My current work in progress:

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


Another Book Review

I have in my possession a copy of Fresh Fashion Knits: More than 20 Must-Have Designs from Rowan’s Studio Collection edited by Kate Buller.

Published by Potter Craft, this book will be available for sale next Tuesday, October 26. Let’s take a look inside.

This book is a compilation of patterns from the Rowan Studio Collection, designed by Sarah Hatton. There are 21 patterns in this collection and not surprisingly, all the yarns used for the designs are Rowan yarns.

Most of the designs are sized from Small to Extra-Large, with Extra-Large being for women with a 44 – 46″ chest. The actual measurements of the designs themselves vary, depending on how much ease is in each one.

The photos here are a few of my favorites from the book — classic, pretty designs. I think this dress is my favorite:

It’s knit from Rowan Classic Cashsoft 4-ply at a gauge of 28 stitches and 36 rows to 4 inches, so it’s definitely a big time investment. But the results are well-worth the time, I think!

As much as I’d like to keep this book for myself, I know I don’t have time to knit what I want from it, so I’ll pass it along to one of you. Leave a comment to this post by 4:00pm Eastern Time on Tuesday, October 26 to be entered in the drawing to receive this book.

And don’t forget — the winner for the crochet book will be drawn and announced tomorrow!

Hats for Sailors Update

I got an email from Shanti’s Mom today with an update on her Hats For Sailors projects. To date she has received 47 hats and in order for the project to be a success, she needs 278 hats by the beginning of November. See the blog post linked to above for all the details. I’m hoping that she’ll get a bunch right at the end of the month, but if you thought about knitting a hat but haven’t done so yet, please do consider it. You can quickly knit a hat from a chunky weight yarn and extend some warmth holiday cheer to a sailor far away from home.

There are some Qs and As and links to some fast and easy hat patterns here on Shanti’s blog.

Lucy wants you to knit a hat. ­čśë


  1. Rowan yarns are so nice, and what could be nicer than a Rowan book? They are so beautifully done.
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  2. Wow! That looks like it has some awesome patterns!

  3. That dress is gorgeous!!! So is the coat but Lord know’s I’d never knit that big ol’ thing!

    Going to go scrounge in my stash for some natural fibers ­čÖé for a hat!

  4. Rowan has some lovely patterns.

  5. I will e-mail Shanti’s mom but I have 2 hats drying from their wash right now that will be mailed to her next week. I was hoping to knit a 3rd but don’t think I’ll make the Nov 1 deadline.
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  6. Some nice patterns.

  7. Beautiful book…I wish people would send me sample copies of things to drool over, but sadly I don’t think it’s every going to happen.

  8. The book looks wonderful and I will go see if I have something that will work for a hat in my stash!

  9. im just lori says:

    Oh, how pretty. I love the classic look of the ones you’ve highlighted.

  10. Heather H says:

    That dress is amazing!

  11. I’ve never knit with Rowan yarns before but I’d be willing to try if it would turn out like the pictures you picked!

  12. Really? Only 11 responses so far?

    I would love a copy of the book, but then I am a total knitting book addict. Sigh.
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  13. My daughter has already “ordered” the coat… I need this book!

  14. You are so generous to do all these contests for us! Lucy has been especially charming this week! And three cheers for your support of Shanti’s Mom’s project! My goal is to knit at least a couple of caps!

  15. Rowan Studio has great patterns, and the issues are hard to get here. I would love to win your copy!

  16. thanks so much for the chance to win this lovely book!

  17. Love the Rowan patterns. Thanks for offering this book!

  18. I am surprised the Navy is letting sailors wear hats that arent regulation while on ship. When my ex was in his command was soo anal i couldnt make him hats, they had to be offical ones purchased at the nex.

  19. Another wonderful book full of possibilities.. Please count me in for the drawing!
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  20. Eileen Bunn says:

    YES,YES,YES Very interested in a new book!

  21. Jeanette Zimmerli says:

    I love Rowan patterns. My granddaughter loves the vest I knit her last Halloween.

  22. Hi Wendy and Lucy,

    The book is beautiful. I would love to. Have a copy.

    Best regards, Melanie

  23. If everything in that book is as pretty as those pics, I woudln’t know where to start. I’d love to win.

  24. Stephanie says:

    Another book I’d love to own! Such beautiful sweaters! It might even inspire me to knit more sweaters!

  25. I wouldn’t mind having that book. I agree about the dress!

    I’m in the middle of knitting my hat for Shanti’s mom so it will be going out soon. Hopefully there are lots more like me out there who will be getting their hats in the mail next week.

  26. Must. knit. Tango.

  27. Looks like a great book!

  28. looks gorgeous!

  29. Beautiful book. I haven’t gotten much into Rowan’s designs, but I’d love to take a shot!
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  30. Me me me!

  31. Ooh I see some patterns in there I’d love to knit!
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  32. You have good taste, I love those patterns too!

  33. Oh wow, that looks like a lovely book!
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  34. yum! books!

  35. Stephanie says:

    This looks to be a really great book with some nice modern designs. I will certainly check it out.

  36. The book looks great. As to the hats, I’d have loved to do a hat, but was already involved in two charity knits with a due date.

  37. Ruth Porter says:

    Lovely photos of lovely projects. Eye candy for sure.

    Hugs to Lucy.

  38. Lesley Duckworth says:

    Love, Love, Love Rowan! It has alwasy been my go to yarn as am originaly from the UK. I have been very impressed with all the Rowan Studio patterns as well.

  39. Rowan designs? That’s a must have. My hand is in the air!

  40. The book looks like it has some beautiful patterns. Knitting with Rowan yarn
    is always a pleasure.

  41. Sherry Anderson says:

    Hats are coming. Praying that she gets all she needs! Lovely book too!

  42. Pam Huang says:

    Nice designs. Put me into the lottery! Thanks for the reminder about the hats. I’ll try to whip one up before the end of the month.

  43. Barbara Stern says:

    Thanks, Wendy. Please include me in the drawing!

  44. looks like a great book.
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  45. I would like you to pick me.
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  46. Want to knit the coat. Looks yummy!!!

  47. what a great book this looks like.
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  48. I love how modern knitting is becoming!

  49. Samantha Dreyer says:

    I’ve never turned down a book because there was no possibility of my finding the time to knit from it. If I did that I would be very much stash and book poorer! Are you sure you don’t want to reconsider and keep the book? Rowan patterns are gorgeous…

  50. Christine Ross says:

    Thanks for a chance at this book – looks like a good one!

  51. Shannon H. says:

    Ooooooh… I really like the dress… And I think I love the cardigan in the photo above the dress as well (and all the rest)….

  52. It’s a beautiful book, I especially love the first sweater shown, the short sleeve cardigan.

  53. I love the classics. They all look very Hollywood Glamorous. What a great book!
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  54. DONE! Two hats going out to Shanti’s sailors. By the way, Shanti sewed a BEAUTIFUL baby blanket for our fundraising auction last fall, so I am simply delighted that I can give back in this small way.
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  55. I would love to own that book. Please enter me in your contest. Thanks.

  56. Looks like some really nice patterns. would love to try to knit one!

  57. as always is the case with Rowan, this looks like a beautiful book and I would love to win a copy, especially since I┬┤ve been looking for a dress like that for my daughter.
    best wishes from Iceland

  58. It’s so nice they have thought of us ‘shaplier girls’.

  59. Sarah Hatton has a great aesthetic…would love the book!

  60. Looks like an excellent book!

  61. Robin Diebold says:

    I would love to make the grey sweater! Thanks for the chance to win

  62. My goodness. It’s no wonder you give books away. You seem to get one every other day.

  63. Wow, those pages you show are amazing!

    And, might I add, you are so incredibly generous.

  64. Fantastic: Rowan knits!!………… the Alice sweater…….what an accomplishment !

  65. I always love Rowan! thanks

  66. The book looks really nice!
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  67. These patterns look really wearable!
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  68. Would love the Sarah Hatton book, thanks for offering it.

  69. I’d love to win! It looks like this book has some gorgeous projects in it.
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  70. 1horsetown says:

    I sent 4 hats to Shanti.

    Consider the gauntlet thrown!!

  71. Looks like a lovely book – consider yourself commented!
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  72. I’m mailing 5 hats on my way to the airport tomorrow and hope to have a couple more done by the end of the week to send in addition. It’s a great cause.

  73. I don’t think I’ll be knitting the dress any time soon either, but it does look like an attractive book with some nice, appealing patterns.

  74. Rowan – oh, Rowan – I love all things Rowan!

  75. Thank you for reviewing the book for us – it looks like a winner!
    I read your blog everyday but I rarely comment. I guess that makes me a “lurker”.

  76. Karen Carroll says:

    Sounds like the book I really need. Especially where you talked about the large sized breasts, but the size of the garment depended on the ease of the design itself. Some of us like me, can’t fix the pattern to fit. Please don’t just pull out a number out of somewhere. Think of someone who could really use it. I love shawls, but it would be nice to be able to make something else. Thank you. Karen

  77. susan murphy says:

    The book looks great….I love the Rowan designs

  78. Commenting! Thanks for the opportunity!
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  79. CaroleP (ohio says:

    The book sounds like a winner, no pun intended ­čśë I like the pics you showed, too, and could see me really using it. Just finished using Rowan yarn and loved it, btw. Wish I had more time for the hats, hubby is ex-Navy.

  80. Thanks for the book info & the chance to be a “WEENER”!
    Hugs to you & Lucy!
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  81. You are a generous knitter!

  82. Billi Cummings says:

    Love the patterns! Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks for the chance.

  83. I keep promising myself I’ll knit a coat, but so far it hasn’t happened. Maybe if I won this book… thanks for doing all these giveaways.
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  84. I’d love to knit that grey sweater that flares at the waist…

    I’m knitting a hat…hopefully it will be done by the deadline and I can e-mail Shanti’s mom for her address…

  85. Sylvia Jordan says:

    Lovely book and needs to be in my library! thanks.

  86. Count me in!!! I love those class Rowan knits!

  87. I would love to win. The patterns look very nice and I am a big Rowan fan.
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  88. Sheila MAYHEW says:

    Looks like a lovely book of yet more beautiful patterns.

  89. Wow! That book looks amazing! Tell Lucy I will do her bidding =)

  90. Pat Kelley says:

    I would love to have this book!

  91. This book looks great – may have to buy it if my number doesn’t come up …

  92. evelyn Macway says:

    Lovely book!!!

  93. I want to win the book, because not only do I want the book (of course!) but I have a suspicion we work at the same metro stop. And then you wouldn’t have to pay to mail the book. ­čÖé

  94. It looks like a fabulous book!

  95. I love the gray tango sweater! Please include me in the drawing!

  96. Oh, who cares that I haven’t enough years left in this lifetime to knit everything I want to already. Put my name in for the book (and if I don’t win I’ll likely buy it anyway; that dress is awesome!).

  97. I’m in for the book drawing; thanks for being so generous.

  98. That book looks lovely.

  99. Ewwwwww!!!!! I would love the book! Your Eala Bhan is simply gorgeous! But, Lucy is better ­čÖé

  100. Would (of course) enjoy having the book! Thanks.