Best New-Knitter Book
Do you have a go-to book for people who want to learn? For guys wanting to learn, this is the best new-knitter book in my library.
What’s In Your Best New-Knitter Book?
While I would prefer a book written by a guy, this is my favorite book for guys who want to learn to knit. Kristin Spurkland’s “The Knitting Man(ual)” (promotional link) has all the things I look for.
- Beginner-knitting instructions (all the basics…cast-on, knit, purl)
- Good illustrations
- Patterns for men
- Beginner to advanced patterns
- Well-designed publication with lots of great photos
The “learn to knit” instructions are definitely not as comprehensive as other learn-to-knit books. But they are clearer and more comprehensive than the Patons booklet I learned from 35 or so years ago. And they are definitely sufficient. Especially since most people rely on YouTube video knitting tutorials for most learning these days anyway.
What I like most about the book is that it presents a number of projects guys really want to make.
Is there anything else you look for in a learn-to-knit book (promotional link)?
I finished the second mitt of two pairs of Rose’s Fingerless Mitts.
I would have posted this Friday, but I went into a weird sort of funk about knitting on Friday. No project seemed appealing. So I focused on fixing blog photos from 2007 so that I can try and clean up all the old blog platform issues. Yes, I’m STILL working on that!
As I was looking through my stash to re-spark interest, I found more of the light blue yarn I used for the Snug Cowl/Gaiters.
So I made a simple one with two, two-row stripes. This is a great little design that lets me understand more and more the specifics of helical knitting. I will be leading a workshop on helical striped knitting at the men’s knitting retreat in May, and I’ve been developing the workshop while I knit this garment.