My current work in progress:

Summit by Sloane Rosenthal, knit from Rowan SoftYak DK in shade 254 Canopy.

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. The yarn looks like it has some drape, no? I had the pleasure of taking a class with Ms. Hiatt at a long-ago Stitches and she has so much knitting knowledge to share. I’d love to get the revised POK.

  2. Your gansey is gorgeous as is Miss Lucy. Would dearly love to give POK a good home. I promise not to let anyone shed on it!

    (Hee-hee, that’s what she thinks. Lucy baby, I still love you! Ozzie)

  3. would love a copy of this great book – thanks for the opportunity

  4. Would love to win the second copy…thanks for the opportunity!

  5. What a treat.
    Nice of you to offer.
    I’m ready and willing

  6. Would love a copy. Love the sweater.

  7. I would love to win Principles of Knitting–looks like a great resource!

  8. that book looks amazing ! almost as good as your gainsey! please enter me 🙂

  9. This looks like a book I’ll have to get, if for nothing more than the section on picking up stitches. It’s my biggest nemesis and is the only issue I seem to have when making socks.

  10. Please… Please…. Please… Or is that too much like begging?

  11. I heard June Hiatt speak Interweave’s Knitting Lab last November. Her serious scholarship re knitting is so impressive. I would love to have a copy of the new edition of her book.

  12. What a lovely sweater! And POK looks like an amazing resource :).

  13. I would love to have a copy for reference!

  14. Book looks great. I remember seeing it when i had just gotten out of college and thinking I would never need something like that because I did not knit as much then… boy what a mistake it was not to buy it then! And I am glad you finished your sweater just in time for the warm spell we are having here in the mid-Atlantic… kind of scary with it 65 on the last day of January!

  15. That book looks amazing!

  16. I would love to win a copy of Principles of Knitting. My late mother had the original and I let it go to my older sister when we went through Mom’s things. Yes. She knits more than I do. Yes. It was a nice thing to do. But I WANT this book 🙂

  17. It’s wonderful to see a new version of the book. Please consider this my entry for your random drawing.

  18. This will be my lucky chance, I can feel it! I would love a copy of the book. :0

  19. Oh, I hope I win. The books looks wonderful.

  20. I would love to win this book. Everyone in my knitting group has been talking about it. And then the funny thing is that one person had a copy of it when it was first published.
    Your sweater is beautiful. Love the color.

  21. Wendy, you are the ultimate inspiration! Your blog is one of two that I have read for,…wow… can it be 7 years? My memory fails. But my hand knitted socks live on. I would love to have a copy of that basic book. Thank you for your generosity!!

  22. Wow! What a great book. I am sure even with the 40 years of knowledge I have, there will be lots of new stuff to learn in this book. Me! Me! ME!

  23. amaryllis says:

    The sweater looks great! I am anxiously awaiting the release of this book, as I am not likely to be lucky enough to win it.

  24. Would love a copy.

  25. Thanks for asking for two copies — one to give away. I would love to be able to compare the older version I own with this newer one.

  26. Hi Lucy. Good work!

  27. Your sweater looks great. Would love to have the book. Add me to the list.

  28. This book sounds awesome!! I would love to win it!

  29. I would love to win this book.

  30. I’m in. The digital edition sounds interesting too, though, something to stick on my Nook or smartphone and have the reference with me all the time.

  31. My cat would do much the same thing Lucy did. Sometimes we have had to change our mind about what we are wearing for the day. As the cat as decided to take up residence on the clothes that are laid out. Actually, she did that yesterday and I couldn’t finish making the bed.

  32. Well, as a relative beginner, that chapter on picking up stitches would be OH so helpful. It’s maddening to see my teacher fix something so quickly and I never see what she is doing (we have many in the class…many kids and I am the only adult…ha ha, so I never want to take her time away from the little ones who are having a few more issues than me with their needles and yarn). Anyway, thanks for the opportunity to win such a great resource! Keep up your lovely posts!

  33. I might have to actually get an ebook version of POK for myself. I could use that

  34. That looks really useful. Would love a copy!

  35. I have been waiting and waiting for POK to come out – I think I may need both the hard and ebook copies. 😉

  36. I need this book. Picking up stitches defeats me every time.

  37. Your Diamond Gansey came out beautiful! I hope you decide to write up the pattern. That would be something I would love to knit. Thanks for thinking of us and giving us a chance to win a book!

  38. Please count me in with the other 1,000+ people who would like a *free* copy of this book, and thank you for the offer!

  39. Shannon H. says:

    I could totally use a copy of POK!

  40. Cassandra Allan says:

    Ohhhhh this would be handy!! As a new knitter I would find this very valuable!! I also just bought your knitting socks from the toe up to have my first try at sock knitting!!! eeekkk scary!!!

  41. I would very much like to win the book. Looks like a must have in my knitting library.
    As always, great result with the sweater.

  42. Ooh, I would love that book. It looks inspirational, sort of like your blog.
    ellen´s last blog post ..Head ’em up, Move ’em out

  43. Thanks Wendy for being “pushy” so that you can give away this awesome book to your loyal fans!

  44. Barbara Vaccaro says:

    I have the original but I see how it could be improved. Lots of techniques hav e been rediscovered since it came out.

  45. That book would be a nice addition to my collection. You did a beautiful job on the gansey!

  46. Thanks for a peek inside the book, and a very clear idea of what’s in it. I’d love to be included in the chance to win a copy.

  47. Looks like a very useful book. Love the new sweater!

  48. Thanks so much for your thoughtfulness.

  49. Barb Rickman says:

    I have repeatedly checked out Principles from my local library and always wondered if it would ever be reprinted. Well….!!
    I have been reading your blog for a while but have not posted. I love Lucy and that is the other reason I visit. I want to see just what she is up to and look at her lovely eyes.


  50. I love to win a wealth of knitting info.

  51. That looks like a good book to have! Thanks for offering it.

  52. I’ve had the Principles of Knitting on my wish list for a while. I’d love to win a copy 🙂

  53. I’d love to have this book!

  54. What a beautiful sweater….and such a lovely kitty! Thanks for another great give-away. This book looks a must have whether I win or not.

  55. That is a beautiful sweater and cat! I tend to tink more than I want to so the book would be never collect dust with me. LOL!

  56. Would love to win a copy of the book. The pictures on picking up stitches are what I’ve been looking for.

  57. I’d love to win a copy!

  58. pick me random number generator.

    Thank you Wendy!

  59. Wellll, here I am, comment #1355 – Whew! I’m a long time reader of your blog – which I enjoy – and I have a copy of your first book and your lace book – and I’ve recommended your sock books to my friends who knit sox – but, I’m here, entering your contest for the very first time, just in case I might win Principles of Knitting – thank you so much for this chance.
    All the Best and Love to Lucy,

  60. Kelly winters says:

    Throwing my name in the “hat”. Plus want to say how much I enjoy your patterns, but will admit I mostly read your blog for the pics of Lucy.

  61. It sounds amazing! What a wonderful gift for whoever wins it!

  62. Marion Morrison says:

    Please enter me in the drawing for the extra book!

  63. would love to win a copy of this -thanks for the opportunity!

  64. April Jeffers says:

    I would love a copy of the book Wendy. 🙂 Hope the magic number thingie chooses me!

  65. The cotton ease looks nice worked up.

  66. Love your sweater and would love the book, too. 🙂

  67. Would be a wonderful surprise to win this….looks like a good addition to my growing library…
    Love your sweater, I’m impressed at how fast you move through projects!

  68. Wow! I could sure use this kind of help! Thanks for sharing.

  69. Please enter me in the drawing. What a wonderful opportunity – who wouldn’t want to add ths to their knitting library? Thanks for the opportunity!

  70. The book looks awesome and your sweater is lovely!
    Faith´s last blog post ..Impressive Sleevage

  71. One can never have too many books on knitting! I would love to add this to my library. I always learn something new.
    Beth´s last blog post ..Starting Over……Or Picking Up Where I Left Off

  72. This sounds like a wonderful amazing resource. Thanks for sharing!

  73. What a gorgeous sweater. I’ve enjoyed reading about it as it grew, as I do about all of the pretties I see here.

  74. Looks like s great book. Your sweater is beautiful.

  75. This looks like just what I need! 23 pages of picking up stitches should finally help# right?

  76. Kathleen K says:

    The diamond gansey is awesome! Very pretty pattern.
    Principles of Knitting looks interesting to say the least!

  77. Your sweater looks great!

    And I’d love a copy of the book.
    Julia´s last blog post ..A Confession

  78. New to your blog. Love your patterns and books. Thanks for sharing. I’d love to have the extra copy.

  79. WOW! I have it on my “Wish List” for my Kindle… just in case the giveaway is given to someone else. This looks like an AWESOME resource for ALL knitters. All the reviews seem to be fabulous!

  80. Hester from Atlanta says:

    POK – thank you for asking for a copy to give away. I would love to receive this book in the drawing. I betcha the publishers will be surprised at how many books will be sold!!!
    Best – Hester from Atlanta

  81. Your projects inspire me and I’ve learned a lot from you over the years. Having the book would be a great foundation from which to base even more learning! Thanks for the possibilities!

  82. This looks like an incredible book, and the topic you chose to review is one I actually need to learn! Thanks so much for the giveaway.

  83. I’ve been working on socks for awhile, and still struggle with the gusset and picking up stitches. I can’t wait to use this book, I’d love to have the second copy!

  84. Omg, it really, really is true! Would love to have and hold. Thank you for thinking of us!

  85. I’ve been waiting for this to come out since I read about it being revised some time ago. I didn’t realize that it was so soon, can’t wait!

  86. One book for my shelf? Great

  87. Would love to have this book and the pretty cat!

  88. I’m a new knitter, so I’d love a chance to win this one! Sounds like a must have!
    Dianne´s last blog post ..the never-ending quilt

  89. Beautiful sweater…and great giveaway. Thanks!

    Yhime407 on Ravelry

  90. Throwing my hat in for a chance to win. Maybe this is my lucky week, I won tickets a few days ago for theater tickets. Fingers crossed.

  91. Cat Samalea says:

    Thank you for the chance to win this book!

  92. Thanks for the chance to get this book early!

  93. I would love the book! There are times when we all need detailed instructions!!

  94. I could use a lot of help with picking up stitches. I might have to look into the electronic version.
    Crystal Baker´s last blog post ..I caught it. . .

  95. I too would like to own that fine book! Pick me, pick me!!
    lawheezer´s last blog post ..Knitting With Ease

  96. What a great resource!

  97. I’d love a copy of the book, too.

    I have many pictures of a cat on finished knitting, too. As soon as you spread it on the floor a cat appears. It’s like magic.

  98. Sallye Elliott says:

    I love the diamond gansey sweater, and would love to win the book. A great reference!

  99. Geraldine Scott says:

    Would love to win this book…thanks for the chance!

  100. A comprehensive reference for knitting is a must have in any knitter’s library. I would be thrilled to own a copy!