My current work in progress:

Tawney Sweater,by Jenni Barrett, knit from MadelineTosh Tosh Sock, using 3.25mm and 3.5mm needles.

Mythic Mitts and a Book Review

The pattern for my dragon mitts is now available for sale on Ravelry, here.


As I did for the Leftovers Cowl, I’m kicking it off with a sale: it is 40% off the regular price of $5.00, which makes it $3.00, through the end of February.

The patterns calls for fingering weight wool — approximately 125 yards each of two colors. My mitts are knit from Shibui Sock in the Abyss and Roppongi colorways on a U.S. size 3 needle. I knit the size medium, and I am betting that I could also manage to knit a pair in size small with what yarn I have left over. It would be close, but I think it is safe to say that I could definitely have gotten 2 pairs of size small out of those 2 skeins.

So I’ve rounded up a bit on the yardage requirements. I always do to account for yardage differences in skeins of yarn — sometimes I have a skein that is definitely over the yardage reported on the label. Also, everyone knits a little differently, so yarn usage will vary from person to person. Bottom line: Your mileage may vary!

Lovely Knitted Lace

I have here a review copy of a new book: Lovely Knitted Lace: A Geometric Approach to Gorgeous Wearables by Brooke Nico.


The book contains 16 designs created from four basic shapes (triangle, circle, square, and rectangle). The book’s publication date is not until next week, but the patterns are listed on Ravelry here, complete with photos.

One of the things I like about this book is that the patterns are not just for shawls — there are some shawls, but there is also a cute beret, a couple of jackets with very clever shaping, an easy shirt made from two rectangles, a bolero and a shrug, a lovely tunic that I may have to knit, a gorgeous cape with dolman sleeves (the cover design), and a button-front cape that can also be worn as a skirt.

There is a detailed section in the front of the book with a lot of useful information about knitting lace, as well as step-by-step illustrated instructions for some techniques used.

The projects use a wide variety of yarns, from laceweight to worsted.

The Triangle Tulip Shawl is knit from worsted weight yarn, making it a great choice for new lace knitters:


If you are new to lace, you will find it much easier to knit with heavier yarn and bigger needles.

I really love the Floral Tunic, knit from fingering weight yarn:


The pattern calls for Fyberspates Scrumptious 4ply, which is a wool/silk blend but I think it would be great for Spring/Summer in a 100% silk yarn.

For a more immediate gratification project, how about this lovely beret, knit in a heavy lacewieght 100% mink yarn?


The publisher has generously offered to, once again, give a copy to one of my readers. Who’d like to win it?

To be entered in the drawing to win a copy of this lovely book, please leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00 am Eastern Time, Sunday, March 2, 2014. At that time a comment will be chosen at random.

Loki Sez:


“Please close the drapes — I’m trying to sleep here!”


  1. I’m very excited about the dragon mitts!
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  2. I look at the projects in that book it look interesting. One my kitties sleeps like that to, it’s so funny.

  3. Christiane Johnson says:

    Loki , you are just too funny. Mmm the book or the gloves. What a choice. Okay the mitten now and the book if I am chosen Please, please….

  4. Thanks for the chance to win this book. Looks like a great book of patterns

  5. Heidi (LunaKitty) says:

    Love the mitts! I saw one of the book patterns used mink yarn. I knit a shawl with some last year and it is really nice. Doesn’t feel or look very special in the skein, but it really blooms as you knit with it.

  6. Loki is so sweet trying to sleep on the “field” of daisies. (aka afghan)

  7. That looks like a great book!
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  8. The shawls are great, but you got me with the beret! Thanks for the drawing!

  9. I am entering only because the law of averages will eventually be on my side at least one more time in my lifetime. I won the cake walk at 5 or 6 years old. (I’m diabetic) I won 20 gallons of gasoline in my 30’s. (I dont drive) I’d say my number should come up soon because a book I can use : )
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  10. Celestine Getty says:

    This books looks great. I would love a copy. Please….

  11. Margaret G says:

    Love the mitten pattern.

  12. Took a good fixing lace mistakes class with Brooke. Would be fun to win this book!

  13. What a lovely looking book! I like your mitts too!

  14. Katherine M says:

    Glad to see that lace is not just for shawls.

    Tell Loki my cat Reeses feels her pain.

  15. I would love to branch out from shawls. Thanks for doing this.

  16. shelly easton says:

    Oh the cover photo is so lovely, I would love to have this book, thanks!

  17. The book looks lovely. Thinking of doing some lace knitting this spring and summer! Would love to win the book.

  18. The Lovely Knitted Lace book looks great! I hope you’ll pick me. Love your blog and look forward to your weekly emails.

  19. Love the book and Mr. Loki is soooo cute!

  20. I bought the mythic mitts pattern already! I’m so excited! Can’t wait to cast on!

    That knitted lace book looks lovely! I love knitting lace, and when non-knitters see you knitting lace, they assume you have magic powers, like, you learned how to do that at Hogwarts, right? It’s awesome!

  21. Love the mitts and would love the book!

  22. Love the mitts and the book!

  23. Lace is always interesting. Thanks for the discounts on the new patterns.

  24. What a fantastic book! So great to see lace on other items. And as far as those mitts go – so beautiful.

  25. Love that beret. Loki is too cute!

  26. I’d like to try each pattern you posted a picture of. Looks like a wonderful book. Thank you

  27. I always avoid stranded knitting like the plague because I’m so awful at it and get so frustrated.

    But for Dragon Mitts, I just might have to give it another go…

  28. Love the floral tunic.

  29. Did someone say “lace”? Yes, please.
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  30. I was fortunate enough to take a lace class by Brooke at Stitches South last year. She is inspiring and delightful, and I’ve been anticipating this book for months! So excited it’s finally here!

  31. Would love to be the lucky winner!

  32. I’ve been looking at this book! Love the tunic!

  33. Lovely and lacy. And Loki!

  34. Cheryl Brake says:

    Loki thinks I need this book of lace 🙂 I don’t have any yet, and the designs are so beautiful .

  35. I am a new lace knitter and I would love to own this book.

  36. MIchelle B. says:

    That would help me out tremendously with my Christmas knitting!

  37. Michele says:

    I would love that book. Thanks

  38. Charlotte says:

    Yours is the only e-mail that is a must read for me.
    You knit & design so fast & so brilliantly, I am always in awe of your talents & abilities.
    While for me, I knit very slowly & use a lot of lifelines & stitch markers.

  39. I just looked the book up on Amazon and it sounds fantastic! I like the idea that it is based on geometric shapes, making it easier to design your own or riff off of the existing pattern. If I had to pick one from the pictures you showed on your post, I’d pick the one on the cover — it’s gorgeous!

  40. I absolutely love that beret! And the Floral Tunic is beautiful.

  41. What lovely patterns. It is nice that some use fingering yarn because that is my favorite to knit. With.

  42. Mary Beth says:

    I can never say no to lace!

  43. Kathy N says:

    I would really like this book.

  44. Mimi Dillman says:

    Congratulations on the success of your mitts, where the finished object met your original vision. Thanks for the book review. I’ll definitely be checking out the book at the first opportunity.

  45. I’d love to receive this book!!

  46. GrandPenny says:

    Visiting your site today while starting leftovers cowl. What genius!!
    I’d love to win the book and do some lace after fair isle.
    Best to you.

  47. Looks like a great book, I love that tunic!

  48. Love the lace top pattern! Thanks for the review 🙂

  49. Tina in NJ says:

    This looks like a great book! Thanks for letting us know about it. Hi, Loki!

  50. Annastasia says:

    The book is absolutely stunning! I’d love to win!

  51. Love lace. Looks like a good book. Keeping my fingers crossed!

  52. Beautiful patterns. I love to knit lace.

  53. Hello, would love to have the book. It sounds great.

  54. The mitts are great and I added to my cart.

  55. Camille says:

    The book looks gorgeous. Nice to see see some patterns for lace other than shawls.

  56. I love knitting lace, it is my one weakness.

  57. I would love to win the book. Love Loki!

  58. Beautiful! What lovely patterns!

  59. Oops – missed the deadline but have to say that the tunic and the tulip shawl are so pretty!
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