Stitching in the Stacks

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 About the Book

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.

Just the Facts

28 patterns
176 pages
ISBN: 978-1937513238
This book is available in both print and digital format.

Meet the Editor

Sarah Barbour has been designing knitwear since 2005. Her patterns have been published in Interweave Knits, Knitscene, Interweave Crochet, YARN, Yarn Forward and Inside Crochet; she has also worked with Knit Picks, Nashua and Classic Elite yarn companies. Before yarn took over her life, she received a Masters degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois. She thinks every librarian should have a cape. Sarah can be found online at or on Ravelry as Rope.

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Read Reviews

Advance praise for Stitching in the Stacks:

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 (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

Featured review (Knitty, Winter 2013):

I think it’s safe to say that most knitters are avid readers, so it’s not surprising that many who choose to work among books are also avid knitters. Stitching in the Stacks is a fantastic collection of book and library themed patterns that any book lover would drool over. Many of the patterns are named after or inspired by real and fictional librarians and I learned a lot reading through the patterns.

Some of the patterns are practical; shawls, cardigans, and fingerless gloves for those working indoors with temperamental heating and cooling systems. Some are useful, like a cabled book weight inspired by the arches at the Library of Congress or an e-reader cover designed to look like a traditional book plate. Some are whimsical, like a knitted bookworm holding his own little book, or the Dewey Decimal Hat, a beret with the Dewey decimal number for knitting worked into the design. But all of the patterns are beautiful and there were so many that had me itching to pick up my needles.

The patterns are well designed and the charts are large which is great for those of use who have read and knitted so much, our eyesight isn’t the best. If you love books, or need a gift idea for someone who loves books, you will not go wrong in choosing this collection. — Katherine Ganzel