designs from its pages. This is another of Stoller's works that does not fail to impress. I can't wait to sink my fangs into this tender morsel.
Knitting With Balls by Michael Del Vecchio is an instant favorite in my book! This guy has tackled the knitting scene and "masculinized' it. The projects, going far beyond the sweater, hat, and scarf pool we were formerly limited to as guys, have a modern and edgy feel and are varied enough to please any guy looking to fill up his list with knitting projects. I was in heaven when I found this book.
Domiknitrix: Whip Your Knitting Into Shape by Jennifer Stafford is a fantastic read that every girl and adventurous, fierce lad should have in their collection. While the title suggests a female-dominated list of patterns, I found a healthy amount of designs geared at young guys and their insane, dark, and totally cool tastes. This book is a crazy read right from the vinyl cover to the gothic page layouts inside. I personally recommend the mohawk hat! Also checkout the Domiknitrix website for more crazy fun.
The Natural Knitter by Barbara Albright was a book I picked up in an effort to learn more about knitting with natural fibers, no fakes, pesticides, chemicals... or bones about it. It covers a ton of information on organically produced fibers from animal to plant and even tosses in a section on dyeing them naturally if you so choose. She had very helpful comments on which fibers would work best for what and even what their micron size was! If you are contemplating spinning, this book has a chapter to help get you started. Overall, the tone of the book with it's environmentally friendly tips on how to support organic and local producers and it's knitter friendly suggestions and advice made for a relaxing and informative read.
And that concludes my reviews. Also, for any of those guy knitters who stumble across this blog or any of their curious lady-friends, there is a site design specifically for the men and their projects called Men Who Knit. Check it out as well, I think it'll be a neat way to connect with other ballsy knitters!