My current work in progress:

Sundew,by Martin Storey, knit from Rowan Softyak DK, using 3.25mm and 4mm needles.

Oh Baby

I have in my hot little hands a review copy of  60 Quick Baby Knits: Blankets, Booties, Sweaters & More in Cascade 220 Superwash — see?

This is the latest “Quick Knits” book in the series from Sixth & Spring Books. It contains (you guessed it) 60 patterns for baby items, all using Cascade 220 yarn (though you could of course use whatever worsted weight yarn you wanted).

The designs range in size from newborn to 24 months and there is a very nice variety of projects — sweaters (both pullovers and cardis), hats, booties and socks, leg warmers, blankets, and a pillow. There are lace, cables, texture and colorwork patterns — a little something for everyone.

Thumbing through it, I found a lot of patterns I really liked. Here are a couple:

A cute cabled pullover.

A mosaic blanket.

There are many more adorable patterns as well.

Since I very rarely knit for babies, I’ll pass this book on to one of you.

To be entered in a drawing to receive my copy of 60 Quick Baby Knits, leave a comment on this post by 4:00pm EDT Tuesday, May 3, 2011, letting me know you’d like it. At that time I’ll have the Random Number Generator draw a comment number at random to determine who gets the book.

New Patterns in my Ravelry Store

Today I added the Delightfully Simple Shawl and Reticulated Shawl patterns to my Ravelry store — and remember, they are both 25% off through the end of the month, which would be this Saturday at midnight (Eastern time, I think). So if you want either of those patterns, you still have time to get them at the sale price.

A very big thank you to Stacie B. and Angie D. who test-knit (at blinding speed, I might add) the Delightfully Simple Shawl from the line-by-line directions to ensure they were all correct.

The Shetland Border Shawl will likely be ready for sale tomorrow or Saturday (it’s being tech-edited right now), so keep an eye on my Ravelry store — I’ll try to get it up for sale so there’ll still be time to buy it before the sale ends. ETA: Shetland Border Shawl is now available in my Ravelry pattern store — thanks to my tech editor Sharon!

Also remember I am donating all proceeds from sale of my Japanese Garden Shawl to the Red Cross through the end of April as well, so if you thought about getting it to donate to the cause, you still have time to do so. We are now over $6000 in donations! Thank you all so much 🙂

Work in Progress

My current work in progress is another knit-from-the-bottom-up shawl, this one being made from Madelinetosh Pashmina in the Betty Draper’s Blues colorway, on 4mm needles.

After I complete this, I’m thinking about starting a circular (spiral construction) shawl — that’ll take me a fair bit longer to complete. 🙂

Lucy is a bit relieved. All this blocking assistance she has had to give me is tiring her out.


  1. I always need a knitted gift for a baby or for my granddaughter! A copy of that book would be used!
    Your shawls are great. I will have to try one or two!
    Jeanie Babbage´s last blog post ..It has been a year!!!

  2. I love to knit for my granddaughter and she says (she’s 8 months old) she needs something new (haha) so we would love to win!

  3. Melissa H. says:

    Thanks for the contest. And I don’t fathom how you can turn out so much stuff so quickly!
    The baby book sounds great-all the younger generation at work seems to perpetually pregnant and I happened to have recently stocked up on Cascade 220! The perfect storm!

  4. *Jumping up and down, waving hand*

    Pick me, pick me, I’ve got a new g/baby on the way!!!!!!!
    Michele R´s last blog post ..At the beach!

  5. Elizabeth says:

    Oh boy do I need that book! I have three grandchildren under three, and another on the way. A book of quick knits would be ideal. I must look for it soon. Thank you for your many generous giveaways.

  6. I do not know what I love more, pictures of babies in knitted objects or knitting the projects for the babies!

  7. Put me in the number generator. I would love this book!

  8. What a wonderful opportunity. I have a fifteen-month-old granddaughter and another expected in September so I could make good use of the patterns. Thanx for sharing

  9. Hi,
    I am not interested in winning the book. I just wanted to stop in and tell you how much I enjoy the photos of Lucy. She is quite the character and very photogenic.

  10. Awesome book!!! I loved a lot of the patterns in there & it is well suited for a variety of knitters,

  11. Yours is the second blog to discuss this book and I am drooling over it. I would love to win it.

  12. Wendy, I know you don’t use a cable needle. I love them!! I have a question about that, though. I’ve been wanting to knit cabled socks for a while but all of my cable needles are too big for fingering weight. What do you recommend? I don’t remember anyone asking this on here before – am I the only dufus that doesn’t know this? Thanks for your help.

  13. Sharon Moon says:

    This book would be a great way to de-stash my small lots of yarn wouldn’t it. I can do a baby trousseau for ‘yet unmarried and no child daughter’.
    Thanks for sharing with your fans. OFF to go to Ravelry and see what challenge I want from your brain. I just thought of a great name for you… instead of your highness (wedding tomorrow for us to dvr) you can be addressed by your fans as “Madam DESIGNESS.”

  14. i love it
    your shawl

  15. Would love to win! Have 2 people giveing birth any day now.

  16. I love all of your shawls. They are so beautiful! I would love to have that book. I am doing a lot of baby knitting for my sister right now. Thank you!

  17. Stella M says:

    That book looks great – I’ve been reaching back to old old patterns for baby knits. Please add me to the random drawing.

  18. LaVelle Nott says:

    I love your patterns and your blog, but I would just love to have the baby knits book. I have twin grandbabies almost 8 months old and that book looks like a great thing to have for patterns for my grandbabies.

  19. Karen Scheer says:

    I’d love a chance to win the book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  20. Yes, please! I have a TON of friends with new babies. Could definitely use some inspiration for baby gifts! Thanks!

  21. looks like a really cute book, and would be good to have on hand for a granny like myself.
    best wishes from Iceland
    Fríða´s last blog post ..FO nr 31-2011

  22. Hoping to be a grandma soon. Would love this as a reference! Thanks again

  23. Monica de Moss says:

    I would LOVe that book. I’ve been knitting up a storm for babies for the last year and now I can’t stop. Most of the items I knit go to my grandaughters or the grandchildren of my girlfriends. The rest go to charity.

  24. I would love the book! Looks like there are some gorgeous patterns in it!!! Thank you for passing it along to one of us so lucky peeps!! I love your shawls.. beautiful work!!! I just finished blocking my Japanese garden shawl… I think it’s looking good 🙂

  25. Barbara Fredrick says:

    Mmm. I’d like to win that book. I have “grandchildren”.

    I enjoy your blog!


  26. What a timely giveaway for a soon-to-be-first-time-grandmother, me 🙂

  27. LOVE to knit for babies!

  28. I woulds love to win this book – so please enter me into your contest!

  29. joel williams says:

    It seems everyone I know is having babies this book would be great to have.

  30. Me, please! My sister is due in July. 🙂

  31. Heather Davidsmeyer says:

    I’d love to win this book, I’m expecting my second baby and would love some fun baby patterns to knit!

  32. My mother in law knits only for babies! She’d love this book. Thanks for counting me in, Wendy.

  33. Oh, yes please! I seem to have babies popping up all the time!

  34. I have been eyeing up this book since it came out! Thank you so much for this opportunity.

  35. Deborah Glaus says:

    My granddaughter thinks I should have this. I agree. I’ll cross my fingers and toes.

  36. anything “quick” is fine by me, especially when the baby grows faster than my speed…The bigger the needle, the bigger the wardrobe!!

  37. Hey, looks like a most useful set of patterns for those sweet, little ones. Thanks for the chance to win a copy! You are such a pretty kitty, Lucy! :o)

  38. Looks like a lovely book to use for knitting items for my granddaughter. Thank you.

  39. I would love this book….i want to make that baby blanket!

  40. I am an expectant grandmother and would love the book! How great that you have raised over $6,000. for Japan. Hi Lucy.

  41. Marylyn Sidle says:

    Would love to win this book. Have 3 tiny tots to create something for in the next couple of months. Nice of you to share!

  42. Would love to have a copy of this book. Several baby gifts to be knit in the near future.

  43. I would love this book! I’m a new Grandma and have been searching for baby patterns!


  44. I would love to have a copy of the book.

  45. As grandmother to 3 kids under age 4 I could use some inspiration for quick knits and I love
    using Cascade superwash for them. Also glad to see someone elses cat is enthralled by the tab on the milk carton! Go Lucy!

  46. Teresa M says:

    Those are so cute! And it seems like everyone I know if having babies. I would love this book!

  47. Ooooo! I’ve been lusting after that book since I first heard of it.! Would LOVE to receive a copy!!

    Love the latest shawl, too! Madelinetosh Pashima is one of my favorites! Can’t wait to see the finished product.

  48. count me in,,,, I have an eighteen month old granddaughter to knit for

  49. I would love this book. I have a brand new baby grand daughter I want to knit something special for.

  50. Book looks awesome. I have twin great-nieces and colleagues who have babies. This book would be a great addition to my pattern collection.

  51. carol brennan says:

    I love knitting for babies. The book looks great.

  52. Lots of babies in the school system I work in. Would love to have this book!
    Rusty Boyd´s last blog post ..Turning a Frown Upside Down

  53. Jennie C says:

    This book would make me so happy! We have two grandgirls (1 and 3) and a grandboy on the way. Thanks for the offer.

  54. Lynn Alltop says:

    I really enjoy reading your blog entries everyday and love seeing Lucy in all of her glory… Please enter me in your drawing for the baby book… Thanks, LynnA

  55. I would love this book. I have a young sister and some baby cousins. I need to expand my baby knitting repertoire beyond basic blankets.
    Anna´s last blog post ..Make ahead Sangria with Sangria Cubes!

  56. KathyM in SE VA says:

    I have 3 grandbabies to knit for plus one on the way! This looks like a book that I could use! Patterns look super and cascade super wash– what’s not to like?

  57. I would love to find something to knit for my brand new grandson!

  58. My niece is expecting a girl in late August! The timing is perfect to be in a drawing for this book! They are thinking they will name her Annabelle Rose; I have to knit something in pink/rose! Thank you for the chance! Love your blog and all your shawls!

  59. Peggy Taylor says:

    I like it! I can use it!

  60. Thanks for the contest!

  61. Pick me, pick me, pick me, pick me! As you can guess, I’m dying for the 60 Quick Knits for Baby. Thanks!!!! 🙂

  62. I’d love to win a copy…and I love your shawls!

  63. Ellen Perry says:

    Love love love the mosaic blanket.I knit quite
    A bit for babies, pls pick me

  64. I would love this book. The shawl are beautiful and the knitting speed is awesome.

  65. Sue Hansen says:

    Your designs are fantastic! I follow your blog and just adore Lucy! I would love to have the book as I have a friend who has just become a grandmother and so excited about knitting Everything she can! She loves Cascade 220 and this book would be perfect for her!! Thanks, sue

  66. mafrajsm says:

    I have so many baby gifts to create in the next year! A copy of this book would come in handy. Love your blog and your kitty too!

  67. I would LOVE a chance to win the book. Thanks again for sharing:)

  68. Susan aka paintermom says:

    I’d love to have the book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  69. What a great book. Would love to win this.

  70. Teresa C says:

    My sister would love this book. She is knitting for co-workers babies.

  71. Quick knits – just what’s needed!

  72. ooo I would love to have that book, my best girl friend is pregnant and I have been meaning to find some cute stuff to knit her
    Kim Miller´s last blog post!

  73. What a great book. Just waiting for the grand children to come. I have a grand baby hope chest!

  74. That blanket is awesome! Thanks for the give away 🙂
    Angela´s last blog post ..A Tale of One Sock so far

  75. Kristi H says:

    I would love the book, I’m 5 1/2 mo pregnant and need to get started on my baby boy knitting since I just found out. I love the mosaic blanket! Thanks!

  76. Please put my name in for the baby book. I have a new grandson and my neice just had a baby also. Seems like I always have a new baby to knit for.

  77. Sarah Stevens says:

    Oooooooh! What cute patterns you showed. I imagine the other 50-some are just as good. Even though I am old enough to be a grandmother, I don’t consider my sons old enough to make me one. But, it’s always a good idea to plan ahead right? I’d love to win this, but I may need to place an order for one of these “babies” so I am prepared. Thanks for the opportunity to win. Sarah

  78. toddandleah says:

    I love that mosaic blanket!

  79. Elizabeth F says:

    I have a friend who just found out that she was having a little girl – thank you for suggesting this book – can’t wait to knit her something cute!

  80. Claudia McKenzie says:

    I am loving this book!!! Also would love to win it!!! I have a great niece/nephew on the way and a good friend is expecting this fall also. So I have 2 babies to knit for this summer.

  81. I love knitting baby things! 🙂

  82. Knitting for babies is pretty much the only kind I do–I’d love to have a copy of this book!

  83. I’d love to win that book. I have the first book – it’s great! Please pick me.
    Geri´s last blog post ..May Sock Done and Extreme Thrift

  84. Kathy B-R says:

    As the grandmother of 6 week old triplets I NEED that book 🙂

  85. The little blue sweater is adorable, and I have just the right yarn, so I hope the RG picks me :>)

  86. Looks fun.

  87. We seem to be surrounded by young women giving birth–this book would be a godsend. I’m tired of making the same boring baby blanket and booties!

  88. Terry W. Temple says:

    I would love a copy of this book ! I have a new grand daughter, ( 2 months old ) and love Cascade 220 !!

  89. Wendy,

    Would like this book as I knit for my niece’s two sons.

    Thank you.


  90. The book looks fabulous as I dream of grandkids….and thanks for the shawl pattern sale. I love your shawl patterns!

  91. Lyinda Cannon says:

    I saw a comment about this book about a month ago and I have been looking for it ever since. I have 2 grandbabies and a whole bunch of psuedo ones and I am always making things for them. I lovve the things you showed. I am going to keep looking for it, but to win it yay.

  92. I’d love a copy for my baby that is coming up!
    Missy´s last blog post .. today

  93. I hope I win !

  94. Ooh – I’d love that book! I have many friends expecting and a pretty sizable stash of Cascade 220 superwash….

  95. Why does your random number generator not have a bonus for can-deliver-in-person? Does it not want to save you postage? 🙂

  96. I thumbed through this book recently and it has wonderful baby things. I’d put it to work!

  97. I would love to have this book.

  98. I’m expecting my first baby in November and would love this book.

  99. I love knitting with worsted weight and hope to have a grandchild in my future soon, so would love to win the book!
    Thanks for the chance.

  100. Monica Bafetti says:

    I am expecting my first baby- a girl. I’m ramping up the knitting extravaganza as we speak, now that the 20 week ultrasound looked good. Would totally love that pattern book.

    Like your blog!