My current work in progress:

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


Circular Thinking

I recently got a review copy of Nicky Epstein’s new book Knitting in Circles.

This is the second in a series of books (states Epstein in the Introduction) on knitting techniques incorporating geometric shapes. The first was Knitting Block By Block. I wonder what the next one will be?

Knitting in Circles has instructions for knitting 100 circle motifs and 20 patterns for garments and accessories.

The circles are created using a number of different techniques — some are knit from the center out, some from the outside in, and some from top to bottom. Everything you need to know about creating the basic shapes is detailed in the shaping chapter.

The next chapter is titled “Texture & Techniques” and contains instructions for circles that incorporate cables, entrelac, bobbles, short rows, and more — techniques that you may not be familiar with. As Epstein points out, circles are a great way to practice an unfamiliar technique.

The next two chapters, Lace & Points and Colorwork have instructions for circles employing those techniques.

The last circle-technique chapter is “Eclectic” — circles that don’t fit into the other categories. There are some fun, creative circles here, with applied motifs and i-cords, appliques, embroidery, ruffles, etc.

Each circle has a large full color photo on a gallery page. (My apologies for thew less-than-great photos –the light is not cooperating as I take them.)

There is a smaller photo of each circle next to the pattern instructions.

And there is an index of thumbnail photos of all the circles in the back of the book.

The patterns. There are 20 patterns for garments and accessories, all incorporating circles in one way or another. I have to admit — I did not care for any of the garments. They are all wonderfully creative but are just not me. Like this poncho.

There are a couple of lovely afghans, however, a great purse, and a wonderful hat. An afghan:

A hat:

There’s a techniques section in the back of the book with instructions for construction, knitting techniques (and it amused me to note that the drawings accompanying the info on how to magic loop are, I am 99.9% sure, the ones created by Potter Craft for my book Socks From the Toe Up), and joining circles.

I think my favorite statement in the whole book is in the section on Joining: “Don’t like to sew? Get over it!” Yep, sometimes you just have to sew! 🙂

Denim Update:

Here is the back of my denim coat as of Friday night:

At the time that photo was taken, I estimate I had another 10″ to knit. I’m almost there at this point, so will be finishing the back of the coat today. Because the denim yarn will shrink about 17 – 20% in length on the first washing, I’m knitting each piece longer to compensate for said shrinkage.

Lucy plans on just hanging out and relaxing today.


  1. Knitting in Triangles, perhaps? Love Nicki’s designs.

  2. I thought Knitting In Triangles too. Though who knows, she could throw all of us for a loop (no pun intended) and write Knitting In Trapazoids, or Knitting In Parallograms.

    The demin jacket looks great. Hopefull one day soon I’ll be inspired to make one of my own.
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  3. Lucy has stretched herself out in case she shrinks up twenty percent whilst washing her tummy.

  4. Jo morgan says:

    The book looks interesting–seems as if circles would be extra challenging in terms of finishing. Loved the comment above about the beautiful Lucy!

  5. Nice looking book, good to have on your book rack.

  6. I`m with Lucy Just relax today

  7. Sounds like a good book for extra yarn when you don’t have enough for a full project and you don’t know what to do with what you do have and are sick of squares and lines. Lol. .

  8. I think Lucy has the right idea. I wish I had been able to sit and relax today!

    I agree with some of the others that her next pattern will be triangles. It’s the next major shape, because rectangles are too similar to blocks. I don’t know if she will do various kinds of parallelograms, but it would be awesome to have a book of diamonds and pentagons.
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  9. Its a nice kind of book…Reading this it makes me inspire…How I wish to have this kind of book also..
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  10. Lucy has other plans for other days?

  11. hexagons maybe?

  12. Hi Wendy, your denim is coming along anxious to see end product. Liked the ideas with circles too! Looks like an interesting book.

  13. interesting book. I would like to have it…

  14. Carol Ann says:

    The beanie/hat book looks wonderful-have 6 grandkids who always need lids!!
    Carol Ann