Knot Your Average Book: Ten Knitted Works of Fiction

Everyone needs a hobby. Those wonderful, destressing activities that bring us all so much joy … when we aren’t in the middle of a stressful political season. While reading is obviously the frontrunner in my list of hobbies, sometimes I also love just sitting down with a pair of knitting needles and a ball of yarn. While I’m not an expert by any stretch of the term, even knitting something as simple as a scarf can completely clear my mind for an a few moments here and there. It’s as simple as a couple of turns and, the next thing you know, you have a hat. So for today’s Top Ten Tuesday, I’d like to combine my love of both books and knitting and present ten books that feature knitters, their projects, and their problems.


The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club
by Gil McNeil
Goodreads

Casting Spells
by Barbara Bretton
Goodreads

Death By Cashmere
by Sally Goldenbaum
Goodreads

The Friday Night Knitting Club
by Kate Jacobs
Goodreads

How to Knit a Love Song
by Rachael Herron
Goodreads

Knit One, Kill Two
by Maggie Sefton
Goodreads

The Knitting Circle
by Ann Hood
Goodreads

Last Wool and Testament
by Molly MacRae
Goodreads

The Vampire Knitting Club
by Nancy Warren
Goodreads

While My Pretty One Knits
by Anne Canadeo
Goodreads


Note: Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. Be sure to check out her weekly post to find other participants.

46 Comments

  1. Anne Bennett says:

    I’d love to add knitting to my list of know-hows. My non-bookish activities

    Liked by 1 person

    1. It’s a lot of fun! Really relaxing.

      Like

  2. I had no idea that there were so many books about knitting!

    I’ve been working on a scarf lately. I guess it’s that one week a year that I do needlecrafts, LOL.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Same! Before I started making this list, I thought maybe I had only read a couple, but nope. Tons of them out there! And I love that, mostly because it sounds just like me. As much as I love knitting, I’ve been known to put projects off … a lot.

      Like

  3. Lovely twist on this week’s topic! The Vampire Knitting Club looks like so much fun, I keep meaning to give cosy mysteries a try.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. That one is such a fun series! Really quick books with a lot of action and a lot more fun. I’d definitely recommend them if you’re looking to get into cozies.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Patrick Prescott says:

    My mother used to knit. She made nice shawls. https://pmprescott.blogspot.com/2020/11/ttt-non-bookish-hobbies.html

    Liked by 1 person

  5. I really liked what you did with this week’s TTT! I have to admit I’m not a crafty person but I love watching my cousin knit, the whole process looks so calming and I’m always excited to see the finished product!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Oh, that’s much fun! Even when I’m not knitting, I love see what other knitters are doing, so I totally get what you mean. Some of the creativity from these crafters is astounding.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Lexlingua says:

    Dumblydorr! This was awesome; loved the book covers and titles. Death by Cashmere (that must have taken a long time *inserts evil cackle*) and Last Wool and Testament, sheesh. Learnt a new thing about you today. Happy TTT!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. So glad you enjoyed this one! I’m a big fan of cozy mysteries with pun titles, so I was glad to throw a few of those in there this week, too.

      Liked by 1 person

  7. lydiaschoch says:

    I’d like to learn how to knit someday.

    My post.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Elley says:

    How fun! I am just teaching myself to knit and listed it as one of my hobbies over on my post. 🙂 I’m currently making a hat for a Secret Santa present, and I’m at the part where I need to switch from the circular needle to double pointed needles, which I’ve NEVER used before. I’m a bit scared!! I’ll definitely have to check out some of the books on this list. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I love that you’re teaching yourself to knit. That’s how I started, too. It was a bit of a bumpy start, but oh so rewarding! Double pointed knitting needles can be intimidating, but you’ll be a master in no time.

      Like

  9. Book Admirer says:

    I love Ann Hood and The Knitting Circle is definitely on my TBR. Love how you took this week’s theme and twisted it to make it your own. Happy Tuesday!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much! I’m starting to get back into Ann Hood’s work. She’s such a great author.

      Like

  10. Becky Lewis says:

    My favorite knitting books are The Knitting in the City series by Penny Reid!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Someone else just mentioned that series, too, and it looks awesome! Thanks for recommending it—I’ll always take on a good knitting read.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Becky Lewis says:

        They are really funny!

        Liked by 1 person

  11. I learned how to knit way back when, but it’s been years since I’ve picked up my needles! I’d love to get back to it — I remember how satisfying it was. I haven’t read any of these, but I did read a knitting book this past year — Real Men Knit. It was great!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Oh, that’s such a good one, and I can’t believe that I didn’t include it! And I can totally understand that. I stopped knitting for a few years, but it was surprisingly easy to get back into the swing of things after picking up a pair of needles.

      Like

  12. Have you ever read Penny Reid’s Knitting in the City series? You might like that series based on this post. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I have not, but I just checked it out on Goodreads, and this looks EXACTLY like the kind of series I would love to get into. Thank you for pointing me in the right direction!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. You’re welcome!

        Liked by 1 person

  13. speedyreader says:

    I still haven’t figured out how to knit, although I’ve tried! I love the time at it’s gotten popular again.

    Here’s my list: https://speedyreadercom.wordpress.com/2020/11/03/ttt-10-non-book-hobbies-or-interests/

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I can totally understand that! It took my a few tries before I was able to actually knit anything … lots of trial and error.

      Like

  14. I’d love to learn how to knit, it’s always felt like such a calming hobby!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. That’s exactly how I think about it! I’ll be totally honest, learning was a little stressful because I taught myself. But now, so long as I’m not working on a pattern that’s too wild, it’s so relaxing.

      Like

  15. Poinsettia says:

    Nice take on this week’s topic! I’ve never tried knitting before, but you make it sound so calming. The books look fun too! Here is my Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. It’s one of the most calming thing I can do, especially when I get into a rhythm! Thanks for reading.

      Liked by 1 person

  16. Holliehocks says:

    I do a lot of crafting and needlework, but I’ve never attempted knitting before. Eventually I want to give it a try.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. It can be a lot of fun! It took my a while to get the hang of it, but it’s great. Needlework also looks interesting! I’ve always wanted to try it.

      Liked by 1 person

  17. Cheryl Malandrinos says:

    What a great list. I really had no idea there were so many books with knitting involved. I wish I was talented that way, but closest thing I get to crafty is cross-stitch.

    http://thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com/2020/11/top-ten-tuesday-top-ten-non-bookish.html

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I was a little stuck deciding on how to approach the theme this week, and then I kept noticing so many knitting books on my Goodreads shelves. I really had no idea there were that many either! Cross-stitch looks like a ton of fun—I’ve always wanted to try it.

      Like

  18. My daughter is a knitter. This is a great list. I will tap into it for Christmas shopping. Thanks for the post.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I love hearing that! I hope you find a great purchase or two on here.

      Like

  19. lghiggins says:

    Fun list. I got back into knitting after a 10 + year hiatus to make a baby blanket. Let’s just say, “it shows.”

    Liked by 1 person

    1. That just means it has character! And in my opinion, knitting projects with a little character—or a lot!—are the best.

      Like

  20. Marianne Maurer says:

    What a great idea to combine books with your favourite hobby. Great idea. I listed all mine on my TTT.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much for reading, Marianne!

      Like

      1. Marianne Maurer says:

        You’re welcome. I always enjoy your posts.

        Liked by 1 person

  21. Carla says:

    I love this top ten Christopher. Of course, I have read some of the cozies, but the other covers look so amazing. I will be seeing what I can find at my library. Great post.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I figured a couple of these cozies would have already been on your radar! I hope you found a couple of potential new favorites on here. Funnily enough, I think I grabbed all of these from my local library.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Carla says:

        I am enjoying using my library again, now that we can actually go in and pick things up.

        Liked by 1 person

Leave a Comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s