I have no idea how many knitting and crocheting books I have, and after a recent move, I probably couldn't reliably find all of them right now.
I also don't think I could choose just one as my favorite. I could choose one or more books for each category of knitting, though, so here we go.
I have and love Viking Patterns for Knitting.
Viking Patterns for Knitting: Inspiration and Projects for Today's Knitter - Kindle edition by Lavold, Elsebeth. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Viking Patterns for Knitting...
There are a lot of stand-alone Celtic knots in this book, and things I've never seen done before with cables.
I also love Arans & Celtics
Arans & Celtics: The Best of Knitter's Magazine (Best of Knitter's Magazine series) [Mondragon, Rick, Rowley, Elaine, Xenakis, Alexis] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Arans & Celtics: The Best of Knitter's Magazine (Best of Knitter's Magazine series)
This has a lot of innovative knitting using cables and other Celtic ideas. There are some Ganseys in here, too. Knitter's Magazine had a special Valentine's Day edition, and a lot of those designs wound up in this book, so you'll find a lot of hearts, plus X and O cables in here, as well as stand-alone Celtic knots, sometimes used as shaping.
I also really like Cables Untangled
. It has a good selection of knits with cables, but it also has a cable knit dictionary in the back with lots of cables and stand-alone Celtic knots in the back half of the book.
For Cast-ons and Bind-offs:
Amazon.com: Cables Untangled: An Exploration of Cable Knitting: 9781400097456: Leapman, Melissa: Electronics
I love this one by Cap Sease.
Cast On, Bind Off: 211 Ways to Begin and End Your Knitting [Sease, Cap] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Cast On, Bind Off: 211 Ways to Begin and End Your Knitting
This book has made a big difference in how professional and good my work looks. There are charts so you can find matching cast-ons and bind-offs, the most stretchy ones, the ones that will lend some stability because they don't stretch, and much more. I like it because it's got so many options. Another thing I like about it is, if you buy the book, but want to have it handy all the time and have a Kindle, you can get the Kindle version for an additional dollar.
For Beginner Knitters:
I love The Knitting Experience: The Knit Stitch
TheKnitting Experience Knit Stitch by Melville, Sally ( Author ) ON Jul-01-2003, Paperback on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. TheKnitting Experience Knit Stitch by Melville, Sally ( Author ) ON Jul-01-2003, Paperback
This book has some innovative, fascinating knits that are all made using the knit stitch, so it's good for beginners. You couldn't get more simple than that. The following book in the series is The Purl Stitch
, which adds purls to knits for more variety. Both books are perfect for beginning knitters.
For Stash Busting:
Sally Melville's Style
is perfect for using up scraps and small amounts of yarn. She has some stunning designs in this book, plus techniques that can be applied to almost anything to use up your stash.
Sally Melville Styles: A Unique and Elegant Approach for Your Yarn Collection [Melville, Sally;Rowley, Elaine] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Sally Melville Styles: A Unique and Elegant Approach for Your Yarn Collection