Before I launch into this next book review, I am pleased to report that the winner of my review copy of New Directions In Sock Knitting: 18 Innovative Designs Knitted From Every Which Way by Ann Budd is Susan (sjanova), who has been emailed.
And I have another book to show you.
This is Refined Knits: Sophisticated Lace, Cable, and Aran Lace Knitwear by Jennifer Wood, published by Interweave.
There are eighteen patterns in this book, which you can preview on Ravelry here. There’s a nice assortment of items represented: sweaters, cardis, a hat, fingerless mitts, wraps, and cowls.
One of my big issues with a lot of patterns for garments that I see is that they look unfinished to me. They are lacking the nice details that sets apart a thoughtfully designed garment from something that just looks thrown together. No neatly worked neckband or hem, just a rolled edge — one of my pet peeves.
So that’s one of the reasons I like this book so much — everything looks thoughtfully designed and beautifully finished. Some of my favorites:
This is Idril, knit in fingering weight yarn, available in a wide range of sizes. I love how the center cables extend up from the bottom of the sweater to frame the v-neck.
Brielle is a cardigan that is also knit from fingering weight yarn, also available in a wide range of sizes. I love the complex braided cable that makes up the front bands.
Estee is a cowl knit in worsted weight yarn that pairs cables with lace — with beautiful results.
And Elodie is a pattern for fingerless knits that include a lot of lovely details, including a picot edge, kint from a sportweight yarn.
The patterns are well-written, detailed, and offer tips and notes on construction.
Who’d like my review copy?
To be entered in a drawing to receive my review copy, leave a comment on this blog post by noon Eastern Time next Wednesday, March 9, and I’ll select a winner at random from the comments posted.
WendyKnits Pattern Sale
Don’t forget: all my patterns available for sale on Ravelry are now 50% off through March 13. No coupon code needed, just add them to the cart and the discount will be automatically taken. No limit — buy as many as you want.
My Bogus Bohus Cowl pattern will be released before this sale is over.
Loki is demonstrating his usual level of excitement at such announcements.