My current work in progress:

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

Refined Knits

Before I launch into this next book review, I am pleased to report that the winner of my review copy of New Directions In Sock Knitting: 18 Innovative Designs Knitted From Every Which Way by Ann Budd is Susan (sjanova), who has been emailed.

And I have another book to show you.


This is Refined Knits: Sophisticated Lace, Cable, and Aran Lace Knitwear by Jennifer Wood, published by Interweave.

There are eighteen patterns in this book, which you can preview on Ravelry here. There’s a nice assortment of items represented: sweaters, cardis, a hat, fingerless mitts, wraps, and cowls.

One of my big issues with a lot of patterns for garments that I see is that they look unfinished to me. They are lacking the nice details that sets apart a thoughtfully designed garment from something that just looks thrown together. No neatly worked neckband or hem, just a rolled edge — one of my pet peeves.

So that’s one of the reasons I like this book so much — everything looks thoughtfully designed and beautifully finished. Some of my favorites:


This is Idril, knit in fingering weight yarn, available in a wide range of sizes. I love how the center cables extend up from the bottom of the sweater to frame the v-neck.


Brielle is a cardigan that is also knit from fingering weight yarn, also available in a wide range of sizes. I love the complex braided cable that makes up the front bands.


Estee is a cowl knit in worsted weight yarn that pairs cables with lace — with beautiful results.


And Elodie is a pattern for fingerless knits that include a lot of lovely details, including a picot edge, kint from a sportweight yarn.

The patterns are well-written, detailed, and offer tips and notes on construction.

Who’d like my review copy?

To be entered in a drawing to receive my review copy, leave a comment on this blog post by noon Eastern Time next Wednesday, March 9, and I’ll select a winner at random from the comments posted.

WendyKnits Pattern Sale

Don’t forget: all my patterns available for sale on Ravelry are now 50% off through March 13. No coupon code needed, just add them to the cart and the discount will be automatically taken. No limit — buy as many as you want.

My Bogus Bohus Cowl pattern will be released before this sale is over.

Loki is demonstrating his usual level of excitement at such announcements.



  1. Looks like a beautiful book. Thanks for the chance in the drawing.

  2. Deborah Smith says:

    I would love to win this lovely book. Thanks for the giveaway

  3. These patterns are gorgeous I would knit so many of them. Please enter me in the drawing

  4. I would love to add this book to my knitting book library. Thanks for offering it up as a give-away.

  5. I like all of the patterns you chose to show from the book, but especially the mitts. Beautiful! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  6. Savannagal says:

    There are some really lovely garments in this book. I’ve checked it out a couple times. Thanks for giving your copy to one of us lucky readers.

  7. The cables look beautiful.

  8. sagerain says:

    Ohhh I’ve been loving these designs. Thanks for the chance at the book!

  9. I had the opportunity to preview this book at my LYS- there are some lovely patterns, and getting this book would be a wonderful treat! Thank you!

  10. Are you giving this book or keeping,not sure you said, hope for a win,I’m blowing my budget on books, hehe

  11. catspaw says:

    Gorgeous book. I’m not familiar with the designer but will be looking at all her stuff.
    Loki obviously knows that he is beautiful.

  12. Florence says:

    What a lovely book! I like the same sweaters you do. Thank you for being generous and giving away your copy. Really, I just come to see Loki, he is a handsome kitty!

  13. Love these patterns. Mags9k on Ravelry.

  14. Loki is so fluffy cute, I sometimes can’t tell which end is which!
    Cindy in Happy Valley´s last blog post ..Time to catch up.

  15. It is good to see a pattern collection that respects attention to detail in finishing. Sign me up!

  16. (Not That) Joan says:

    What a lovely collection– please count me in for the draw!

  17. Sara Smith says:

    Oooooooo, lovely…..with socks previously and now cables and lace, you know all my favourites – just shame I’m in the UK as suspect you might not look outside the US for postage.

  18. Lynne S. says:

    The patterns really are good. Thanks for the opportunity, Wendy, and the pattern sale. Nice!

  19. Would absolutely love a copy of this book! I’ve made quite a few sweaters with fingering weight yarn. They look so nice on.

  20. Wow! I’d love to win this book. If I don’t win, I may end up buying it for Idril alone. LOVE that front center cable!
    Jeannie Gray´s last blog post ..On the needles

  21. I totally agree with you. I like to work from patterns, but find myself constantly adapting edging treatments so that things look finished. I would love a copy of this book!

  22. Thank you for including your new cowl in the pattern sale!

  23. Love Idril! I really like the way fine gauge yarns look in the finished garments.

  24. Love cables. Hope I win.
    RAV: dingledaisy

  25. Nancy Ewe says:

    I want to knit Idril!! That is gorgeous!!

  26. Christel says:

    Beautiful book! So sweet of you to share!

  27. GeniaKnitz says:

    Looks like a lovely book.
    And a good-looking pile of paws and fur, there!

  28. Christiane Johnson says:

    Lovely books. My favorite pattern is Idril.

  29. Interesting book, I think I’m going to have a go at Idril!

  30. Joyce Robinson says:

    I would loooove this book and look forward to knitting a lot of the patterns.

  31. That looks like a lovely book, I’d probably make that sweater with the cables and V neck.
    Caroline´s last blog post ..Random rant about knitting patterns

  32. I’ve been looking at these patterns for some time now. They’re beautiful, and the book would be a lovely addition to my knitting library.

  33. Hello,

    Thanks for the opportunity to be selected to for the drawing. I would love to win this book.

  34. I’d love to win the book… Now I must go shopping for some fresh patterns – on sale!

  35. So many beautiful knits in this book! And how nice of you to give your book away! Love Brielle and Elodie!

  36. Looks like a fabulous book. Thank you again for offering your review copy.

  37. I think you’ve highlighted two or three of the most interesting patterns; I know I’d like to have both those sweaters & the cowl! Thanks for the offer. And are we about done with cabin-fever?!?!
    CeltChick´s last blog post ..Not much shakin’

  38. Oooh, I really want to knit Idril!

  39. Please sign me up.

  40. I would love to win this book.

  41. Vasiliki says:

    I would love to win this! Thanks!

  42. Kris Peters says:

    The patterns are beautifully designed….would love to own!

  43. I’d love a copy!

  44. What gorgeous designs you’ve featured here. I agree with you- finishing details are a must! Thanks for having a give-away to spread the love of knitted things.

  45. Michele says:

    I’m with you in that whole ‘rolled edge’ thing! That being said, thevoatternscin thus book look exquisite, with all the detail I love knitting. Thanks for all your generous giveaways!

  46. So generous of you! I think the patterns in the Refined Knits are really nice.Thank you for the opportunity.

  47. My fingers are crossed as tomorrow is my 50th birthday! What a beautiful book. Thanks for the chance to win

  48. oh, yes, please!

  49. What I aspire to!

  50. Those are some great patterns. It’s the little things that mean the most!

  51. Mary Elaine Henderson says:

    I can’t wait to go checkout your patterns. I would love to be entered the drawing for your review copy. Thanks for the sale…

  52. Tina in NJ says:

    I’ve had my eye out for an Aran cardigan with cables and a vee neck. I’d love to win this book! Thank.

  53. Marta Dias says:

    Beautiful patterns, indeed. Thank you for sharing.

  54. Beautiful book, thanks for the offer!

  55. This book is amazing and reflects all the work that went into it.

  56. Debbie M says:

    My favorite knitting are cables and lace! Lots of gorgeous garments in this book. Thanks, Wendy!

  57. I would love a copy of the book. Thank you so much for doing these give always.

  58. Madeline says:

    I’m with you about the unfinished, and unformed, look. It may work on young women with a certain style, but on older women (speaking for myself), the effect just looks droopy and unattractive.
    Thank you for the coupon code!

  59. What a lovely book. Thanks for sharing!

  60. I’m ready for a new sweater project. I’d love to start the cardigan.

  61. Henrycat says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book – the patterns look lovely. 🙂

    Loki is absolutely adorable as always.

  62. Louise Waugh says:

    I almost bought this one and talked myself out of it because I don’t really NEED it, but I’d love to win a copy. I agree about the designs – I’m very fond of Carol Sunday’s designs for this reason – the seemingly small details that really make a garment.

  63. Pam Huang says:

    Those patterns look lovely-sign me up!

  64. Margaret says:

    Several lovely projects in that book I’d like for me, and some for others!

  65. Christie says:

    What a great book! Thank you for the giveaway!

  66. Many have such an ethereal feel to them.

  67. These are very beautiful items. Please enter me in your contest.

  68. well, 2 minutes I go I was looking at the book in rav. Way too beautifull for me to knit the most of them designs and way to expensive the book to buy it for just 2-3 of the designs inside the book I would be able to knit. So I m here to just say that is the second book rewew of yours I enjoy reading and to declare my envy to the one who will win it – it would be totally wasted on me – so I m not on the go for your generous offer .
    Envy, Envy, Envy, for the recepient of the book ( such a green /yellow monster)!

  69. Hi Wendy, thanks for offering this beautiful book. Please add my name to those who would love to own a copy!

    p.s. as a cat deprived person your photos are a godsend!

  70. Oooh, look at those cables (Brielle) !! Thanks for the chance to win!