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. Heck yeah! I want this book, because I gotta have that Gobelin bag. Goodness, just looking at that cat makes me relax. Please give him a snorgle for me!
    Anna´s last blog post ..Another day

  2. Looks so interesting-I have wanted to try slip stitches. Crossing my fingers you pick me!

  3. I’ve tried some slip stitch patterns and I love them as a way to use 2 colors ( even 3) without having to carry the yarn or do intarsia.

  4. ooh, I want that bag, too! Very cute. Sounds like a great book to have. Thanks.
    Ravname: Vermiliongirl

  5. I rarely ask for new books — I have so many now. But this one looks like fun. I love learning new stitches and knitting processes.

    Your colorful project is intriguing. Can’t wait to see the whole thing!

  6. Wow, that woven slip-stitch bag is cool! Yes, please include me in the draw. And thank you for continuing to offer up you review copies to others. It is very generous of you. 🙂

  7. What a fantastic book! Thanks for the opportunity to have a copy!

  8. 1. Yay! blog worked for me today.
    2. Can’t wait to see your new project. the sneek peek was delicious.
    3. That book looks lovely.

    snorgles to Loki 🙂

  9. I would love to try some of these patterns. Thanks for the opportunity to win the book. I didn’t know that there were all these ways to slip stitches!

  10. Susan Picciano says:

    Looks intriguing

  11. What an interesting book. Thanks for the chance to win.

  12. I also cannot wait for autumn! I am taking a trip with husband to the Smokey Mountains next month and I am knitting up some things to keep us warm and cozy.

  13. I would like to learn more about slip stitching. Looks like the perfect book.
    Thank you.

  14. Love your blog, your kitty, and would live a chance to win that awesome book!!!
    Thank you!!

  15. I love slip stitches feel free to pick my name!


  16. love slip stitch techniques, esp mosaic.

  17. Thanks for a chance to win the book! I love those patterns–they’d be interesting to make and would make great additions to my wardrobe.

  18. Would be fun trying some of these projects. Loki has the right idea.

  19. Thanks for inspiring us Wendy.

  20. Love the colors in the KnitCircus yarn project. Looking forward to the complete reveal. Slip stitch knitting looks very promising and the bag is fabulous.

  21. Don’t really need another book, but I still would like to have this one.

  22. Dorothy Bunch says:

    This looks like a wonderful book! And well Loki just steals my heart every time I see him! Thanks for offering this great book!

  23. Sounds like a fabulous book!!!

  24. I haven’t tried slip stitch. and I love the patterns you showed. Count me in/

  25. There are some really unusual patterns and stitches in the book. Some are cute, a couple I just don’t get. I like Nebo the best.

  26. What a great book!

  27. I love the bag!

  28. Book looks wonderful. Too much choice!

  29. I’ve never tried slip-stitch knitting, but after seeing these patterns I’m dying to! If I don’t win I’ll have to put this book on my wish list for the upcoming holiday season.

  30. I really enjoy trying new techniques, and since I’ve never knitted any slip stitch patterns, I’d love to win this book and give it a try!

  31. I’m in. This would be a great book to have for inspirational projects. lpstarr on Ravelry

  32. I would love a chance at winning this book. Looks interesting!

  33. I would love that book!
    kmkat´s last blog post ..I’ve moved!

  34. A book about slip-stitch knitting? Yes, please! And thanks again for keeping your blog alive when so many have abandoned theirs.

  35. Looks like a terrific book!
    Hbqueen on ravelry

  36. Susan Hemingway says:

    That looks like a lovely and useful book. Thanks for the chance.

  37. I’d find that book very interesting. Thanks for sharing it.

  38. slip stitch is my favorite colorwork method! (also I could use some cute boot toppers before winter gets here!)

  39. I’ve been looking at giving slip stich a try. Looks like a lovely book.
    Judy Exline´s last blog post ..My Grandson is Home!!

  40. Recently discovered some of the fascinating effects one can get via slipped stitch knitting. Ready and eager for this book !!

  41. Slip stitches are my latest favorite – would love the book!

    Your border design looks fab! As does Loki, of course.

  42. I love fall! and slip stitch patterns! Thank you for the opportunity to win the book.

  43. Speaking of autumn, I think Loki has this hibernation thing down pat!

  44. The book sounds very interesting. I like the look if the slip stitch Elaine

  45. I was just reading a review of this book, and deciding to order it – so thanks for the chance to win it instead. Keeping my fingers crossed, which is really difficult when trying to knit, LOL

  46. Looks like my first comment didn’t post correctly so I am trying again. Just reada review and really must have this book. Thanks for the chance to win it.

  47. Slip stitch patterns and I have never gotten along. Love the look but have tension problems. Maybe this book could help…the patterns are gorgeous. Thanks for the give away 🙂

  48. Would love the Slip Stitch book. Also looking forward to cool weather and fall and to learn more about the little teaser pics!

  49. I would love your review copy! Thanks for opportunity.

  50. Leslie in MA says:

    Oh would I love that book!
    I’d also love to snuggle Loki’s belly with my face.
    Do you think I love too easily?

  51. I would love to add this book to my knitting library!
    Thank you for the chance to do so.

  52. Deb Kegelmeyer says:

    what a cool book. You are right the nebo pullover is gorgeous

  53. Cool book. Hi Loki!!!

  54. I’ve knit one small project with slip stitch as a main part of the design. It was interesting!

  55. Love the patterns from the book, especially the bag but your teasers look the most interesting!

  56. I agree about the bag – it is great, and I need it.

  57. I seem to be incapable of doing regular colorwork. Maybe this book would give me alternatives.

  58. Thank you for giving us the chance to win awesome new knitting books!

  59. I’d love to learn slip stitch knitting so I could knit the outstanding bag!

  60. I am anxiously awaiting your revelation in a few days. What wil it be?

  61. Lorraine Jackson says:

    There are several patterns I would love to knit in this book.

  62. I’ve read an article or two about this book, looks like a winner!

  63. Lynne in Florida says:

    I would love to win this book, yes, I would, I would! I have a question, though – regarding the model of the Nebo. What on earth would you call her nether garment, and what is it made of? Can’t believe ‘they’ would match such a lovely pullover with such an ugly whatever it is. Not that I pay any attention to fashion anyway, nor could I wear it, but even if I could, I’d rather be dead! Oh, yes, I am officially an old fogey.

    Do I see a lovely autumnally sweater in those hints, with pretty colored leaves as borders and/or horizontal stripes? I will look forward to the reveal.

  64. I’d love to win this book!

  65. Love a fluffy kitty belly! Thank you for the giveaway!

  66. Looks like a very interesting book.

  67. I really like that bag, too!

  68. What a beautiful collection!

  69. Whoa! Fantastic looking book. That bag is fantastic. Lovely color work is so much fun to knit.

  70. Sounds like an interesting book. No I am not ready for autumn, this summer was way too short.

  71. Lisa Swanson says:

    Very cute patterns. Nebo is just my style. Would love a copy of this book.

  72. Cecilia David says:

    That book looks awesome with some great patterns. Looking forward to your surprise.

  73. Love learning new techniques and stitch dictionaries so its a plus, plus

  74. Deena Marshall says:

    Thanks for the review.

  75. Oh my! That is exactly what I am looking for! Just started to play with slip stitches and want to learn more!! That Bag is incredible! Thank you for offering this book to us, fingers crossed.

  76. Slip stitch challenges. That sounds great to me!

  77. I love that bag! Please add me to the list and thank you!

  78. Seldom enter these lotteries, but this book looks great!

    The Art of Slip-stitch Knitting: Techniques, Stitches, Projects by Faina Goberstein & Simona Merchant-Dest,

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  79. Looks like a lovely book! I have only done little bits of slip stitch and would love to have the chance to make a real project in it. Thanks for the chance to win!

  80. pick me! pick me. I want the gobelen bag too

  81. I haven’t used slip stitch designs much, and would like to! This looks like a book worth having with quite a few interesting designs.

  82. I would love the slip stitch book! Autumn cannot get here soon enough – the SF Bay Area has been much too warm this summer.
    diann´s last blog post ..10 on Tuesday: Guilty Pleasures

  83. Love slip stitch patterns. Sign me up!!

  84. An interesting take on slip stitch knitting. I would love to knit several of the patterns.

  85. Barbara Clayburn says:

    I would love to “win” the book. Thank you for a chance. Pet Loki for me – that is a gorgeous cat.

  86. Oh, something new to learn about! I’d love the book. Sounds like we’ll be seeing a lot of the bags this winter.

  87. yes, wonderful

  88. Thank you for the book giveaway. This one looks awesome. I love, love the bag…really everything. I love to knit with bold colors and this technique definitely offers many opportunities for beautiful color creations.

  89. I’d love a copy of this book – I love slipped stitch patterns! And congratulations on your new pattern – it’s lovely! Give that handsome boy of yours some belly scritches from me and the girls. 🙂

  90. Looks like a fantastic book!

  91. What beautiful slip stitch designs. Look forward to making them all.

  92. Loki sure knows how to relax, and how to make everyone smile as they watch him!
    I would love to win that book.

  93. I can’t wait to see the Big Reveal of your collaboration! And I would love to be entered to win the book!! Thank you for your generosity. 🙂

  94. The bag really has my attention.

  95. I’d like to spend a Sunday knitting and slipping stitches, with a cat at me side!

  96. Oh, I will have to add this interesting book to my wish list!

  97. Thank you, Wendy.
    Lovely review and I do hope some of your readers will win the book.
    faina´s last blog post ..Knitter’s Pride Goodies


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