Helpful Resources & Websites

There are wonderful resources available online, in print and on CDs to help make your crochet and knitting experience more enjoyable. In addition, consider taking classes at your local yarn department or store or joining a guild.

Knitting & Crochet Chat Rooms, Bulletin Boards, Web sites

Crocheters, hand knitters, and machine knitters worldwide communicate with each other via the Internet on a variety of Bulletin Boards and Chat Lists. Be sure to visit the Bulletin Boards at the Craft Yarn Council web site — and at The Knitting Guild Association —, Crochet Guild of America —, as well as many offered by guild chapters.

In order to be a "member" of a given list, you need to register with the computer that owns the list, or "subscribe." The easiest way to subscribe to many of the following lists is by going to, a very useful-to-knitters web site. Once on the home page, go to Resources, knitting related Computer Resources, Fiber-related Mail Lists. Another suggestion is to log on to From their home page, search for knit and crochet list.

  • — one of most popular chat areas for crocheters
  • — a compendium of crochet information from a variety of sources.
  • Knitlist — log on to -The first and one of largest of the Net's mailing lists about knitting.
  • Knitmac, Machknit — log on to and search for Machine knitters' lists.
  • — forum, plus how tos but more advanced
  • — a compendium of knitting information from a variety of sources.
  • — a popular knitting site managed by XRX, publishers of Knitter's Magazine
  • — wonderful stitch diagrams and video
  • — pattern discussions but more advanced; lists charities

Also visit the web sites of the Craft Yarn Council of America and its members. They are full of helpful tips, yarn product news and free patterns.

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Industry magazine are another excellent resource for technique information, tips, and patterns.

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Books & CDs

Books are an invaluable resource for every crocheter and knitter and there are thousands from which to choose. Listed below are those books that include helpful information, along with patterns that require less shaping and intricate stitch work. The publishing company is listed first, followed by the book title.

Artisan Div. Of Workman Publishing
Kids Knitting by Melanie Falick
Caron International
Learn to Knit Video
Coats & Clark
Crochet Made Easy CD-Rom
Knitting Made Easy CD-Rom
F+W Publications (Krause)
The Crochet stitch Bible by Betty Barnden
Easy Knitted Accessories by Jeanette Trotman
Knitting Without Tears by Elizabeth Zimmerman
Interweave Press
Crocheters' Companion by Nancy Brown
Knitter's Companion by Vicki Square
Martingale & Co.
First Knits by Luise Roberts
Knitting with Novelty Yarns by Laura Militzer Bryant and Barry Klein
The Ultimate Knitter's Guide by Kate Buller
Simon & Schuster
A Passion for Knitting by Nancy J. Thomas and Ilana Rabinowitz
Sixth & Spring Books
Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Book edited by Trisha Malcolm
Vogue Knitting On the Go Series

  • Beginner Basics (knitting) edited by Trisha Malcolm
  • Crochet Basics edited by Trisha Malcolm
Storey Publishing
Hooked on Crochet by Candi Jensen
Knit Baby Blankets edited by Gwen Steege
Knit Scarves! By Candi Jensen
Wiley Press/Hungry Minds
Crocheting for Dummies by Susan Brittain and Karen Manthey
Knitting for Dummies by Pam Allen
XRX Publishing
The Knitting Experience: Book 1 The Knit Stitch by Sally Melville, Elaine Rowley and Alexis Xenakis
The Knitting Experience: Book 2 The Purl Stitch by Sally Melville, Elaine Rowley and Alexis Xenakis