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Dec 2, 2013

I've worked at Interweave for five years now, so I know first-hand how wonderful our products are. They're extremely high-quality and so many are industry standards. At Thanksgiving, I absolutely gave thanks for being able to work at this fabulous company.

I have quite a list of favorite products, as you can image, but I thought I'd really go deep and show you my top five (to date; there's always something amazing on the horizon). It was a really hard process, but for you? Anything!

    The Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns by Ann Budd. This is a perennial favorite, and one that I've had on these sort of lists before. But, honestly, it's one of the books I use most. I knitted my nephew a Harry Potter house sweater (shown at left) using the Set-In Sleeve pattern in a child's size, with the V-neck option. He loved it; knitting victory!

The great thing about this book is that there are basic patterns for all types of sweaters for just about any gauge and size, plus variations to customize them for the person you're knitting for. Ms. Budd has two other books in this series, The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns, and The Knitter's Handy Book of Top-Down Sweater Patterns, which are equally useful.

New England Knits by Cecily Glowik MacDonald and Melissa LaBarre. When this book came out, I knew it would be a forever-favorite for me. Melissa and Cecily just know how to design timeless knitwear!

There are so many projects here that I love, but I've only gotten to two of them: The Montague Bulky Lace Vest and the Brattleboro Hat.

I wear them both a lot. And the Brattleboro, in particular, makes a great knitted gift. So get yourself the book and knit the hat for others!

I know I'll knit more from this wonderful book.

Knit Fix by Lisa Kartus. This is a must-have book for all knitters. It will show you how to fix just about any mistake!

From missed decreases to altering a finished sweater, you'll find the answer to your problem here. I used this book just the other day to figure out how to loosen a too-tight cast-off.

I promise you'll use Knit Fix a lot. I know I do!

Knitting Daily TV. Did you know that you can download single episodes of your favorite TV show (and mine!)? I love watching KDTV, and I learn something new every single time! Each episode has a name that will let you know what the focus will be, so if you're looking for hints about knitting lace patterns, download episode 1110: Lace!

There are over 100 episodes to download, so you can get exactly what you need, whenever you need it. I recently downloaded episode 909: Bobbles and Baubles because I wanted to see Eunny Jang demonstrate bobbles. KDTV is so wonderful; there's always lots to learn, and it's so fun to learn it with Knitting Daily TV's hosts and guests.

knit.wear. When knit.wear hit the stands, everything changed. Well, maybe that's overstating it an itty-bitty bit, but I do think a new standard was set.

Featuring sleek, simple, artful handknits, in-depth technique articles, design inspiration, and so much much more, each issue is a little treasure filled with instant classics.

One of my all-time favorites is the Tucked-Buttonband Cardigan by Kyoko Nakayoshi, from knit.wear Fall 2012, and pictured at left. It's unique and classic; a go-with-everything wardrobe staple.

You can download each of the individual issues, or get yourself a 4-pack that includes all of the knit.wear issues to date.

Pretty good stuff, right? Since I set my limit at five products, I didn't talk about the hundreds of pattern downloads. But they can't go unmentioned. Our collection of patterns is the best available; almost every piece that's appeared in all of our magazines is available for individual download. WOW!

Head on over to the Knitting Daily Shop and see what we have for you on Cyber Monday, and don't forget to get yourself some of my favorites!


P.S. I want you to recommend your favorite Interweave product! Leave it in the comments so we can check it out.

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Juliest wrote
on Dec 7, 2013 12:48 PM

Did you actually try to knit the featured tucked Button band sweater?  The pattern is total gibberish.  Did your test knitter survive or did the stroke she suffered from trying to figure out what they meant at the yoke end her life?  The tech editor should be fired.  I guess I should not complain.  The knitter who could not figure it out paid me to finish the sweater.  After throwing your magazine into the fire, I finished it on my own.  I know how a raglan sleeve goes, I know how a scooped neck goes, I know how a seed stitch button band and neck band go, I get the short row tucks.  So I finished it, but no thanks to your pattern.  You should be ashamed for having actually charged me money for it!  Take a look at the actual pattern and see how you fare knitting it.  I challenge you to knit it from the pattern and survive sane!

Barzallai wrote
on Dec 7, 2013 10:28 AM

It would be better if you had the comments section monitored and removed all the advertising. It appears only 1 of the comments is about this article, the rest are advertising spam. I usually enjoy reading others contributions on an article. Please correct this problem,


delee wrote
on Dec 3, 2013 3:40 PM

Dear Kathleen,  Have just purchased a copy of "New England Knits" and am delighted with the patterns inside.  Looking forward to getting started over the Christmas holidays.  Many "Thanks" for your recommendation.  :-)

delee wrote
on Dec 3, 2013 3:39 PM

Dear Kathleen,  Have just purchased a copy of "New England Knits" and am delighted with the patterns inside.  Looking forward to getting started over the Christmas holidays.  Many "Thanks" for your recommendation.  :-)