My current work in progress:

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


60 Quick Cotton Knits

In my ongoing quest to excavate my desk, I found this (the book I was actually looking for last week):


This is 60 Quick Cotton Knits: The Ultimate Cotton Collection in Ultra Pima™ from Cascade Yarns® from Sixth & Spring Books. Just in time to start planning your summer knitting!

Cascade Ultra Pima is a 100% pima cotton yarn, dk weight, put up in 100 gram skeins with 220 yards per skein. It comes in a dizzying array of fabulous colors.

This book has patterns for a little bit of everything: summer sweaters, wraps, shrugs, headwear, fingerless mitts, and bags. There is texture, there is lace, there is colorwork. You can preview all 60 patterns on Ravelry here.

I’ve picked out a few of my favorites.


I love the Tiered Shell because it’s different, and it looks like it would be so cool and comfy to wear.


Look at the beautiful Sunray Wrap — perfect for an over-air-conditioned office.


This is the Bubble Shrug — one of several shrug/bolero patterns. I think it would be perfect to turn a sundress into office wear.


Look at this cute Cables & Lace Headband. Not only would it make a great quick gift, but it’s a good project for someone new to cables and to lace.


and the Checkerboard Tank looks like a good introduction to colorwork. It’s a little more challenging than stripes, but a lot easier than complex colorwork.

So . . . a lot of great patterns for a very reasonable price. The price on amazon for this book is $12.62. Divide that by 60 patterns, and that’s 21 cents per pattern! Many of these patterns would work just as nicely in other yarns — you don’t have to limit yourself to pima cotton. You can get yourself a whole library of patterns for a very good price.

I’m tempted to keep my copy, but I have only so much space on my bookshelves, so who’d like my review copy?

To be entered in the drawing to win my copy of 60 Quick Cotton Knits: The Ultimate Cotton Collection in Ultra Pima™ from Cascade Yarns® , leave a comment on this post by noon next Sunday, April 10, 2016.

Meanwhile back at the ranch . . .

My Stained Glass Cowl is progressing nicely.


I am now working on the second half, the lining of the cowl. I’m doing a smaller all-over pattern for the lining.


Loki sez:


Thanks for all the nice comments about my Momma’s blogiversary!


  1. I knit a few things from Cascade pimacotton last summer and liked it a lot.

  2. Your stained glass is amazing

  3. Love the stained glass cowl. I don’t even wear cowls and I have some of your patterns because they are so beautiful (I just tell people Loki made me buy them!).

  4. emcknits says:

    I would love to win that book. I am always looking for good cotton patterns.

  5. I’d love a copy!

  6. Love the stained glass cowl. I do stained glass and know just how much work goes into each color change. Same translates for knitting.

    Thanks for the contest. I have ten skeins I bought on a close out in the stash and have been wondering what to do with them. Inspiration!

  7. Stained glass cowl is beautiful. Love the colors.

  8. Thanks again for all your work reviewing the books. Really liked the cotton patterns. Could replace with a linen or even an alpaca yarn and so many patterns with one size yarn.
    Your stained glass cowl is lovely. Is it just using 2 skeins, a plain and a hand painted? I kept going back to the pictures to see the interplay of colors.

  9. Would love to win – looks like a very useful book of patterns since I live in SoCal. Love the colors of your cowl, Wendy. Thanks for the contest.

  10. Living in Arizona, your book would be perfect to have!

  11. Rona Tanger says:

    These books look great

  12. Hey, Loki, you should get Wendy to knit you a few cotton toys for the summer!

  13. I love the “60 Quick” books. Nice, straightforward patterns and cute designs.
    I’d love to add this to my collection!

  14. Wow – lots of patterns in there that would be great for me as I love to knit with cotton and/or linen for warm weather – I’m in FL and have family in TX (the kid in NC gets wool).

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  15. I would love this! My desk is right under the A/C, so I always need shrugs or wraps, and I’ve been on a huge cotton kick recently. This book would be perfect! ^_^
    Dizzy´s last blog post ..Deconstruction!

  16. The “60 Quick” series books are always a lot of fun!

  17. VirginiaK says:

    The cowl is gorgeous as always – and I love ultra pima so I see this book in my future one way or another.

  18. This book is perfect for those of us living in Florida!!

  19. Ooohh an all cotton book…right up this allergy alley!

    Thank you.

  20. I too love Cascade Ultra Pima and would really enjoy the book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  21. Donna Cook says:

    I love the colors that you are working with. I would also like to win that book.

  22. Deb Kegelmeyer says:

    The stain glass cowl is drop dead gorgeous! The 60 cotton knits looks like a great collection of patterns. Thanks for offering it! Deb

  23. Sandra Kerr says:

    Your colors are so pretty, some of my favorites! I would love to win the book. I am currently working on a pima cotton project, and I am always looking for shrug patterns.

  24. Linda Rosener says:

    Love your cowl patterns, they all so beautiful! Thank you for wanting to share your copy of the book!

  25. Your cowl just takes my breath. Your use of color is just beautiful

  26. Love to win. What an absolutely gorgeous cowl

  27. I would love to win this book! Thanks, Wendy, for the chance to have this book!

  28. LaVelle Nott says:

    As usual Loki is looking very fit. My cat’s name is Milo he is very large and as fluffy looking as Loki. We think Milo is at least part Maine Coon because he is so big. Last time I weighted him he weighted 18 pounds.

  29. Linda G Howell says:

    Oh my! Cotton….Quick – I’m in!! Give Loki a kiss from WV!!

  30. I don’t know what I like more-seeing Loki, admiring your lovely work, or reading your comments on new books. You are special!!

  31. Thanks for the chance to win a great book! Happy Spring to you and to “floofy”, adorable Loki!

  32. love that shrug

  33. Your cowl looks amazing!

  34. I found your book Wendy Knits Lace in the library and I will have to buy it. There are many patterns I am interested in making. I have your other book-toe up socks and use that method with your tips to knit socks for one of my sons. They come out great and he wears them.

  35. Cotton is my favorite. I am allergic to wool.

  36. Thanks for the chance at getting a new book of patterns. Love the shawls.

  37. Your cowl is beautifu!
    Thanks for the giveaway…

  38. Susan James says:

    living in Texas, cotton knits are a must! this is a really good book to have!

  39. Martina says:

    This book sounds perfect for my current circumstances. I just moved to California from Virginia and definitely need more cotton and less wool in my wardrobe!

  40. NanaDeb says:

    Your cowl is absolutely beautiful!
    Loki is such a honeybun!
    Thank you for another opportunity!
    I only have one question…..what other goodies do you have on your desk?

  41. Lovely patterns! Perfect for our hot, sunny climate. Would love to have the book.

  42. Love knitting with cotton. That stained glass cowl is gorgeous. Cannot wait to see the finished product.

  43. Christel says:

    I live in Florida! Cotton is perfect for summer! Thank you for sharing your collection.

  44. Thank you for the opportunity at such a lovely book!

  45. Bobbi J says:

    Your Stained Glass Cowl is gorgeous! Those are my favorite colors too! Trouble is I live near Phoenix; too hot down hear to wear a cowl. Love your Cowl!

  46. Geri Ball says:

    I really like the “60 quick” books. The summer book would be great!

  47. I love cotton. This book would be perfect.

  48. Mary Alice says:

    That looks like a great book, and I love the cowl you are making!

  49. Wish I could knit projects up as quickly as you! Love your new cowl! Would like to give the new book a whirl!

  50. Since I don’t knit with wool any more, this would be a great fit for me

  51. Barb Scott says:

    I love working with cotton. The tiered top is so me. Thank you for your blog.

  52. Love the book and love to knit with cotton. Thank you

  53. looks like a nice book!!! yay, put me on the list! thanks!

  54. Charlotte says:

    Now this is one I could actually knit some patterns from, beginning with the Cables & Lace Headband for my snowboarding daughter!

  55. Linda N says:

    What great patterns. Especially love all the tank tops.

  56. Your Stained Glass Cowl is magical! 60 Quick Cotton Knits patterns look amazing too.

  57. The book has some nice patterns

  58. Sophy0075 says:

    Thanks for posting about this book. I went on Ravelry, and looked at all of the patterns. The Ocean Waves Shell is my favourite.

    I love your Stained Glass Cowl too. It really does look like stained glass.

  59. Sunny days have me thinking about summer knits – the Sunday wrap and checkerboard wrap appeal.
    Sophie´s last blog post ..It’s a Start …

  60. I have always knitted with yarn that has wool as a major or minor component. This pima yarn is of interest to me because I live in a hot, muggy climate. Thank you, Wendy, for putting this book in your post!

  61. Erin M. says:

    Cool looking book!

  62. Elisa O says:

    This would be perfect! I live in Arizona and cool cotton is the most practical fiber for our dry heat. Love the Shrug/Bolero.

  63. Vickie Newman says:

    My grown children and their significant others and children live in Texas, where it is HOT, so I love to make cotton garments and accessories for them. (I live in France, which actually has four distinct seasons, lucky me!) These patterns are young and fresh and I would love to be able to make them! Your cowl, as usual, is awe-inspiring!

  64. Monica Cortada says:

    Would love to read an article or blog about how you knit the complex patterns you design, like the Stained Glass Cowl. Do you design the printed pattern and then follow-it? Or, do you decide row by row or groups of rows by groups of rows as you go? Are you able to knit do your colorwork knitting and watch TV, listen to an audiobook, or carry on a conversation at the same time?

  65. I would love a chance to win this book. I really like that checkerboard tank.
    Pat Hensley´s last blog post ..Useful Information In and Out of the Classroom 4/1/16

  66. Sandie C says:

    I would like to win this book.

  67. Susan Picciano says:

    Love knitting with cotton for summer!

  68. The Stained Glass Cowl is awesome. Loki is adorable. And, I would love to win the book. I am interested in trying the Ultra Pima cotton yarn. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  69. Yolande Bergeron says:

    Bonjour ici Montréal
    I love knitting with cotton but it is so expensive I have to buy them only when it is on sale.
    Can you explaine with picture how to knit with different color at the same time
    Your stained glass is a wonderfull work

  70. Kristine M. says:

    Happy blogiversary! And I love that shrug pattern!

  71. Barbara McIntire says:

    I’d love to receive a copy of this book.

  72. Robin F. says:

    I’ve started to knit in cotton because I have close friends who are allergic to wool. Would love to win your copy. The Breezy mini cardi would be first up on my list.

  73. I love that series of books!

  74. Tracy Beck says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book. My knitting library shelves are bare, I don’t have many books.

  75. knittingdancer on Raverly says:

    I love the 60 Quick Knit book series. Your Stained Glass Cowl is beautiful.

  76. The Checkered Wristers look super cool. Would love a copy of the book. 🙂

    Your stained glass cowl is AMAZING!

  77. Would love to win this as I have a huge stash of cascade Pima cotton.

  78. Jean Palionis says:

    Wonderful! I hope…I hope…I hope! Thanks.

  79. Your cowl looks amazing!

  80. Roseann E says:

    Your cowl is gorgeous! I would love to have this book. So many patterns for shells and tanks; summer staples in my wardrobe. The Tierd Shell would be perfect!

  81. Love the cowl and the book! Thanks for offering the book – Thanks!

  82. Linda Copp Cooper says:

    I would love to win the book. I want to try knitting the checkerboard tank. I have never attempted anything like this before but have just mastered intarsia in the round knitting and the Turkish cast-on. Love learning new things. Need to keep my fingers nimble due to RA.

  83. Would love to win too :). Thanks for always making these opportunities available.

  84. Loki is sure pretty. I would love to win that book. Thanks for offering.

  85. I love those books from Cascade Yarns. Please enter me.

  86. Looks like a great book. I would love to win it.

  87. Love some of these patterns

  88. SoxyJane says:

    If there’s anything I like better than knitting, its book about knitting – sure, I’d love to have the Cotton Knits book.

  89. Suzanne A says:

    Thanks for this post, I’m used to wearing t-shirts and scarves and need some that aren’t wool for summer. Love a couple that you picked and also a couple of others in the book look interesting. Give Loki my regards.

  90. The book looks awesome!!! And Loki looks even better!!

  91. Ooh, I just picked up 5 skeins of ultra pima and have been searching for a pattern for it.
    Loki always brightens up my day!

  92. Count me in! I’m always looking for knits that can be worn in warmer weather.

  93. Donna Goad says:

    I have been eyeing that book, but I haven’t bought it yet. I like cotton projects.

  94. This looks like a fun book to have and work on. I would love to win this!

  95. Beautiful knits,

  96. Ooh, I have some lonely Ultra Pima languishing in my stash!

  97. I’m working on a cotton sweater for my son and am having a great time. I’d like to make more cotton items — there are a lot of over-air-conditioned offices and restaurants around here. Instead of dragging a sweater with me, I’d love to add some shawls to the mix.

  98. You have much better stuff on your desk than I do. Thank you so much for sharing! I’d love to win this book.

  99. Lynne S. says:

    I love Cascade’s ’60’ books. This one has some good patterns, so I’m in for the draw.

  100. Melissa says:

    I do love the look of that tiered tank. Also your cowl is just gorgeous