My current work in progress:

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


50 Garter Stitch Gifts to Knit

I have another gem of a book to review. This one is 50 Garter Stitch Gifts to Knit:The Ultimate Easy-to-Knit Collection Featuring Universal Yarn Deluxe Worsted.


This is a new book from Sixth and Spring, and as the title suggests, it contains patterns for 50 gift items that are knit in garter stitch and use Universal Yarn Deluxe Worsted. (See how cleverly I figured that out?)

You can see all the projects on Ravelry, here.

I had a hard time selecting just a few favorites to show here because there were so many projects that caught my eye. But here goes:



How cute are these? And what a great idea for a really fast present.

Next up, a cute. colorful baby blanket.


This could easily be resized into an afghan or blanket for an adult.

And the Graphic Mosaic Cowl:


This is a lot easier to knit than it appears, because the patterning is achieved by slipping stitches. You are only ever knitting with one color at any time on every row.

Another quick gift:


The yarn is held double on this cute hat, so it can be finished very quickly!

And a more challenging project:


The Semicircle Shawl incorporates short rows and intarsia techniques.

In the back of the book is a nice how-to section with good clear illustrations.

With a little something for everyone, you could just about cover your whole holiday gift list with items knit from this book.

Who’d like my review copy?

To be entered in a drawing to win my copy of 50 Garter Stitch Gifts to Knit:The Ultimate Easy-to-Knit Collection Featuring Universal Yarn Deluxe Worsted, leave a comment on this blog entry by 11:00am ET, Sunday May 24, 2015. I’ll invoke the Random Number Generator and select a recipient at that time.

Meanwhile at home, Loki is concentrating on relaxing.


You can see how stressed he is.


  1. I would love to have this book! Both the pincushions and the afghan would be great Christmas presents.

  2. April C. says:

    I love that baby blanket. Maybe it could be turned into a shawl.

  3. What a neat book for a beginner! (I teach a lot of them)
    Would love to have your copy.

  4. Leslie in MA says:

    Garter — my favorite stitch!

    I will let you decide whether to enter me or not, Wendy, as I did win Mme Dufarge Knits rather recently.

  5. Garter stitch is the best!

  6. MissTam says:

    That shawl alone is worth having that book! I love it.

  7. Gretchen says:

    I have favorited several of those project on Ravelry!

  8. Ruth hibberson says:

    I’d love that garter stitch book. Also love all the photos of Loki- what a happy and beautiful cat.

  9. Wow! There are plenty of great projects to choose from!

  10. That is a really pretty shawl. That alone would make the book very desirable

  11. Stephanie H. says:

    This book looks awesome. I would be likely to knit my way through it if I was lucky enough to win your review copy.

  12. peggy connolly says:

    wow; such beautiful designs with garter stitch. I’d love to use this book.

  13. MaryEllen says:

    I love garter stitch!! So easy!

  14. Lisa-Marie Haugmoen says:

    I’d love to win this book as it all looks so much fun! Love garter knits!!

  15. Amy Schulze says:

    Nice book! It’s amazing what one can all do with garter stitch.

  16. Love me some garter stitch! Thanks for the chance.

  17. Wanda R says:

    I am such a fingering weight gal, but I really like some of these projects. Thanks for sharing!

  18. I would love to add this to my knitting library!

  19. I love garter stitch!
    Checking out the rav site now.

  20. I would love to win this book! It looks like the patterns would make really great gifts for everyone on my gift list all year long. Thanks for the book review, Wendy!

  21. Amy in TX says:

    What a great book! I love how squishy garter stitch is. It works nicely with handspun yarn, too. Thanks for the review and the giveaway!

  22. Robin D says:

    I would love to have this book. I really like the afghan. Thanks for the chance

  23. that shawl is gorgeous and I would have a hard time picking what to start on first.

  24. Looks like some lovely projects.

  25. Annette says:

    I’m always looking for new ideas for gifts! This looks like a great book!

  26. Courtney says:

    I would love to win this book! I’m starting my X-Mas knitting now and this book has some great patterns!

  27. Chris Reeske says:

    Love the idea of garter stitch gifts, and Loki’s six pack.

  28. Deborah Keep says:

    I really like this book and it is unusual that I actually like all of the pattern and would knit most for myself and a lot for others… always lovely to see a picture of your fluffy lad..

  29. I would like to make the slip stitch cowl!

  30. So many cute ideas. Would love this please!

  31. Ooooo. Very cool. I love all the bright colors! I’d love to have the book and knit it all.

  32. Lee Long says:

    I would love this book. I need small fast project to do at work. These would be neat.

  33. Pennymb "ginsmom" on ravelry says:

    Very nice book, I could see a lot of gifts for this holiday season. Would love to win. Thank you for the chance.

  34. I would love to receive this book. Thank you for offering! Loki looks like he needs another nap.

  35. Laura Sahlberg says:

    What a great book!

  36. Judy smith says:

    Seems to have sime fun patterns.

  37. Teresa R. Roberts says:

    I love Universal Yarn. They’ve mastered making acrylic yarn soft. I’ve been making lots of baby things with it so the parents can stick it in the washer/dryer. This looks like a great book and I would love to have a copy. If I don’t win, I’ll be buying it. Thanks so much!

  38. What a great collection of projects. I’d love to have this book.

  39. SusannahC says:

    What a lovely collection of projects, for gifting or for one’s own use. I’d enjoy reading this book and matching projects with gift recipients.

  40. Count me in! Looks fun 🙂

  41. Lisa Morris says:

    Pretty book. Thanks for offering.

  42. Mary Anne says:

    Very cool book! I see a number of items that i would like to knit—that baby blanket with squares looks especially nice, as do several of the cardigans, and the mitts, and….. You get the idea:)

  43. Wow! What a fantastic book! Lots of great projects!

  44. Dorothy in Kentucky says:

    Loki you are the most adorable boy. The looks great too.

  45. PamelaR says:

    Oh Master Random Number Generator look kindly on me! 🙂 This looks right up my newbie alley. You really must find some Valium for Loki, he just looks way too stressed. (grin)

  46. Joan the knitter says:

    Looks like a fantastic book. Thanks for the opportunity. Loki is so precious!

  47. Glorious garter stitch, how we all started when we learned how to knit! Thanks for the chance to win this book! Loki is a peach!

  48. Charlotte says:

    hummm, I could actually do the colorwork in most of these projects, but I’d still begin with the pincushion (using size 1 needles to make it a toy for our cat & dog)

  49. Carolyn Niceforo says:

    i would love to make the hat and the shawl you showed from the book. Would love to win it

  50. Wow, what a lovely book! That baby blanket is just the thing I’ve been looking for to use up some brightly colored leftovers.
    Thank you for the giveaway.

  51. Sylvia B says:

    I truly need this book! My friends call me the garter stitch queen because almost everything I make is done in garter stitch. Having so many wonderful patterns in one book would really simplify my pattern collections! Thank you for your generosity!

  52. Loki is the anti-stress King!

    Lot’s of family to make gifts for and Christmas will be here before we know it!!

  53. catspaw says:

    Nice book. I’m always surprised what you can do with garter stitch. Loki doesn’t look overly impressed though.

  54. Suzie Picciano says:

    Darling Pin Cushions

  55. That looks like a really useful book!
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  56. I would love this book! Christmas will be here before we know it!

  57. This book looks really neat!

  58. Debbie H says:

    What a fun looking book! I would love to win.
    gussek in Ravelry

  59. Looks like a prize of a book!

  60. yolanda v says:

    Love the pincushions and the Mosaic Cowl.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  61. The shawl is just wonderful – would love to win the book!

  62. Kim Miller says:

    Oh you’ve really tempted me. Please enter me into your drawing for this book so I don’t have to spend the money. Thanks

  63. Alicia Grayson says:

    Looks like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway.

  64. Always looking for a good quick easy gift book. thanks.

  65. Debbie M says:

    So many cute patterns. I have a lot of worsted in my stash, so it would be great to have this book! Thanks, Wendy!

  66. Arlo-Ann Hobbs says:

    would love to win this book especially for the shawl and pin cushion patterns. Would also love to learn how to relax like Loki does!

  67. I would love to win this book. The shawl, pincushion. and baby sweaters are all things that I would like to make.

  68. I like garter stitch a lot! Love seeing Loki’s floofs.

  69. Denise Wessman says:

    Aw Loki!!!! He is so cuddly. Elizabeth would’ve loved this book. Garter stitch is so relaxing. Thanks for once again offering a great book.

  70. Looks like a fun collection and good resource book to have.

  71. Sandra Kerr says:

    I would love this. Those look amazing.

  72. I would rather win than have to buy it.

  73. Susan James says:

    nice book!

  74. CandyceJ says:

    Have switched to lighter weight yarns for my garments so this would be a great way to use up some of my worsted weight stash. Thanks!

  75. Loki looks relaxed and happy. Have you knit him a hat yet?

  76. Great stylin’…my sons dog is a Loki, fun to watch his antics…

  77. I love anything garter stitch. This book looks like it has a lot of fun squishy knitting projects!

  78. Heather says:

    I’d love to win. I’m really intrigued by a scarf I saw on the ravelry page, and many of the others look like fun too!

  79. Kathryn says:

    I think there are some great patterns in this book and Loki sure looks like he is not stressed but I could be wrong. Thanks for sharing.

  80. Debbie S says:

    I love the cowl. Many nice projects. Thanks for the giveaway.

  81. Kathy in Alaska says:

    Wasn’t EZ a major fan of the garter stitch? Good company to be in. 🙂

    Thank you for the chance to win, and best to you and Loki, from Rocky and me.

  82. NanaDeb says:

    I think Loki has been knitting from this lovely book 😉
    Well just an idea…..

  83. Bluetoespinner says:

    Darling patterns, sign me up! Thank you.

  84. These patterns look like fun — and I’d like something fast and easy for a change!

  85. Wow, what a great gift book!! I would love to start some Christmas knitting and that book is perfect. So many small, easy projects for everyone and anyone.
    Thank you so much for your generosity.

  86. Beautiful!!!

  87. Elaine in NYC says:

    It would be a lovely addition to my library. Spectacular photo of Lokissimo.

  88. The pincushions are so cute!

  89. Sara Smith says:

    Wow, those patterns all look amazing…….who knew garter stitch was so versatile!

  90. Mary Beth says:

    I think my favorite pattern is the Lacy Heart Shawl, but that book has a lot of great patterns to choose from!

  91. GeniaKnitz says:

    I would love that book!

    Too bad little King Loki doesn’t realize how many adoring subjects he has, starting with the people he shares his house with, of course!

  92. love the pin cushions

  93. Rusty Boyd says:

    Shawl is gorgeous!

  94. I’m always looking for unique gifts – looks like this book is full of innovative ideas.
    Thanks for offering !
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  95. I *love* garter stitch, and I would LOVE to win this book. Thank you for the giveaway!
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  96. Philhellene says:

    garter stitch = love. This book looks super interesting, thanks for reviewing it!

  97. Cheryl S. says:

    Love the pin cushions. Would love to win this book.

  98. Claudia says:

    Looks like a great book. So many interesting projects. Glad you reviewed it for us. Would love to take a closer look.

  99. Would love to win.

  100. I would love a chance to win!