Other than a fully stocked haberdashery kit and a few drawers overflowing with your favourite yarns, an avid knitter should also have a bookcase complete with some great knitting titles that they can dip into at any time of year and draw out some new techniques, refine their existing skills or simply extract a little creative inspiration.
No matter where you're at in your knitting journey, Ajanta Studios has put together a great little list of essential literature to keep your hobby going...
The Knitting Book by Frederica Patmore and Vikki Haffenden
It doesn't matter if you're new or a seasoned pro, 'The Knitting Book' is a little gem that should appear somewhere on every knitters bookshelf. Proving that it's so much more than a trend, this title helps cement a passion for everything concerning yarns, stitching, patterns and handy skills that you can come back to time and again.
If you're puzzled by jargon or confused by stitching techniques, this book includes detailed, easy to follow, step-by-step guides, taking you through all the specifics to make sure you get it right first time!
Norah Gaughan's Knitted Cable Sourcebook
You couldn't complete a knitting book list without including a guide to cable stitch patterns. A technique for all skill levels, 'The Knitting Cable Sourcebook includes more than 150 creative, fresh and interesting patterns for you to try.
From easy to advanced techniques, you can find out how cables are developed, redesigned and recreated from knitting guru, Norah Gaughan. What makes this book such a success is Norah's easy, straightforward voice that runs through it like a soft thread of yarn, showing you all there is to know before you create your very own jumpers and accessories for yourself!
100 Flowers to Knit & Crochet by Lesley Stanfield
Your knitting collection will be blooming whenever you open this gorgeous book, filled with a vast collection of beautiful flowers to add to your favourite clothes, cushions, hats, bags and other accessories around your home! From poppies to roses, daisies and many other exotic and colourful flowers, find your favourites and give your belongings a personalised twist! Not only does '100 Flowers' feature a wealth of detailed instructions and requirements, you will also find that every beautifully embroidered flower can be decorated with cute embellishments, including beads, buttons and sequins.
My Knitted Doll by Louise Crowther
A knitting pattern designer with a flair for creative and distinctive styles, Louise Crowther's book is made for those who love to knit dolls in their spare time. Suitable for all skill levels, anyone can have a go making one of these gorgeous toys that you can either keep for yourself or give as a gift! For a personal touch you can mix and match the doll's clothes to really make it your own. Features beautifully detailed pictures to make 12 adorable dolls with a choice of 50 garments and accessories.