My current work in progress:

Pitch by Emily Greene, knit from Elsawool Cormo worsted on a US 6 needle

More Quick Knits!

I have here a review copy of the latest book in the “60 Quick Knits” series:


This is 60 Quick Knits From America’s Yarn Shops, released earlier this month by Sixth and Spring Books. Here is the publisher’s description:

The 60 patterns in this stunning collection come from yarn stores across the US, who chose the styles their customers like best. Created especially for the book by more than 40 designers associated with the stores—an owner, employee, or customer—and featuring the popular and versatile Cascade 220® yarn line, the projects range from accessories (purses, shawls, socks, and hats) to baby items to home decor—all in a range of skill levels so both beginners and advanced knitters will find something to enjoy.

You can browse through some sample pages from the book on the publisher’s website, here.

This is a lovely collection of patterns, all of which can be completed pretty quckly (hence the title of the book). There is a nice variety of items, from a felted purse:


A beautiful textured scarf:


And a colorblock pullover for a small child:


These are just a few of the patterns that caught my eye. There truly is a little bit of everything.

All of the patterns call for Cascade yarns, from the “Cascade 220” family, in various weights. You could of course substitute a different yarn, but it’s nice to know you could replicate a pattern exactly by using the same yarn since Cascade is so widely available.

This is a book of patterns only: no “how-tos” or tutorials. There is, of course, a list of abbreviations used in the back of the book, and each pattern is clearly written and any charts used are clear and easy to see.

This is a collection that would be great to keep on hand for those times you need to whip out a quick gift, not to mention something lovely for yourself.

The kind folks at Sixth and Spring offered to do a giveaway for my blog readers, so I can keep my review copy. Who’d like a copy of this great book?

To be entered in the drawing to win a copy of  60 Quick Knits From America’s Yarn Shops please leave a comment on this blog post by Sunday, December 1 at 11:00am Eastern time. A winner will be chosen at random at that time.

Meanwhile, I am knitting along on Hitofude. I have the top portion completed.



Now I am knitting the below-the-waist part — that will be a lot of knitting as I plan to add length.



And by special request, a photo of Loki’s cat pants!



He has some serious floof going on back there!


  1. Dorothy in Kentucky says:

    I love Loki’s floofy pants. Happy Thankgiving To you and yours.

  2. First…Loki is just beautiful! Next…this book is just what I have been looking for. I need useful quick projects to do in between all the other projects I have going. Something that I can finish in a minimum of time. I am a little tired of making dishcloths and scarfs to fill in time waiting at dr’s offices etc. I could use a nice gift. Thank you for your generous offering of all the preview books that you receive.

  3. Dorothy in Kentucky says:

    I love Loki’s floofy pants. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

  4. I love those cat pants!

  5. That book looks interesting. Loki is floof master!

  6. I’ve been looking for some fun quick Christmas presents and this book fits the bill.

  7. Oh, yes, add me too, please.
    “Cat pants”. That cracks me up.

  8. I would love to have a copy of this! Thanks for the chance,

  9. What a great book to have!

  10. Martina Norelli says:

    i would love a great collection of Quick Knits! What a super idea. I have to also say that it is clear that your tender loving care has a lot to do with the fabulous floofy look that Loke has developed! You are a good mommy for sure. I also bought the Hitofude pattern. I like the idea of using silk instead of wool and am awaiting your progress in lengthening the piece since I love longer jackets, as does my daughter. This pattern is a stunner!

  11. Loki could hire out as a model, he’s fantastic. The book looks good.
    Angeluna´s last blog post ..9/11 Remembrance and an Odd Momento

  12. Thank you for sharing some of the projects in the book. I don’t always leave a comment in order to win the giveaway. But this book looks like it has several projects that I would enjoy knitting. thank you.

  13. Please enter me in your drawing. The book looks fabulous, but not as fabulous as Mr. Cutie Pants!

  14. Would love the book.

  15. This looks like a good book…I’d love to win it. Thanks for your continuing generosity.

  16. Oh my goodness, he is beautiful. He looks so soft and warm.

    I’m a Cascade 220 fan so would love the book.

  17. Who couldn’t use a book of quick patterns? Also, love your pretty boy!

  18. I love Loki! And would love to try some of the patterns in the new 60 Quick Knits.

  19. Chris Reeske says:

    Neither of my cats can even get close to Loki’s floof, he’s number one. I ‘d, love to get the book. Thanks

  20. Love those Quick Knits books. I think one book could keep me busy for at least a year!
    Thanks for the opportunity!
    MadameKnits on Rav

  21. Holly Dambaugh says:

    Sounds like great book to have on hand!

  22. Amy Schulze says:

    I have other books in the series and would love to add this one!

    I love your sweater so much that I added the pattern to my que!

  23. Julie Beaver says:

    Looks like a fun book. I love your new kitty, was very very saddened to hear of your loss of beautiful Lucy.

  24. Adele Lott says:

    I’m really enjoying Loki’s “floof”….and I’d love that book! Pick me please!

  25. auntiemichal says:

    Loki’s pants are so cute I want to squee, but it would probably scare Ladybug. LOL The book looks like it’d be useful, and I have a shelf where it would feel right at home.

  26. Thanks for the giveaway,

  27. Loki is simply gorgeous. So good to see him happy and sooo floofy!

  28. It would be great to have a cache of patterns for Cascade 220!

  29. Would love this book thanks for the chance.
    Loki is adorable. I love the fluff 🙂

  30. What a nice book!

  31. Kathy Green says:

    I’ve been wanting this book since it came out!

    kathyg on Rav

  32. I would love to win this book.

  33. Oh I would soooooo love to win this book. I need some ideas!!!!
    Michele´s last blog post ..A Cushy Hobby

  34. Oh I would luv a copy Wendy! The sweater you show and the scarf are nice! Loki is too precious with his floofy pants!

  35. These collections are always great!

  36. Love this series. They are always good.

  37. That book has some great patterns and that is 1 good looking cat.

  38. looks like a great book!! love the Loki photos too!

  39. Jennifer T. says:

    The book looks fun. Thanks for the chance.

  40. This looks like a great book to have before Christmas. I hope
    I win it.

  41. Sandra Kerr says:

    I love Cascade yarn. And I’d love to win the book!

  42. This looks a fun book…would love to win it.

  43. Thanks for the opportunity! Love the pics of Loki!

  44. LaVelle Nott says:

    Loki is so pretty, he really tugs at my heartstrings. His fluffy pants are really fluffy. 🙂

  45. Oh, great book!

  46. Quick Knits = instant gratification. I love quick things to do when bigger projects start taking too long. Please enter me to win, thank you.

  47. I don’t want to be included in this particular drawing, I just wanted to comment on how beautiful Loki’s cat pants are. He is truly a beautiful cat and I’m sure he knows it 🙂 Keep those pictures coming please.

  48. It like a wonderful book and I’d love to have it! Please enter my name for the drawing, too. Thanks

    Now about Loki…do you actually use a flea comb for a few seconds every day to keep that fluff so UNtangled? He’s gorgeous!

  49. Sandy Officer says:

    The amount of knitting you do is awesome! I don’t know how you find the time to work for a salary! Love the pictures of Loki! Thanks for your giveaways.

  50. Happy Thanksgiving!!
    I have so many singles and leftovers, that book would be a great help.
    Loki is looking so beautiful, he definitely the floofiest kitty I’ve ever seen.
    I hope you all enjoy the Holiday…..and your latest project is gorgeous!!

  51. Sure, I could use that!

  52. What a wonderful collection of patterns. Would love to add that to my knitting book collection.

  53. I’d love to have this book for some interesting Christmas projects!

  54. Count me in: You had me at “quick” and “knit.” Floofy cat pants were just icing on the cake, so to speak.
    Barbara at Knitting | Work in Progress´s last blog post ..FO | Foggy Friday Mitts

  55. I have looked at several samples from this book. They all look wonderful. I would love to add this book to my library. Thanks for the opportunity to be in the drawing

  56. This book looks great!

  57. I love the fluffy cat pants! And I love quick projects! Thanks for sharing!

  58. Thanks for the chance to win a fun book. Gorgeous floofy, feline pant-legs!
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours Wendy! 🙂

  59. Liked the felted bag and always like to see photos of Loki.

  60. I squealed out loud at Loki’s fluffy cat-pants. What a cutie-pie!

  61. I haven’t purchased this book yet. Would like to own it.

  62. Midnite Baker says:

    Love Loki’s pantaloons!! They are gorgeous!! What a lucky photo shot. Bet she didn’t stay in that pose very long. What fluff!! Thanks for sharing. M

  63. KathyM in SE VA says:

    I have been ogling that book since its release. At this time of year, “quick” describes all my knitting. Happy Thanksgiving to you and Loki and the rest of your family.

  64. Sounds like a good book. I like the idea of a book designed all for one yarn…then I can substitute my handspun without too much off a problem. I match one yarn and I am off and running. Have had some spectacular substitution errors this season; ie the hat that sits on my head like a small animal and the one that dropped to my shoulders totally encompassing my head.

  65. Love Cascade 220. I’d love the book.

  66. I’d like to be entered to win the book. Looks like there are several patterns that I would like to knit.

  67. Love the quick knits. Great to have another book. Give our greetings to Loki fromhis fluffy cousin in Jordan. 😉 HAIR. .

  68. Not much time. Quick knits would help!

  69. “Quick” sounds like a great idea this time of year, count me in!

  70. I would love the book for Mom and I. Thanks for offering it! And sharing photos each time of darling Loki!

  71. I’d love to be entered into the drawing for this book–I’m always on the look out for small projects and this looks like there are lots of possibilities! Thanks!

  72. What a fun looking book. I can always use more quick knits for gifts and heck, maybe something for myself.

  73. Aaah…a Quick Knits book just in time for the holidays! please pick my number! 🙂

  74. Thanks for the chance to win the book. Love your blog.

  75. Lestersmama says:

    I have the 60 Quick Knits for Cascade 220 worsted weight & have made several of the items, a couple more than once. It’s a great series.

  76. That would be a cool book to have and I love your Kitty!

  77. Love the fluff! Maybe I could use up some stash making projects from this book, or, go shopping for just the right yarn. Either way, it would be a great book to have.

  78. I love that series of books, and have been excitedly awaiting the release of this one. Please enter me in the drawing as well. Thanks!

  79. Thanks for a chance to win! Johnston4kids on rav.
    Really enjoying those Loki pics!

  80. Looks like a great book! Thanks for the chance to win it!

  81. I finally cast on for my Hitofude, adding 24 stitches to each sleeve. I’m semi-freaking out about how this whole sleeve body/front/back thing is going to work out. But I’m going to try to knit on faith that it will all work out. Seeing yours laid out like that gives me a clue.

  82. Looks like it would be a perfect book to make some last minute gifts!

  83. TooTwistedDonna says:

    I would love a copy of this book!!! And that is one seriously fluffy cat!!!!!!

  84. I’d love that book! I need something quick!

  85. I love the flooffy pants, fluff, what a great word! what a beautiful boy you have there as well!

    I would love that book, quick knits seem to be all I have time for these days.
    SarahOG´s last blog post ..Test Knit Sock

  86. Looks like a really nice book! Thanks Wendy for the give away!

  87. Quick knits are perfect, especially at Christmas.

  88. sara swanson says:

    I have two Maine Coon cats who have serious floof, I enjoying seeing the pictures of Loki! I love knitting with Cascade 220, the other books they have put out have had some great patterns so I’m sure this one will also. Thanks for always having the give away opportunities.

  89. Cat Pants!! FTW..Yep, serious floofage going on. Quick Knits looks like a good one to have in the library, and yes I would like another 4 to 6 hours each day just for gift knitting! Thanks for offering (the book!).
    CeltChick´s last blog post ..Thanks

  90. Love Cascade yarn and the Quick Knit books. thanks for the giveaway.

  91. Mom and I most like this series of books.

  92. I’m in desperately need of quick knits! I’ve enjoyed other Quick Knit books, so I’m glad to hear that this one looks like a good reference book to have on hand. Thanks for the review, Wendy.

  93. The Hitofude cardi will be beautiful! Love the color. I would love to see the wardrobe of the sweaters you have made! I’d also like a chance to win the book.

  94. I’d love to have the Quick Knits book!

    Thanks Wendy!

  95. haha! cat pants. Gotta love that loki! yes thank you for chance to win book!

  96. I’d love the book. Your sweater looks fantastic! Happy Thanksgiving, etc.

  97. This is a great collection of quick knits – and you’re offering it just in time for those last minute holiday projects. I’d love to be the lucky winner.

  98. It’s always great to have a reference with fast knits. Most of my projects are lengthy ones.

    Loki is such a sweet looking kitty. I’m so happy you found each other.

  99. Thank you for the “Cat Pants” photo! That was a lovely way to start the day with a laugh. It just got chilly here in Tallahassee and I bet my two cats just wish they had cat pants like Loki.
    Please add me into your book chance. It looks to be a lot of fun with a yarn I really like.