Category Archives: book review

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5 Favorite Books: Lace Knitting and Crochet

Do you knit lace? Personally, it terrifies me. I've tried it a few times, but between the intricate charts and constant yarn-overs, I get very confused, make mistakes, and often end of ripping my whole project back to the beginning, where I sit baffled at how anyone actually does this. I like lace in small doses: a panel here and there to complement the rest of a (simple) knitted project. I'm working my way up to Estonian shawls in very small increments, and when I look at books about lace, I dare myself to go forward, "lifelines" in hand. Here are five books from the Knit Picks shelves I love to page through. You might enjoy them, too! At 40% off in our current book sale, why not pick one up and cast-on (or dream, like me, of casting on). Our book sale is on, for only a bit longer! "Lace Yarn Studio" is a fun book with a collection of patterns from varied designers. From smaller projects to larger sweaters, you can work your way up to complicated projects and learn a bit more about lace yarn, in the process!

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A Guide to Mix & Match Socks for Top-Down & Toe-Up

Whether you're new to sock knitting or have knit countless pairs for yourself and loved ones, you'll be delighted at the endless options and combinations that you'll be able to create with our new book, Socktacular! Mix & Match Socks for Fancy Feet. Here's how it works: choose to work the socks top-down or toe-up pick one of three styles each for the toe, heel and cuff add in one of twelve stitch patterns And that's how easy it is to create hundreds of unique and customized hand-knit socks.

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3 Favorite Knit Picks Books

I have a great affinity for the books we publish ourselves here at Knit Picks. I've attended the photo shoots for them, been witness to the proof reading of them in the office, and have received copies of the gorgeous finished books, themselves. It's definitely one of the things that I want to show customers the most - the gorgeous quality of these books, and the great patterns contained within them. So, I was excited when I heard we were having a promo where, if you spend $25, you can pick out a Knit Picks book, for free! Since there's only a couple more days left of the promo, I thought I'd highlight my favorite 3 books. There's so many good ones, it's really hard to choose!

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Book Sale Round-up: Small Projects

We're finally approaching days of warmer weather filled with beach visits, time in the backyard, and long car or plane rides. What do you like to knit in Summer? I like smaller projects - things in smaller bags that I can tuck into a beach bag or suitcase. I like to stash bust in warmer months too, so that, come September, I am ready to tackle that Fall sweater or other large project. So today, I'm highlighting 3 books with great small projects that you might want to consider. It's the last day of book sale! At 40% off, one of these books might just have the perfect patterns to see you through the warmer months of kntting and crochet. Fans of Jane Richmond will love Island, her collection of 5 unique designs inspired by the spirit of adventure. You'll find fingerless mitts and hats to see you through days of hiking and cool nights on the beach. You may remember Emily, our Graphic Designer, knitted a mesh scarf from the collection, and loved it! You'll find great patterns presented in a cool and fashionable way - and it's a smaller book, easily tucked into your project bag!

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Garment and Accessory Books We Love

Sometimes I marvel at the craft world - about how many people are knitting, how many more people want to learn, and about how many amazing collections of knitwear  and crochet designs there are in the world. Will my queue ever get manageable? Will I ever think to myself, "I haven't seen anything lately I really want to make"? Probably not. So many books cross my desk here at Knit Picks, and so many of them are so striking, offering crafters a chance to make something truly breathtaking. With all books currently at 40% off in our book sale, I thought I'd highlight 3 books that I thought are really something special.

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Making Friends: A Book Sale Round-up!

Our book sale is here again! With 40% all titles, it's really hard to pass up the opportunity to browse new titles, or add a book you've been eyeing for while, to your shopping cart. Alison's sea creatures have been eliciting such a great reaction both online and in the office, that I thought I'd present some of our favorite books for knitted and crocheted toys and dolls. Have a look! You might just see something (someone?) you just have to make.

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Northwoods Pattern Collection

One of the things I love about our new pattern collection, Northwoods (and there are so many things), is how sophisticated and polished all the project are, while still being down-to-earth. They're all just so wearable, you know? And the cable stitches add a lot of interest without being overwhelming to knit. Today, I'm highlighting a couple of my favorite patterns from the collection, with some exclusive images from the photo shoot that I couldn't fit into the book.

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Spooky Holiday Knits!

It's time for hauntings, ghostie ghoulies and other fantastic Halloween traditions! You can celebrate in style this year with your own bowl full of knit eyeballs with this FREE Knit Eyeballs pattern

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Book of the Week: New American Knits

New American Knits takes the slim, functional silhouettes from American sportswear genre and spices them up with lovely details inspired by famous American artists. I'm utterly smitten with each of the projects in this collection, starting with the absolutely gorgeous Nevelson Lace Pullover featured above. The color palette, photography and unexpectedly modern details has me reaching for my needles and contemplating another attempt at set in sleeves just so that I can have a few of these pieces in my growing knitwear collection.

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Basic Doesn’t Mean Boring

You know what's really exciting to me, in knitwear? Not so much texture, or lace, or fancy techniques. No, what really makes me want to cast on is a good, solid basic with lots of stockinette. Maybe it's the minimalist in me that just wants a lovely blank canvas in whatever color I desire, or maybe I'm too fond of mindless knitting while watching TV or hanging out with friends, but give me a classic silhouette and next to no frills and I'm happier than a pig in mud (if pigs knit).

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