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Book Reviews & Giveaways!

I believe in many things, good knitting books and blog giveaways among them.


I’ve been blown away lately with all the good knitting books coming out. The chill in the air reminds a lot of knitters that it’s time to start pulling yarn from their stash, going to their LYS to peruse and purchase some new fibers, new books and magazines to pour over, nightstands stacked high with knitting-related reading and a WIP in your bag at all times (you never know when you can sneak a few rows in, right?).

Interweave has come out with some great books lately, and I’m happy to be finishing up another book with them and just signed a contract for another. Being a member of the Interweave family is a wonderful family to belong to.


It’s no secret that Fair Isle and I are BFF. I love knitting Fair Isle, I love drawing the charts, I love designing projects with Fair Isle, I love teaching it… FAIR ISLE FOR ALL! That’s why I was downright tickled pink when I cracked open Mary Jane Mucklestone’s new book, Fair Isle Style. The FI yoke pullover on the cover is to die for, but page through and there’s something for everyone – booties, cowls, gloves, socks, mittens, a super-cute FI cat skirt, a blanket, a bag, a cardigan I have queued up on Ravelry and some hats (20 projects in all). There’s a nice little bit about choosing the appropriate yarns and how to block. The charts are full-color and easy to read. Each knitter seems to excel at one particular technique, and Mary Jane is clearly in her element when it comes to Fair Isle. I’ve been lucky enough to work with her a couple of times and she’s as colorful as her new book. If you like FI, or if you’re even remotely interested in it, get this book!

fis1 fis2 fis3Mary Jane and I are alike in the fact that we never seem to not be working. Perhaps a book full of FI projects is not for you and you want something in more of a “pattern dictionary” vein? Mary Jane also has a 150 Scandinavian Motifs book out now as well! Each motif is knitted up (which makes a big difference… Sometimes it’s hard to envision what a pattern will look like with just a black and white chart), some with multiple color ideas. This book has some great information in the front regarding how to hold your yarn, weaving in ends, transition charts (going from one FI pattern to another) and steeking. If you’re a collector of stitch or pattern dictionaries and love FI, this book is for you!

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Speaking of color, have you seen Stephanie van der Linden’s new Op-Art Socks book? I only knit socks for my mother and when the time rolls around for me to do so, I am very picky about what kind of socks I’ll be knitting. There’s some really interesting patterns in this book (19 in all) for both women and men. Solid, variegated, motif, fair isle, textured… What I like about this book is no two patterns are alike. There’s some unique ideas and I definitely want to explore sock knitting further with this one!

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Melissa Wehrle’s Metropolitan Knits has been out, but it’s definitely worth mentioning as gift season approaches. Touted as “chic designs for urban style” this book lives up to it’s word and I’m a fan of the cardi on the cover. What I like about Melissa’s designs are they are classic. Knit one of her sweaters now and pull it out of your closet 10 years later and it’ll still work. The book is divided into three sections – “Heart of the City, Urban Bohemia” and “City Gardens.” Simple silhouettes and nothing overly complicated about the patterns with a pop of detail (lace on the sleeves, textured bits, cool little touches here and there) make this a really good gift book for you or any of your knitting friends.

metro metro3 metro2So now we come to the fun part, dear readers… All of these books will be given away to 5 lucky readers (there’s an extra book in there, Kristin Omdahl’s Knitting Outside the Swatch) on Wednesday, November 20th. Leave a comment here and let me know which book you want to win and why. Winners will be chosen at random on Wednesday! Good luck!



37 Comments Post a comment
  1. Elke #

    It would be a toss up between Fair Isle Style and 150 Scandinavian Motifs. The Fair Isle book would be for the garments the motifs for inspiration

    November 15, 2013
  2. Linda Rumsey #

    I’d love to win the Op-Art Socks book, as I live in my hand knit socks and am always looking for fun new patterns to try out!
    lindarumsey on Ravelry

    November 15, 2013
  3. Jean Horner #

    Fresh from my fair isle class, I’d love to win Fair Isle Style. A good second choice is 150 Scandinavian Motifs. I’m keeping my fingers crossed. Thank you for the chance!

    November 15, 2013
  4. Autumn #

    I want to win Scandinavian Motifs! You never know when you’ll need to knit up another Christmas stocking… Or two! 😉

    November 15, 2013
  5. Trina Webb #

    I would love to win the Op Art Socks and give it to my friend who just lost everything she owned to a fire. I am working on helping her re-build her stash, needles and library. It is going to take me a long time, but I am determined to help her rebuild and this book would be awesome as she is a fantastic sock knitter!

    November 15, 2013
  6. Adrienne #

    Love Fair Isle! I just made fair isle Christmas stockings as a gift for some newlywed friends! Would love to have some new inspiration from Scandinavian Motifs to knit something up for myself! 😉

    November 15, 2013
  7. Rusty M. #

    I think it’s Op Art socks because my mom and sister will now only wear handknit socks (I’ve created monsters!) and I need to be challenged. Thanks for the chance.

    November 15, 2013
  8. T. Morris #

    Fair Isle Style I think. Or the OpArt socks because that looks interesting.

    November 15, 2013
  9. Renee #

    I would love to win Mary Jane Mucklestone’s “150 Scandinavian Motifs” book. I’ve yet to try colorwork, and while looking through a few pages of each book, her book looks like the book I’d need to try this style of knitting. Also, I cleaned out my storage shed last week and found yarn galore. The yarn in this stash would work great with her patterns. I’m currently learning different styles of knitting as well as techniques and this book would be a great addition to my library of knit and crochet books.

    November 15, 2013
  10. Shelly Rebman #

    I’ve had my eye on Metropolitan Knits for a long time! That’s my first choice, but I would glady take any one of them. I just purchased your Cozy Knits book and love it! So many great designs, I feel I must make one of everything! Interweave books are my favorites!

    November 15, 2013
  11. Lori #

    Fair Isle Style for me please. Thank you for the giveaway.

    November 15, 2013
  12. Susan D Smith #

    150 Scandinavian Motifs! I’d love to win that book. I’ve not done much Fair Isle knitting and when I saw the cat motif, I was hooked! If I win, my Ravelry ravetar is shlomadina. Thanks for the opportunity!

    November 15, 2013
  13. mary mcmahon #

    I would love MJ Mucklestone’s book…her FI ideas and patterns are fresh and traditional at the same time. thanks, Mary in Cincinnati

    November 15, 2013
  14. Metropolitan Knits is for me!

    November 15, 2013
  15. Denise #

    I just finished my first fair isle and I love it and want to do more. I’d love Mary Jane Mucklestone’s “Fair Isle Style”. I just found her and would love to try some of her patterns.

    November 15, 2013
  16. KateW #

    You’re making me decide?? Metropolitan Knits. I think I favorited just about every pattern in it on Ravelry when it first came out. (Fair Isle Style is a very close second though…)

    November 15, 2013
  17. I haven’t attempted Fair Isle yet, so I think that would have to be my 1st choice…but also love the Op Art Socks book!

    November 15, 2013
  18. Cherie K Fischer #

    Metropolitan Knits. Love that cowl.

    November 16, 2013
  19. Sue O #

    I have been looking for some good Fair Isle patterns and Fair Isle Style looks like I just might be THE book I have been looking for. If I don’t win I just might have to buy it soon.

    November 16, 2013
  20. Lee #

    I would LOVE to win a copy of Fair Isle Style. I enjoy colorwork and would be inspired by these wonderful designs! Thanks!
    Lee (mamagiff on ravelry)

    November 16, 2013
  21. I would love to win Fair Isle Style or Metropolitan Knits. I’ve just dipped my fingers into colorwork and loved it. I’d like to try another pattern so I can get better at it. I also love the styles in Metropolitan knits. They suit me perfectly. Thanks for the giveaway!

    November 16, 2013
  22. Cathy S #

    Metropolitan Knits as I’ve two grown daughters and they’d each love a lovely sweater from this book.

    November 16, 2013
  23. witchknit #

    I would love, love, love to win the Metropolitan Knits. The designs look amazing. Thanks for sharing.

    November 16, 2013
  24. photogmomma #

    Wow! Those are all wonderful books! I’d love the Sock or the Fair Isle book, but any of them would be lovely. Thanks for the chance!

    November 16, 2013
  25. Karen Seman #

    Ooooh Metropolitan Knits really appeals to me as a former New Yorker. I think my first project needs to be that fitted ballet-wrapish cardi!! Thx for the giveaway chance, Tanis!

    November 16, 2013
  26. Barb #

    Metropolitan Knits is my pick, more my style. Thanks for the chance to win.

    November 17, 2013
  27. Those are wonderful books! My favorite? Oh, I can’t decide! I guess probably the Op-Art Socks or the Metropolitan Knits,but I’d love any of them.

    November 18, 2013
  28. Metropolitan Knits! That sweater on the cover looks stylin’.

    November 18, 2013
  29. Le #

    I would LOVE Metropolitan Knits! I have flipped through it at the library and there are a LOT of patterns I would knit from it. Thank you!

    November 18, 2013
  30. India #

    How to choose? Fair Isle–no, wait, motifs! But no, the socks! Sigh. I think what draws me to all three of these is colorwork, both the more and the less traditional ways of achieving it. They’re all right up my street!

    November 19, 2013
  31. Nicky Jo Herner #

    Sure would be nice to win these books! They sound very interesting!

    November 19, 2013
  32. Nicky Jo Herner #

    I would like to win the Metropolitan Knits as it looks like it has a few cable patterns in it. I love to do cables! I include them in a lot of the knitting that I do.

    November 19, 2013
  33. Tirzah #

    I love the metropolitan knits book! Looks like there are some great sweaters in there for college knitting since school will be in Chicago.

    November 19, 2013
  34. Opt-Art is gorgeous! Love Stephanie Van Der Linden

    November 19, 2013
  35. Cori #

    Metropolitan Knits – I love the cables!

    November 19, 2013
  36. I would be thrilled to receive any of these fine looking books, but Opt-Art would be my choice!

    November 19, 2013
  37. Sunshine #

    It’s probably too late to enter, but I’d go for the Op-Art. My daughter has been studying the Fibonacci number in her Paradoxes and Puzzles class, and I’d love to knit her the socks!

    November 20, 2013

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