My current work in progress:

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

Oh Baby

I have in my hot little hands a review copy of  60 Quick Baby Knits: Blankets, Booties, Sweaters & More in Cascade 220 Superwash — see?

This is the latest “Quick Knits” book in the series from Sixth & Spring Books. It contains (you guessed it) 60 patterns for baby items, all using Cascade 220 yarn (though you could of course use whatever worsted weight yarn you wanted).

The designs range in size from newborn to 24 months and there is a very nice variety of projects — sweaters (both pullovers and cardis), hats, booties and socks, leg warmers, blankets, and a pillow. There are lace, cables, texture and colorwork patterns — a little something for everyone.

Thumbing through it, I found a lot of patterns I really liked. Here are a couple:

A cute cabled pullover.

A mosaic blanket.

There are many more adorable patterns as well.

Since I very rarely knit for babies, I’ll pass this book on to one of you.

To be entered in a drawing to receive my copy of 60 Quick Baby Knits, leave a comment on this post by 4:00pm EDT Tuesday, May 3, 2011, letting me know you’d like it. At that time I’ll have the Random Number Generator draw a comment number at random to determine who gets the book.

New Patterns in my Ravelry Store

Today I added the Delightfully Simple Shawl and Reticulated Shawl patterns to my Ravelry store — and remember, they are both 25% off through the end of the month, which would be this Saturday at midnight (Eastern time, I think). So if you want either of those patterns, you still have time to get them at the sale price.

A very big thank you to Stacie B. and Angie D. who test-knit (at blinding speed, I might add) the Delightfully Simple Shawl from the line-by-line directions to ensure they were all correct.

The Shetland Border Shawl will likely be ready for sale tomorrow or Saturday (it’s being tech-edited right now), so keep an eye on my Ravelry store — I’ll try to get it up for sale so there’ll still be time to buy it before the sale ends. ETA: Shetland Border Shawl is now available in my Ravelry pattern store — thanks to my tech editor Sharon!

Also remember I am donating all proceeds from sale of my Japanese Garden Shawl to the Red Cross through the end of April as well, so if you thought about getting it to donate to the cause, you still have time to do so. We are now over $6000 in donations! Thank you all so much 🙂

Work in Progress

My current work in progress is another knit-from-the-bottom-up shawl, this one being made from Madelinetosh Pashmina in the Betty Draper’s Blues colorway, on 4mm needles.

After I complete this, I’m thinking about starting a circular (spiral construction) shawl — that’ll take me a fair bit longer to complete. 🙂

Lucy is a bit relieved. All this blocking assistance she has had to give me is tiring her out.


  1. Ooohhhh, I know my chances are slim, but I do have a few babies to knit for and the blanket looks awsome! Thanks for giving things away!

  2. I love knitting baby things, and I’d love a copy of this book.

  3. Knitting for babies are so much fun and satisfying (I love how quick the projects are)… I hope I win! Thanks for the opportunity…

  4. bluebunny says:

    I’d love to be entered into the draw for the book please! Hope Lucy gets lots of rest after all her hard work! I love your current WIP!

  5. Le Ann J says:

    Just found out I’m to be a grandmother for the second time. This book would be really helpful and I love Cascade 220!

  6. I know a couple of people having babies soon, and would love to knit a brand new pattern for them.
    Melissa´s last blog post ..Rosebud for mom

  7. I knit give-aways for babies in my community and could use some new ideas.

  8. Looks like a book with many cute baby patterns…I would love to have a copy!

    Many thanks!

  9. Yay Baby knitting. I seem to be needing to do a lot of that recently.

  10. I would love to win the baby knit book!! I will be a first time grandma in June and I am knitting up a storm!! Love your blog!

  11. I just found out I’m going to be a grandmother again. I have some serious knitting to do in the next few months, this book would definitely come in handy. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Very excited about this book (especially because I am expecting my first child and have been knitting like a fiend)!

  13. I would love the book. There is an epidemic of pregnancies among all the ladies I’ve been meeting.

  14. Adorable pullover!

  15. I’d love to win the book! I’m going to be a new grandmom with my first grandbaby in about 4 1/2 weeks. 🙂

  16. I would love to have the book of baby knitting. I always have something on my needles for a child. They’re my favorite recipients.

  17. i’d love this book! it’s the first baby pattern book i’ve ever wanted to own. we got it at my LYS this week and we all spent knit night coo-ing over it and trying to decide which pattern to try out first!
    captainsharmie´s last blog post ..what i wore- i love dancing

  18. I have to throw my hat in the ring for the book as well. Most of my friends and I are in that child-bearing phase in life, and I would love to have a good book of patterns. I think handmade baby gifts are the best!
    Becca J´s last blog post ..Short and Sweet

  19. Thank you for creating such lovely patterns. The baby patterns would be a nice way to learn new techniques.

  20. Sheridan md says:

    As I have lots of clients expecting I would love to have this book, Thank you

  21. As a new Grandma I would love to own this book. Please add me to your list.

  22. Ooohhh…pick me, please! I’d love to have this book!

  23. Kathleen says:

    This book looks like one I could use. The little pink and gray off set opening cardigan sweater is speaking to me. I would love to win this book!!

  24. Oh, how I’d love to have this book….I have a two-month old grandniece and would enjoy having a book full of goodies to choose from for her! Thanks for the drawing!
    Cricket54´s last blog post ..Finally!!

  25. I would love the book! I do a lot of knitting for Wool Aid, a Ravelry group that sends items for children to very cold places around the world. Obviously they could use the greater warmth of worsted weight yarn and sometimes it’s difficult to find attractive items for the little ones that aren’t made with fingering weight yarns.

  26. Ruth Musso says:

    I love knitting for babies and would love the book.

  27. That is an adorable book that would be great since I’m going to be
    a great Aunt in June!! Have a good weekend

  28. Ohh! Me please!

  29. Thanks for offering the book! I would love to be entered. Although I’m done with babies myself, they are always fun to knit for!

  30. Me! Me! Me! I think every young teacher at my school is going to pop in the next 5 months. I need patterns to start now! Thank you for a marvy blog and chin scratches to Lucy

  31. I’ve looked through this book and I love it. Here’s hoping the Random Number Genorator picks me!!

  32. monica M says:

    love it

  33. My job is the most fertile place on the planet — I’d like to knit for some of those babies.

  34. Would love to have a copy of the book. And what a lovely contribution to the japanese cause. Thanks

  35. What a handy looking book. I’d love it, would be really useful at the moment whilst my pregnant brain seems unable to grasp longer, more complicated, projects.

  36. I would love a copy. Seems everyone I know is having babies or had one recently!

  37. This would make a nice addition to the collection..

  38. Sharon Root says:

    I have so many new babies to knit for! I’d love to have a copy of this book.

  39. I saw all the help Lucy has been giving you with your shawl blocking. Nice to have such a helpful friend. Have you spun any “Lucy Yarn” yet? Would probalby be very soft and a nice neutral color too.

  40. Elizabeth says:

    My grandson would look adorable in that sweater. And baby stuff is fun to knit because it doesn’t take very long.

  41. Sharon Amara says:

    I know at least 60 babies and kids…the book looks great. Thanks.

  42. Allison F says:

    I would love this book – started knitting about 7 months ago for a friend’s baby, and haven’t stopped. I’m always looking for new patterns, and some of these seem too cute to pass up!

  43. Wow, the sweater on the cover of this book is the same as a sweater I am working on for myself. I’d love to have the book as new babies are on the way in my family.

  44. Great gift knitting in that book…would love to own it.

  45. That book looks wonderful! Thanks for being so generous as to give it away. I’d love to have it- it’s baby season in my friends group:)

  46. With several new babies in my circle of family and friends (and several more on the way), I will be able to put this book to good use.

  47. Thanks for the offering, would love to be in the drawing!

  48. poor lucy and all her hard work. another shawl. wow you are just pumping those things out. they are all so pretty and original.

  49. Cascade 220 is such a great basic yarn. Just have to be careful to not felt what you make!

  50. Stacy and the rugrats says:


  51. That’s a wonderful book, I’d love to have it!

  52. Debra Simon says:

    I have seen a copy of this, and I love it! Would appreciate getting this copy of the book.

  53. Geraldine Scott says:

    Oooo…. I’ve had my eye on this book. Love that mosaic blanket. After all, I have a new grandbaby arriving next month! How perfect would that be? Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  54. Pinehill Grandma says:

    This grandma would love a copy of this book. Thank you for featuring it!

  55. I do a lot of charity knitting for babies, this would be great for that.

  56. Another great give-a-way…weee!

  57. I would love a copy of the book!
    Suzanne´s last blog post ..Happy Easter

  58. What adorable patterns there are in this book.

  59. Marleen Moss says:

    I’ve read your blog for a couple of years and love your patterns. You knit so fast wow.My daughter had tripplets last year (8-9-10)2 girls and a boy,the quick knits would be perfict.

  60. I’ve got this in my cart at Amazon! I’d rather win it tho!!
    rav id rethers

  61. Thanks!
    Jane´s last blog post ..Annies Easter Dress McCalls 5292

  62. I have a whole litter of babies coming into my life this year! I would love to have some fresh inspiration for gifts. I like that cabled sweater a lot.

  63. Linda G Howell says:

    I love to knit for babies and would luv to start knitting from this book!

  64. I saw this at my LYS at wine and knitting last Thursday night and it is FABULOUS! The Porcupine blanket is so adorable I might even just have to give up my personal ban on making blankets and make it! (If I win the book — if I don’t, I just might have to order it!)

  65. I would love to win a copy of this book. The patterns look so cut.

  66. That mosaic blanket pattern could be so much more versatile than just a tiny crib size. You are such a peach to offer books to your readers. Count me in, please, and thanks.

  67. I got a chance to flip through this book recently and immediately added it to my wish list. So many great patterns! I would love to win it. 🙂
    Carrie´s last blog post ..Spring Fever

  68. That mosaic blanket is darling and not cutesy, cutesy either. Thanks for being so generous.

  69. folksmith says:

    Quick Knits looks like a fun book. I like making small project, they work up so fast and I can be on to a new project.

  70. Joanne Bremer says:

    Looks like a great book. I have no grandchildren yet, but this will sure come in handy when they start to arrive. Thank you

  71. I love Cascade 220 and baby knits so count me in !

  72. I have a 7 month old granddaughter; I would love this book!

  73. All my friends are having babies and I love to knit things for them!

  74. What a cute book. Love the look of the new shawl.

  75. Carol Kumpf says:

    I have a number of grandchildren who just must have items from this book!!

  76. Carol Kumpf says:

    I have 3 grandchildren who I love to knit lovely things for!!!!

  77. Babies are always fun to knit for — I’d love to win this book!

  78. I’d love to get the Baby Knits book. And I’m happy to see the Delightfully Simple Shawl available on Ravelry now, too!

  79. I’d love that cute book. Thanks for offering it up!

  80. Kim Dixon says:

    I just purchased four of your shawls, and am really looking forward to trying the Delightfully
    Shawl. I am slightly afraid of the others, but I think getting through the first one will give me courage. For new lace knitters, do you find it essential for me to purchase each needle size in both 24″ and 32″ as the number of stitches changes, or can I get by with just one 32″ needle; at least for now. I live on a very tight budget.

    Love your blog! And, of course, I’m interested in winning the baby knits book. Everyone I know seems to be reproducing lately.

  81. Kim Dixon says:

    Oh typos. How you vex me. Delightfully Simple Shawl. D’oh.

  82. Esther says:

    I’d sure like a copy of this book. I knit for babies at Pineridge Indian Reservation.

  83. Oh yes please! It looks lovely and there are so many little babies to be in my life that I’m sure would love presents from this book

    Bee´s last blog post ..Whats been going down at Chez Bee

  84. I’m a grandmother but thought my baby gift days were pretty much over … until this year and now I’ve got two to knit for before September. I’d love to make something from Cascade’s new book. I love their yarn!
    Rhonda the StitchingNut´s last blog post ..Spring flowers from my garden

  85. ooh! would love to win this book…new babies are popping up everywhere lately.

    love the shawls. when do you sleep?

  86. I would love a copy of the book! I’ve been waiting on it to come out! Thanks for all your information and posts!

  87. AnnieD says:

    The stork must be very busy!

  88. Ruth Ann says:

    I would love to own this book. Thanks for making it available. If I don’t win, I’ll be sure to purchase it. It would be a great addition for my collection. Most of the knitting I do is for little ones and I would love be able to use Cascade 220 for the projects. Looks like a win-win situation.

  89. Carolyn says:

    I’d love a copy of the book – there always seems to be a baby around that needs something wooly and warm.

    And thank you for the brilliant Japanese Garden Shawl – my Mother in Law loved her early Mother’s Day present.

  90. I would love this book for a new member of our extended family.

  91. christine says:

    That is the coolest baby blanket ever and if its quick, I’m sold!

  92. Please count me in!

  93. I am absolutely amazed at both how quickly you know and how many patterns you can come up with.

  94. I’d love to win the book, thanks for the chance!

  95. Kimberly says:

    I would love the book!

    BTW, I have almost finished my first toe-up sock thanks to your toe-up book. It was such a fast knit!

  96. I’ve been trying to get my hands on that book! I’ve heard great things about the patterns! Thanks for the giveaway!

  97. What a great giveaway! Love makin’ baby stuf!
    LizzieK8´s last blog post ..Our Barrel is Full

  98. I love knitting for babies.

  99. Can I get the baby to go with the book? Subtle hints to my son on making me a Grandma isn’t working.

  100. Verena B says:

    Oh, I’d love a copy of that! I love knitting for babies and I love the designs I saw!