Back in school, I was a bit of a bookworm. I once got in trouble for reading a “Magic Tree House” book during 3rd grade math class. My books often had spaghetti sauce splattered on the pages, because I read during dinner (and breakfast, and lunch). I walked through the supermarket aisles with a book in front of my face, and occasionally apologized to inanimate objects. (I know what you’re thinking: “This girl must’ve been so popular and cool!”)
Well, I still love books, and now I get to order books about knitting for all of you to enjoy! Some of my favorites are books about books — knitting books based on literature. Today is a perfect day to be cozy at home, curled up with your knitting or a good book (or both, thanks to audiobooks!), so let me show you a few of the books from our shelves.
Literary Knits by Nikol Lohr is the book that first got me started on knitting patters from literature. This is a bookworm’s dream — a sweater inspired by The Metamorphosis (complete with beetle yoke), a cozy hood designed for Lyra from The Golden Compass, and even a blouse that provides and answer to every Jane Austen fan’s burning question: WWEBW? (What Would Elizabeth Bennet Wear?)
The next knitting literature book to capture my fancy was Green Gables Knits, by Joanna Johnson. This book of “patterns for kindred spirits” brings alive the world of L.M. Montgomery’s red-haired heroine with patterns for all of your favorite characters. I especially like the simplicity and thoughtful details of these patterns — Matthew’s Vest is quiet, dignified, and classic, while Diana’s Hat is pictured in a delightful shade of raspberry. Green Gables Knits also includes wonderful vintage photographs of places mentioned in the series, as well as quotes paired with each of the patterns.
The most recent addition to the collection is based on both literature and a very popular TV show. Sherlock Knits, also by Joanna Johnson, features Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective, but you will notice the strong resemblance of the male model to a certain uniquely-named actor who stars in the current BBC series. I doubt it’s a coincidence (the universe is rarely so lazy), but I’m not complaining. And the patterns are nice to look at, too. The Scotland Yard vest is especially striking, and the houndstooth print would make for a fun, engaging knit.
I hope you’re all staying safe and cozy today! What are some of your favorite books — knitting or otherwise?