Finally, Fall has arrived here at Sycamore Cove in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. We actually had cool weather this week, and I got to wear a sweater I knitted two months ago.
With Fall weather comes the upcoming Christmas gifting season and cool days and evenings perfect for wearing hand knit sweaters. Several new pattern collections have just been published, just in time for getting those knitting needles in gear.
100 Knits: Interweave’s Ultimate Pattern Collection. This whopping 500 page collection of patterns has it all – shawls, hats, sweaters, cowls. These are customer favorite patterns from this publisher, collected in one huge book. My copy just arrived, and I’m itching to get started with several of these classic yet contemporary designs. Just published in October 2018.
Knitting for Little Sweethearts by Hanne Andreassen Hjelmås and Torunn Steinsland. This book offers lovely, classically designed garments for babies, toddlers, and small children. The authors are two moms, and their collection features a huge number of garments children actually wear – rompers for babies, sweat pants for toddlers, and lots and lots of caps. This will be your go-to book if you often knit for small children or like to give handmade baby gifts. Coming October 28, available for pre-order.
Knitting Ganseys by Beth Brown-Reinsel. This excellent book covers both the history and construction of this classic British sweater and offers a number of patterns. Recommended for advanced knitters.
Knockout Knits and Hoods by Diane Serviss. This book offers a number of do-able hat patterns, despite the rather spectacular hat on the cover. Many patterns incorporate yarns from the big box stores. Recommended for the average knitter.
What to knit next???