My current work in progress:

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


Diamonds and POK

Yesterday I finished my Diamond Gansey and carefully laid it out to photograph it:

As you can see, my little helper is on the job.

To recap, I knit this from Blue Sky Alpacas Skinny Cotton in the “Gravel” colorway, using a U.S. size 5 needle.

Here’s a close-up of the shoulder seam, joined with a three-needle-bind-off:

I may or may not write up the pattern for this at some point.

Now, lookie what I have:

This is a review copy of the newly revised Principles of Knitting by June Hemmons Hiatt, which is scheduled to be released on February 14, 2012.

The revision/reprint has been in the works for a while now, so I am delighted  to actually have physical proof of this in my hands.

What can I say about this book? The original edition from 1989 has been out of print for ages and copies of it would sell for insane amount of money.

This edition has been revised and updated. Since I have never seen the original, I can’t tell you how different this version is from that. But I can tell you that this version is pretty darn comprehensive. It’s kind of hard to do a review that covers the whole thing.

I picked a topic — picking up stitches.

There is a whole chapter devoted to this — 23 pages worth. And it includes pretty much everything you need to know about picking up stitches, with lots of very clear illustrations.

And also very clear photos.

I note that an e-book version is being released as well as the hardcopy. I tend not to get knitting e-books, but I think this is one I will get. I think it will be very handy to have all this knowledge readily available via my electronic devices I always have with me. The hardcopy book weighs over 4 pounds so it will stay at home. 🙂

Because I am pushy, when the publisher contacted me to offer me a review copy, I asked for two., one for me and one to give away.

Who wants it? 🙂

To be entered in the random drawing for a copy of Principles of Knitting, leave a comment on this blog post by noon on Thursday, February 2, 2012. At that time I will use my WordPress plugin app to randomly select a winner.

Leaving a comment on this blog post is the only way to enter.  Do not use the “contact me” link directly below the header — that sends me an email. Do not leave a comment on a different blog post — the plugin app will select only from comments on this entry. The link to enter a comment is right below the title of this post, which is “Diamonds and POK.”

Lucy sez:

“What? It’s my job to help!”



  1. It looks like an awesome book! Thanks for giving away a copy!

  2. I can’t believe that POK is finally being released – that’s been forever in the making. I have a copy of the first version. I bought it in the 1980s at my JoAnn Fabrics. I’m planning on getting the revised version, but I’d love to not have to pay for it.

  3. I’d love to win the copy of Principles of Knitting.
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  4. The sweater is lovely and the giveaway is fantastic! I wish my kitties were as helpful as Lucy.

  5. 😀 The book looks GREAT! 😀 I’d love a copy, it would be an amazing resource. 😀 😀

  6. Wow- this is a must have- would be fun to win it!

  7. Susan (LotusHips) says:

    Your sweater and ‘helper’ are both gorgeous! I have been eying that book for quite awhile but was not willing to pay the exorbitant price – thanks for the chance to win a copy 🙂

  8. Looks like an interesting book. I’ll definitely check it out, thanks!
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  9. I love how the sweater turned out Wendy!
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  10. Wow, I’d love to win this book! I’ve heard a lot about how great the original is, so I’d love a chance to read a revised version 🙂
    And that jumper is gorgeous! I love the diamond pattern, it’s really pretty 🙂
    Ashley x
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  11. I’ve wanted a peek at this book for a long time. So glad it’s back in print! Very generous of you to give it away.

    The sweater looks great, by the way!
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  12. I would LOVE to have this book! thanks for putting it up (and the review)
    Claire´s last blog post ..Le Roi est mort

  13. Bridget Schober says:

    Ebook version sounds like a great idea.

  14. What a wonderful resource book. It would be a great addition to any knitter’s library.

  15. I’d love a copy of the book! Thanks so much for your blog, Wendy. I’ve followed you for several years and love your books, too. You’re very motivational!

  16. Wow, that book looks like an incredible resource!
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  17. This book looks like something I would get.
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  18. Great looking book. What a wonderful prize.

  19. Book looks great! Love to have it!!

  20. Wow, this looks great, I’d love to have it!

  21. This looks like THE knitting reference book to have. I’ll definitely get the ebook version and it would be lovely to have a hard copy as well.

  22. Barbara Stoner says:

    That looks like a must have book. Thanks for doing the review and giveaway!

    For the most part I always find it amusing how when my knitting gets large enough my cat decides that it needs a nap test. He feels every knitted thing needs his seal of approval.

  23. Who wants it? I do I do!
    Sweater and Lucy look great – as usual!

  24. I’ve heard a lot about this book! Sounds like an amazing resource. I would love a copy!

  25. Your gansey is fabulous! I’d like to win the book so that I can also do a flawless job 😉

  26. I could use this for the 23 pages of picking up stitches!

  27. Oh yes, Wendy — thank your for asking for a “giveaway” copy! I, too, am making a gansey (for my US sailor son) and will need all that “picking up stitches” info!

  28. Karen Scheer says:

    I’d love a chance to win this. Have heard marvelous things about it.


  29. I didn’t know there was a wordpress plugin for selecting a random comment, that sounds neat.

    The book sounds like it is very comphensive, I did hear that the author had to redo the entire book illustrations and all that’s why it took so long to be available.
    Melissa´s last blog post ..WIPW – Cozy Sweater on Needles

  30. This book sounds like a really good comprehensive book. I love technique books.
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  31. Diane Donle says:

    Oh, my, yes it would be a wonderful resource to have. Thanks so much for the chance.

  32. Wonderful sweater, Wendy! That book looks amazing and I’d love to add it to my library

  33. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE instruction books that I read and reread and study! Throw my name in the hat, please!

  34. Your sweater is fabulous!

    I really need the book.

  35. I could use 23 pages on picking up stitches…..I have this problem where I must do something weird and they don’t always turn out correctly (or they just look wonky).

    I suppose I could use another reference book, too 🙂
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  36. Looks like a great book – thanks for having a giveaway!

  37. the sweater looks great. considered me entered to win the book. it sounds awesome.

  38. POK in both digital and print versions? Definitely a smart idea what with the book weighing 4 pounds and all. I would love the book, cherish it and keep it well-used. And I would have to get the electronic versions as well. Win! (well, I mean, if I do win the book, but if I don’t it goes high on my wish list that I plunk under hubby’s face. )
    Kali´s last blog post ..Shaving Socks

  39. That is a wonderful sweater! I love the shoulder finish.

    I would also love to have the copy of the book.

    Panhandle Jane´s last blog post ..Almost There

  40. This book has been on my wishlist for a long time. I am so glad that they have decided to update it and publish it again. Helpful kitties are the best.

  41. Who could resist such a legendary book!
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  42. Sarah Horn says:

    The sweater looks great! 🙂 Looks like a good book. I’d love to get a copy 🙂

  43. Mt library has room to put the new Principles of Knitting, like my stash it keeps growing as well. Can always use a reference that makes solving my dilema a little easier, thanks Wendy for asking for a second copy.

  44. I have been waiting forever for the update to this book to come out. I refuse to pay over $300 for an old copy. Can’t wait.

    Love the sweater, Looking forward to when you release the pattern.

    Karin´s last blog post ..January is almost over

  45. Beautiful Gansey! Lucy is so good at her Vanna White impressions, isn’t she?

  46. Awesome sweater! Also very cute cat. I’d love love love to have this book. Our knitting group has a lot of newbies and they ask a lot of questions.

  47. I’m always so impressed with how quickly you’re able to knit large projects. I know you have a long commute & devote that time to your knitting, but I am still always in awe! It must be very expensive (in yarn costs) to have so much knitting time. Do you ever calculate how many yards you knit in a month? A year? I’d love to know the statistics!

    I’m really excited about the PoK release. Thanks for the opportunity to enter the giveaway!

  48. That looks like a fantastic resource. Thank you for thinking of us!

  49. The original edition of this book is amazingly comprehensive and thorough. I was and still am blown away by it. Hiatt put *so* much work into it. She is one of my heroes. I can hardly wait to see the new edition.

  50. I have a copy of the original POK and love it. I also have the new POK on order, and I’m so glad to hear it has finally been released. Having it come out in digital form is also good, I’ll probably get that for the same reason as you, it would be wonderful to have it available anywhere and everywhere I am.

  51. Thanks, Wendy, for being pushy and getting a second copy 😉 Love the gansey!
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  52. Pick me! Pick me! (If you can be pushy, so can I…) Seriously, that looks like such a great resource.
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  53. I can’t wait to get ahold of this book!

  54. Pauline in Ca. says:

    i would LOVE to get some Principles for my knitting – then i could maybe hope to knit as beautifully as you do! Can’t wait to see what you start knitting next!

  55. That book looks quite useful. I’d love to own it. 🙂

  56. Fantastic giveaway! I would love to win a copy of that book! Also, loving the Gansey! Love the color, too!

  57. Your sweater is lovely, especially with the adorable helper. POK has been on my list of books I want since I learned to knit– so glad the reprint is real and here!

  58. What a wonderful giveaway. Count me in.

  59. I am a knitter who does not follow patterns. This type of reference would be helpful to have to help me.

  60. great sweater.

    I’ve been awaiting this book for ever!

  61. This book would be very helpful to me since I’m a new knitter who doesn’t know that much about picking up stitches and the like. I also would like to say that Lucy is super cute cat.

  62. That book looks like it would be SO helpful. Thanks for the give-away!
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  63. Oh! thanks for a chance to win this book. I’ve been waiting for its release for a long time.

  64. Oh, my goodness! It’s certainly a good thing that computer comments don’t show drooling – what a prize! Hope I win this one!

    I would love to know over time/wearings how your new sweater does in maintaining its size. It’s beautiful, but I have never seen something like this knit in cotton. I live in Louisiana, so I’m hoping for good reports for the cotton.
    Barbara-Kay´s last blog post ..A magnificent cat

  65. Fingers crossed!!!

  66. I need all the help I can get with my knitting! Thanks for the chance to improve.

  67. Wonderful resource; thanks for sharing the extra copy.

  68. Very cool! The sweater looks fabulous and I love the way the 3 needle bind off looks on the sleeve!
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  69. As always I am astonished at the amount of knitting you get done! The sweater looks great. I would like to see some photos of your sweaters with you in them… =)

    My hubby and I could really use this book, we are short on technique books!

  70. Wow, that would be so handy as a reference!

  71. That looks like a great book, count me in please!

  72. I love to read technical knitting books – I will read them cover to cover like a novel.

  73. This book is a must have! I’d love to save a couple of bucks by winning your contest.

  74. I love good technique books. I can’t wait to get my hands on this one!
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  75. Would love to have that extra copy.

  76. Been hearing lots about this book, would love to have a copy. Thank you for the give away.

  77. I would love to get a copy, but I think I’ll buy one if I don’t win! 🙂

  78. Sounds like a great resource book. Thank you for thinking of us. Here’s hoping.

  79. Hehe, my Himalayan kitty Olivia likes to “help” as well!
    Becky´s last blog post ..Transforming One Sweater Into Another

  80. I’m loving the diamond pattern so effective but simple!

    I’d like the copy of the principles of knitting. I’m definitely buying it if I don’t win.

  81. I’m squinting at just that page to try and figure out what it says! I’ve been looking for something like this for so long.

  82. That looks like a very handy reference to have!

  83. Oh my gosh, what an awesome book. If I don’t win, I’m buying it! (I’d still like to win =))

  84. I have been on the hunt for a comprehensive reference book since I started knitting a year ago. Could this be “the one”?!

  85. aknitontheside says:

    I like your idea of getting an electronic version to have it readily at hand, but still, there is nothing like flicking through a new book. Would be great to win.


  86. Jennifer B says:

    I’d love a resource book like that. Thanks for the chance to win!

  87. Julie Poole says:

    Just saw the news about this reprint and added it to my Amazon wishlist yesterday. Even better to win a copy 🙂

  88. I would love a copy of the book – it looks like a real keeper!

    Beautiful sweater and Lucy is on the job!

  89. Jennifer Wollesen says:

    I would love a copy of the book. Looks great!

  90. Want it!

  91. Love the Gansey! Really would like to see you model it.
    (Would love to have the book too!)

  92. I’d love a copy of the book!

  93. Wow, I’m so glad this book is finally being re-released! I’d love a copy!

  94. Oooh, pretty sweater! And oooh, amazing prize!! Thanks for sharing with your readers 🙂

  95. Even though I’ve been knitting for decades, there is always something new to learn. I love being part of a knitting group where we learn from each other’s successes and failures. This book looks like it belongs on my shelf.

  96. Kathy Strand says:

    I could have used this book the other day when I was trying to figure out how to pick up stitches and looked thru every book I have…… luck! If I don’t win, I’m buying it! Love the sweater.

  97. Jo Ann Patterson says:

    The sweater is beautiful, hope you do the pattern. I’ve been anxious to see this book, would love to win a copy!

  98. This book is on my wish list.

  99. Beautiful sweater, and I would love to win this book. A history of botched POK is the reason I knit in the round instead of pieces. Those illustrations look like they would solve my problem. Thanks for the chance to win.

  100. That looks so useful! I’d love to have the extra copy