Knitalong: celebrating the tradition of knitting together

a book by Larissa Brown & Martin John Brown
published by Stewart Tabori & Chang, spring 2008

Order it from your local yarn shop or bookstore, or online retailers including Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble; Booksense member stores; and Borders.

At any given moment, tens of thousands of people are involved in knitalongs in places all over the world – many connected only by the silvery threads of the Internet.

Ours is the only book that celebrates this phenomenon, and traces it back through years of tradition, community, and shared purpose.

Read along with us as yesterday’s wartime Red Cross sock drives evolve into today’s meet-ups at locales as diverse as cafes, state fairs, and major league ballparks, as well as international online gatherings focused on patterns, yarns, and other themes.

We present an inspiring look at centuries of people knitting together, and why knitters find the interaction so meaningful and worthwhile. Along the way, we offer 20 projects especially suited for different types of knitalongs. We also include a DIY chapter about how to start your own knitalong, including tips from experts who have been there, done that.

Naturally, we ran some knitalongs when we were making the book. Hundreds of knitters from several continents participated. Their joyous variations on projects like the Meathead Hat show there isn’t just one right way to make a project — there could be a hundred. These knitters also pitched in with dozens of candid photos that show the unrestrained energy of grassroots crafting today.

When you add Michael Crouser’s gorgeous professional shots of the projects, images virtually spill out of the book. It’ll inspire you to get together with friends, neighbors, even strangers — and make something with your hands today.