The Best Craft Books of 2018

The Best Craft Books of 2018

We may not be huddled in Times Square (yet), but we’re well outfitted for the cold with all the hand-knit and hand-crocheted garments and accessories we’ve made this year. And the source of inspiration? The amazingly talented authors of our craft books! We are so proud to publish these innovative creatives from around the world, and we have a whole lot more exciting ideas for makers in store. But before we get too far ahead of ourselves, let’s take a quick look back at the books we published in 2018.

Our Year in Craft Books: 2018

 

Faroe Island KnitsFaroe Island Knits (January)

The Faroe Islands, a far-flung archipelago lying halfway between Norway and Iceland, have a rich and longstanding knitting tradition—knitting was once one of their largest export industries, as well as a dearly-loved pastime. Now, inspired by this bountiful heritage, knit designer Svanhild Strøm and her mother Marjun Biskopstø have brought contemporary style and classic Faroese motifs together in this striking collection of 52 traditional Faroese designs on hats, sweaters, ponchos, slippers, and more.

 

Knitting with Beads Made EasyKnitting with Beads Made Easy (February)

It’s never been easier to knit with beads! From pretty pearls to classic silver or gleaming glass, beads are the perfect way to add a little glitz and glamour to any knitted project-and knit designers Liv Asplund and Jane Asprusten have finally made it as simple as it sounds. Using their straightforward technique, novices and veterans alike can take their pick of dozens of gloves, hats, headbands, wrist warmers, bags, and scarves, in thin yarn or thick, with small beads or large, and craft fun and fancy accessories in style.

 

Medieval-Inspired Knits PBMedieval-Inspired Knits (March)

Now in paperback! Inspired by the richly decorated interiors of medieval churches in the province of Uppland, Sweden, this gorgeous book is a visual playground for the knitter. Author, graphic artist, and hand-knit designer Anna-Karin Lundberg provides a stunning photographic glimpse into her country’s creative and religious history while explaining her own fascination with the motifs, colors, and shapes of the Middle Ages. Lundberg then seamlessly translates the luxurious swirling vine patterns, graceful borders, and exciting color combinations from dozens of dramatic mural paintings and period textiles into sumptuous modern-day knits anyone can wear.

 

ArneCarlosFavoriteDesignsArne & Carlos Favorite Designs (April)

Knitters, crocheters, felters—crafters from all over the world have learned to look to the dynamic Scandinavian design duo and style influencers Arne & Carlos for what to make next. Over 15 years and 7 uniquely beautiful instructional books, Arne & Carlos have built their brand, from breakout phenomenon to reliable supplier of how-to information and creative inspiration. Now they have gathered their pick of the “Best of the Best”– 70 of their favorite techniques and patterns from their previous books and pet projects: balls, dolls, birds, slippers, sweaters, scarves, mittens, and more–and combined them in one glorious, highly illustrated package. There is something here for everyone, whether hardcore fan or neophyte: Arne & Carlos not only share their greatest hits in fresh and exciting ways, they also provide 15 never-before-seen projects.

 

Carefree CrochetCarefree Crochet (May)

May Britt Bjella Zamori is firmly in love with the possibilities of dynamic openwork, playing with yarn weight, and crochet that’s easy and undeniably wearable at the same time. In this fabulous collection, you’ll find soft, lovely crochet pieces for both summer and winter use; big and small projects like scarves, short and long vests; heavy, cozy yarns for long-sleeved sweaters and light, drapey yarns for dresses and skirts; plus cushions, accessories, blankets, and so much more.

 

Knitting for the Fun of ItKnitting for the Fun of It (June)

Get ready to be immersed in the strikingly vivid world of handcrafting designer Frida Pontén, who’s brought some of her favorite patterns together, 44 in all into a brilliant celebration of all things knitted. Whether you’re seeking an airy summer jacket, a cozy poncho for cool days, a warm striped scarf, enchanting wrist warmers, or fun and funky blankets, look forward to breathtaking designs that are sure to be a highlight of your home or wardrobe.

 

Fave Scan Proj Weave PB CoverFavorite Scandinavian Projects to Weave (August)

45 timeless designs specially chosen from the popular Scandinavian weaving magazine Vävmagasinet offer all the help and inspiration you need to create a delightful and unique focal point for any room in your home. Each pattern is intentionally versatile: choose from a wide array of fabrics to suit your individual style; change the size and color of blankets, pillows, and rugs to complement a room’s décor; or match the color of table linen to your favorite china.

 

Wild Mittens and Unruly SocksWild Mittens and Unruly Socks (September)

Review some of the basic techniques of working with multiple colors to help you find your footing, and then get ready–get set–and go wild! With fierce tigers, brilliant peonies, looming giraffes, cute Chihuahuas, and creeping jellyfish, this collection of over 20 different stranded patterns for socks and mittens is bursting with inspiration.

 

Easy Cable and Aran KnitsEasy Cable and Aran Knits (October)

This stunning collection features 26 luxurious projects with all the delight of classic textured cable patterns, plus renowned designer Martin Storey’s trademark contemporary appeal. With a versatile range of garments–including scarves, hats, mittens, shrugs, sweaters, and more–this book provides a unique opportunity to expand your repertoire of stitch patterns.

 

Big 3 Knitting TechniquesThe Big 3 Knitting Techniques (October)

Ann-Mari Nilsson’s comprehensive pattern treasury covers the “big three” knitting design techniques, from easy to challenging: multi-color, slip stitch, and relief stitch. The book includes basic templates for a wide variety of garments; mix and match with whatever catches your eye from the library of over 80 charts for pattern knitting, and work your choice of accessory with whichever design you like best.

 

Beaded Wrist Warmers from LithuaniaBeaded Wrist Warmers from Lithuania (November)

Beaded wrist warmers are a vital, beloved, and beautiful part of Lithuanian traditional costume. That’s how Irena Felomena Juškienė discovered them: As a member of a group of artists dedicated to classic Lithuanian dance and music, she wore them during performances. When she decided to explore the roots of these knitted accessories, Irena found they were a fascinating part of the regional history and culture of Lithuania. The results of her journey have now been brought together in a compilation of beaded knitting patterns that spans centuries, dialects, and multiple museum collections.

 

Winter Knits from ScandinaviaWinter Knits from Scandinavia (December)

Knit designer Jenny Alderbrant has collected 24 of her best-loved patterns for mittens, hats, and socks, with dozens of colors and delightful motifs that’ll keep you warm all winter long. Try out time-tested classics like flowers and starry snowflakes, or get creative with cats, butterflies, and more! Featuring easy-to-adjust sizes, for children and adults, and eye-catching designs to suit every taste.

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Our very best wishes for a safe, peaceful, and very happy New Year.

Trafalgar Square Books, publisher of fine craft and equestrian books, is a small company based on a farm in rural Vermont.

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Our Holiday Gift to You: 6 More Free Patterns!

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At TSB we love supporting the maker in each of us. In the 12 weeks running up to the holiday season, we have been giving away FREE PATTERNS from our bestselling knitting and crochet books. We shared a roundup of our first six free patterns in a post a couple weeks ago (click here). Now, here’s your key to the final six—there are a LOT of fab ideas here to start your New Making Year with busy hands and lots of yarn.

Check it out! Click the links or the images to download the free pattern PDF:

Stylish Garter Stitch Wrist Warmers from Knitting with Beads Made Easy by Liv Asplund and Jane Asprusten.

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Dance in Circles Warm Slipper Socks from Crochet in Black & White by Constanze Diehl-Hupfer and Magdalena Melzer.

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Honeycomb Brioche Poncho from Ponchos to Knit by Denise Samson.

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Hand Towel from Classic Crochet the Modern Way by Tove Fevang.

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Elves Knitted Socks from Jorid Linvik’s Big Book of Knitted Socks by Jorid Linvik.

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Bobbled Potholder from 35+ Potholders to Crochet by Beatrice Simon, Eveline Hetty-Burkart, Beate Hilbig & Dagmar Neubert

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Click each link above to download your 6 FREE PATTERNS, click here to read our blog post with the first 6 FREE PATTERNS, and follow Trafalgar Square Craft Books on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to get others in the new year ahead!

Happy Handmade Holidays!

Trafalgar Square Books, publisher of fine craft and equestrian books, is a small company based on a farm in rural Vermont.

 

5 Amazing Crochet Tips

 

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All of us benefit from those who have a touch more experience or a tad more exposure to a specific technique—that is, we do when they share their knowledge! And that, of course, is what is so fabulous about crochet and knitting technique books: They not only collect cool ideas and patterns in one place, they usually include some hard-won tips, tricks, and sage advice, to boot.

Here are 5 amazing crochet tips you might not have heard yet, gathered from books we are proud to have published.

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Working in the round? Whether you’re crocheting or knitting, make it easy for yourself by placing a marker of yarn in a contrast color every few rounds—not just one in the first round, or one you have to keep moving up for each new round! Tip from CROCHET IN BLACK & WHITE by Constanze Diehl-Hupfer and Magdalena Melzer.

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From Crochet in Black & White by Constanze Diehl-Hupfer and Magdalena Melzer

 

Crochet Tip 2
When you’re crocheting granny squares in multiple colors, it’s a good idea to begin a new color at a corner—and to begin the next new color at a different corner, so the square’s as even as possible. Catching the old color and covering it as you go means you won’t have to weave in ends later! Tip from KNIT-AND-CROCHET GARDEN by Arne & Carlos.

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From Knit-and-Crochet Garden by Arne & Carlos.

 

Crochet Tip 3
Working slip stitch through some eyelets? If you’re having trouble seeing the holes where your slip stitches need to go, try sliding a knitting needle into the holes to open them up and help you find them. Tip from CLASSIC CROCHET THE MODERN WAY by Tove Fevang.

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From Classic Crochet the Modern Way by Tove Fevang.

 

CROCHET TIP 4 
It’s easy to work a crochet edging onto just about any piece of knitting or loosely woven fabric! You can even work onto something more closely woven—either by embroidering a base of blanket stitch at the edge and then crocheting along that, or by using fine yarn and a small hook with a pointy head to pierce holes along the edge. Tip from CROCHET WORKSHOP by Emma Seddon and Sharon Brant.

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From Crochet Workshop by Emma Seddon and Sharon Brant

 

CROCHET TIP 5
It’s easy to starch things that need to hold their shape—and to unstarch them, if they end up too stiff! 2 cups of confectioner’s sugar, boiled in 2/3 of a cup of water until transparent, can be swiped onto a completed piece of knitting or crochet with a pastry brush; and if you put too much on, you can always rinse a little starch back out with running water. Tip from TAPESTRY CROCHET AND MORE by Maria Gullberg.

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From Tapestry Crochet and More by Maria Gullberg

 

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Trafalgar Square Books, publisher of fine craft and equestrian books, is a small business based on a farm in rural Vermont.

Free Band of Stars Crochet Pattern

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We just love this crocheted band, resembling those used with some traditionally styled winter coats. Those bands were quite long and wide enough to hold together big fur coats made of wolf, goat, sheep, or dog skin. The bands went over the coat, around the neck, crossed over the chest, and then were tied at the stomach.

Maybe you’d like to make one to add a unique touch to a tunic, long sweater, or trench coat? We want to help! Check out this FREE PATTERN from the book TAPESTRY CROCHET AND MORE by Maria Gullberg and published by TSB.

CLICK HERE to download your FREE PATTERN.

 

Did you know?

TSB has published fine craft books since 1992, releasing a few select, highly illustrated instructional titles for fans of knitting, crochet, spinning and weaving, sewing, embroidery, and mosaic each year. We are proud to publish the work of top names in the design and craft industries, including the wildly popular duo Arne & Carlos; spinning and weaving expert, the late Anne Field; knitting and cabling innovator Elsebeth Lavold; bestselling crochet veteran Tove Fevang; internationally beloved colorwork master Martin Storey; and Scandinavian pattern specialists like Mette Handberg and Jorid Linvik, to name just a few. It is our goal to provide inspiration and how-to that can make any and every home a place where beautiful crafts begin.

Trafalgar Square Books, publisher of fine craft and equestrian books, is a small business based on a farm in rural Vermont.

 

5 Hot Knitting & Crochet Books for the Fall

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Are your hands ready to put down the trowel and spade and pick up the knitting needles and crochet hooks? We have some HOT books chock full of knitting and crochet patterns to keep your fingers busy as the seasons change.

ArneCarlosFavoriteDesigns1  ARNE & CARLOS FAVORITE DESIGNS
They’re coming to the US this fall! Over 15 years and 7 uniquely beautiful instructional books, Arne & Carlos have built their brand. Now they’ve gathered the “best of the best”—70 of their favorite techniques and patterns from their previous books and pet projects, including balls, dolls, birds, slippers, sweaters, scarves, mittens, and more—plus 15 brand-new creations, for 85 masterful designs in total. For details of their book tour, visit arnecarlos.com (and watch this space for more information, too!)

BigBookSocks2  JORID LINVIK’S BIG BOOK OF KNITTED SOCKS
Popular knitwear designer Jorid Linvik, author of the bestselling BIG BOOK OF KNITTED MITTENS, is back with 45 distinctive sock designs in a rainbow of colors and brilliant patterns, featuring everything from stripes to flowers, animals to instruments. Want to know more about Jorid Linvik? CLICK HERE to read our post that tells her story.

AfghanKnits3  AFGHAN KNITS
Renowned knit designer Martin Storey has put together an all-new collection of 18 throws, runners, and pillows, all marked with his trademark contemporary flair. Modern stripes, creative cables, lacy openwork; textured stitches, eye-catching colorways, and undeniable style—embrace the flexibility and endless possibilities offered by these  designs. (For 5 reasons why we love knitting afghans, CLICK HERE.)

Faroe Island Knits4  FAROE ISLAND KNITS
The Faroe Islands, a far-flung archipelago lying halfway between Norway and Iceland, have a rich and longstanding knitting tradition. Now, inspired by this bountiful heritage, knit designer Svanhild Strøm and her mother Marjun Biskopstø have brought contemporary style and classic Faroese motifs together in a unique and inspiring trove for any knitter with an interest in the twists, turns, and hidden treasures of Nordic knitting history. (For more about the book and a peek inside, CLICK HERE.)

Crochet Gifts for Baby5  CROCHETED GIFTS FOR BABY
Whether clothes, toys, or ideas for the nursery, the projects in this sweet crochet collection for babies and toddlers up to 24 months make the perfect custom gifts. Dive into this charming mix of ideas—they make the perfect gifts!

Trafalgar Square Books, publisher of fine craft and equestrian books, is a small business based on a farm in rural Vermont.

Free Crochet Pattern: Labyrinth Doormat

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What’s a better mid-week pick-me-up than a free crochet pattern? Here’s an eye-catching labyrinth doormat in black-and-white that makes a statement while not overcomplicating life. To download the free pattern PDF from the book CROCHET IN BLACK & WHITE, click the link below:

FREE LABYRINTH DOORMAT CROCHET PATTERN

TSB is pleased to offer other free crochet and knitting patterns from its bestselling books. Did you download our Chevron Blanket pattern yet? CLICK HERE to visit that post and double down on your crochet aspirations for the weekend!

Did you know…

TSB has a generous loyalty program. That’s right, we’ll pay you to buy craft books publisher direct, plus give you free shipping in the USA! CLICK HERE to read more about our Needle Points program. 

Trafalgar Square Books, publisher of fine equestrian and craft books, is a small business based on a farm in rural Vermont.

 

 

Free Crocheted Chevron Blanket Pattern!

Free Crocheted Chevron Blanket Pattern!

The chevron is a V-shaped mark, often inverted, and commonly used in reference to architecture, or badges indicating rank or length of service in the military. It is a motif that has always generated a lot of interest in the world of crochet, because there are endless ways to vary it and use it in combination: the stripes can be steep or gentle, wide or narrow, alike or different. And the effect can be striking.

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If you haven’t worked the chevron pattern before, here is a chance to create a colorful blanket that is both an approachable introduction to the motif and a rewarding result. In their book CRAZY FOR CROCHET, Lily Secilie Brandal and Bente Myhrer provide this rendition of the classic pattern—easy to follow or to modify to better suit your style or mood.

CLICK HERE to download the FREE crocheted chevron blanket pattern from CRAZY FOR CROCHET.

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And for 70 more crochet projects you’ll love to make, take a look at the book CRAZY FOR CROCHET. Everything you need to get started crocheting is in this collection: clear, detailed guidance through the basics, dozens of helpful photographs, and patterns for every skill level, from scarves and blankets to socks and slippers, from hats and pillows to lampshades and clutches.

CLICK HERE for more information about the book.

Trafalgar Square Books, publisher of fine equestrian and craft books, is a small business based on a farm in rural Vermont.