Filled with beautiful photographs, Anne Weil’s new book, Knitting without Needles is the perfect book to gift. Whether it’s for the knitter curious about arm knitting, the wannabe knitter who can’t quite tame her needles, or simply your favorite crafter, this book is for them. This book not only teaches the basics of finger and arm knitting from scratch, but the author has managed to take needleless knitting to a new level, infusing it with traditional knitting techniques for stylish projects that come together in no time.
I first met the author, fellow blogger Anne of Flax & Twine, at a blogging conference in 2014. She and I have a lot in common. We’re both bloggers, lovers of yarn crafts, and coincidence of coincidences, we’re both wives of statisticians. (She’s the only one I know, come to think of it!) Anne is the blogger I aspire to be – Flax & Twine is full of 100% gorgeous photographs and completely elegant ideas for homey crafts.
Anne’s aesthetic has been beautifully translated into Knitting without Needles. Not unlike Martha Stewart’s aesthetic, the vibe of this book is light, bright and airy. As you leaf through it, this book makes you feel like it’s morning on a beautiful day that’s about to be filled with handmade fun.
My favorite section of the book is the how-to chapter. With lots of well laid out and well photographed instructions and reference photos, this chapter functions as an in-depth index of sorts. In this chapter you can refer to photographed step-by-step tutorials on arm knitting and finger knitting. These tutorials cover everything from getting started to doing more advanced techniques like how to finger knit wider than your hand. This chapter also covers prepping your yarn for arm knitting, a fully photographed visual guide to types of yarn, and how to select yarns for your various needle-less knitting pursuits.
If this hasn’t yet convinced you how much fun this book is, check out its adorable trailer, which gives you a sneak peek into the kind of stylish projects you can expect to find inside.
A copy of the book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.