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. 😉


  1. You are so nice to share this one. Some lovely sweaters there!

  2. The first sweater and rowan yarn would be nice. I like that very much Jean

  3. Lisa from w mass says:

    That looks like a great book! I especially like that Tango sweater…. Thanks for the opportunity!

  4. I’d like to be entered in this as well! I LOVE Rowan… well, pretty much anything, so this would be a treat! Thanks for the opportunity!

    I also recommend karlchen for an easy hat pattern (yay top down!). I hope she gets more hats for the cause! I’ve got a few here I still need to send out. T_T.
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  5. Wow! Another giveaway. Thanks.
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  6. Gorgeous book. Thanks for being so generous.

  7. Looks like a beautiful book!

  8. ooh! I’d love to make the cover sweatercoat.

  9. Sure would love to knit some of those patterns! Thanks for offering the book.

  10. I’d love the book! The cover design is beautiful!

  11. Natalie Doyle says:

    How generous of you, Wendy.

    The Rowan patterns are beautiful. And the reminder about the hat deadline was most welcome; I thought I had till end of November. Time to start knitting a hat!

  12. Taryn Kormanik says:

    I’ve admired Sarah Hatton’s designs for some time now; I really need to knit some of them!

  13. Really lovely patterns in that book…enough for a long time, but yes! I’d like it. Again…so generous of you. Gotta go knit a hat now.

  14. Would love this book!

  15. What a neat looking book. Nice prize, too.

  16. Looks like a wonderful book!

  17. Wow, I loved the Rowan Studio books. I hope I win! 🙂

    I also particularly love that photo of Lucy. I love it when my puppy stretches out–we call him long dog when he does.

  18. Rowan yarns give garments great texture – and these garments are beautiful. Your generosity is appreciated!

  19. I have one almost finished and will mail it early next week. Thank you for the opportunity to say thank you to our troops. And Georgina sends her regards to Lucy.

  20. I don’t have nearly enough Rowan books in my collection. PICK ME!!

  21. Looks like a nice book. You are so generous to share.
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  22. April from SD says:

    The designs in that book look very classic and pretty! I would love to knit something for my mom out of there.

  23. mmm, what beautiful designs — especially tango! workin’ on my hat….
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  24. It takes two to tango they say… If I ‘won’ the book I would definitely buy the yarn!!
    PS. I have the identical cat to your lovely Lucy but not rag doll nor the strabismus.

  25. Love the coat! I’d love the dress too, and might have lost enough weight to wear it by the time it was finished! I’m not the fastest knitter on earth…

  26. ooooh! another great rowan book, always classic designs!

    will look into the sailor hat program , i may have a few already knit that would work well for this.
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  27. Rowan? Beautiful! Would love to look through this book!

  28. The rowan book is inspiring.

  29. I’ve never used Rowan yarns, but I love their knitting books!

  30. Patterns for big girls like me thats a wow from me and rowan yarns are the best as a matter of fact I just bought 15 skeins of the cashsoft aran today for another project. Yummy I love the looks of this book

  31. Blinkiebloo says:

    Some lovely patterns. I need more hours in the day to knit!

  32. I’d love to win the book – Rowan patterns are always a treat!
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  33. i just saw this book in London this week. interesting that they are marketed under different names. it’s definitely a nice one … esp if you don’t have all the studio patterns.

    hats… almost done… and ready to post this weekend.

  34. That book has some beautiful sweaters! I haven’t had a chance to really look into Rowen patterns, but this is making me a bit more curious! *fingers crossed*
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  35. Ruth Musso says:

    The dress is really nice.

  36. Count me in again. Thanks for the chance.

  37. That’s a lovely book. Rowan have some amazing designs.

  38. Rowan?! Oh count me in on the draw

  39. Nancy Thone says:

    Love the book! I NEED to make the sweater coat on the cover! Getting ready to start my Eala Bhan — that yarn is stupendous! Could you explain how to order Lovely Girl yarns? I went to the web site, and was totally confused! Thanks! Nancy

  40. I’d love to win this book!
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  41. So kind of you to share – the book looks gorgeous. Thank you 🙂

  42. Sue Plantinga says:

    So maybe the sizes won’t fit me, but I have plenty of friends and relatives that the patterns will fit!!

    So me, me, please!

  43. I have a couple of these Studio books but this compliation book would be great – I would love a chance to win it. I adore Rowan designs and their yarn has always been one of my favorites. thanks for the chance and I’m amazed how fast Eala is going for you. It’s gorgeous! Mel
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  44. cecilia david says:

    All service men and women need home made hats to remind them of home, friendship and we need to do something for them out of gratitude for their sacrifice. cd

  45. Hmmm, now you’ve allowed me to add more projects to my “want to knit” list. Closest LYS does carrry a nice selection of Rowan yarns.

  46. Well of course, whatever Lucy wants….

  47. love that dress…i’d probably take a stab at it.

  48. I love the gray sweater in that book. Wendy, thanks for being so generous and sharing the books with us. You give a taste of what to look for at our local shops! It is much appreciated.

  49. Arlene Hoose says:

    Would love the Rowan book. They all look like great
    patterns. My hat is on the way.

  50. Alice Moisen says:

    The book looks really great! The lacy sweater looks like fun

  51. The Tango sweater is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing it with us.

    And if Lucy wants me to knit a hat, I’d best get busy!


  52. I love fine gauge knits! please enter me in the drawing

  53. Throwing my hat in the ring. Thanks!
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  54. This book is full of pretty stuff! Can I enter the drawing please?

  55. That book would be a nice birthday present for me.

  56. I want to knit Lucy a hat 🙂
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  57. The book looks fabulous. I knitted a dress once. Beautiful but it was too small. I sold it for the price of the yarn and the woman doubled the amount cause she thought I was nuts. But I loved knitting it.

  58. Love Rowan yarns. Currently knitting socks from Cashsoft 4-ply. Would love another book–thanks for sharing.

    Do I get extra credit if I’ve finished a sailor hat??

  59. I like Rowan books. I only have 2. So another one would be great.

  60. I have been, unfortunately, concentrating on business knitting (umm, for holiday bazaars), but for a hat that will only take an evening, I should be able to find the time to make one or two and send them before next week!
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  61. Rowan Love! I like the sweater on the cover a lot. And love seeing your progess on your Eala Bhan!

  62. Bertha Mallard says:

    Please enter my name for the new book. Great incentive to knit something really nice.

  63. Judith Smith says:

    What a treat it would be to have that book. I just Rowan yarn and designs.

  64. What lovely patterns! I’d love to be entered into the drawing — thanks!!
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  65. Patti Van Gorden says:

    What a great looking Rowan book, thank you for the opportunity to win it. Can hardly wait to see your stealth projects!

  66. I really like the “Tango” sweater, very pretty!

  67. Rowan’s books are always so lucious–I’d love to add it to my stash of patterns!

  68. OK, Lucy, since you ask so nicely I will try to make some time to knit a hat.

    I would love to be entered in the book giveaway. I’m feeling lucky this week!
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  69. Susan D. Smith says:

    I adore Rowan patterns and yarns. It would be a real kick to have a copy of this book. I have a week off from work between Christmas and New Year’s and I can envision making one or two things during my once-a-year “copious free time off”! 🙂

  70. I love that gray long sleeved cardigan. Very pretty. I have some suitable hat yarn around here somewhere and plan to dig it out when it rains and then freezes on the roads next week.

  71. You are such a superhero, to be able to part with such a nice book! Speaking of nice books, I got Socks From The Toe Up for my birthday, and I’m tickled. Yes, I would like a copy of the Rowan pattern book, too!

  72. Stacy and the rugrats says:

    Woot!!! Lucy looks especially relaxed too 😉

  73. Marilyn Stober says:

    Would love to have the Rowan book

  74. Oooh, I’d love to win that book. I like every design you showed!


  75. Very chic!

  76. I love the coat on the cover!! Would love to make it!!!

  77. I’ve made 5 hats for Shanti’s crew and got the address from her mom! Will get them in the mail today or tomorrow. Such a wonderful cause! But please don’t pick me for the book. I’m mostly into scarves and shawls these days – did your Argus a while back! Give the book to someone who will enjoy it!

  78. The book looks beautiful!

  79. Have you knit and worn either a dress or a skirt? If so, did it hold up ok to the wearing / sitting? and what kind of yarn did you use?
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  80. Lovely Rowan book. Thanks for the peek.

  81. Fresh Fashion Knits looks like a WONDERFUL book and every pattern looks just so appealing — and wearable! Plus, the range of sizes is perfect, too! I would LOVE this book!

  82. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book. It looks gorgeous!
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  83. Beautiful patterns. Love the classic look…can’t wait to see some of these as completed projects!

  84. I love that sweater dress! I hope to win one of these drawings one day 🙂

  85. Thanks for sharing! The book looks like a classic must-have. 🙂
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  86. I too am still knitting hats for Shanti, I will have at least 4 plus one a friend is knitting that we are sending together. Maybe it would be nice if everyone who has a work in process that will go out next week would e-mail Lynne and let her know what is coming. It might help her to know if she is close to reaching her goal or at least give her some piece of mind. Thanks Wendy for being the go between.

  87. Denise Marie says:

    Hi Wendy, love your stuff and of course Lucy! Also, love Rowan yarns + patterns=l would love this book!

  88. Ooh, they all look so pretty!

  89. Love Rowan’s designs!

  90. Kim in Apex says:

    One day I’m actually going to knit a Rowan pattern. I love them, they are usually very classic – I just never seem to put it on the top of the list.

  91. OOO I love those sweaters!!
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  92. I just listened yesterday to the interview of you on the knitgirllls podcast…that was awesome! I hope you get interviewed more.
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  93. looks like some great classic designs. Thank you for the chance to win a copy!
    Have an awesome day!

  94. Oh, those are some of my favorite Rowan Studio designs, too. Cool to have an edited selection in one book. I’d love to own a copy.

  95. Thanks for another wonderful give away.

  96. I love the pictures that you have shown and I’m sure there are other patterns in the book that I would love, love, love!

  97. I love Rowan patterns! Your sweater is looking great.

  98. I love Rowan Studio designs and would like to win a copy of the book…awfully nice of you to give it away

  99. What a great looking book!

  100. I haven’t seen a really great crochet book for a while. This may be it!! I learned to crochet way before I learned to knit…….