My current work in progress:

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


Coffeehouse Knits

I have a new book to review:

This is Coffeehouse Knits: Knitting Patterns and Essays With Robust Flavor by Kerry Bogert, published by Interweave.

The book contains 20 patterns (you can see them on Ravelry here) that are a nice mix of sweaters and accessories. My faves:

This is the House Blend Cardigan by Hannah Baker, knit from The Yarn Collective Hudson Worsted. It is sized from 38″ – 58″ and looks like a nice cozy cardigan.

Steamed Mittens, by Emily Kintigh are worked from Berroco Ultra Alpaca, another worsted weight yarn. The pattern is sized for 4 different sizes.

The Gingersnap Pullover by Cheryl Toy, worked from Quince & Co. Chickadee (sportweight) is sized from 36″ to 56″.

In addition to the 20 patterns, the book includes a few essays about knitting and the knitting community.

All in all it is a pretty hardcover book with lovely photography and a nice range of projects in a good range of sizes.

Who’d like my review copy?

To be entered in the drawing to receive my copy of
Coffeehouse Knits: Knitting Patterns and Essays With Robust Flavor by Kerry Bogert, please leave a comment on this blog post and let me know which is your favorite pattern from the book. You have until 11:00am Eastern time on Sunday March 10 (which is the start of Daylight Savings Time — yuck). I’ll choose a comment at random at that time.

Loki says “Chill!”


  1. Wendy T says:

    I like the Chocolate Challah Pullover. Thanks for the give away!

  2. The Tasseography Cowl is my favorite – both its appearance and its constriction as described. Thank you!

  3. Marietta T says:

    I am smitten by the House Blend v-neck cardigan. It’s perfect for where I live!! Loki is the most “chill” baby I’ve ever seen.

  4. I like the chai latte cowl. Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. I like the gingersnap sweater and I really like the fudge scarf. These look like simple knits to make lot of gifts for different friends. Thanks!

  6. I’d like the chai latte cowl to go please! Looks extra cozy and warm for the month of March.

  7. The gingersnap pullover looks like a great knit.

  8. Gloria Alvarez says:

    It’s a toss-up–the Fudge Swirls wrap looks very toasty (probably too toasty for Texas), but with short sleeves, the Frothy sweater would be great. Thanks for sharing.

  9. If only all of us who say “yuck” could convince the people in charge to just pick a time and stick to it — and convince all the people who “love” daylight savings time to just rearrange their schedules, and not bother the rest of us.

    I have too many books, but thank you for the offer! And thank you for your lovely blog — I’ve been enjoying it.

  10. I would like to knit the Soho Shawl. I like the Steamed Mittens too.

  11. grace yaskovic says:

    any of the shawls but absolutely Cremosa

  12. Elaine in NYC says:

    I would probably want to knit the gingersnap pullover first, but I like your other picks as well; and the fudge swirl scarf (sans fringe) would be a fun knit, too.

  13. yolanda v says:

    My favorite is the Dirty Chai Pullover . I also love the House Blends Cardigan.

  14. Love the Frothy Pullover. Such an interesting texture.

  15. House Blend Cardigan or Fudge Swirls Scarf. I can’t decide, so I declare it a tie!

  16. My favorite is the same as yours Wendy, it is the House Blend Cardigan by Hannah Baker. Thank you for the chance to win a nice book! Elena.

  17. I love ALL the colors used in this book! I especially love the fingerless mitts on the cover!

  18. Kathie Malcher says:

    The Steamed Mittens are pretty darn cute!

  19. Christel Yates says:

    Love the House Blend Cardigan and the Breakfast Brioche Scarf. Well, I think I love them all but those are my favorites.
    Thank you for your generosity!

  20. I love all 3 of the cowls. Those seem to be w
    Hat I knit the most of lately. I’d live the book. Thank you for offering it to someone.

  21. I really like the Ginger Snap Pullover. I have been debating about ordering this book…maybe I will win!

  22. Sandra Kerr says:

    I love the cremoso shawl!

  23. Mickey V says:

    Gingersnap is my favorite project! But I truly love to see what pose Loki will achieve in each post, he is a star!

  24. The Ginger Snap Pullover looks most promising for a variety of sizes and shapes. Thank you for the preview!

  25. The Dirty Chai pullover has had my eye for a while and I have the yarn waiting for it already.
    And I know I will be making the Fudge Swirl scarf for my other daughter, just need the book. Thanks

  26. Debbie M says:

    I love the hemline on the Gingersnap Pullover. Thanks, Wendy!

  27. Gari Strawn says:

    I love the Latte Swirl Sweater!

  28. Love the Kaffee Hat. Thank you for the giveaway.

  29. Anne Bean says:

    I love the Dirty Chai Pullover.

  30. Oooh, I love that House Blend Cardigan. The mittens are nice too. Both have a very classic look. Definitely would drink coffee in them.

  31. Venice Smith says:

    We have similar taste, Wendy. I like all the ones you selected. Simple as it is, though, I also really like the Fudge Swirls Scarf. It looks like a fun knit, despite being a rectangle, LOL!

  32. Beth in Appalachia says:

    I love coffee AND knitting! This is the perfect book for me! I can’t pick a fave, but the first thing I’d knit from this book if I won it would be the Extra Whip Socks. It’s rare that I see a book with enough items in it I want to knit to justify the book purchase, so I usually buy individual patterns, but there are so many alluring options here!! ?

  33. Vanessa says:

    The Gingersnap Pullover’s my favorite. Thanks for the review and the giveaway, Wendy.

  34. Sharon Amara says:

    I love the Gingersnap Pullover–simple yet elegant!

  35. That’s really a nice collection of patterns, tough to choose. How about the Chai Latte cowl for a quickie and the Gingersnap Pullover for savoring? Thanks for the chance to win.

  36. Love love love this book after looking at it on Ravelry! Ginger Snap Pullover is my fav (today). It will make a bounty of lovely knits while being a lovely coffee table book (pun intended!).

  37. Joan Anderson says:

    Toss my name in, I love the mittens to begin with.

  38. handmadebysue says:

    I am a coffeeholic and ardent knitter. The Houseblend Cardigan and Latte Swirl are my two favorites but all of the patterns are lovely. I am hopeful it will be my fate to be the fortuitous winner. Thank you!

  39. Joan from Wisconsin says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to win this great book. I love the mittens to start with. Thanks.

  40. Love the book. This is my third try to post. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong. I love the mittens.
    Joan from Wisconsin

  41. Cremoso Shawl or Chocolate Challah for me please.

  42. Martha Keefe says:

    They are all nice patterns, but I think I’d like to knit a short version of the House Blend cardigan.

  43. Virginia Kessen says:

    Lots to pick from but at least for now Fudge Swirls Scarf is calling my name.

  44. Great patterns in this book! I would love to make the Latte Swirl Sweater. Thanks, Wendy for the chance to win this book!

  45. Susan Dobrowney says:

    This looks like a lovely book. i like the gingersanp sweater.

  46. I love the Latte Swirl Sweater! Thanks, Wendy for the chance to win this book!

  47. Robin f says:

    I’m torn between Dirty Chai Pullover and Chocolate Challah Pullover. I might have to make both! Thanks for the chance to win and the review of the book.

  48. Renee Ford says:

    Latte Swirl is calling my name!

  49. Fudge Swirls Scarf, but something other than that long fringe would have to go on the ends.

  50. Deborah Gajee says:

    Love the Cremosa Shawl.

  51. Dorothy Bunch says:

    Love that book but love Loki more. Thanks for sharing

  52. Elayne alexander says:

    Dirty chai pullover for the win! Seriously – dirty chai….right?

  53. I like the Steamed Mittens. I am going to make them.

  54. I’m partial to shawls, so the Cremoso Shawl is what I would choose. Thanks for the contest, Wendy.

  55. I love the Marshmallow Tee. Soft and frothy, the way I like my Chai

  56. Anything with ginger! I go for the gingersnap pullover

  57. I like the Latte Swirl Sweater.

  58. The Chai Latte Cowl is my favorite and it’s knitted in Malabrigo Rios – one of my favorite yarns. Thank you!

  59. I’m feelin’ the love for the cardigan! Thank you for your generosity and kisses to Loki!!

  60. Jackie Felix says:

    The Cremoso Shawl and Dirty Chai Pullover are my favorites.
    Thanks for doing the giveaway!

  61. Ann Bokelman says:

    I definitely like the House Blend cardigan. It looks so cozy! Just right for 5his almost spring time of year.

  62. Joyce Donaldson says:

    Lots of great patterns in this book, but my favorite is the house blend cardigan. I also both the sock patterns. Heck, they are all worth making.

  63. I love the Frothy Sweater. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of this beautiful book. Love to Loki.

  64. Sophy0075 says:

    I like the Gingersnap pullover most. Traditional construction and a simple stitch pattern will let the yarn shine.

  65. The Chai cowl and the Fudge Swirls Scarf both caught my eye; what a fun collection inspired by what fuels so much knitting! Plus, I love knitting in coffee shops,and it’s often chilly in there, so coffee themed accessories are double fun!

  66. I love the mittens! I’m a sucker for cute mittens.

  67. Ohhhhh, I love the House Blend cardigan and the Steamed Mittens!! I have an old cardigan like that and would love to knit my own. Mittens….are made for Michigan…..and we’re having a real wild winter this year. The whole collection looks so fabulous and would keep me busy for the year!!! (Plus, I have an awful time finding larger clothes I would really like to knit.)

  68. Denise Nash says:

    I love the Steamed Mittens in Ultra Alpaca, one of my favorite yarns. There are lots of beautiful patterns in this collection!

  69. Anita Dodds says:

    Lots of great patterns. Love the cafe latte Cowl.

  70. Ursula Osborn says:

    Love the Frothy Sweater best, it’s perfect for my knitworthy daughter. I am a coffeehouse knitter at least 3 times a week and need this book with all its gorgeous patterns. Wow, impressive for sure.

  71. Patsy Coats says:

    Cafe Cowl is my favorite.

  72. I adore the Chai Latte Cowl.

  73. Robin D. says:

    I love the House Blend Cardigan. Since winter won’t quit I am looking for a new sweater to knit.

  74. Monica Cortada says:

    I also like the Fudge Swirls scarf. It looks like it would be really warm and not just only pretty.

  75. Gretchen sylvester says:

    It’s tough to choose just 1! I’m really torn between the chocolate challah pullover and the morning blend. They are all so beautiful, it’s rare to find a book where you would want to make everything.

  76. I’d love to make the Fudge Swirls scarf!

  77. I’d love to make the Fudge Swirls scarf! Beautiful book!

  78. ricki isralowitz says:

    I agree with so many others, this is a great collection. I believe I would go for the fudge swirl shawl, well just because fudge!!!!! Thank you Ricki

  79. Very seldom do I find a book that contains several patterns that go to my “must knit”
    but this book includes at least 8 patterns that call to me. The sweaters are just what I am looking to knit for my next project. The socks are wonderful. I even love the mittens, hats and scarves, which I seldom am drawn to. I think Dirty Chai will be the first one I knit…..on the hunt for the yarn next. Thank you so much Wendy, for bringing this book to my attention.

  80. Wonderful looking patterns I’d love to try the Steamed Mittens

  81. Carolyn says:

    So many to choose from! I probably would knit most of these, but the first cast on would be the Kaffee Hat. Thank you for the head’s up on this lovely book!

  82. Debbie E. says:

    I really like the cowl patterns, but the Fudge Swirls scarf really calls to me.

  83. Krista Hart says:

    I like both the Gingersnap pullover and the Dirty Chai pullover. And I saw a couple of scarves I`d like to try. This book has a good variety of patterns. Thanks for the post and the giveaway.

  84. Elyse Meltz says:

    I really like the Gingersnap Pullover. The textured stitch and the way it’s constructed are what I love to do.

  85. Jacinta says:

    Oooo I love the Gingersnap pullover best but all the patterns are beautiful.

  86. Annette says:

    Love the Chai Latte cowl & also Dirty Chai pullover. Looks like a lovely book. Rav ID Ettenna

  87. Not sure if my comment went through so this might be a repeat- favorite is Chai Latte cowl- next is Dirty Chai pullover. Rav ID: Ettenna

  88. Darlene Hanley says:

    What a great book! I’m torn between the Gingersnap Pullover and the Soho Shawl. So many wonderful choices.

  89. Kathie G says:

    The Gingersnap Pullover is my choice to knit…thanks for sharing Wendy…hope I win this beautiful knitting book!!!!

  90. Nancy T says:

    Love the House Blend cardigan and Steamed mittens!

  91. Michelle L. Kutrybala says:

    Ginger snap pullover is speaking to me. Not for myself but for my daughter who is always cold and would look beautiful in it.

  92. Ginger snap!

  93. Savannagal says:

    I really like the Fudge Swirls Scarf. I feel like I’ve seen that stitch pattern many times. It is lovely.

  94. I love the Gingersnap Pullover, I think I could actually do it.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  95. Lynette says:

    What a lovely book! It’s a toss-up between the chai latte cowl and the gingersnap pullover. I’ve never knit a sweater, but that pullover is calling my name!

  96. Jane Ezell says:

    I like the Latte Swirl Sweater by Amy Gunderson also the Gingersnap Pullover. Many are calling my name. Thanks for making this available. I would love to have it.

  97. Chai Latte Cowl – lovely!

  98. Alison Watkins says:

    I especially like the Gingersnap Pullover. Thanks for the giveaway.

  99. The Gingersnap pullover looks like a great knit!!

  100. The gingersnap is my fav of the sweaters. The flat white cowl looks like a fun knit.