After the last knitting book I got from Blogging for Books, I was craving a knitting book with patterns I would actually make in real life. This one did much better than the last one. Here's my copy:
This book has several new techniques I haven't tried yet, such as adding beads to knit work, as well as some tried and true techniques I'm very familiar with, such as making ribbing or sock gussets. What I liked about this book is that the patterns are things I would make and use. Things like boot cuffs, scarfs, hats, socks, and shawls. Some of them were not to my liking in the photos, but the author included ways you could make the pieces your own.
For example, on page 107, the Cha-Ching Mitts pictured on the front cover can be made with or without the beads. The instructions tell you how to do both versions, which I appreciate, since I would rather make them without beads. There are several patterns written this way, and I believe the author does her readers and knitters a service with that inclusion in the pattern.
Overall, I would rate this book a 4 out of 5 stars. While it was a huge improvement as far as knitting books I've read this year go, there wasn't anything in here that made me grab my needles and yarn and get cracking (don't let the picture fool you, I didn't make anything from the book...yet!). However, I will likely make a few of the items as Christmas presents later in the year and I'm very glad to have the book on my shelf. Definitely one any knitter would want in their collection...and as all knitters know, hoarding knitting books is nearly as addictive as hoarding yarn!
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