Knitting Mondays: Cooperative Press Giveaway!

It’s the middle of winter and I don’t know about you, but I need some knitting inspiration.


How about a package of 6 knitting books from some of the most creative knitting minds?



Any one of these books will make your fingers itch to knit.

The folks at Cooperative Press have donated 6 of their most recent knitting books that 1 lucky knitter will win.


The usual rules apply for our giveaway: Leave a comment on this post before midnight, eastern time, on Friday, February 10, 2012.


1 comment will be chosen at random to answer a skill testing question.

If he/she answers correctly, they will win our prize! Prizes valued at $153.75. Good luck, everyone!


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1,169 thoughts on “Knitting Mondays: Cooperative Press Giveaway!

  1. Sarah

    Oooh books! One can never have too many. 😉 good for when it’s the end of the world and Ravelry and the rest of the Internet won’t be available.

  2. Cindy

    These would be wonderful additions to my sparse knitting library. I’m especially interested in the Anna Dalvi book – love her work!

  3. MadTatter

    Yet another completely awesome giveaway! I learn about more awesome books/tools/goodies through you guys…..

    I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I get picked this time…!

  4. Laurie

    I am happy to enter a contest to win books (knitting and reading are my two favorites combined) and these look great. But(chewing a fingernail) what sort of skill testing question?

  5. Rebecca

    Wow, these books look great. Thank you, Coop Press! I have the Knitgrrl Guide and it’s a fabulous resource. I’m sure the other books are equally useful and well written.

  6. Daria

    I already own the Guide to professional knitwear and love love love it! To have the whole shootin’ match would fill my heart with gladness.

  7. Reb

    Having never completed my NaKniSweMo sweater, I don’t deserve these. But I could use some procrastination reading for this coming November . . .

  8. KittenWithAWhiplash

    Wonderful assortment of books, I’d have been happy with any one of them, but all 6? Could cause a winnertastic excitmentacious gratitudinarian overloadification! I’m willing to risk it if you are, so please count me in, and thanks for another generous giveawasy.

  9. Colleen

    I love having the knowledge to reshape patterns to make them exactly how I want them. These books are perfect!

  10. Theresa Smith

    Holy smokes! Six delicious looking books in one giveaway? Sign me up! I might have to buy some of these if I don’t win anyway…

  11. Valerie

    I don’t know which I’m more excited about – what would Mme. Defarge Knit or Xtreme!! double knitting.
    They all look fantastic.

  12. Sheila

    Oh, pick me please! I’ve been wanting to get my hands on both Extreme Double Knitting and Shaping Shawls, but my library doesn’t have them.

  13. Lisa Barrett

    No WAY! How awesome. I can never have too many books let alone too many knitting books. What a terrific way to see me thru the end of winter. Thank you for the generous giveaway!

  14. allison

    wow! what a collection… good inspiration for working through the stash!
    thanks for the great contest!

  15. Amy Lamash

    Very cool. I have 2 of these books already and they are well done. One I am very eager to try is the Extreme Double Knitting.

  16. Josiane

    Those would be a brilliant addition to my bookshelves! It’s a good thing they’re offered as a bundle: I wouldn’t be able to choose just one among them… 🙂

  17. Judith

    Oooooooh! I never win anything, but I’ll try, try try anyway!
    Great set of books, would love to win them 🙂

  18. JoAnna

    My Mom has “Twist and Knit” and I’ve tried to steal it from her multiple times.

    I. Love. Books!

  19. Steph

    I have just discovered the Knitty Blog! I enjoy it and a set of knitterly books – well that would be a bonus!

  20. Sara L

    OOOh, I would love to have those books! I especially want to learn double-knitting. Seattle is going through a false spring but soon enough it will be raining again and won’t stop until July.

  21. Maureen

    I have a few of these on my wish list and the others I had not heard of but they all look wonderful.
    They would be a welcome addition to any knitter’s library.

  22. Maureen

    I remain ever hopeful that this time you will pick me. Looks like a great crop of books to keep someone busy.

  23. Katie K

    These are great books which open doors and expand horizons. I, too, will share them if I win them.

  24. Ruby

    I don’t have any of these books on my bookshelf, but they are on my wishlist. Thanks for the opportunity, time and again, for such great giveaways.

    Skilled Testing Question? Gotta think on that one.


  25. Terri

    Very generous of Cooperative Press. I have heard wonderful reviews of all of these books and would feel fortunate to receive them.

  26. Anne Gardner

    “some of the most creative knitting minds”

    Wow! What an understatement! This is an amazing collection! Please, please, please pick me!

  27. Nigel Pottle

    Wow, now that’s a collection I would be happy to own. I wonder how I can twist the universe so that my name is chosen. I could evoke “The Secret”. We’ll see.

  28. Kate Smith

    Ooh! Ooh! ~both hands in the air~

    Thank you for these giveaways. It’s always fun to see new stuff!

  29. Carol

    Hoping to improve my contest karma by not entering every one I come across, but this one I can’t resist. What a great giveaway!

  30. mollysusie

    I have never seen any of those books … you must have a super secret knitbook stash! They look fantastic, esp the knitwear design one! Thanks for such a great giveaway!

  31. Sue Krekorian

    what a wonderful, covetable collection of books: anyone would be lucky to win these, and I’d love it to be me!

  32. Leah

    Books are some of my favorite things – next to yarn, and tools, and yes, yarn, and fleece and…..

  33. Irene T

    Need to take a break from knitting. Fingers and wrist hurt from too much knitting right now. Books! On knitting! Just the thing.

  34. Megan

    Ooh, how exciting! I’ve been mulling over extreme double knitting since I first read an article about it. Would love to give it a shot.

  35. kit mason

    I would love to have those books. I have so much handspun yarn that could be used for those patterns.

  36. Rachael

    Oh man, “What would Madam Defarge knit?” is cracking me up! All of these look like great reads!

  37. elizabeth

    These would definitely brighten up the rest of my winter — and since my broken wrist is finally healed, I could actually make some of the beautiful object in them. Cool.

  38. Amy J

    Wow, These would definitely keep me busy…..and hopefully increase my knitting time after I’ve lost some to reading them!

  39. martie K.

    What a great package of books. I would love to win them. And BTW how have I missed “Amy’s Mom’s Shop” up to now? There is some amazing Asian jewelry on there!

  40. Kat K

    OMG, it’s going to be hard to wait and see if I can win these. I might have to go buy a couple of them really soon.

  41. Carrie

    Inspiration would be a lovely gift this February. I could use the lift in my spirits and the kick in the pants to get knitting!

  42. Jennifer

    I was thinking it might be an e-book combo but real books are even better, especially knitting books! I’d love to win, thanks for the chance!

  43. Lee Wells

    I’d love to get those books; there is always room on my bookshelf for another knitting book or six!!

  44. Karen

    Oh, how perfect the extreme double knitting book would be. I have a friend who came home after a drunk evening with a compass tattooed on her hand because she’s directionally challenged! What fun it would be to knit her a hat to match her tattoo 😉

  45. Savannagal

    Holy cow – six books! What a giveaway. There’s going to be one happy knitter out there. Good luck to all.

  46. Barbara

    Of course I would love to be as lucky as to win this wonderful price, but I already thank you for letting me know about these books!

  47. Anita

    This is a fabulous giveaway, with a few items on my wish list. Thank you Cooperative Press! Thank you Knitty!

  48. Sheryl

    Ooo, just looking at the photos is making my fingers itch, I’ll just have to keep them firmly crossed – when I’m not knitting of course x

  49. joan

    I have been interested in double knitting for quite a while, and that book is next on my list. The others also look good ….

  50. Carolyn

    Books….did someone say books…knitting books for a giveaway!!! Wonderful. I am having surgery in three weeks this would be great for my recovery reading……

  51. Barb T

    I almost love books as much as yarns. Can I please have them??? I promise to make something lovely from one of them.

  52. Becky O.

    Wow! What a great prize! These books are all new to me (and I am a bookaholic)and sure to inspire! Pick me, please!!!

  53. Cynthia C

    The only thing as good as yarn is books about knitting your yarn. Another great giveaway from Knitty.

  54. Elizabeth

    What a terrific package, and especially in time for some snow in Ohio. I’d love to cuddle up with these books all around me and my stash and come up with some great projects.

  55. Gina in the SF East Bay

    Wow – if these don’t inspire you to grab your needles and run to the nearest stash of yarn, then your knitting mojo definitely needs a fix.

  56. Jenn in Portage

    What a great set, I’ve been eyeing the Extreme Double Knitting for a while and the rest look equally inspiring. Thank you for the chance to win.

  57. Dinah

    What a great giveaway! I’m in the middle of winter heaven – lots of knitting time 🙂


  58. Christina

    I LOVE the Cooperatve Press, their ingenuity and the fact they are doing something new!

    Yay for Shannon who is making it work for designers out there in a changing world!

  59. Lucianne

    What a happy coincidence! I have several of these books on my ‘to buy and read’ list….maybe I’ll be lucky!!

  60. Emmabug

    I have commitment issues, therefore I must have more cowl patterns….Twist & Knit looks perfect!Thanks for the giveaway CP.

  61. Jennifer

    I heard a good interview with Alasdair Post-Quinn on the KnitPicks podcast. Now that I am starting to do colour work, I’m interested in double knitting and would love to receive his book as well as the other Cooperative Press offerings.

  62. Susie

    What a treasure! I’d love to find out if I can answer the qualifying question. After the giveaway, would you consider posting the Q for us all to try our hand?
    Thanks, what fun!

  63. Sam

    Oh, all of those books look so lovely!! I am always looking to learn more about knitting. Double knitting fascinates me and I have such an obsession with shawls! Thanks for the excellent giveaway!

  64. Laura

    Wow, what a fantastic contest! I have had my eye on Shaping Shawls and would love to win it along with all the other books.

  65. Nicole Jamison

    As Elaine from Seinfeld would say, “Get OUT!” I do not have anyone to push but I would be excited to win some knitting books!

  66. Kitsune

    Oh! That’s so amazing, I’ve been looking for the Extreme Double-Knitting! They don’t carry it at any of the bookstores around here.

  67. Judi

    That combination would keep you busy for several winters! Would love to have any of them – all would just be better.

  68. Pat

    I’m not sure that I would call what I do skilled so the question thing sort of freaks me out but inspiration is needed so let’s do it!

  69. G. K. Green

    Oh, please, inspire me! Thanks for a wonderful giveaway, as always, but I want to win this time, and I mean it … 8^) Isn’t that a disarmingly cute smiley emoticon? Don’t be fooled, though … I’m an American who knows where Toronto is! I’m gkgreen on Ravelry and … and if anyone actually reads this, be sure to look out for another great book coming soon from Cooperative Press by Audrey Knight on reversible scarves! Go, Audrey!!!

  70. Pamel

    Knitting is my obsession. It also helps me with my Fibromyalgia. I make gifts for family and friends since being on disability means I don’t have much money. I have 15 grand-children to make gifts for at Christmas. Therefore any new ideas will be very helpful not to mention wonderfully welcomed. I hope you consider me.

  71. Liz H

    That is an amazing giveaway.
    I think nearly all of those books are on my buy-when-I-have-money list.

  72. BeadedLaceHoar

    Shaping Shawls is on my wish list and the other books look amazing! Thanks for putting these up!

  73. Paula F

    I’m a little nervous about a possible “skill testing question” but how could I not give a try. Interesting set of books

  74. Linda

    What a great selection of knitting books. If they can’t get your creative juices going then you are in sorry shape.

  75. M. Peterson

    These are all great, but I’m especially intrigued by the double-knitting book. I promised I wouldn’t buy any more knitting books…

  76. Kamigaeru

    Oh wow, I totally need these books on my knitting shelf!! I’ve never tried double knitting before, but I really want to. And the shawls… what a great collection of literature!

  77. Kayteau

    Having gotten on a shawl knitting kick of late, I am intrigued by the shawl shaping one, but Madame Defarge sounds interesting, too. OK, so they all are interesting sounding!

  78. Christine

    WooHoo! I bet I would find multiple things I’d like to make in each and every one of those books – send them to ME!!! 😉

  79. LindaR.

    My daughter loves Madame DeFarge, and her birthday is Thursday. Maybe this book would inspire her to give knitting another try…thanks for the great giveaway!

  80. Louise T

    Oooooh I do want. I cruise lots of sites for inspiration and have books galore, but it’s like popcorn. Just not enough books. They look really interesting.

  81. Beth Gray

    Oh my goodness, what an awesome thing winning these books would be! I’m going to add them to my Amazon wish list in case I don’t win….

  82. jill

    Just wondering, is it random-random or do you pick a favorite comment? Or pick a random winner from the cool comments? I want the Madame Defarge book particularly. I am known as “the knitting lady” around town, you know, at the ball field and the library, town meetings and outdoor concerts. I’d rather have a more sinister rep. xox

  83. stephanie gordon

    Wow! I’d love a chance to win these books but…. can I answer a question? Guess we’ll see (if I’m selected, that is). Thanks for the chance – what incredible books!

  84. Stephanie

    I have a yearning for some of these! I am unfortunately suffering from startitis at the moment. I do believe I would bury myself in new projects with any one of these titles. I’ll take the lot! Thanks

  85. Ria

    What a wonderful giveaway! I just got the Madame Defarge book for Christmas and it is not only full of great patterns, but insightful essays as well.

  86. Pam

    Wow, I wonder what Madame DeFarge WOULD knit? And wordpress thinks I’ve already left this comment. That’s hard to imagine. Not hard to imagine that someone has, though.

  87. Mel

    Nice prize! Are there any more rules on these contests? Oh well, I’ll toss my hat into the ring any way.

  88. Natalie

    That double knitting book is especially calling my name. I learned to double-knit a short while ago and can’t wait to expand my knowledge of the technique!

  89. Beth Rudo

    All of these books look great. I think I would knit from every one of them, maybe starting with Extreme Double Knitting.

  90. colleen mcgaughey

    Looks like an awesome collection of books! The Extreme Double Knitting is on my wishlist. If I don’t win maybe I’ll get it for my birthday which is next month.

  91. Nina Bauer

    I finishing my masters thesis in two weeks and after that I plan on getting to knit a lot. So new inspiration would be fantastic.

  92. Emily

    That is a whole lot of awesome books right there. I hadn’t heard of “Shaping Shawls” before…I’m heading off to find out more about it now.

  93. Anne

    WOW! I would love to design knitwear myself, so that would definately be the book to start with for me. But they all look awesome!

  94. Heather

    How exciting! That’s an amazing combination of books — many thanks to you and Co-Operative for the giveaway. I would love to be considered! 🙂

  95. Laura

    I have been eyeing the Extreme Double Knitting book for some time. And a collection of half a dozen books is a real treat. Lots of projects to finish out the winter with!

  96. Marielle

    What an awesome give-away! I remember hearing an interview with Alasdair Post-Quinn about this book and my husband is anxious to try one of his two double-knit tie patterns! Shaping Shawls is another excellent book to have in one’s collection. Fingers crossed!

  97. Jane George

    Would love to have them all, can’t pick a favorite. Thanks for the opportunity to win them.

  98. Mary C

    Man, oh man, would I love to win these! I’ve been a knitting fiend, but I recently got a little burnt out. Definitely could use a little inspiration!

  99. Janet Martin

    What could be better to cure the winter doldrums than these wonderful technique inspirations!

  100. Dorothy

    What an amazing giveaway! I’d love to own those books, especially the Double Knitting one. I’m thinking about taking a class, but winning a book would be so much less expensive!

  101. colleen mcguire

    wow. I really like listening to Craft Lit and that is one of the cooperative press peeps. What a nice treat. You could have even made it two gifts of three!

  102. Lisa

    Shawls? Cables? Design? Sign me up! Heh. It’d be fun to put all three of those together! I might have to go sketch something now. 🙂

  103. nb

    need this so badly! even casting on 3 more projects isn’t moving me along. also, isn’t one of those illustrated by Franklin? I believe his middle name is Inspiring.

  104. Nike Eve

    Oooh, that Extreme Double Knitting book has my eye, that’s for sure! I’ve made a grand total of one scarf using the technique, but I’d love to test my skills with something more adventurous!

  105. Cami

    Wow – those look really interesting. Might be just the things to start me on learning some new and interesting techniques!

  106. Stefanie

    Double-knitting is on my list of things to learn in the coming year, so winning this book would be just the thing! Plus, I love shawls, and cowls, so the both Twist and Knit and Shaping Shawls book appeals to me as well. Thanks for doing this!

  107. Mary

    I am game…I stared blankly past my knitting book stash (of about 6 books actually, if I won this it’d double it!) and could not think of anything in any of them that I wanted to knit! (What is wrong with me….) So I started a random plain hat…

  108. Elisabeth

    There are never enough knitting books in the world. I’m glad to see a few more that look really interesting!

  109. Karina

    They all look informative and I can see diving into a couple of them right away! Thanks for offering them!

  110. Sally

    Oh gosh, what a beautiful selection! I love them all – Madame DeFarge! What a kick. Thank you for the opp to snag these.

  111. joanie

    Love the giveaway! Needed a little smile today, so I came to your blog and it’s giveaway time! Thanks!!

  112. Chris J.

    Wow, that looks like a great collection. Bend your mind all different ways. Want!

    Thank you for having give-aways!

  113. SueBE

    Thank you for the giveaway. My sister, genius that she is, gave me yarn for my birthday. Oh, for a new book to help me use it.

  114. Kathy

    Cool, a giveaway that involves skills test. Hope I pass if you contact me! I saw a lot of these at sock summit so it will definitely be nice to add them to the collection. thanks!

  115. Liz

    Amazing! A multi-title knitting book give away where I don’t have a single one of the books in question? That has never happened before. I must be behind on my book buying.

  116. Clare

    I think any one of those would be fantastic – been eyeing the double knitting one for a while now!

  117. Amy

    I already have a couple of these because I love even the IDEA of the Cooperative Press books, and their content is fabulous. I’d love to win them all and then share the duplicates with my knitting group 🙂

  118. Marlana

    What a great giveaway! I’ve had my eye on the double knitting book for a while but I’m broke. If I don’t win this, I’ll buy it as soon as I can.

  119. JL

    What an intriguing collection! I’d not seen many of those titles and now I’m really curious to learn about them.

  120. Mairi

    Those are some really interesting books. One of them is already on my ‘want’ list, but I may need to look at the others, too….

  121. Irene

    Oh wow! You could not have picked a better pack of peppers! 😉 I’ve been wishing for those books since I first heard of them, but just havent’ pull the trigger because of that darn B-for-budget word. BUT! If I win them…..!

    Wish me luck!

  122. Sandra Slade

    I always get irritated when my husband calls me Mme Lafarge whenever I bring out the needles. Please enter my name.

  123. Paulette B

    Thanks to Cooperative Press for their donation and to KnittyBlog for organizing the Giveaway! Good Luck to all.