More fall knitting books than you can shake a needle at
The weather is finally starting to cool down and the autumnal equinox has officially passed (this past Saturday) -- which means it's time for fall knitting! Here at Cooperative Press we have been working feverishly to bring you some gorgeous new books -- and issue 1 of our new magazine. This will be like the biggest show and tell ever. HOT OFF THE PRESS (LITERALLY!) Boys' Knits by Katya Frankel Prepare to be bowled over with the cuteness. We have two great books out this month for kids. First up is Katya Frankel's Boys' Knits, a collection of 16 sweater patterns that hits it out of the park. Boys are notoriously difficult to knit for -- boys' patterns generally are either too fussy to be worn or too boring to knit. But these are just right, with fabulous knitterly details that look classic and wear well. Katya's not only a talented designer, but also a genius at photography. Have you ever seen such natural, infectious smiles? Tiny Treads by Joeli Caparco So now you have the kid warm on top. How about their feet? Another lovely UK-based designer, Joeli Caparco, brings us Tiny Treads, 12 sweet sock patterns for kids. Joeli provides a great range of projects -- from basic top-down and toe-up patterns that you can use for any fingering- or sport-weight yarn you might have lying around -- to beautiful one-of-a-kind projects to knit for special occasions (or just because you'd like to try out a new technique on a small project!). Like Katya, Joeli is a mother of boys, and she's provided plenty here for children of all sizes and genders. Dishcloth Diva by Deb Buckingham And sometimes, as Kay Gardiner writes in the foreword to our next book, all you want to knit is a dishcloth. The dishcloth is a humble instrument, but a perfectly simple canvas for exploring color and pattern and texture. Whether you're a beginner or a more experienced knitter looking for great gifts, Deb Buckingham's Dishcloth Diva has plenty of potato-chip knitting to offer (you can't knit just one) -- 20 patterns in all. Inspired by modern design, Deb has kept the patterns clean, simple, and fresh. Fresh Designs: Hats, edited by Shannon Okey Finally, we continue our Fresh Designs series with Hats, an exciting collection of 10 patterns in surprising, wearable, and fun-to-knit shapes. There's plenty here for the lover of the trendy cloche and pillbox styles, including Christa Giles' Lishton (pictured on the cover), Troche by Sarah Wilson / The Sexy Knitter, and the Beatrice Cloche by Erica Jackofsky / Fiddle Knits. And for knitters like me who love an unusual construction, you can't beat Woolly Wormhead's sideways take on the classic cabled hat. OUR NEW MAGAZINE: KNIT EDGE Knit Edge issue 1 is here! Into the 72 pages of this digital-only magazine, we try to pack everything that we love to read and see: technique columns you can use right now, meaty features about knitting and crochet in art and history (yes, we miss Fiber Art magazine, too!), gorgeous photo essays on the places that inspire our craft -- and of course, patterns. Learn from Miriam Felton how lace knitting is like making jam... or from MK Carroll about how crochet came into the lives of her early-20th-century Japanese ancestors... or from Varian Brandon about how the gorgeous landscapes of Shetland inspired this cowl: COMING SOON And there is so much more coming very soon! Just to name a few books that are nearly ready to leave the nest:
- Essentials and Beyond: Kate Atherley's brilliant sequel to her Beyond Knit & Purl -- the perfect guide for beginner knitters who want to branch out into knitting simple designs from yarns of their own choosing.
- More lovely sock books: Andi Smith's Big Foot Knits (finally, socks for the rest of us!) and a sock book for men from the lovely people at Unique Sheep.
- Fresh Designs: Mittens and Gloves: Just in time to cover up those cold paws.