Saturday, October 4, 2014

A few great knitting books to get you ready for 'knitting season'!

I don't know about you, but in the summer I'm just too busy to knit, I'm working on the lawn and in the garden, and knitting just doesn't appeal to me until it begins to cool off. October is now here, they're predicting rain mixed with snow tonight, and I'm just not's too early.

I have a new pile of yarn waiting for me, I'm working on a pair of ballet pink leg warmers for my daughter, she has developed a problem with a tendon and it helps to keep her legs warm when she's stretching for ballet. I have a pile of yarn waiting to be made into some elf slippers for a friend and another pile waiting to be turned into scarves.

What are your knitting projects? Tommy Semosh over at Interview contacted me and asked if I'd like to review these knitting books and I jumped at the chance. I love new ideas and patterns. The photos in these books are beautiful as well as inspiring, the patterns are easy to follow.

Some patterns include charts for those of you who like to knit that, not so much.  Stitch guides are also included so no having to dig around to figure out a stitch you don't often use!

My favorite is probably 3 Skeins or Less, Fresh Knitted Accessories because I like to knit up fast projects, and 3 skeins or less usually equals something fairly speedy!

Give these books try....would make a great gift basket with a few balls of yarn!

Special thanks to Tommy Semosh over at Interweave for sending me copies of these books in exchange for review!

Graphic Knits: 20 Designs in Bold, Beautiful Color by Alexis Winslow is a collection of 20 patterns featuring modern colorwork and pattern inspired by geometric motifs. Knitters discover fresh and bold projects by this gifted and up-and-coming design star for the Knitscene set. Alexis makes use of color-knitting techniques such as stripes, Fair Isle, intarsia and slipped stitches to create visually appealing garments. Featuring an oversized chunky cable scarf, shapely sweaters, fashionable cardigans and pullovers, Graphic Knits is on trend and will leave you wanting to wear Alexis’ hip designs again and again.
As a young breakout designer, Alexis Winslow is in the vanguard of a new generation of knitters. In print as well as online through her blog, she has gained a loyal following for her innovative garment construction techniques and bold graphic aesthetic. An Oklahoman native now living in Brooklyn, Alexis is also a painter, textile designer and seamstress. Her eclectic experience is reflected in her fresh, thoughtful and entertaining designs.

By Alexis Winslow
Interweave/F+W; $24.99


In Brioche Chic: 22 Fresh Knits for Women & Men knitwear designer, writer and teacher Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark offers a modern take on the brioche stitch! This clever twist on standard knitting produces a double-sided, ribbed fabric with infinite creative possibilities. By teaching a few new stitches, Mercedes empowers knitters to create striking colorwork, reversible cables, beautiful faux cable designs and more. Taking knitting to the next level, Brioche Chic includes 22 garments and accessories for women and men, including hats, scarves, cowls, mittens, pullovers, vests and cardigans. 

 Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark is a knitwear designer, writer and teacher based in Birmingham, Alabama. Known for her stylish and feminine designs, she has designed for many yarn companies, books and magazines, including Classic Elite, Malabrigo, Interweave Knits, Knitscene, Twist Collective and Knitty. She also stars in the instructional video/DVD Brioche Knitting Basics. More about Mercedes can be found at

By Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark
Interweave/F+W; $26.99


A collection of fun knitted projects—all in 3 Skeins or Less: Fresh Knitted Accessories by Tanis Gray contains 25 accessories that require no more than 1, 2 or 3 skeins of yarn. That’s right! 3 Skeins or Less is the perfect book for learning how to knit gifts for any occasion. Showcasing the creations of a variety of top designers, including Ann Weaver, Carina Spencer, Heather Zoppetti, Romi Hill and many others, projects feature stitch patterns with unconventional color combinations, unexpected pattern twists and extra sparkle. The yarns chosen are a perfect balance of luxury hand-dyes and everyday staples. 

 Tanis Gray is the former yarn editor for Soho Publishing and co-editor of Knit.1. She is also the author of Knitting Architecture (Interweave, 2013) and Cozy Knits (Interweave, 2013) and has published more than three hundred knitting designs in books and magazines worldwide. A regular guest on Knitting Daily TV, Tanis lives outside of Washington, D.C., with her green mechanical engineer husband, toddler son, and lazy pug. More about Tanis can be found at
By Tanis Gray
Interweave/F+W; $24.99


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