My current work in progress:

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


The Art of Slip-Stitch Knitting

I have another great book to review for you:


This is The Art of Slip-stitch Knitting: Techniques, Stitches, Projects By Faina Goberstein and Simona Merchant-Dest, Interweave/F+W; $26.99.

This book contains 40 different slip stitch patterns, so it is in part a stitch dictionary. It also has 16 lovely patterns that incorporate slip-stitch patterns: 6 garments, 2 vests, and 8 accessories.

The book starts with some how-tos — different ways of slipping stitches and what you do with the working yarn when you slip. And there’s information on horizontal, vertical, and diagonal slipping. Pretty much everything you could possibly need to know about slip-stitch knitting.

For the actual stitch patterns in the stitch dictionary portion of the book, they are both written out row by row and charted, and there is a good explanation of how to read the charts.

There’s lots of other information you need: guidelines on gauge, working in the round versus flat, yarn choices, color choices.

The next section of the book is about traditional slip stitches, with a number of different stitch patterns, and some projects. My favorite project from this section is the Bordo Shawl, which is worked in fingering weight yarn in two colors.


The next section features Woven slip stitches and again has a number of different stitch patterns and then some projects. My favorite project in this section is the Gobelen Bag, which I really, really want! It’s knit from worsted weight wool in a variety of colors.


Did I mention that I want it?

The next stitch Section is Fancy slip-stitch. My favorite pattern here: The Nebo Pullover. The sleeves are worked in a slip-stitch pattern, the cables incorporate slipped stitches and the edging is worked in a slipped rib, so there is a lot of slipping going on! It’s nicely fitted and is worked in a sportweight yarn.


Last is Reversible slip-stitch. I love the Siska Hat, which would work up very quickly in worsted weight yarn.


In the back of the book is a lot of useful information, including abbreviations, and an illustrated glossary of techniques.

This is a great book — not only does it have a nice array of pretty patterns, but it is a great stitch dictionary for a lot of different slipped stitch patterns. And it contains a lot of useful how-to information.

You can take a look at all 16 patterns on Ravelry.

Who wants my review copy?

To be entered in the drawing for my copy of The Art of Slip-stitch Knitting: Techniques, Stitches, Projects by Faina Goberstein & Simona Merchant-Dest, please leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00am Eastern Time on Sunday, September 20, 2015.

Are You Ready for Autumn?

I am!

Earlier this summer I worked on something delightfully autumnal in collaboration with KnitCircus Yarns, and it is going to be released very soon. Want a hint? Here you go:


That’s not much of a hint, is it? Here’s another peak:


All will be revealed in a few days!

Meanwhile . . .


Loki say relax!


  1. Janet White says:

    Thanks again for a chance to win the book. MissJanetLee

  2. I am very much ready for autumn. Its my favorite season.

  3. I love the look of the slip stitch patterns. The spiral hat is cute.

  4. I wish I was doing what Loki is doing. LOL

  5. Love, love, love the bag and would love the book too!!

  6. That bag is awesome. Thanks for the Loki update, too! 🙂

  7. Those are some pretty hints.
    sprite´s last blog post ..mid-september weekending

  8. What a neat idea for a book!

  9. I want that bag too.

  10. I’ve made five cowls with slip stitches. It’s one of my favorite things to knit. I would love the opportunity to receive your review copy. I think I want to come back as Loki in my next life. 😉

  11. I love slip stitches, and would love to see more uses for them. Thanks for the chance to win.

    I’m currently knitting with KnitCircus yarns. Swoon. Looking forward to seeing your project!
    pdxknitterati/michele´s last blog post ..Adventures in Yarn Chicken

  12. I L.O.V.E. that bag!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win this book.

  13. I’m ready for spring, currently suffering from the flu and other ailments and some nice weather would be such a good thing at the moment! I’m in New Zealand though, so it is warming up here.
    sewsable/Rachelle´s last blog post ..I really don’t like this bug

  14. I would love a chance to own this book!

  15. Thanks for the book review, Wendy. This book looks great, I think that I want that beautiful bag too! I would love to win this book.

  16. I would love the slip stitch book. I love slip stitching and would love to have more patterns to make.

  17. This book looks wonderful. So many things to explore in knitting.

  18. Bummer, I should have looked at new books, not old books & patterns. I searched & searched for a sock pattern with slip stitches to make a pair of socks with inexpensive sock yarn before making a pair with my Shepherd Sock yarn in Football (Seahawks colors), before picking Classy Slip-Up in the Knit Socks! book. If I’d read the entire pattern, I would have realized I would not like making them – I learned to use dpns because I did not like doing the purl stitch over & over. But, I persevered & finished the pair. Now, I’m just making the seahawks socks in plain basic stockinette with the name down the sides. Oh well.
    I could do the Gobelen bag.
    re your sneak peak – possibly shamrocks & other leaves?

  19. That looks like a wonderful book. I haven’t explored slip stitch knitting nearly enough. And no, I’m not nearly ready for fall either, but it is certainly on its way.

  20. This is definitely a book I need to get for my library. Some really great projects and an expansion of knitting skills as well. I am ready for Spring.

  21. I would love to win this book. Thanks for giving us the chance to win. I really like the Bordo shawl and the Nebo sweater.

  22. I have to agree with you on that bag. The Volna scarf looks to use some of the same patterns.

  23. I would be thrilled to add this book to my ever expanding library! Thanks for the opportunity…

  24. I was drooling over the patterns in this book earlier. Love the cover cardigan and the bag.

  25. Lynda Schwechtje says:

    I love the shawl and the cabled hat and would really enjoy working with this book if you happen to give it to me. <3

  26. Midnite Baker says:

    Looks like a very interesting book. That bag has me intrigued. M

  27. Amy Schulze says:

    What an interesting book! I had no idea that there was so much to slipped stitches.

  28. what tempting patterns!

  29. I love the shawl in this book! Thanks for the opportunity!

  30. Would love the book. Patterns look great. I wish I could relax like Loki!

  31. I’d love a copy of this book!

  32. Would love to do some more slip stitch projects.

  33. I’m always up for learning new stitch patterns! It looks like a fun book.
    Jen R´s last blog post ..The Fast Metabolism Diet book review

  34. Sign me up! All are so pretty

  35. What a great book. Thanks for the chance to win it!

  36. This looks like a wonderful book. I’d love to add it to my library.

  37. Sandy Officer says:

    I hope someone makes that bag for you! It is mighty cute! I hope to win the book as it looks great.

  38. I’d love to slip that book into my library! Thanks for offering it!

  39. What a great book! Would definitely like to try some of the patterns. Loki sure knows how to pose for the camera. Adorable!

  40. Oh boy! This sounds like a must have!!! And you did pick out some pretty and useful patterns. I will say thank you ahead of time and hope that this book is mine. Thank you.

  41. There are some beautiful patterns in this book! Thank you for sharing your copy-

  42. I need a project. this book might be the answer.

  43. Looks like Loki needs a belly rub! Thanks for the book review.

  44. Would really like this book–love the bag! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.

    That is a really tantalizing hint. I can barely wait for ALL TO BE REVEALED!

  45. Need some new projects…this book could be the answer….Thanks for the great ideas and the opportunity to win 😉

  46. Monica Cortada says:

    Oooo, I think slip stitches are really interesting.

  47. Love the hints. Can’t wait.

  48. Teresa R. Roberts says:

    I was thinking I wasn’t interested in this book, until I saw the Gobelen Bag! Oh man, I want to win the book (or go buy the pattern). Thanks so much. Try to relax, Loki 😉

  49. Linda McCauley says:

    This book looks like it has some very different patterns in it-I would love a copy! Tell Loki he needs to slow down a bit 😉

  50. OOH! I like it.

  51. Denise Wessman says:

    I would love to have this book. I have not done slip stitch knitting. Loki looks so relaxed. Can’t wait to see your reveal. It looks awesome.

  52. Birgit Rosenberg says:

    Love the cover sweater

  53. I’ve had my eye on this book. I would love to win it!

  54. The gobelen bag is beautiful.I want it too. Fingers crossed. Thanks for the review

  55. margie kovacic says:

    I want to purchase this book, but if I win it I can use the book money for more yarn.

  56. Slip stitches, patterns and a great bag…does it get much better? Yes, a give-away! Thank you so much!
    Mariaeb´s last blog post ..Knitting Project Bag- Zippered XLarge PRE-ORDER! by MariaElenaBliss

  57. I like the bag and the shawl. Pick me:)

  58. who knew slipped stitches could be so complicated?! I want to try every one of those patterns!

  59. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book. It looks fascinating!

  60. Jeanie Babbage says:

    That book looks like one that would get a lot of use. I may have to buy it if I don’t get your copy!

  61. Jean Vollman says:

    i just love the items made from slip stitch, I would love to win this book and start knitting.

    Jean V.

  62. knittingdancer on Ravelry says:

    This book looks like a good addition to my library. Thanks for a chance to win a copy of it.

  63. Thanks for the chance at the review books. I’m putting this on my wish list. I really like the hat.

  64. I agree…that bag looks fantastic! I’ll have to pick up a copy of the book myself (unless I win, of course)

  65. Had a similar book out of the library and would love to own this one!

  66. What a wonderful book. There are so many things I want from it. Must get it somehow. Thank you for telling us about it.

  67. I love slip stich patterns! Would so love to win this book.

    ummrania on ravelry

  68. Gosh. Gorgeous patterns! Best of luck to all those entering to win. 🙂

  69. Thanks for your in-depth review of Ms Goberstein’s book. I’ve worked several slip-stitch patterns, but still (to my frustration) have some difficulty reading slip-stitch charts. Perhaps Ms G would be helpful in this. Even if she is not, I like the range of slip-stitch projects she presents. Frankly, all of those you pictured are imho knit-worthy!

    As for Loki, what is it with cats the way they like to sleep with their furry tummies exposed? They are just begging for a tummy rub! 😉

  70. I also love that bag

  71. Me too, the bag really attracted my attention! Its so colourful.

  72. Wonderful looking book. Would love to make some of these patterns. Hope I win it.

  73. I would love to win this book – Carina.

  74. The pull over cabled sweater with the 3/4 length sleeves is very pretty! Great book to add to my stitch library!

  75. Oh it seems like a lovley book. My instinct says “by it” and then the next line I read that I could win it! Yey! I want to do the bag most of all… 🙂
    Katrina E.L.´s last blog post ..Nästa häfte

  76. Slip stitch, how lovely, used to be a favourite of my mother’s years ago. I would love to master it.

  77. the book looks lovely! Thank you for the chance to win!

  78. This looks like a great book with many patterns I would like to knit.

  79. wow, love the “Kromka” -pattern and the Gobelen Bag ♥

  80. Ooooh I like this one

  81. People are just so fascinatingly creative, and I love being able to share in that. Thanks for sharing the proof!

  82. These are some very lovely and innovative ways to use slip stitching. I love learning new techniques and new ways to use techniques I’m already (or think I am) proficient at. Thank you for the exciting giveaway.

  83. This looks like a great book – thanks for the chance to win!

  84. I would love a chance to win this!

  85. This looks like a fantastic book to add to any knitting library. Thank you for the opportunity to do so once you’re done with it!

  86. Kathie Mayo says:

    I’d love to be the lucky winner of this book. I’m interested in making that bag!

  87. Beautiful book. That hat would improve my winter.

  88. Saw this book in my LYS last weekend, it’s on my covet list….

  89. Always looking for ways to improve techniques and this seems perfect for slip stitches.
    Thanks for thinking of your fans!
    RAV: WintonB

  90. Shirley Gallagher says:

    Oh please, enter me in the drawing. I love slip stitch knitting.

  91. Trask Knitter says:

    that’s funny – the same day I received this I returned the book from the library on my kindle – the book would be much better in book format. Thanks, Wendy! Your sweater, and Loki, look great, too! Happy knitting 🙂

  92. Linda Beyer says:

    Please enter me in the drawing, love knitting slip stitches. Also, so ready for autumn. It is my favorite time of year.

  93. Heather Crowe says:

    Thank you so much for offering us the chance to win this book. I think the bag is awesome, but I really like the Kromka hoodie pattern as well. I would love to try out some of these techniques in my knitting.

  94. This book should be on my shelf. I didn’t know there were so many techniques to use slip stitch.

  95. SuthernGirl says:

    Awesome giveaway for those of us who know nothing about slip stitch magic but want to give it a try….I would give that Nebo pullover a place in my closet!

  96. Love this book…I had no idea of all the possibilities with slip stitches!

  97. I love the effects you can get with slipped stitches – so much with so little effort. I’ve never heard of woven slipped stitches, so I’m sure this book would teach me new techniques.
    Loki looks like he slipped a few too many stitches and had to take a nap!

  98. I have salivated over this book and would LOVE to win it! Thanks for the chance.

  99. I’m trying double knitting right now. Slip stitch is on the list to try soon! Mags9k on Ravelry.

  100. such a lovely book! I would love to knit everything in it!