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skill building knitting booksI had so much fun giving away a bundle of books last week (and trust me, I have bunches and bunches to give away!) that I thought it would be fun to do another trio this week. This time I have books that are great for the knitter who wants to take things to the next level this year:

All three books aim to help knitters increase their skills with relatively simple projects, often using rectangles as the basis for bags, mitts, shirts and accessories.

To be eligible to win these books, leave a comment on this post before the end of the day next Tuesday, Jan. 22. If you want, why don’t you tell me what knitting skill you’d most like to learn this year.

The winner will be randomly selected from all entries. Good luck!

By Sarah White

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82 Comments so far

  1. Cara on January 16, 2013 9:57 am

    Just found this site and love it. My resolution is to learn to knit from charts. (And the first person to easy peasy gets a Pffffffffft. My brain isn’t wired that way.)

  2. Patricia on January 16, 2013 10:05 am

    I really want to learn the magic loop. I’ve been told it makes sock knitting much easier!

  3. MoniQ in WI on January 16, 2013 10:24 am

    Cables, magic loop, intarsia…all those things that would put me into the “intermediate” category.

  4. Kathrynn on January 16, 2013 11:22 am

    I want to learn cables

  5. Kelly B on January 16, 2013 12:19 pm

    Anything!! I would love to learn just to knit in general!!

  6. Mel on January 16, 2013 12:43 pm

    I want to master cables & lace knitting this year.

  7. Edna on January 16, 2013 1:06 pm

    I would love to learn how to cast on for a Mobieus (sp?) scarf.

  8. Lilly on January 16, 2013 1:48 pm

    I want to try intarsia and fair isle.

  9. Katie on January 16, 2013 1:57 pm

    I am currently learning entrelac, not sure what I would like to tackle next.

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  12. Knitting Teresa on January 16, 2013 3:18 pm

    I want to learn double knitting, the magic loop, and knitting with double point needles for projects in the round.

  13. Michele on January 16, 2013 3:28 pm

    I want to learn knitting in the round and cables.

  14. Adrianna on January 16, 2013 3:33 pm

    This may seem silly but I want to limit my family Christmas Stockings for next year!!’

  15. Patty on January 16, 2013 3:50 pm

    I want to find the time to get back to knitting the things that I started last year! I want to work less and knit more.

  16. jonquil on January 16, 2013 4:12 pm

    I want to learn how to knit cables & (hopefully) a few tricks on joining, seaming, & knitting in the round.

  17. Susan R on January 16, 2013 4:16 pm

    This year, I WILL learn to knit cables, and knit myself a slew of lovely cabled scarves

  18. Persia on January 16, 2013 4:18 pm

    I really need to learn to knit anything other than rows :/
    I really really want to do a sweater but I’m too scared.

  19. helena frontini on January 16, 2013 4:35 pm

    Intarsia must be improved by me!!!
    For the moment I choose very simple projects.

  20. Jennifer Lucas on January 16, 2013 4:39 pm

    I would love to learn to do socks and set-in sleeves better. I am working on going beyond hats, scarves and shawls now. These books would be so helpful! Thanks for the opportunity to win and good luck to everyone who enters!

  21. Charlotte on January 16, 2013 4:46 pm

    I’ve bought over 600 books on my own, so winning 3 would be outstanding!

  22. karen on January 16, 2013 4:48 pm

    id like to learn better casting on and off techniques

  23. michelle on January 16, 2013 5:41 pm

    I taught my self from u-tube and I can cast on, knit,purl and bind off. I’d like to try some simple patterns. I think I have enough scarves now. LOL

  24. Deb Kegelmeyer on January 16, 2013 6:22 pm

    I am obsessed with knitting books! So wonderful you offer them to your readers.

  25. Leslie Muirhead on January 16, 2013 6:30 pm

    I want to try cables and my biggest fear is knitting in multiple colours.

  26. maureen on January 16, 2013 6:40 pm

    I would love to know how to knit with DPNs and also to knit with two colors in a row.

  27. Emily on January 16, 2013 9:27 pm

    I want to learn the Brioche stitch!

  28. Malin on January 16, 2013 9:49 pm

    Oh, I would love to win these! This year I’m very eager to learn twined knitting.

  29. Gigi on January 16, 2013 10:25 pm

    I think it would be fun to have instructions to knit accessories and tops that would be quick and easy.

  30. Liz on January 17, 2013 12:29 am

    I would like to learn better sewing up skills and the use of loop needles.

  31. Eden on January 17, 2013 1:32 am

    I would really love to learn how to knit without a loom as a crutch!

  32. Linda Rumsey on January 17, 2013 3:20 am

    I’d love to learn to steek this year. Cutting my knitting scares me so much!

  33. Nancy T on January 17, 2013 3:38 am

    I’d like to improve my overall knitting skills, which at this point are pretty basic. I’d like to try knitting images on sweaters like my mom used to do.

  34. Flo L on January 17, 2013 3:58 am

    I really need help in seaming and joining but of course that would be after improving my sweater making skills. Thanks so much for the chance to win.

  35. Robin D on January 17, 2013 4:06 am

    I would like to improve my sweater knitting and master socks

  36. Kelly r on January 17, 2013 4:56 am

    Just began knitting. I would like to continue to learn so I will be able to make socks, and someday a sweater for my hubbie!

  37. chris on January 17, 2013 5:46 am

    I have just found your site, I am looking to get back into knitting as I havent felt like doing any since my husband passed away, i now think its time to have another go, your site will give me some inspiration

  38. cguard(on rav) on January 17, 2013 6:02 am

    I want to learn Kitchener Stitch and knitting socks two at a time.

  39. Ann Devine on January 17, 2013 6:14 am

    Color knitting! I’ve resolved to become proficient enough in stranded knitting to justify the expense of buying Kate Davies’ books, especially the latest. My intarsia “skills” are pretty ragged too.

  40. Jessie on January 17, 2013 6:25 am

    I love skill building books and generally work all of the patterns in them. I would like to learn more interesting things with knits and purls, especially with lace and cables. I would alo like to expand my repertoire of cast ons and bind offs.

  41. Mary Mac on January 17, 2013 7:07 am

    I would love to lern to knit socks.

  42. Angela on January 17, 2013 8:04 am

    I would love to learn how to do Fair Isle knitting and get better at seaming. Thanks for the chance to win!

  43. Natelie on January 17, 2013 9:07 am

    I thought myself to knit last year and receiving these would be great to build my skills.

  44. Sandra on January 17, 2013 9:48 am

    There is so much I want to learn double knitting, a sweater that fits, felting, seaming that doesn’t show, cables, the list goes on and on.

  45. Carmen on January 17, 2013 10:15 am

    I would love to learn more. I have been teaching myself to knit, but would love to learn how to make some simple slippers this year.

  46. Carmen on January 17, 2013 11:57 am

    I started to learn fair isle last year and really want to improve on my technique (cnuland on Rav)

  47. Mica Anderson on January 17, 2013 12:07 pm

    I was told about this website by a friend of mine and I have absoloutely loved, it ever since I first saw it. I can knit and was taught by nan from a young age, but I’d love to improve my techniques and get back into it again. I only really know how to make scarfs and blankets and I’d love to learn more!

  48. Jeanne on January 17, 2013 1:19 pm

    I want to improve my finishing skills.

  49. Paula C on January 17, 2013 1:35 pm

    I would like to learn to knit socks(from the toe with magic loop). I have a tuff time getting socks to match, I think this would help. Your books might help me learn this method. Thank you for the chance to win and good luck everyone.

  50. Christine Thompson-Lucas on January 17, 2013 1:50 pm


  51. Heather on January 17, 2013 4:29 pm

    I’d like to work on magic loop technique and toe up socks.

  52. Becky PS on January 17, 2013 5:29 pm

    What great books! I wanna learn to knit a sweater from the top down. I hate sewing pieces together.

    Thanks for the chance to win.

  53. maura on January 17, 2013 7:53 pm

    oooh I am so excited, knitting beyond the basics! that’s me. I’ve made afghans and scarves and next i want to try an infinity cowl. and then socks!
    can’t wait to get started

  54. Kim Reid on January 17, 2013 10:36 pm

    I want to learn how to knit socks, thanks!

  55. Christina on January 18, 2013 2:40 am

    I just want to learn how to turn what I am knitting into something.

  56. Sherry on January 18, 2013 8:54 am

    I am currently working on socks, gloves, and learning to do a lace shawl. It would be so nice to learn to make some sweaters and some intricate knit stitches. Thanks so much for the giveaway. Hope I’m lucky.

  57. Rhonda on January 18, 2013 9:47 am

    My mother crochets such beautiful things.Would love to win these books for her.

  58. Judy D on January 18, 2013 10:29 am

    I’m a beginner so I’d like to start with squares that I can eventually wend together into something bigger. A shawl perhaps. My friend in Ireland led me to your blog. Thanks.

  59. Barbara on January 18, 2013 10:51 am

    I’m trying to improve my knitting skills beyond just plain knitting and purling. I would love to learn a lot more about lace knitting – so many patterns, so little time.

  60. Claire C on January 18, 2013 12:26 pm

    I love new books on knitting. I love to learn new stitches and always are wanting new patterns, because I never like knitting a pattern twice if I can help it. I don’t know why this is but I have always done this. Thanks for the giveaway, and fingers crossed.

  61. TAnk on January 18, 2013 2:33 pm

    mastering increases and decreases! lace work is so pretty but vaguely terrifying :/

    also socks. I want to knit all of the socks.

  62. Megan Milliken on January 18, 2013 2:37 pm

    I’d love to learn entrelac! Is that how you spell it? :)

  63. Dinonut on January 18, 2013 4:58 pm

    I am going to move from the hot Arizona desert to Washington and I’d love to hone my skills to knit some WARM clothing. In particular I’d like to larn to knit in the round, on double-pointed needles and, especially to knit socks.

    Thanks for this wonderful offer–love your site.

  64. turtle on January 18, 2013 7:32 pm

    i don’t have a new skill i want to learn but want to feel accomplished by finishing so many projects i have sitting waiting! :) (or using yarn already purchased)

  65. Mary Anne on January 18, 2013 8:27 pm

    I hope to learn to knit from a chart and perhaps give lace knitting a try. Thanks for a chance to win some inspiration towards my goals.

  66. Nancy D on January 18, 2013 11:09 pm

    I have been knitting tor many years but there are several techniques that I want to learn. One of them is doing a cable and I am happy to say I have completed a pair of mittens with a cable in it! I want to master lace knitting too. I love those gorgeous shawls! I also need to improve setting in sleeves! There is always something new to learn or something to improve on.

  67. Sydney on January 18, 2013 11:23 pm

    Charts . . . I would love to finally learn to read charts. Would certainly open up lots of knitting opportunities. Thanks for a chance to win!

  68. Jo Stires on January 19, 2013 7:10 am

    I have been knitting for years but never got beyond beginner. I would love to learn more advanced knitting.

  69. Helen on January 19, 2013 8:49 am

    Colourwork. How can anyone not want to learn colourwork?!

  70. Suzanne K on January 19, 2013 2:56 pm

    I would like to learn how to make socks this year.

  71. Ginny M on January 19, 2013 4:04 pm

    People thik I’m crazy but I want to try lace.

  72. OHSue on January 19, 2013 7:52 pm

    I am hoping to conquer brioche and double knitting this year.

  73. lee on January 20, 2013 7:39 am

    I would love to learn cables.

  74. chris on January 20, 2013 7:54 am

    Socks are on my list to learn!

  75. Anna on January 20, 2013 10:32 am

    I’m a pretty new knitter. I really love learning new tricks and stitches. I try to challenge myself by making something new every time. I would really like to learn how to knit patterns into my work :)

  76. Elena T on January 20, 2013 11:32 am

    Short rows – I have tried a couple of times but mess up the wrap and turn (actually the next row when you come back to the wrap and turn)

  77. Lucia on January 20, 2013 2:52 pm

    I really want to master increases and learn short rows! Thanks for the chance!

  78. Sheri Simmons on January 20, 2013 8:41 pm

    Oh I have been wanting to just learn to knit. I am an avid cross stitcher,love to paint and am always doing small crafts for home decor. But love sweaters and scarves..so would love to learn how to knit those for myself and as gifts during the year. I have my grammas knitting needles,a whole sack full and have yarn for crocheting..which isnt my greatest talent..need to practice that more too.Love the knitted things even the gloves and socks. So if luck is on my side for this giveaway then maybe I can start a new hobby. So excited. Good Luck Everyone….

  79. Giulia on January 21, 2013 2:12 am

    Thank you for the great giveaway! I want to learn how to make an effective use of short rows, especially in the bust area!

  80. Viretta Gillespie on January 21, 2013 9:54 am

    I am going to try and master cables this year. Would also like to make my first cardigan/poncho.

  81. Val F on January 21, 2013 10:23 am

    I will learn to knit socks. I tried once but had no time to finish. Getting older gets me more time so the time is near to knit again.

  82. Kristy Ostergard on January 21, 2013 10:40 am

    I love your site and check it frequently – here and on Facebook. I’d love to learn to cable this year. Been threatening to do it forever, but haven’t yet. And socks…just typing the work gives me the shudders. Maybe socks, too! Thanks for this wonderful site and for sharing it with everyone! Good luck to all on this giveaway!

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