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Stitching in the Stacks

from Cooperative Press
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Stitching in the Stacks
Stitching in the Stacks Mystery Novel Cover
Stitching in the Stacks Carnegie Vest
Stitching in the Stacks Belle Greene Shawl
Stitching in the Stacks Ranganathan's Mitts
Stitching in the Stacks Front cover

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit
  • cast on
  • purl
  • bind off
  • basic increases and decreases
  • read charts

Pattern Description:

Ask most people to picture either a librarian or a knitter, and they're likely to conjure up the same image: a stern, older woman with sensible shoes and hair in a bun.

Stereotypes aside, there does seem to be a special bond between knitters and libraries. This book celebrates that connection, offering 30 exquisite designs inspired by librarians (real and fictional), library architecture, cataloging systems, and sometimes the books themselves. Each pattern comes with its own story, making this book as fun to read as it is to knit from.

Featuring patterns by Brenda K. B. Anderson, Sarah Barbour, Heather Broadhurst, Kristen Hanley Cardozo, Brenda Castiel, Holly Chayes, Cheezombie, Nina Machlin Dayton, Susan Dittrich, Rachel Erin, Carol Feller, Sharon Fuller, Joy Gerhardt, Meghan Jones, Molly Kent, James Magee, Kendra Nitta, Heather Ordover, Theressa Silver, Kristen TenDyke, Alex Tinsley, and Karin Wilmoth.


"Enjoy this collection of fun, fashionable and functional designs for your favorite library worker, reader, laptopper or yarn enthusiast. Everyone can use something lovely to warm the heart and excite the eye." Jessamyn West, creator of Librarian.net (from the foreword)

"This book gives a very healthy dose of tlc to librarians, crafters, and those who are both librarians and crafters (like me). The patterns are gorgeous and honor librarians past, present, and fictional. Our authors also provide extensive research into the study of library history, librarians, and library science, citing colleagues I am proud to have met at conferences. A must for any who love fiber and libraries." Kate Kosturski, co-founder of the American Library Association's CraftCon

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