Check It Out: Plenty of books to choose from for knitters

Knitting enthusiasts, rejoice! The Newport Beach Public Library recently acquired several new knitting books filled with creative gift ideas and projects to inspire you this holiday season. Discover an irresistible selection of knit designs to make for yourself and everyone on your gift list in these newly published guides:

"Vogue Knitting: Shawls & Wraps" by the editors of Vogue Knitting Magazine: Fashion-savvy women love the versatility of shawls and wraps. They can be worn over virtually any kind of garment, from beach attire to evening wear. This compilation of 40+ designs from "Vogue Knitting Magazine" includes lacy shawls, colorful wraps, textured capes, and beaded stoles.

"Men's Knits: 20 New Classics" by Erika Knight: Are you all thumbs when you try to knit for the men in your life? Former menswear designer Erika Knight presents 20 distinctive knitwear patterns that flatter guys of all sizes and ages. Learn how to knit gift-worthy menswear garments using luxurious yarns, classic shapes, and muted colors.

"Color by Kristin: How to Design your Own Beautiful Knits" by Kristin Nicholas: Celebrated designer and artist Kristin Nicholas shares her passion for knitting with color in this lavishly illustrated guide. Readers who want to hone their knitting skills will learn how to mix colors using a color wheel, design Fair Isle patterns and embellish knits with embroidery. Gift project ideas include mother-daughter mittens, a felted laptop case, comfy slipper socks and a patchwork baby afghan.

"The Essential Stitch Collection: A Creative Guide to the 300 Stitches Every Knitter Really Needs to Know" by Lesley Stanfield: Both knitting novices and seasoned pros will appreciate the impressive variety of stitches presented in this user-friendly book. Stitches are organized by type and level of difficulty. Each stitch is accompanied by a color photograph, a thumbnail pattern, and clear instructions.

"Knitting 24/7: 30 Projects to Knit, Wear, and Enjoy, On the Go and Around the Clock" by Veronik Avery: Beat the holiday deadline with elegant, simple designs that can be stitched together quickly for last minute gifts. The projects in this book are geared for busy knitters who want portable patterns they can work on during idle moments. Choose from arrowhead knee socks, a spiral tweed cloche, a sea crest bookmark and other clever gift ideas.

"Design It, Knit It: Babies" by Debbie Bliss: Renowned knitwear designer Debbie Bliss showcases an adorable collection of 18 original baby knit projects that are both stylish and practical. Readers are given step-by-step directions along with helpful suggestions on sizing and yarn selection. Baby patterns include knit sweaters, blankets, accessories and special occasion outfits.

"Knit Green: 20 Projects and Ideas for Sustainability" by Joanne Seiff: Knitters who want to "go green" will find all the information they need to make environmentally responsible choices in this insightful guide. Readers are encouraged to buy local, support fair trade programs and use recycled fibers, non-animal yarns and organically farmed products. Help preserve the planet as you learn how to create unique, eco-friendly works of art.

Hurry into the library today and pick up some holiday gift knitting inspiration!

CHECK IT OUT is written by the staff of the Newport Beach Public Library. All titles may be reserved from home or office computers by accessing the catalog at For more information on the Central Library or any of the branches, please contact the Newport Beach Public Library at (949) 717-3800, option 2.

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