Looks gorgeous, doesn’t it? That’s because it is.
This book is one of the few knitting bibles available in printed form that brings a wealth of real information to a knitter’s fingertips. All without being stuffy, or intimidating. I heart this Sedgemoor cardigan and really want to make it NOW!
As well as the bigger projects, there are patterns for hats, collars, socks. Could even I be tempted out of my Sock Fear to knit an actual sock? When it looks like this, maybe I could.
What I love is the wealth of practical tips that take you beyond the novice into the realms of daring-to-dream-to-be-a-moderately-good knitter. There’s advice on holding needles and yarn (in your hands), casting on and off, keeping tension, choosing fit, joining yarns, unpicking… You’d almost think someone had recognised what an idiot I am and written a book for me! And then there’s the really scary stuff.
Steeking is where you cut into your knitted make for reasons of construction or maybe just because you’re a masochist. Roobeedoo has blogged about her experiences with steeking. She doesn’t look like a masochist, so maybe there are good reasons to do this. (I’m sure there are and I want to experiment one day. Once I grow a backbone.)
The book has contributions from seven knitting ‘masters’ and six designers. The expertise gently sings off the page and the whole package is beautifully put together. This is a book to cherish and learn from year on year. And for one lucky, UK-based reader, it’s going to come to them for free.
Collins & Brown have very generously agreed to supply a copy of this book as a prize. If you’re UK-based and would like to enter the giveaway, leave a comment below by midnight GMT Friday 29 November telling me what you love about knitting.
Enjoy, my friends!