My current work in progress:

Moth Cardigan, designed byAmy Christoffers, knit from Rowan SoftYak DK in the Plain colorway, using U.S. size 3 and 5 needles.

Twigg Stitch

Another new book here! This one is Twigg Stitch: A New Twist on Reversible Knitting by Vicki Twigg (Interweave/F+W; $27.99). It is due out on November 13, 2014.

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I first read about this book in a Knitting Daily blog post. Shamelessly lifting from that blog, here is Vicki’s description of how she came up with the new stitch:

Twigg stitch grew out of an idea I had to make a two color rib two sided; I did not realize until I began to search that it was new. Twigg stitch has its own unique qualities that make it very versatile, although it has been compared to brioche and double knitting, and it does resemble them in some ways. The journey of discovery this stitch it has led me on has been fascinating and I am still finding new applications for it.

My hope is that knitters will use my book, Twigg Stitch, as a starting point for their designs, I’m excited to see what people come up with.

I personally think it is awesome for one to have a stitch named after oneself, and Vicki’s last name really lends itself to the stitch she created. Clearly, it was meant to be.

You may be asking yourself: “Can one new knitting stitch be stretched out to fill an entire book?”

The answer is yes, because this is so much more than just one stitch, it’s more of a new technique for reversible double knitting.

The book is divided into 4 sections. The first one explains how the techniques was born, and has info on materials and tools.

The second section is all about techniques. This section is filled with step-by-step instructions with large, clear full-color photos that demo how to do the basic stitch, cast-ons, bind-offs, increases, descreases and more! Very easy to follow and includes details for different styles of colorwork (holding both colors in left or right hand, or holding both in one hand). This section covers pretty much everything you need to know about the mechanics of this new knitting technique.

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The third section has patterns for accessories created using the Twigg stitch. There are nine patterns in the book and I think they are all lovely. You can preview them on Ravelry here. I think the cover design, the Möbius Infinity Scarf, is absolutely spectacular, so you get another photo of it. 🙂

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I can picture this in a variety of color combinations, all breath-taking!

And if this was not enough, the fourth section is a stitch dictionary! If I counted them correctly, there are 72 different stitch patterns in the dictionary: basic knit-purl patterns, cables, ribs, lace, entrelac, colorwork, and bands and braids.

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Each pattern is accompanied by a large color photo, complete instructions for creating the pattern, and if appropriate, a chart.

So, if you are interested in creating reversible knits, I recommend that you put this book on your wish list. I give it two needles up!

And I am going to be greedy and keep my review copy for myself. 😉

Segel, Completed

I finished my Segel wrap. Here is a blurry pic, laid out on the floor. I had to pick it up quickly because Loki was just getting ready to sink his claws into it:

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And here’s a pic on Gwendolyn:

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I used double the yarn called for — two gradient sets of Miss Babs Yummy 2-Ply Toes in the “Draco” colorway, and the resulting wrap is around 72″ along the longest straight edge and 30″ deep at the deepest point. I steam-blocked it lightly — I’m sure I could have stretched it out quite a bit more if I wanted to.

Loki sez:

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“I thought it was for me.”

Comments

  1. I’ve recently heard of Twigg stitch and it is so interesting!!! You’ll have to let me know what you think after trying it yourself.

  2. I wonder how this compares to the technique that Lucy Neatby uses in her wonderful double knitting pieces. Is it very different? Lucy’s website shows examples of her work. They’re really fascinating.

  3. Lestersmama says:

    I nominate you to make a project from the Twigg book so we can follow by your progress.

  4. I’m glad to see that you are going to keep this book for yourself. You’ve given away so many.
    Segel is gorgeous in the greens!

  5. Beautiful Infinity scarf and I can’t wait to see yours knitted!

  6. Already on my Christmas wish list.

  7. Wendy, your Segel wrap is beautiful. I love it and the graduating colors. Loki as always looks beautiful.

  8. Anxious to see what project or projects you will do from the book…

  9. Midnite Baker says:

    Love your wrap. Interesting book. M

  10. A very pretty wrap. So Loki is not quite as knit-friendly as Lucy was?

  11. I purchased the Miss Babs gradient set at Rhinebeck last weekend to knit Segel. Did you used the DPNs at the start of the pattern? I really like the colors you selected for your Segel.

  12. Karen Lang says:

    I am a great fan of yours with socks and lace. You are my go to when I look for something different for a sock pattern such as yesterday when I was ready to start the spoert weight socks for my grandson! My summer knit along is on the shelf due to the many Christmas projects. Your Gradient Wrap is beautiful.

  13. you definitely sold me with your review! Thanks, Wendy for the heads up – I think I will add it to my Christmas wish list. Happy Knitting!

  14. The wrap came out wonderful. I love the gradient yarns. Kudos to Mr. Loki for granting you the time to take the picture before extending his claws. Loki rocks.
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  15. Love how this turned out – it’s such a beautiful colorway! And Loki is adorable, of course! 🙂
    Lea Viktoria´s last blog post ..Rye

  16. Wow. This is just stunning!

  17. That looks really interesting, the pretty cowl alone is enough to make me want the book!

  18. I’m a big fan of green in general, and your Segel’s green in particular! And anyone owned by a cat knows that anything on the floor belongs to the cat. Mine will not go after yarn when it’s in the bag or on the tabletop, but let it hit the floor and all bets are off.
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  19. Lynne in Florida says:

    Considering all you’ve given us, it’s hardly greedy to keep one book, especially when it has a design in it that makes your mouth water. Can hardly wait to see what colors you pick!

  20. I love your Segal wrap, love the color! I’ve been thinking about purchasing this book; it’s good to know you’ve given it a strong thumbs up!

  21. patterns I’d actually make!

  22. Fuego Azul says:

    It’s the least you can do for yourself & for being so generous with us, to keep a copy for yourself. Thank you for the review though! I need to check out this book!