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


Plum Dandi Knits

I have a lovely book to review today. This:

This is Plum Dandi Knits: Simple Designs for Luxury Yarns by Alicia Plummer and Melissa Schaschwary, published by Interweave with a release date of November 30 — tomorrow. It’s a collection of 23 lovely patterns for sweaters and accessories.

Some of my favorites:

Keene (by Alicia Plummer) is the cover sweater: a big cozy garment knit from bulky weight yarn. The sample is knit from Berroco Ultra® Alpaca Chunky. It’s knit in the round — a boone for  all who hate seaming!

Rockland (by Alicia Plummer) is a textured hat made from aran weight Blue Sky Fibers Extra. The pattern is a lovely honeycomb cable that works nicely in this design.

Mackinaw (by Melissa Schaschwary) is a big snuggly blanket/throw/wrap knit from Malabrigo Yarn Chunky. Cables for fun and bulky yarn for a fast knit!

Heyworth (by Melissa Schaschwary) is a lovely set of fingerless mitts worked in sportweight Augustbird Egret, which is a merino silk blend.

You can see all 23 designs here on Ravelry.

All of the patterns in this book give off a soft, comfy, cozy vibe — perfect for combatting winter chill.

Interweave has knidly offered a second copy as a giveaway to my readers. To be entered in the drawing for a copy of Plum Dandi Knits: Simple Designs for Luxury Yarns by Alicia Plummer and Melissa Schaschwary, please leave a comment on this blog post telling me which of the designs in the book is your favorite. I’ll select a winner at random on Sunday (December 3) at noon Eastern time.

Loki sez:

I’m all about the snuggly!


  1. Mary Fischer says:

    Ohhh, that seam-free turtleneck…luscious!

  2. I’ve always liked Plummer’s design sensibility. Her Langlade is my favorite of this group.

  3. I’d feel just like Loki — all snuggly — if I could fin this book. Two of my favorite designers!

  4. I also love the Keene sweater – simple and classic.

  5. The Keene…….love no seams!

  6. Langlade is my favorite but there are several that i really like.

  7. I’m keen on Keene. (Pardon the pun!)

  8. LGinCharleston says:

    Cape Elizabeth! I love all the patterns though, lol.

    Give Loki kisses from WV!

  9. Sawyer looks like it would be a fast knit. I love how snuggly it looks.

  10. Genesee…also like Heyworth.

  11. Torn between Fridley and Prescott

  12. I love the hats! Toss up between High Cliff and Stowe. Almost anything in the book would be worth knitting though. Looks wonderful!

  13. Anne Marie Becka says:

    Love, love, love Sawyer! Perfect replacement for a winter coat in Austin!

  14. Deborah Gajee says:

    Such loveliness ❤️❤️

  15. Keene is Gorgeous! Also love Harrington!

  16. Jennifer T says:

    Mackinaw. It’s just crying out for me to curl up with it and take a long nap on a cold winter afternoon.

  17. I am really into hats right now so Stowe, Rockland, High Cliff and how about a headband, Bethel, for some extra fun.

  18. I really like Genesee by Melissa Schachswary. The detail is beautiful. AND it comes in small sizes!

  19. Very lovely.

  20. I like the Genesee a lot!

  21. I love Keene because it looks cozy and fast to knit and as I am about to move to a colder climate both qualities are important.

  22. Keene looks like it would be a fun knit. Thanks.

  23. Karen Guetti says:

    Love, love, love! This looks like a wonderful book! I happen to live near a town called Keene! Pick me!!

  24. LOVE Sawyer & Keene both!!! Great patterns
    Rav ID: Ettenna

  25. I love them all!! If I have to pick my favorite, I love the fingerless gloves.

  26. Love the cables in High Noon!

  27. Ooh, I love how classic but also fresh those designs look. Yes, please sign me up!

  28. Jean Palionis says:

    I am into snuggly also?. These look delicious. I am ready to try one. Thank you.

  29. Mackinaw would be a must knit for me. Mackinaw Island is one of my favorite places to visit and I absolutely love cables. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  30. Linda Newcomb says:

    Hard to choose a favorite. I guess the Sawyer cape would be my favorite. Love those cables. Thank you.

  31. Keene or Mackinaw – I can’t decide!

    Hugs to Loki as always

  32. ALL. Every. Single One. Two of my favorite designers. I MUST have it!

  33. High Cliff. Currently into shorter projects and this is a gorgeous hat!

  34. I looked all of those lovely patterns but my eyes did not want to leave Cape Elizabeth…so pretty

  35. I think I would knit up Genesee first. Such pretty patterns, they are all nice.

  36. I think I could live in the Keene. Love turtlenecks and it looks so warm and cozy.

  37. Kathleen whiston says:

    Hard to choose my favorite .. the hats call me the most! Love all of Plummers work!

  38. Leigh Ketterman says:

    Love the blanket but that turtle neck sweater is calling me.
    Thanks for your blog, Wendy. I’ve been reading it since that article about you was in the washpo!

  39. I love this book! Everything looks so cozy and warm. My favorite pattern is the Keene sweater. I have been planning on knitting a bulky pullover! Thanks Wendy!

  40. Love Sawyer pattern, Though there are several I would like to knit

  41. Susan Pearson says:

    Being from Maine I love how all the patterns are named for places in Maine and NH. Keene is definitely my favorite .

  42. Venice Smith says:

    This looks like a lovely book and I’d be happy to add it to my library. Thank you for offering it, Wendy.

  43. Christine Frostenson says:

    I love Keene, because it looks like a sweater I could live in—so cozy and comfy!

  44. A book by two designers known for their cozy, classic aesthetic? Fantastic! I would make Genesee first, but I could easily see myself making at least one of everything in the whole collection!

  45. Cape Elizabeth caught my eye ? immediately!

  46. Sawyer is beautiful.

  47. Love the Camden shawl

  48. High Cliff is a gorgeous hat and I could finish it by Christmas!

  49. I’m torn between the Stowe hat and the Exeter mitts. I really need to make a pair of mitts now, so I’m going with Exeter.

  50. Gina Zahra says:

    I love the Mackinaw!!!

  51. The Genesee for me! I love the pocket detailing on the simple design.

  52. Ooh, tough choices! I’d have to pick Langlade as my favorite, though. All the patterns look so cozy & snuggly.

  53. knittingdancer on Raverly says:

    Rockland or Ramsey

  54. Kris Peters says:

    I think Heyworth out of some of my gorgeous Gotland handspun would be lovely!

  55. Gorgeous!! I am really drawn to Delafield–such a beauty!!

  56. The Keene makes me feel warmer by just looking at it!!! Thanks for the opportunity.

  57. I love pretty much all of them but the ones that stand out as favorites right now are Stowe, Langlade, High Cliff, and Harrington.

  58. Heather Koncz says:

    Ramsey, Prescott, Presque Isle – how to choose?? I love’em all!!

  59. Deborah dean says:

    Keene looks amazing.

  60. The Keene sweater is beautiful. I’ve never knitted a sweater with bulky yarn!

  61. Sawyer and Hetworth will be perfect for winter water lo season!!

  62. Loved the leg warmers (Genesse)

  63. There are so many lovely patterns that it’s hard to choose. I guess I’d choose Langlade as my favorite; I love they lace detail on the sleeves.

  64. I like the design and the practicality of Sawyer, it’s easier to keep a shrug/cape in place than a shawl and it adds just the right amount of warmth.
    Second favorite is Genesee–love that lace detail at the bottom and the pockets.
    Found this blog via Mason Dixon Knitting and am enjoying the posts

  65. I love that cover sweater! I have a bunch of bulky and was wondering what to do with it, I might have just figured it out!

  66. Jennifer Wade says:

    The Keene sweater on the cover is my favorite – I love the classic style. Still, that isn’t the only pattern I would be knitting, so my fingers are crossed!

  67. Rosemary Johnson says:

    What a lovely book! I love the textured hat. Wish I were snuggling with Loki. Thanks

  68. Thanks for this introduction. Looks like another Must Have pattern book!
    Jeannie Gray´s last blog post ..Three on Thursday

  69. Langlade looks lovely

  70. Had fun working with blue sky extra

  71. Shirley Gallagher says:

    High Cliff, no question. I see myself knitting several of the designs, but I love this hat with the cables and pompom.

  72. I’m definitely keen on Keene. What a lovely knit.

  73. Yooper in Mississippi says:

    ‘Mackinaw’ is my first choice. Thank you for offering the book.

  74. I love Keene – simple but snuffly

  75. Gorgeous book!

  76. Love Keene!