My current work in progress:

Sundew,by Martin Storey, knit from Rowan Softyak DK, using 3.25mm and 4mm 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. Nice looking cotton things, most of which could also be adapted to a wool project. I like them, for both reasons.

  2. Michelle says:

    Your cowl is beautiful! Love the colors!

  3. Lots of nice looking patterns in this book!

  4. A friend of mine owns that book, and I just looked at it last night. It has a bunch of fun projects. I would love to own it…

  5. That tiered tank is very neat. Looks like a great book – thanks for the opportunity. Your cowl is beautiful…as is Loki.

  6. I have to say that the best part of your blog is pictures of Loki!!! The second best is all the patterns and yarns I get to oogle! That tiered shell shirt is perfect for my niece, and I have the perfect yarn for it! Thanks for everything.

  7. Really like the checkerboard tank. Even, more your stained glass cowl? Is that your design or in the Cowl book?

  8. Would love this book,it will go on my wish list

  9. Janice M. says:

    I’ve made several shawls with Cascade Ultra Pima. It’s wonderful to knit with and the colors are beautiful.

  10. Lynne Wolters says:

    I’ve been thinking about knitting cotton and/or linen for this summer. This book would certainly get me started on that goal. Please add me to your drawing.

  11. That cowl is gorgeous–it’s in my favorite colors. But kinda wooly for spring and summer. I’d love some ideas for what to knit in cotton.

  12. That looks like another great knitting book. Thanks for raffling it off.

  13. Dina Fullerton says:

    I would love to make that tiered tank and headband. Please include me in the drawing and thank you for generously giving it away. Also, all your work is gorgeous but this cowl is a real knockout!

  14. I like your style. You picked some beauties from the book wouldn’t mind wearing or knitting any of them–enough even to do the math as more than likely the busts will be too small for me! 🙂

    Thank you for a wonderful blog!
    JulieJC´s last blog post ..Just Saying

  15. This book looks like a real winner, hope I am, too!

  16. Teresa K. says:

    I love Cascade and their books. Love your blog too, by the way.

  17. Debbie M says:

    I’m knitting something with Cascade Ultra Pima right now! I love it. Thanks for offering the book. It would be great!

  18. That looks like a really great book. I have very few books that have patterns specifically calling for cotton (more like none, lol).

  19. Lynette says:

    This is about the best series of books out there! So many great patterns!

  20. Kristin/HLMauera says:

    This book looks great. I’m particularly interested in the cotton shrugs.

  21. Looks like a great book.

  22. bubble shrug: I 100% concur! cute, flattering, modest & what a yummy color!

  23. Too late? 🙁

  24. Donna Ch. says:

    I loved the patterns you picked!!