$29.99We have carried this wonderful book since its inception in 1993. Now, after a few years absence it has returned in a beautiful new hardcover format, completely revised and updated. Detailed historical background, plus Beth’s original concept of knitting a small Gansey (which includes each and every technique as you follow the chapter-progression), is maintained, and is accompanied by many more choices as you work through these classic garments. Chapter 12 provides full details for you to knit nine different garments: from classic pullovers to the stunning tunic/dress shown at left. Hardcover. Learn More
In Memory of Anne Frank. Mary Kay McDermott writes, “…..I opened the pages [of a magazine] to a picture of 2 year old Anne Frank from May, 1931. She is wearing a lovely knitted sweater with matching rompers. The cardigan is joined with classic pearl buttons as well as a pin to accommodate her full and robust toddler frame. This knitting shows much love, as it was well worn and used for a valued portrait…..”
Mary Kay had just visited Auschwitz, Poland when she saw the photo of Anne at 2. Inspired by the photograph, she designed a beautiful, flattering, and functional baby cardigan as a tribute to Anne, Anne's family, and her legacy, with a hope for peace. A unique tie-in for this tribute sweater is the fact that Mary Kay’s husband has worked for years with the Commemorative Air Force, which restored an original C-47. That plane will fly to France for the 75th anniversary of D-Day, and Mary Kay’s Peace Sweater will be aboard for the flight.
In honor of Anne Frank and those who fought for freedom, all profits from this pattern will be donated to The Anne Frank House (annefrank.org) and the Commemorative Air Force (commermorativeairforce.org).Learn More
$38.00Discover the world of brioche lace knitting! World-renowned brioche knitting expert, Nancy Marchant, takes this stitch to another level by introducing you to the exciting world of two-color brioche lace with charts and clear explanations, a stitch dictionary of brioche lace stitches, and exquisite scarf and cowl projects. This is the perfect book for the experienced brioche knitter who is looking for new techniques that yield spectacular lacy results! The book includes a general introduction to brioche knitting and an explanation of the symbols and abbreviations. There are two methods described in creating lace eyelets in brioche knitting; the yarn over method and the release purl method. Both have 30+ new stitch patterns. There are also 9 projects in the book. All the stitch patterns and projects have written instructions as well as charts. Softcover. 228 pp. Learn More
The Baby Surprise Jacket has only grown in popularity since Elizabeth Zimmermann knit the first one for her grandson, Cully, 50 years ago! Now, coming full-circle, Cully has designed a pair of Surprise Vests, which, similar to the BSJ, capture the exciting transformation that - with a couple of folds - turns a mysterious mass of knitting into a beautiful garment.
The elegant Fair Isle Surprise Vest is truly revolutionary for Fair Isle construction. The beautiful OXOs and Peeries of a traditional Fair Isle are led on a surprising path during the knitting, resulting in a pleasing puzzle that, when folded and woven, reveals a striking mitered-front. Two different methods for Fair Isle construction are included.
A similar exciting puzzle awaits with the Garter Stitch Surprise Vest. No steeks - simply a couple of increase points (like on the BSJ) and the mystery grows throughout the knitting; then, voila - a cozy, attractive vest.
Full instructions for both vests, with multiple sizes up to 46" Fair Isle and up to 50" Garter, and plenty of images; 12 pgs in a protective archival sheet protector.Learn More
$7.99For those familiar with Felipe Cavalheiro’s amazingly vibrant color-pattern designs (see SPP#54, 58, 65), his latest creation will not disappoint! Felipe has designed an elegant cardigan that features a lifelike motif based on the striking Bird of Paradise flower. Utilizing Armenian knitting frees the artist to place the motifs in the most pleasing formats, without restrictions - for an eye-catching effect! Full instructions, charts, and illustrations; digital download. Learn More
Here is another simply splendid knitting book from Estonia, recently translated into English, and now on its way to Schoolhouse Press. Estonian Knitting 2, Socks and Stockings by Anu Pink, is in the same mode as Estonian Knitting 1, Traditions & Techniques: It is a beautifully bound hardcover edition, with quality coated stock; excellent historical information; photo-heavy; precise instructions, charts, photos, and illustrations…and nearly 100 more pages than book 1. A thorough covering of the myriad types of traditional socks and stockings in this country, including a dozen methods to turn a heel; various toe shaping; lovely color charts; scores of unique techniques. It is staggering to imagine the amount of time and skill involved in assembling this beautiful tome. Hardcover, 9x12”, 384pp, $87.00Learn More
$29.95From the Island of Newfoundland, More than 20 Heritage Designs to Knit. Woolen mittens have long been a Newfoundlander’s best friend. In a quirky climate of freeze, thaw, blow, and drizzle, good mittens made all tasks easier—to split birch, hammer a nail, gut a fish, draw water, hang clothes, or snare a rabbit. Social life, too, always required the finest mittens and gloves. These mittens are as practical as they are beautiful—double-knit with two colours means twice the warmth and wind resistance. The patterns are rated by difficulty and varied in style, including wristers, gloves, thumbless mitts for babies, and of course classic mittens for all. The dozens of colour photographs will inspire you to make your own bold colour choices. Plus, the nuggets of history, and tales of mittens and their knitters, make this a book everyone can enjoy. The two authors have been collecting, knitting, and studying Newfoundland mittens for the past 40 years, and have expertly and painstakingly recreated these heritage patterns with detailed instructions. Learn More
A beautiful Garter-stitch shawl from Meg that is versatile and easy to knit, and imparts some useful tricks, including Elizabeth Zimmmermann's technique for changing colors in Garter-stitch with no 'wrong' side - plus learn Bridget Rorem's fabulously elastic cast on and bind off. Knit in Wild Astor (4 skeins) and Dark Astor (1 skein) hand-dyed Blackberry Ridge Wool.Learn More
Tom Zimmermann spent most of his life as a photographer. He is represented in the permanent collections of MoMA in NYC; the George Eastman House in Rochester; Televisa in Mexico City. He was accepted into the Heliographer’s, worked at advertising companies in Chicago and NY, taught photography @ the S.F. Art Institute, Pratt Institute, and the Institute National Bellas Artes in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. He had one-man exhibitions at both the Diego Rivera, and Atholl McBean Galleries, plus group shows at Brandeis U, Syracuse U, Museum of Modern Art, Monmouth College, Lever House, The Ice House Gallery and Robert Menschel Gallery. His work appears in the Time/Life series Documentary Photography, and he was part of the travelling show Twelve Photographers on the American Social Landscape - which included Robert Frank, Phil Perkiss, Danny Lyons, and other luminaries. His photographs are featured on a number of record albums and book covers, including Knitter’s Almanac and The Opinionated Knitter. The image Ray Draper’s Coat, at left, was first showcased in Rolling Stone. Tom divides his year between Mexico and British Columbia. This is his first book. Softcover, $30 Wholesale inquires: email firstname.lastname@example.orgLearn More
$27.00Deep Roots, Patterns Inspired by the Tallgrass Prairie, Denise Bell and Chris Dykes. As the subtitle tells you, the designer (Denise) and her photographer/essayist husband (Chris) took repeated long trips to the Tallgrass Prairie - which stretches from Oklahoma, through Kansas, and into Nebraska. Their observances are recorded through many beautiful photos, interesting essays, and Denise’s lovely knitting designs: Two scarves, a color-patterned blanket, lace shawl, poncho, and full length Frost Flower lace skirt. Softcover, $27.00 Learn More