After getting the really great Japanese Knitting Patterns book, I’ve decided I wanted to explore some other Japanese pattern books. I signed up for a class at Stitches West in February but that’s a long way off!
So first I visited Kinokuniya, the Japanese bookstore in San Jose. I’ve browsed Japanese knitting books there in the past, but perhaps because it is summer, they didn’t have much of a selection this time. Then I remembered that I had heard about an Etsy shop that carries all kinds of Japanese craft books and magazines. I searched through literally hundreds of books and magazines and narrowed it down to six that I ordered.
The books and magazines have arrived and now I’m puzzling through the construction details for a few favorite patterns. I thought I’d share the resources that I’ve been using to help me.
In addition to the front material in Japanese Knitting Patterns, Twig and Horn have a great post on how to read Japanese knitting patterns. One of the most important things it explains is how to read the decrease information for armholes and necklines.
I also found a Japanese/English dictionary full of knit specific terms that has been useful.
Ravelry has a Japanese Knitting and Crochet group that is also very helpful.
If you have used Japanese knitting patterns, I’d love to hear your favorite resources!