Knitting, crocheting, and other forms of needlework can be very relaxing, but finding patterns at the correct skill level can be daunting. The titles in this minibibliography are arranged with separate sections for instructional titles and books containing patterns for clothing and household items to help crafters find what they need, whether it’s learning the basics or jumping into a complicated project.

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Knitting and Crochet for People with Disabilities

Knitting & Crochet for the Physically Handicapped and Elderly
by Shelagh Hollingworth
Shows how those with limited dexterity can take up knitting and crochet for their own enjoyment. Includes thirty-three knitting patterns and eighteen crochet patterns offering a variety of hats, scarves, gloves, socks, underwear, and jackets, which are easy to put on and take off. 1981.
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Crochet Basics

Simple Crochet
by Erika Knight
Twenty projects for the home from textile designer and fashion consultant. Includes pillows, throws, rugs, baskets, bags, and slippers. Describes equipment and techniques. Step-by-step instructions require only a few basic stitches. 2003.
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Weekend Afghans
by Jean Leinhauser
More than fifty patterns to crochet and knit afghans and coverlets using big hooks and needles for speedy projects. Includes step-by-step instructions for lacy knits, granny crochet motifs, ripples, and afghans for babies. Includes a refresher course on basic crochet and knitting techniques. 1987.
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50 Sensational Crochet Afghans & Throws
by Bobbie Matela
Easy and intermediate-level patterns for updated classics; designs using soft, fuzzy yarns; quick-to-make items on large hooks; and blankets for newborns and toddlers. Each project specifies materials for indicated size and gauge, special stitches, and row-by-row instructions. Includes directions for borders and edging. 2007.
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Crocheting in Plain English
by Maggie Righetti
Commonsense approach to this handcraft that is appropriate for beginners and informative for more advanced crocheters. Covers its history and basic preparations; planning projects and stitch techniques; easy-to-follow lessons; finishing touches; and sensible solutions to nagging problems. 1988.
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Three Hundred Classic Blocks for Crochet Projects
by Linda P. Schäpper
Easy-to-understand instructions on the basic triangular, hexagonal, and square-block crochet stitches. Blocks include shell and floral designs as well as those with puff and popcorn relief work, and several samplers. 1987.
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The Happy Hooker: Stitch ‘n Bitch Crochet
by Debbie Stoller
Provides a brief history of crochet, introduces types of hooks and yarns, and explains basic and fancy stitches and finishing techniques. Features step-by-step instructions for forty projects ranging from scarves and shawls to hats, bags, seasonal wear (a bikini), accessories, and gifts for babies and homes. 2006.
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Crochet Your Way: A Learn-to-Crochet Afghan, Over 40 Projects for Home and Family, Easy-to-Understand Text and Symbols, Special Instructions for Left-Handers
by Gloria Tracy
Basic instructions for novices and techniques to extend the skills of experts. Presents step-by-step directions for creating an afghan using a different stitch in each block. Other projects range from sweaters, hats, and shoulder bags to bath mats and similar items. 2000.
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Crochet Patterns

American School of Needlework Presents the Great Granny Crochet Book
by American School of Needlework
Explains the granny square crochet technique, one of the few needle-work skills developed in the United States. This quick and easy-to-make square originally served to use up leftover odds and ends of yarn. Today, the granny motif, now made in many geometric shapes, is used to create a wide variety of colorful projects. Clear and simple instructions. 1979.
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Weekend Crocheting Projects
by Margaret Hubert
For the moderately experienced, these easy-to-follow simple crochet designs use special techniques, such as large hooks and bulky yarn. The projects include pillows and afghans and vests, sweaters, scarves, and jackets for children and adults. 1981.
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Get Your Crochet On! Hip Hats & Cool Caps
by Afya Ibomu
Describing her style as a mix of street, hip-hop, 1970s vintage, and new millennium, crochet designer Ibomu provides instructions for making many of the hats that her celebrity clients have worn in rap and soul music videos, concerts, and magazine photographs. Also discusses basic stitches, color theory, and materials. 2006.
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Knitting Basics

Weekend Afghans
by Jean Leinhauser
More than fifty patterns to crochet and knit afghans and coverlets using big hooks and needles for speedy projects. Includes step-by-step instructions for lacy knits, granny crochet motifs, ripples, and afghans for babies. Includes a refresher course on basic crochet and knitting techniques. 1987.
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Knitting in Plain English
by Maggie Righetti
A practical guide for beginning and intermediate knitters. Using a good-humored, common sense approach, provides patterns and easy-to-follow lessons to complete projects. Offers simple tips to facilitate the process and solutions to frequently asked questions. 1986.
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Stitch ‘n Bitch: The Knitter’s Handbook
by Debbie Stoller
Cofounder of trendy New York City knitting circle gives a brief history of this needle craft. Presents the basics: how to cast on, bind off, and knit. Explains advanced stitching and repair techniques and provides details for over thirty projects, including Pippi Kneestockings, Sparkle Hat, and Under the Hoodie. Some strong language. 2003.
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Learn to Knit Afghan Book
by Barbara G. Walker
Explains the beginner’s basics—casting on, knitting, purling, and binding off. Provides instructions for some sixty-three patterns combining the basic stitches in various knit-purl combinations: mosaic, slip-stitch, twist-stitch, cable, increase-decrease, and lace patterns. The completed squares are then stitched together to form an afghan. 1997 introduction. 1974.
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Knitting Patterns

Adventures in Knitting: More than 100 Patterns, from Easy to Intricate
by Barbara Aytes
Patterns, ranging from the simple stockinette stitch to the very elegant daisy chain, described by a teacher of many years’ experience. 1968.
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The Knitting Goddess: Finding the Heart and Soul of Knitting through Instruction, Projects, and Stories
by Deborah Bergman
Folktales and legends about knitting lead into basic information for beginners and progressively harder projects for the more advanced. New stitches are explained as required. Projects include a stole, ribbed scarf, pullover, pillow cover, bag, turtleneck, afghan, and a hood called an Athena smoke ring. 2000.
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The Knitter’s Handy Book of Sweater Patterns: Basic Designs in Multiple Sizes and Gauges
by Ann Budd
Easy-to-follow charted instructions for eighteen variations of the six most common sweater constructions—drop shoulder, modified drop shoulder, set-in sleeve, saddle shoulder, raglan, and seamless yoke. Each of these designs is provided in fifteen sizes from child to adult with five possible gauges for each size. 2004.
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Folk Socks: The History & Techniques of Handknitted Footwear
by Nancy Bush
Editor of Knitter’s Magazine discusses the social history and evolution of footwear. Provides instructions for eighteen traditional patterns from Great Britain and Europe including sturdy boot socks, lacy stockings, and kilt hose. Section on techniques features heel turnings and toe shapings. 1994.
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The Yarn Girls’ Guide to Knits for all Seasons: Sweaters and Accessories for Men and Women
by Julie Carles
Forty projects organized by fibers and styles for each season—silk and rayon cardigans for spring, cotton skirts for summer, alpaca pullovers for fall, and bulky wool turtlenecks for winter. Sweaters range from sleeveless to zippered and accessories include tote bags, scarves, belts, and caps. 2007.
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Knitting with Dog Hair: A Woof-to-Warp Guide to Making Hats, Sweaters, Mittens, and Much More
by Kendall Crolius
To the authors and experienced spinners, dog hair is “merely another nifty fiber to experiment with” when making yarn. They describe the yarn potential of different breeds and tell how to gather and card hair and spin it on a simple device. Includes knitting instructions for various garments and a directory of spinners who work with dog hair. 1994.
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101 Designer One-Skein Wonders
by Judith Durant
Offers a variety of designers’ knit projects—scarves, bags, hats, shawls, socks, and even toys—for which you can use your orphan skeins. Patterns are arranged by yarn weight: lace, fingering, sport, worsted, mohair, and novelty. 2007.
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Knitting Pearls
by Suzanne Duvall
Collection of twenty-seven essays on the topic of knitting. Includes pieces by knitwear designer Jared Flood; Diana Gabaldon, author of Outlander (DB36535); Christina Baker Kline, author of Orphan Train (DB76746); Laura Lippman, author of the Tess Monaghan series; and more. Also contains six knitting patterns. 2016
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The Knit Hat Book: 25 Hats from Basic Shapes
by Nicky Epstein
Designer provides easy-to-follow instructions for traditional headwear such as berets, caps, brimmed hats, and pillboxes. Encourages creating distinctive variations of basic styles using texture or intarsia charts, embroidery, applique patterns and techniques, pom-poms, tassels, and ties. 1997.
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Knitting on the Edge: Ribs, Ruffles, Lace, Fringes, Flora, Points & Picots: The Essential Collection of 350 Decorative Borders
by Nicky Epstein
Instructions and various techniques for creating hundreds of knit edgings from around the world. Describes how to effectively incorporate them into your knitted piece. Each chapter concentrates on a specific type of decorative border. 2004.
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Knitting in the Old Way: Designs and Techniques from Ethnic Sweaters
by Priscilla A. Gibson-Roberts
Authors’ emphasis is on fundamentals of design and construction rather than following line-by-line instructions to duplicate a printed pattern. Covers planning sweaters that fit, shaping yokes, sleeves, and necklines, and solving problems that occur when using a pattern. 2004.
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25 Gorgeous Sweaters for the Brand-New Knitter
by Catherine Ham
Ham’s twenty-five projects include cardigans, jackets, vests, tops, and items for children. The designs are aimed toward the novice and amateur. She includes suggestions for using a jacket pattern to make a coat, using patchwork squares, and adding embellishments. Provides schematics for all projects. 2000.
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Charmed Knits: Projects for Fans of Harry Potter
by Alison Hansel
Clothing from Harry Potter movies inspires patterns designed for some beginning knitters, but mainly for intermediate through advanced knitters. Projects include the Weasley sweater, wizard robe, invisibility shawl, Quidditch socks, elf hats, Hermione’s cable-and-bobble mittens, Harry’s red cable sweater, and other selections. 2007.
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Knitting Yarns
edited by Ann Hood
Twenty-seven essays on the craft of knitting by authors including Elizabeth Berg, Andre Dubus III, Sue Grafton, Barbara Kingsolver, Elinor Lipman, Joyce Maynard, Ann Patchett, and Anita Shreve. Berg discusses the pleasures of visiting yarn stores when one is not a knitter. Includes six knitting patterns by Helen Bingham. 2014.
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Simple Knits with a Twist: Unique Projects for Creative Knitters
by Erika Knight
Twenty contemporary projects incorporate felting, beading, and patchworking to create wall hangings, throws, rugs, napkin rings, wire bowls, and other household items. Ribbon, wire, strips of plastic, or gauze sometimes substitute for yarn. Includes basic how-to instructions. Most patterns are appropriate for experienced knitters. 2004.
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Vogue Knitting Quick Knits
edited by Trisha Malcolm
Anthology of over fifty projects—mostly for women’s garments, a few for men and boys. The term “quick knits” refers to using chunky yarns and large needles. Basic knitting skills and some experience are assumed. 2002.
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Mindful Knitting: Inviting Contemplative Practice to the Craft
by Tara Jon Manning
A practicing Buddhist and knitwear designer, the author espouses the spiritual rewards associated with knitting. Presents ten knitting projects and their corresponding meditation exercises as methods to develop a mindful focus. 2004.
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Knitting New Mittens and Gloves: Warm and Adorn Your Hands in 28 Innovative Ways
by Robin Melanson
Projects include many fingerless hand, wrist, and arm warmers in a variety of styles as well as more-traditional gloves and mittens. A paragraph describing each item is followed by the knitting instructions and details about necessary materials and tools. Includes a special-techniques section and a source list for supplies. 2008.
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The Art of Seamless Knitting
by Simona Merchant-Dest
Knitwear designers present techniques and patterns involving seamless construction, including raglan shoulders, knitting in the round, and converting seamed designs to seamless. Some patterns use set-in shoulder construction. Discusses customizing patterns, reading charts, and stitch pattern placement for a more flattering fit. 2013.
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Folk Shawls: 25 Knitting Patterns and Tales from Around the World
by Cheryl Oberle
Describes patterns for square, rectangular, and triangular wraps—many using only one color of yarn. Briefly reviews techniques, then discusses the heritage of each piece and gives directions for making it. The projects include the Irish diamond (square), Japanese kimono (rectangular), and lacy prairie (triangular) shawls. 2000.
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Sweater Design in Plain English
by Maggie Righetti
Explains how to adjust, alter, or design patterns to create sweaters that fit well and flatter the wearer. Covers understanding the characteristics of yarn, gauge, and stitches, taking accurate body measurements, modifying sleeves, necklines, and armholes, and estimating yarn needed for a project. Includes instructions for fourteen classic sweaters. 1990.
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Knit Wit
by Amy R. Singer
Knitting web site editor offers a variety of patterns for skirts, sweaters, funky hats and scarves, an ice cream pint cozy, a laptop cover, a yoga mat bag, a water bottle sling, and more, arranged by order of difficulty. Provides information for beginners on equipment, materials, and basic techniques. 2004.
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Stitch ‘n Bitch Nation
by Debbie Stoller
This sequel to Stitch ‘n Bitch (DB58586) contains fifty hip, even funkier patterns for scarves, hats, mittens, sweaters, ponchos, and sexy summer knits. Also includes knitting ideas for baby and pet clothing, bags, and gifts. Highlights project tips, profiles of groups, and yarn stores listed by state. 2004.
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Knit One, Felt Too: Discover the Magic of Knitted Felt with 25 Easy Patterns
by Kathleen Taylor
Craft magazine writer offers easy-to-follow instructions for knitted projects that are then machine washed and shrunk down to a tight, fuzzy felt. Techniques use wool yarn, simple stitches, and large needles and are designed for all skill levels. Includes patterns for bags, hats, mittens, bunny slippers, pillows, and more. 2003.
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Knit with Beads: Stunning Shawls & Wraps; Easy Techniques, 15 Beautiful Designs
by Scarlet Taylor
Freelance knitting designer presents step-by-step instructions for incorporating beaded embellishments into stitched-yarn garments to add texture and glamour. Describes novel projects for all skill levels, including a tweed poncho, pearl caplet, nautical shrug, argyle wrap, and houndstooth stole. Provides information on blocking and laundering. 2007.
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A Treasury of Knitting Patterns
by Barbara G. Walker
Instructions for 550 knitting patterns. Covers knit-purl combinations, ribbings, color-change, slip-stitch, twist stitch, fancy texture, yarn-over stitch, eyelet, lace, cables, and cable-stitch. Recommends projects appropriate for described patterns. 1998.
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Knitting from the Top
by Barbara G. Walker
Explains how knitting from the top of the garment ensures a “perfect fit with the barest minimum of calculating.” Covers basic designs for a raglan pullover and cardigan, seamless cape and skirt, reversible pants, sleeveless sweater, seamless set-in sleeve, and classic cap, among others. 1996 foreword. 1972.
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A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns
by Barbara G. Walker
Companion to A Treasury of Knitting Patterns (BR14111). Features instructions for seven hundred different knitting patterns. Follows the same format as the former, suggesting projects for described patterns. Intended to encourage creativity and increase the skills of novice and advanced knitters. 1998.
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Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Knitter’s Almanac: Projects for Each Month of the Year
by Elizabeth Zimmermann
British-born author penned this knitting guide while living in a one-room schoolhouse in the woods. Presents monthly projects ranging from an Aran sweater in January to a last-minute December pullover. Includes anecdotes, tips, and alternate suggestions, along with patterns for mittens, hats, socks, baby items, and “nether garments.” 1981.
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Knitting without Tears: Basic Techniques and Easy-to-Follow Directions for Garments to Fit All Sizes
by Elizabeth Zimmermann
Introduction to designing sweaters to fit any size and a guide to solving knitting problems. Provides practical instructions for several seamless sweaters; discusses the importance of gauge; and offers suggestions for other projects such as slippers, hats, mittens, and scarves. 1971.
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Knitting and Crochet for Children

by Gwen Blakley Kinsler
Easy-to-follow instructions for learning the basic stitches—the chain and single crochet—to make a flower daisy chain, scarf, bookmark, hair band, purse, belt, beaded scrunchee, or “lapghan” (small afghan). Explains the techniques of fringing, beading, and sewing squares and rectangles together for these projects. For grades 3-6. 2003.
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Kids Knit! Simple Steps to Nifty Projects
by Sarah Bradberry
Presents basic knitting instructions and twenty step-by-step designs ranging in difficulty. Projects include a doll blanket, sunglasses case, ribbed scarf, house cushion, drawstring purse, backpack, and tote bag. Explains increasing and decreasing stitches to knit triangles for head kerchiefs and pot holders. For grades 5-8. 2004.
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Kids Knitting
by Melanie Falick
Basic step-by-step instructions for the beginning knitter. Covers procedures and recommends materials and needle sizes. Details twelve projects, ranging from bean bags, scarves, and patchwork afghans to purses, caps, tube socks, and a pullover sweater. Each activity introduces new skills. For grades 4-7.
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by Judy Ann Sadler
Beginner’s guide to the traditional craft of knitting. Discusses the basics from needed materials to step-by-step instructions for each process involved in making eleven projects: pom-pom scarf, headband, rolled-brim hat, ribbed scarf, slipper socks, patchwork blanket, pillow, book bag, mini-purse, striped mittens, and feathery boa. For grades 3-6. 2002.
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Get Hooked Again: Simple Steps to Crochet More Cool Stuff
by Kim P. Werker
Covers crochet basics—hook sizes and yarn-buying tips, stitching techniques, and gauge. Provides fifteen patterns of varying difficulty, from a simple scarf to a chunky hat crocheted in the round. Projects include a choker, a tote, fingerless mitts, a vest, beaded slippers, and a floral pillow. For grades 6-9. 2007.
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Rug Hooking

Making Rag Rugs: 15 Step-by-Step Projects
by Clare Hubbard
Explains the basic techniques of hooking, prodding, clipping, and braiding practiced in the traditional craft of converting rags into useful rugs. Discusses materials, equipment, preparation, and finishing. Includes instructions for fifteen projects—from simple to complex patterns—applying the described methods. 2002.
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Rug Hooking for the First TimeRug Hooking for the First Time
by Donna Lovelady
Guide explaining the basics of rug hooking using strips of cloth, simple patterns, and “primitive style,” or folk art, designs. Provides a brief history of the craft, tips on choosing supplies, detailed techniques, and step-by-step instructions for creating twenty-four sample projects. 2003.
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Other Crafts

Woman’s Day Book of American Needlework
by Rose Wilder Lane
Deals with the history and development of needlework arts in America and includes step-by-step instructions for beginning as well as advanced needle workers, on the techniques of embroidery, crewel cross-stitch, needle-point, patchwork, applique, quilting, hooking crochet, knitting, candlewicking, and rugmaking.
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