Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Thinking of knittin’ some mittens? Cast on with WPL’s Knitting Circle!

Do you love knitting or want to learn? Worcester Public Library now offers knitting programs!
Knitters of all skill levels and other needlecraft enthusiasts are welcome to join us.  All participants must bring their own supplies. If you would like to learn how to knit please bring size 7 or 8 knitting needles and a skein of worsted weight yarn. Our next program will be held on Thursdays, from 12-1:30 pm in the 3rd floor Ellipse, starting December 5 (but not December 26). In addition, we will also offer knitting programs from 3-4 pm on January 2, 2014 and February 6, 2014 in the Banx Room.

If you cannot wait until our next program, there are many resources that may be of use to a knitter. 

To start you off, here’s the link to books about knitting in our library catalog. They most likely will be found on the 3rd floor, especially in the 746.432 section. A selection of potentially helpful titles may be found below.

Don’t let the title dissuade you- it’s a very handy reference. In fact, this is the first book I purchased for my own personal knitting collection.
200 Knitting Tips, Techniques & Trade Secrets by Betty Barnden
Full of useful tips and photographs
When Bad Things Happen to Good Knitters by Marion Edmonds and Ahza Moore 
How to fix knitting errors such as dropping stitches
 Mason Dixon Knitting by Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne
Folksy but fun and useful
The New Encyclopedia of Knitting Techniques: A Comprehensive Visual Guide to Traditional and Contemporary Techniques by Lesley Stanfield and Melody Griffiths 
Glossy photographs of every stitch pattern you can imagine

We also have knitting themed magazines on the 3rd floor in the periodicals department that you are allowed to borrow.

Knit Simple
Interweave Knits
Vogue Knitting

There are many online resources for patterns and other communicating with fellow knitters
Knitty – online magazine featuring free patterns
Ravelry- free community site and pattern database but registration is required
Knitting Pattern Central – directory with links to patterns of all kinds

Free patterns from yarn companies
Note: these links do not serve as an endorsement for the yarn companies
Lion Brand

Enjoy your knitting project and I hope to see you at our programs!

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