20 Best Knitting Books for Beginners and Advanced Knitters


In this article, you will be introduced to the 20 best knitting books that will teach you everything about knitting. Apart from this, you will get some answers to most asked questions by the people.

“Knitting not only relaxes me, it also brings a feeling of being at home.”

Magdalena Neuner

First of all, do you know what knitting exactly is? Knitting is nothing but the process of converting yarn into fabric. In the other words, knitting is the process of fabric formation by producing series of intermeshed loops. It is the second most commonly used method of making garments. The first most common method is weaving.

To learn how to knit, there are many resources and among them, reading a book is the best way. Since there are many books on knitting and every book has some interesting information, therefore, it was very difficult for us to select the best knitting books for you. But, after researching for a couple of days, we succeeded to select the 20 best books on knitting.

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Best Knitting Books

In this article, I have divided the best how-to-knit books into three categories which are as follows;

  • Best Knitting Books for Beginners
  • Top New Knitting Books
  • Best Knitting Books of all time

Best Knitting Books for Beginners

The Knitter’s Book of Knowledge: A Complete Guide to Essential Knitting Techniques

AuthorDebbie Bliss
Rating4.8 out of 5

The Knitter’s Book of Knowledge” is one of the most popular knitting books for beginners that is written by one of the foremost designers and authors of hand-knitting patterns, Debbie Bliss. Through this book, the author provides the best techniques to make the designs nicer and a bit more perfect. It covers a broad range of topics suitable for every beginner. Like a staircase, it gradually leads to the floor of the knitting world. Therefore, if you are a novice in this field, you should start from here.

750 Knitting Stitches: The Ultimate Knit Stitch Bible

AuthorPavilion Books
Rating4.7 out of 5

750 Knitting Stitches” is the second-best knitting book for beginners on our bucket list that is produced by Pavilion Books Group, a thriving independent London-based publisher producing high-quality illustrated books. The author has explained the knitting stitch pattern and categories very deeply in this book. You can learn in-depth about colorwork stitches, cable and Aran stitches, lace and eyelet stitches, knit and purl stitch, and edgings & trims from this insightful book.

My First Knitting Book: Easy-to-Follow Instructions and More Than 15 Projects

AuthorHildegarde Deuzo
Rating4.5 out of 5

My First Knitting Book” is an ideal introduction to knitting, with easy-to-follow, full-color instructions for more than fifteen projects. The project instructions include the basics of casting on, popular methods of managing the yarn, garter stitch knitting, the yarn type needed, needle size, and easy-to-follow diagrams to complete things like scarves, a pouch, and a stuffed owl toy. She shares her experience and views as an advanced knitter through this book. Apart from this, she gave her best in creating this informative book. Therefore, if you are looking for practical-based how-to knit books, it is one of them.

First Time Knitting: The Absolute Beginner’s Guide

AuthorCarri Hammett
Rating4.4 out of 5

First Time Knitting” is a best-selling book in Knitting Patterns on Amazon. It is a very comprehensive guide to every beginner knitter guiding them carefully through their first nervous cast-on to confident knitting. From knitting needles and yarns to stitches and techniques, everything is explained in a very simple way that makes it easier to understand and easier to learn. With guidance and high-quality illustrations, photographs, the author helps you to fully develop your new skills as a knitter through this book.

Knitting Basics for Beginners

AuthorKatrina Gale 
Rating4.3 out of 5

Knitting Basics for Beginners” is another excellent book in our beginner-friendly knitting book bucket that has step by step visual guide to learn how to knit like a pro in less than a week. Keeping in mind you as a novice, the author shares a lot of information about knitting. For instance, what supplies and equipment you will need, how to cast off, how to deal with 9 common errors and mistakes, etc. Apart from this, the book is a series of knitting projects each of which emphasizes new techniques adding to your skills.

Best New Knitting Books

Harry Potter: Knitting Magic

AuthorTanis Gray

If you are planning to knit for kids, you should definitely read “Harry Potter: Knitting Magic” written by Tanis Gray once. As you know kids are much attracted to the wizarding world, therefore, this book is created keeping this concept in mind. With more than 25 magical knits pictures in gorgeous full-color photography, this book also portrays fun facts, original costume sketches, film stills, and other behind-the-scenes treasures of the Harry Potter film. If your child loves Harry Potter, you should definitely take this book and learn how to knit those characters.

Knit Stitch: 50 Knit + Purl Patterns

AuthorKristen McDonnell
Rating4.8 out of 5

Knit Stitch: 50 Knit + Purl Patterns” is one of the most popular new knitting books that is written in July 2021 by Kristen McDonnell, a very famous knitter. Along with sharing information about knitting, through this book, she strives to empower and encourages knitters to create new things and designs and explore their possibilities. Apart from this, it is ideal for swatching on the road to see how yarns will work up in varied patterns. It is well written, well designed, and easy to understand, therefore, this book is undoubtedly read-worthy.

I Never Dreamed To Be A Sexy Crocheting Lady

AuthorKnitting Quote Publishing
Rating4.8 out of 5

I Never Dreamed To Be A Sexy Knitting Lady”‘ is a very interesting book that not only teaches how to knit but also teaches about parenting & relationships. If we talk about the practice set, it has 50 different types of knitting projects that is the best part about it. The good and complete tutorials of this book will definitely provide you a deep insight into knitting. Apart from this, the book is very well written, has high-quality illustrations, and is very easy to understand.

Cross Stitch Graph Paper Notebook

AuthorHappy Print Press
Rating4.7 out of 5

Cross Stitch Graph Paper Notebook” is a masterpiece for knitters that is published in August 2019 by Happy Print Press. Except for knitting, if you want to explore embroidering, and stitching especially cross-stitching, it is a book that needs your attention. It is also one of the best new knitting books that contain lots of tutorials, illustrations, and guidance, and practical advice for perfect knitting. Moreover, it is also great for designing your own cross stitch patterns, therefore, you should take it.

Seasonal Slow Knitting: Thoughtful Projects for a Handmade Year

AuthorHannah Thiessen
Rating4.6 out of 5

If you want to get information about knitting as well as fiber arts & textiles, “Seasonal Slow Knitting” by Hannah Thiessen is the book that you need. It encourages knitters to delve deeper into those concepts, applying them to everyday making through a series of essays, projects, and patterns that explore the life of a knitter throughout the year. Apart from this, the author has explained every aspect of knitting from basic to advanced and inspired the knitters to create new designs beyond imagination.

Best Knitting Books of all time

Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible

AuthorHitomi Shida
Rating4.8 out of 5

As the name suggests it is the bible of knitters that is filled with many designs, diagrams, and techniques helping knitters to understand knitting well. It is one of the best books for knitters who are looking for new stitches that yield spectacular results. The author has kept fashion in her mind while creating this book. She describes new designs that are relatable to a new generation.

The Knitter’s Book of Wool

AuthorClara Parkes
Rating4.8 out of 5

The Knitter Book of Wool” is a very comprehensive book that begins with the basic principles of wool and ends on weaving. The author has well described what wool is, who makes wool, what yarn we use, and what I knit at the end. In a nutshell, this book teaches you everything you need to know about wool. Its journey from pasture to pullover is described very beautifully throughout this book.

Vogue Knitting The Ultimate Knitting Book

AuthorVogue Knitting Magazine
Rating4.8 out of 5

The most interesting thing about this book is that it was first published in 1989 and even today it is the most trusted knitting resource today for knitters. This book upgraded from time to time and now, we have a very advanced and upgraded book in the form of this book. The book has more than 1,600 photos and hundreds of hand-drawn step-by-step illustrations that help knitters to understand knitting well.

The Principles of Knitting

AuthorJune Hemmons Hiatt
Rating4.7 out of 5

The Principles of Knitting” is a definitive book on knitting techniques, containing valuable information for everyone from beginners to experienced knitters. The book describes all the important factors for knitting such as what should be on your mind while knitting, what you should keep in mind while stitches, what tools you should have for good designs, etc.

A Treasury of Knitting Patterns

AuthorBarbara G. Walker
Rating4.7 out of 5

A Treasury of Knitting Patterns” is the same as its title suggests. If you are a novice and just started to knit, this book is best for you. This book will teach you how to knit, purl, and cast on/off. In further lessons, you will learn decorative techniques, pattern designs, and constructing a fabric, etc that will enhance your skill a lot. Most importantly, in this book, you will get a chance to see some interesting samples of the authors.

The Knitter’s Book of Yarn

AuthorClara Parkes
Rating4.7 out of 5

Through “The Knitter’s Book of Yarn“, Clara Parkes provides in-depth insight into a vast selection of yarns. This book will teach you everything you need to know about yarn like how it’s made, who makes it, and how it gets to you. Moreover, the book guides which yarn you should choose for knitting, how the yarn can be made more efficient, and how we can use it in our knitting.

A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns

AuthorBarbara G. Walker
Rating4.7 out of 5

Through “A Second Treasury of Knitting“, Barbara G. Walker offers ideas for how to incorporate the design into a pattern and how to adapt them for knitting in the round comprehensively. The author also introduced many patterns like mosaic patterns, fancy color patterns, twist-stitch patterns, cables, cable-stitch patterns, and Yarn-over and eyelet patterns that will give you insight into effective knitting.

Knit One Knit All

AuthorElizabeth Zimmermann
Rating4.7 out of 5

Elizabeth Zimmermann’s “Knit One Knit All” is a wealth of knowledge of knitting that gives insights into the skill of knitting. Every step from holding the needle to how to knit beautiful clothes is explained in detail here. The author makes knitting approachable and smooths out the possible kinds through this book. Moreover, it is well-written books that make it easy to read and understand.

Super Stitches Knitting

AuthorKaren Hemingway
Rating4.6 out of 5

Super Stitches Knitting” is a comprehensive guide to learn knitting with the help of more than 300 knitting stitches that are shown in the diagram and photos. If you want to learn architectural decoration & ornament, and fiber arts & textiles, this book will fit well for you. It is really one of the best books for all knitters. You will get here many samples of the patterns for knitting that will make your knitting skill better.

Knitting Without Tears

AuthorElizabeth Zimmermann 
Rating4.5 out of 5

In “Knitting Without Tears“, you will learn how to knit beautiful color-pattern Norwegian ski sweaters, hooded garter-stitch jackets for babies, caps, socks, etc. This book also shares some tips on how to knit clothes that fit a particular shape. Ultimately, it is a great book for all knitters who are just started their journey to knitting.


Knitting is the second most commonly used method for making fabrics. In simple words, knitting is the process by which we make the clothes by interlocking the loops with one or more yarn or series of yarns.

There are basically three steps to convert yarn into garments that are as follows-

Step 1- Fiber into Yarn

Step 2- Yarn into Fabric

Step 3- Fabric into Garment.

Weaving and knitting both are the most commonly used method of converting fiber into fabric/cloths. If we talk about what knitting is then we can say that knitting is the method of fabric formation by producing series of intermeshed loops. On the other hand, weaving is the method of making fabric/cloth by interlacing two sets of yarns together.

Knitting needle helps to make fabric in different sizes. So, for making different sizes of garments, it is very important to have different sizes of needles. Thus, we can say that needle size matters for knitting.

Knitting absolutely improves memory and enhances its capability. It also sharps our memory.


Hope you have become familiar with these 20 best books on knitting. These books are well-researched books. Now you don’t have to wander somewhere to learn knitting. These books are enough to teach you everything about knitting. So, don’t go anywhere, take the book as a sequence and dive into it.

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