My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


A Quick Review

I was recently sent a review copy of 60 Quick Knits: 20 Hats * 20 Scarves * 20 Mittens in Cascade 220:  by Sixth & Spring Books.

The title pretty much says it all. The book has a total of 60 projects, 20 each of hats, scarves, and mittens, and they are all knit in Cascade 220.

Cascade 220 is a great all-purpose worsted weight wool. It’s lovely to knit, comes in eleventy-billion gorgeous colors, and is nicely affordable.  I think a book showcasing this great yarn is a pretty brilliant idea.

The patterns are done by a number of different designers — you’ll recognize many of their names as you flip through the book. There are many, many projects that caught my eye. A couple of cute hats that would be great to whip up as gifts, scarves for everyone in the family, and a wide range of mittens — from fair isle to puppy faces. Many of the projects can be completed with just one skein, others in two or three.

The difficulty level is shown for each project and the instructions are clearly written — most are only one-page long.

The publisher very kindly sent along a pdf of one of the patterns from the book for me to offer to you here. It’s the Garter-Ridged Hat by Karen Garlinghouse. Click the link to download it.

Lucy is too busy contemplating life to comment today.


  1. Norma Horan says:

    Sounds like a great book to add to my knitting library. I knit some mittens for myself this winter using this yarn and they are soooo warm.

  2. patricia says:

    Sounds like a winner! 220 is such a nice yarn. Thanks to you and Cascade for the pattern>

  3. jo morgan says:

    Thanks, Wendy. I always aprpeciate comments about a new book! Happy Easter, Jo

  4. Nice book! They DO have eleventy billion colors and I keep buying “Turtle”. It calls to me.

  5. Sounds like a winner! Thanks for the review and link.
    .-= Ina´s last blog ..Beyond the knitting instructions: How important is yarn twist? =-.

  6. This is a really nice book – I’ve seen it at my LYS. I really appreciate the hat pattern. I’m knitting (some of) my stash into hats for charity this year, and it’s nice to get a new pattern.

  7. This *is* a wonderful book – I snapped it up at my LYS when it appeared a couple weeks ago. Lots of great items – for men and women – for gifts. There was another 220-oriented book that came out some time ago that was very disappointing and I had been afraid this one would be the same. Nope – this one is awesome. I’m trying to make something from it each month to work through all the 220 I have squirreled away and then I’ll have some early Christmas gifts made up too (never to early to start the Christmas knitting!).

  8. Ooh, thanks for the link. Very cool.

    I have discovered a deep love for Cascade 220. 🙂 Nice skein length, decent yarn, great price. Win, win, win.
    .-= Virginia´s last blog ..Why I have not been blogging much lately =-.

  9. oh sweet, need to check that book out.

  10. Thank you for your review…also sharing the great pattern with us. I enjoy your daily blogs…even the very short ones. I am inspired by your creativity!

  11. Thanks for the review and thank them for the download – how nice! Happy contemplations to Lucy!

  12. Thanks for the review and the dowload – Happy Easter!

  13. Dear Wendy,
    Yesterday I went to get your new book at my local B&N (Sorry, LYS, you take too long to get them in-I can’t wait!) Their knitting section is somewhat of a jumble, and I couldn’t find it in the time allotted before child pickup. This morning I followed your link to B&N, and saw they offer a ‘pick it up’ service. A few clicks, and they will get it for me, and call when it is ready!
    Thanks for having the link. It is a great time saver.

  14. good to know you like it, i had it on my wishlist from the book club.
    .-= turtle´s last blog ..Spring Sprung =-.

  15. Thanks so much for the preview from the book! I can’t wait to get a copy of this for my own.
    .-= Melissa´s last blog ..Just Breathe =-.

  16. Thank you so much for the free hat pattern. My knitting love is hats and I make them for the cancer center. I’m always looking for a new easy and comfy pattern. Yay.

  17. Sheila Pierog says:

    Thanks for the free pattern and I just love Cascade Yarn…it is so soft and I am using it for the Olympic Reindeer Hat.


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