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.

 

Get Great Savings All Weekend from Our Online Bookstore!

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Thanksgiving is over…let the shopping begin! At TSB, we’ve joined the Black Friday (Etc) Party by kicking off a big, end-of-the-year sale today, and it will run straight through Small Business Saturday (did you know TSB has a staff of SEVEN?), and (why not?) Cyber Monday, to boot. Just visit our online bookstore at TrafalgarBooks.com and enter code TSBHAPPY at checkout to buy one item, then receive 30% off all additional items! Plus, we offer FREE SHIPPING in the US. (Yippee!)

Have a crafter in your family? TSB has amazing books to choose from. Here are 5 of our top sellers of 2018:

ARNE & CARLOS FAVORITE DESIGNS by Arne & Carlos

 

FAROE ISLAND KNITS by Svanhild Strøm and Marjun Biskopstø

 

JORID LINVIK’S BIG BOOK OF KNITTED SOCKS by Jorid Linvik

 

CAREFREE CROCHET by May Britt Bjella Zamori

 

EASY CABLE & ARAN KNITS by Martin Storey

 

Looking for something else? CLICK HERE to browse our online bookstore.

Happy shopping, with your favorite makers in mind!

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

Handmaking a Gift? Here’s How to Choose Which Yarn to Use

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These days, the gifts that resonate most seem to be those that stand in stark contrast to our artificially enhanced and technology-dominated world. Handmade items is not only a demonstration of how much you really care about another, it also gives you a good excuse to slow down each day, breathe, and concentrate on a creative craft.

Of course, many of us choose to make things for others that we would like to have ourselves! How better to judge an item’s worth than by your own appreciation? This can help you choose materials when you’re stuck and unsure of a recipient’s taste.

“Choosing yarn for gifts is really no different from choosing for yourself,” says designer Kat Goldin in her book CROCHET THE PERFECT GIFT. “Think about how the recipient is going use and wear the item, how likely they will be to hand wash (or not) and buy the best you can afford.”

Yarn has come a long way in recent years. An ever-expanding combination of weights and fibers is available with relative ease in your local yarn shop or online. Here are some of Goldin’s tips for choosing the right yarn for your handmade gift:

Acrylic yarn is inexpensive, and many of the newer varieties are soft to the touch and machine washable, making it a good option for giving. Note, however, that acrylic yarns often don’t wear well or last over time.

Most wool and wool-blend yarns available these days are soft enough to be worn against the skin. There are many machine-washable wool yarns on the market, which is key in a gift, particularly if you are giving your handmade item to someone who isn’t a knitter or crocheter. When it is machine-washable it is far more likely your gift will be worn or used time and again by its recipient.

Cotton and bamboo yarns are great for items that need a lot of washing.

Linen and jute yarns are good choices for projects that need structure.

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Crochet and knitting patterns usually suggest a particular yarn that works well for the project in terms of weight, drape, and washability. However, you can always substitute an alternative. To ensure you are successful in substituting yarn, choose one with similar properties—for example, if the yarn called for is a 50/50 wool/alpaca mix, then start looking there. Of course you can substitute other materials if you have a strong preference, but that means you must really consider the other properties (such as drape) before investing in skeins that might not suit.

If you have questions about how a particular yarn will behave in your pattern or project, ask someone at your local yarn store for advice.

Kat Goldin’s CROCHET THE PERFECT GIFT is available from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is FREE.

CLICK HERE for more information.

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