I love books; I work as a librarian in my day job and finding a great knitting book that's well organized and incredibly useful hits all the marks. I stumbled across this stitch dictionary, 750 Knitting Stitches: The Ultimate Knit Stitch Bible from Pavilion Books on the new book shelf at work one day and took it home on a whim. This turned out to be one of the best knitting reference books I've picked up yet!
I love flipping through stitch dictionaries for inspiration and ideas, and I used this book when I was designing a couple of my own swatches. It has bright, clear photos and is organized by type of stitch: knit / purl combinations, lace, cables, edging, color work, etc. Each section has a little color coded tab so it's really easy to browse if you don't know exactly what you're looking for.
The knitting is photographed in high contrast, so the stitch patterns show up beautifully and are easy to "read". The instructions with number of stitches and rows are written out row by row and charted where applicable. The sheer number of variations included in this book is amazing. From crazy twisting cables to gorgeous color work, there's something for every knitter. The stitch patterns included are a great jumping off point for knitters who want to add in their own variations. This is truly the "ultimate knit stitch bible" and its definitely going on my wish list!
I've got a pile of wonderful craft and fiber-related books to share with you. I'm hoping to make this type of review post a semi-regular occurrence - I'm super picky about the crafting books I buy and when I find a good one I want to spread the word to other makers out there.