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There is no book I am more excited about this season than You Can Knit That. Amy Herzog is my IKBFF (Internet-knitter best friend forever) and she never ceases to amaze me with her ability to use new details to bring interest to the simplest designs. This book is perfect for an ambitious beginner, a first-time sweater knitter, or an advanced knitter who just wants a book full of perfect patterns.  —Megan

 

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You Can Knit That: Foolproof Instructions for Fabulous Sweaters Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781419722479
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Published: ABRAMS - September 6th, 2016

Amy isn’t the only one in the Butler family with quilting chops! You’ll love these projects, made from large swathes of fabric big enough for a little instant gratification (as much as a quilt can lend itself to instant gratification) but interesting enough to keep you thinking. Just playing with color and fabric choices will multiply your quilting possibilities. Try Project 14 (Bullseye Quilt) in neutrals or monochrome for a modern feel, or go with rainbow for a fun color wheel! This is sure to be a new favorite on your bookshelf.  —Megan

 

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Parson Gray Trade Quilts: 20 Rough-Hewn Projects Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781452134482
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Published: Chronicle Books - November 22nd, 2016

Learning to knit isn’t easy as Stoller warns, “so be prepared to do a lot more bitching than stitching.” But luckily, this classic book (and great reference) is funny enough to help you through those moments of frustration! But hang in there, you’ll get it! And if the illustrations throw you off, a short online video might do just the trick to unweaving you from any confusion, helping you keep your *stitch* together.  –Ash

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Stitch 'n Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780761128182
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Published: Workman Publishing - September 3rd, 2004

Tired of picking up digs at Sears? Get started on your custom wardrobe with the mix-and-match style of this cool pattern book. With basic overviews of different design elements, this book is the perfect intro for the budding dress designer. My first project will be the Zigzag Shirt Dress on page 125, no alterations needed. So cute!

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Megan
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Sew Many Dresses, Sew Little Time: The Ultimate Dressmaking Guide Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780770434946
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Published: Potter Craft - June 16th, 2015

This book is a compendium of beautiful quilt squares complete with written instructions, diagrams, and alternate color suggestions. Start one of the six sampler projects or enjoy the freedom to mix & match and quilt your way to a more colorful life. I SUPER ULTRA love this book!

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Megan
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Patchwork City: 75 Innovative Blocks for the Modern Quilter 6 Sampler Quilts Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781607059516
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Published: C&T Publishing - November 7th, 2014

I've been stenciling Lotta designs on my furniture and walls forever and have made dozens of Simple Sewing’s curtains over the years, so this book is a little like seeing the design of my home in clothing form. But the beauty of this collection lies not in the oh-so-Lotta printed fabrics but in the wonderful simplicity and range of the patterns. Straightforward looks, all modeled by Lotta and her close friends—real women with real lives who want real and accessible wardrobes. But fear not, beginners! The author is a self-professed sewing novice; this truly is a book for everyone. These timeless styles are easy to sew and universally flattering.  —Kimberly

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Lotta Jansdotter's Everyday Style: Key Pieces to Sew + Accessories, Styling, and Inspiration Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781617691744
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Published: Stewart, Tabori, & Chang - November 3rd, 2015

When I’m not knitting, chances are I’m thinking, talking, or reading about knitting. In between reading the stories in Knitting Pearls, you could be knitting one of the many patterns that are part of the book. And as much as I think everyone in the world should learn to knit, these stories aren’t just for the knit-obsessed. These essays by some of my favorite creative people are about love, heartbreak, family, personal identity, and making sense of it all. —Megan

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Knitting Pearls: Writers Writing about Knitting Cover Image
By Ann Hood (Editor)
$25.95
ISBN: 9780393246087
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 9th, 2015

This collection of quilt patterns, inspired by geometry in everyday life, is beautiful, modern, and accessible. I love quilting but I’m far from an expert. I can honestly say that not only do I want to make every quilt in this book, I feel like I can because the construction is so simple and clearly detailed. Try a few of Heather Jones’ patterns, then take inspiration from your own neighborhood and see what you come up with!  —Megan

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Quilt Local: Finding Inspiration in the Everyday (with 40 Projects) Cover Image
By Heather Jones, Jenny Hallengren (Photographer), Denyse Schmidt (Foreword by)
$27.50
ISBN: 9781617691768
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Published: Stewart, Tabori, & Chang - October 6th, 2015

You can never go wrong with a book on cats, especially when it comes with instructions on suiting them up in stylish hats. Perfect for those who knit, crochet, or anyone who dreams of having a horde of banana-bedecked kittens in their life.
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Rachel
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Cats in Hats: 30 Knit and Crochet Hat Patterns for Your Kitty Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780762456635
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Published: Running Press Book Publishers - March 24th, 2015

The best DIY, anti-consumer homemaker guide out there. Easy to use, compact, realistic, and not for hippies. Want to save money and avoid toxic chemicals while cleaning your stuff and yourself, but still want your hair to shine and your toilet to sparkle? Includes everything from non-toxic lip balm recipes to what kind of dish soap you can recycle into your gardening.  

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Julia
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Making It: Radical Home Ec for a Post-Consumer World Cover Image
$21.00
ISBN: 9781605294629
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Published: Rodale Books - April 26th, 2011

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