I love reference books.
The way you get the whole picture, the way you can just flip a page and find an answer to a question somewhat related to what you are looking at.
It’s no different when it comes to yarn and fibre – and The Knitter’s Book of Yarn is the ultimate reference book! There’s everything you need to know about difference fibres, where they come from, what you should knit with them, and the best way to care for them.
Information about yarn structure and how best to work with various types is especially valuable, particularly to non-spinners (hence the “knitter’s book”, of course). Patterns are divided into sections based on the ply structure of the yarn called for – and the patterns are top-notch.
I love the seascape bolero (knit with singles), the baby soft cardigan (2-ply), and Adrian’s mittens (both of them!). I need a new pair of mittens soon, and the double-thick mitten pattern is calling to me!
All in all, this is a fantastic book that every knitter should own. Even if the patterns don’t strike your fancy, there’s enough information contained here to keep a knitter informed and happy. Get something new and unusual and not sure what it is – like Pygora? Well, just look it up in the Knitter’s Book of Yarn!