Gifts for Knitters: Zimmerman

One of Elizabeth Zimmermann’s dreams was to publish a book of her garter stitch designs. 
As we looked through Elizabeth’s designs, we found a wealth of material, much of it little known or unknown to knitters. Further, we were intrigued and excited by the unique construction of some of these “new” designs (equal to her classic baby surprise jacket). You will find sweaters, coats, jackets, and vests for adults and kids, baby garments, plus a wonderful array of small projects including sideways gloves and socks, several brimmed hats, an ingenius pattern for knitted clogsand more. Projects include Surplice Baby Jacket, Two Piece baby Jacket, and Chambered Nautilus Hat. Hardcover. See the pattern on Ravelry

From “Beginnings” and learning the basics of knitting (casting-on, knitting, purling, increasing, decreasing and casting-off) to “Master Classes” and delving into the more complicated techniques involved in Fair Isle, Aran, or Lace knitting, the Knitting Workshop is a wonderful compendium for circular knitting and an introduction to master knitter Elizabeth Zimmermann. Instructions for hats, sweaters, shawls and EZ’s legendary Baby Surprise Jacket, as well as the Tomten Jacket and Pi Shawl. Hardcover. See the patterns on Ravelry.

Knitter’s Almanac presents the full scope of Elizabeth Zimmermann’s tireless imagination through a year’s worth of projects, fitted to the seasons, moods and needs of knitters who would like to design their own work. Projects include the February Baby Sweater,  Mitered Mittens and Pi Shawl. All lessons come with classic Elizabeth commentary on each project, its history, ancient and modern knitting customs, and her personal views on life and knitting. She works step-by-step with the reader through each garment, also suggesting alternative methods and ideas as she goes. This book will provide at the very least a year’s worth of knitting pleasure and at the very best will infect you with Elizabeth’s contagious passion for knitting. Softcover.  See the patterns on Ravelry.  

The best of Elizabeth Zimmermann is in this collection of her newsletters from 1958-1968. Full of Elizabeth originals like the Tomten Jacket, Knitted Garter Stitch Blanket and Baby Surprise Jacket, each newsletter is reprinted in its entirety for you to recreate with your individual tastes. You’ll be able to hear Elizabeth speaking in her frank manner when you read her journal entries. The letters from fans to Elizabeth’s family at the time of her death will bring tears to your eyes. An absolutely essential book.  See the patterns on Ravelry

In Elizabeth’s last book, she teaches you to be the boss of your knitting. Her liberating teachings have inspired generations of knitters and the classic patterns will keep you knitting for years. The book contains dozens of inventive designs, both Seamless and garter-stitch, plus her autobiographical Digressions. Projects include Seamless Yoke Pullover, Very Warm Hat and Mitered Mittens.   Hardcover. See the patterns on Ravelry.

Do you love to knit but hate to purl? Have you ever started a sweater without enough yarn from the same dye lot to finish it? When you cast on, do you end up with a tail of yarn that’s maddeningly too long or too short? Elizabeth Zimmermann comes to the rescue with clever solutions to frustrating problems and step-by-step instructions for brilliant, timeless designs. Projects include Seamless Hybrid, the Tomten Jacket, and the Seamless Yoke Pullover. Softcover. See the patterns on Ravelry.

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