A joyful and engaging look at a time-honored craft. Follow the knitting journeys of the authors and others to discover how they have used knitting to explore and strengthen their spiritual selves, and how you can do the same. Includes original patterns.

Linda Skolnik and Janice MacDaniels

7 x 9, 240 pp | 978-1-59473-079-5

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Knitting is the miracle of creating new dimensions from a strand of yarn. Let it bring that miraculous transformation to your spiritual life too.

“This book is about seeing and listening. It’s about becoming aware that through knitting you can hear and give attention to what’s in your heart and soul—that knitting can be a place of rest and thought and a place for the Divine. It’s about connection—to yourself, to the world, to others and to the Holy.”

—from the Preface

What can you learn about yourself through your knitting? What deeper symbolism lies behind the loops and patterns that you create? How can this simple activity help you make your way down a spiritual path? Delve into these questions and more in this imaginative book that will become your spiritual friend, your teacher and your sanctuary. Follow the knitting journeys of the authors and other knitters to discover how they have used their knitting to explore and strengthen their spiritual selves, and how you can do the same. In this joyful and engaging look at a time-honored craft you are invited to:

  • Find time and space that was previously hidden in plain sight
  • Try creative, thought-provoking original knitting patterns
  • Recognize and deepen spiritual connections through knitting
  • Meet other knitters on the journey to spiritual and self- discovery
  • Explore new ways to expand and savor your knitting community
  • Recognize your own power to pass along the knitting wisdom

“Goes down like a soothing cup of tea.... Thoughtful and thought-provoking.... Reveals a deeply spiritual side.”

Canadian Jewish News

“An enlightening, entertaining and affirming text on the spiritual depth of knitting. Finally, Skolnik and MacDaniels have put into words what I have been trying to express for so long about why knitting means so much to me.”

Melanie Falick, author of Handknit Holidays, Weekend Knitting, Kids Knitting, and Knitting in America

“Light, swift, and well illustrated ... contains a helpful list of additional resources on knitting.”

Library Journal

“A fascinating tale, knitting together the often disparate strands of science and religion, faith and reason, art and technology. Expert knitters and spiritual seekers, Skolnik and MacDaniels have filled their book with stories about design and wisdom to enrich our journeys, and guide us gently into Mystery.”

Susan S. Jorgensen, spiritual director, retreat leader, and coauthor of Knitting into the Mystery: A Guide to the Shawl-Knitting Ministry

“Pushes knitters to rediscover knitting.”


“Can make some of our knitting time not be about product or even process, but about understanding, meaning and connection. Linda Skolnik brings to The Knitting Way an enthusiasm, curiosity and honesty that we trust.”

Elaine Rowley, editor of XRX Books

“[Offers] knitters a fresh approach to a favorite hobby.”

Publishers Weekly

“A heartfelt journey that inspires us all to look both outward, into our culture and families, and inward, into our hearts, to seek the true meaning of our own knitting pathways.”

Deborah Newton, author of Designing Knitwear