Essential Knitting Books

A Listmania! list by Chrissy Gardiner "knit designer & toe-up sock fanatic" (Portland, OR United States)
The list author says: "My list of "go-to" knitting books for both technical info and fun!"
A Treasury of Knitting Patterns
1.  A Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barbara G. Walker
The list author says:
  "My most-used stitch reference (besides the Japanese books I picked up in Tokyo)."
$27.00   Used & New from: $14.80
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (164 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns
2.  A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barbara G. Walker
The list author says:
  "Another of my favorite stitch references."
$27.00   Used & New from: $24.79
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)

Cables: The Basics
3.  Cables: The Basics by Janet Szabo
The list author says:
  "Favorite cable stitch reference book."
$22.18   Used & New from: $14.75
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Book
4.  Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Book by Editors of Vogue Knitting Magazine
The list author says:
  "My go-to technique reference book. Includes lots of info great for budding designers."
$26.49   Used & New from: $6.61
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (225 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Knitter's Book of Finishing Techniques
5.  The Knitter's Book of Finishing Techniques by Nancie Wiseman
The list author says:
  "My go-to finishing reference book."
$18.76   Used & New from: $2.72
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Poems of Color: Knitting in the Bohus Tradition
6.  Poems of Color: Knitting in the Bohus Tradition by Wendy Keele
The list author says:
  "Fabulous book on Bohus (Swedish) knitting tradition and technique (with several patterns from the original Bohus collective). Beautiful!!!"
Used & New from: $8.52
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Knitting in the Old Way: Designs and Techniques from Ethnic Sweaters
7.  Knitting in the Old Way: Designs and Techniques from Ethnic Sweaters by Priscilla A. Gibson-Roberts
The list author says:
  "Wonderful reference on traditional knitting around the world - lots of great techniques that aren't found in the more mainstream knitting books."
Used & New from: $5.98
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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Knitting Vintage Socks
8.  Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush
The list author says:
  "My favorite sock book (besides my own, of course)!"
Used & New from: $5.98
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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Toe-Up! Patterns and Worksheets to Whip Your Sock Knitting Into Shape
9.  Toe-Up! Patterns and Worksheets to Whip Your Sock Knitting Into Shape by Chrissy Gardiner
The list author says:
  "Had to add this because, well, I wrote it! Worksheets for heels and toes make customizing or designing your toe-up socks easy."
$18.79   Used & New from: $7.05
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

Bäuerliches Stricken 1 - 3.
10.  Bäuerliches Stricken 1 - 3. by Lisl Fanderl
The list author says:
  "If you can get your hands on these, they've got some amazing German twisted and traveling stitch designs. I think they've recently been reissued in the US but these are the ones I have in my personal library."
Used & New from: $58.07
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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