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Perfectly Feminine Knits & Giveaway!

UPDATE 6.18.15: Congratulations to Carol P for winning a copy of the book! Carol check your email!


I recently got my hands on a copy of Lene Holme Samsoe’s wonderful new book, Perfectly Feminine Knits (Interweave/F+W; $26.99). I wasn’t sure what to expect… You hear “feminine” and wonder if it’s all ruffles, cutesy lace and tailored garments. Not only was I pleasantly surprised, but this book had at least 4 garments in it that I wanted to make, one of which I ran to my stash to find the perfect yarn for!

Perfectly Feminine Knits - jacket art

I enjoyed reading Lene’s introduction where she speaks about knitting and relaxation and how adaptable knitting has been over the years. I also very much liked how this book is laid out with chapters being classified as techniques – knit and purl, lace, bobbles, cables and garter stitch. A nice mix of 25 accessories and garments, there’s something in this book for everyone. It’s a great collection for people who may have shied away from one technique (I once knew a woman who was terrified of bobbles!) to see multiple examples of and dive right into.

Perfectly Feminine Knits - Agnes beauty image

Agnes – can’t wait to knit this!

Perfectly Feminine Knits - Greta beauty image


Perfectly Feminine Knits - Benedicte beauty image


Many of the sweaters are simple with classic silhouettes and a textured detail. I’m excited to cast on for the Agnes Round Yoke Cardigan, Greta Guernsey Cowl and the Rose Aran-Pattern Sweater. I’m super-picky about sweaters that I knit for myself that are not my designs. It’s rare that personal knitting happens, so when I get a few precious minutes, I want a pattern that I know will look good 10 years from now! Agnes is everything I love in a cardigan and I stash dove for some great yarn to cast on for that soon.

Perfectly Feminine Knits - Cille beauty image


Perfectly Feminine Knits - Ella beauty image


Perfectly Feminine Knits - Nora beauty image


Photography is so important and I liked the “lifestyle” vibe of this book. Almost everything in this book had at least 1 great little detail or some sort of “wow factor.” This is one that will definitely have a place on my bookshelf for years to come.

Now for the giveaway! This giveaway is open to all US residents with a non-PO Box mailing address. For a chance to win a copy of this book, answer the below trivia question correctly in the comments section and you’ll automatically be entered in to win!

Hamlet’s castle is situated in which Danish city?

A winner will be chosen at random at midnight tonight and contacted by me via email. Good luck!

37 Comments Post a comment
  1. Oh what a lovely collection!!! I really love Ella. So I believe the answer to the trivia question is Elsinore Denmark.

    June 18, 2015
    • Or maybe I should have said Helsingør as I believe Elsinore was a fictional city. None the less, love the collection 🙂

      June 18, 2015
  2. I believe the answer is Elsinore. Fingers crossed. Lovely book!

    June 18, 2015
  3. Cheryl Loffredo #

    Kronborg Castle is located in the city of Elsinore.

    June 18, 2015
  4. Patricia McHan #

    I believe it is Elsinore, north of Copenhagen. Love the book, thanks for a chance to win it!

    June 18, 2015
  5. Beverly #

    I think it is located in Helsingor. Thanks for this great giveaway!

    June 18, 2015
  6. Karen #

    Kronborg Castle is in Helsingør (Elsinore). Beautiful knits — like you I would choose the Agnes cardi as my first love!

    June 18, 2015
  7. carrotmusic #

    Hamlet’s castle is in Helsingør (Elsinore, in English), Denmark. I had to copy and paste it since I had no idea how to type the letter O with the slash through it.

    Thanks for arranging this giveaway!

    June 18, 2015
  8. Brenda Jeffries #

    Elsinore. Hope I win!!!!

    June 18, 2015
  9. Naomi Hawes #

    The castle of Kronborg is located in Helsingør, Denmark

    June 18, 2015
  10. Cynthia #

    Kronborg castle, located in Elsinore (“Helsinger”), Denmark.

    June 18, 2015
  11. Adrienne #

    Kronborg Castle is in Helsingør (Elsinore) Denmark

    June 18, 2015
  12. like all the rest! Kronborg Castle in Helsingor Denmark – -lovely lovely designs – thank you!

    June 18, 2015
  13. elaine #

    Kronborg Castle, in Helsingør – about an hour north of Copenhagen. Looks like a wonderful place to visit!
    I agree with you on Agnes. And love the Nora gloves with their leaves. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

    June 18, 2015
  14. Joyce Pusel #

    Helsingor (Elsinore)

    June 18, 2015
  15. phpdwp #

    Elsinore in the country of Denmark…love the book, hope to win it.

    June 18, 2015
  16. Dana Wonder #

    Helsingor, Denmark

    June 18, 2015
  17. The town of Helsingør.

    June 18, 2015
  18. Sara #

    Helsingor (Elsinore) 🙂

    June 18, 2015
  19. amyholterman #

    This is a wonderful collection! The Kronborg Castle is in Helsingør (Elsinore) Denmark!

    June 18, 2015
  20. Andrea Schierkolk #


    June 18, 2015
  21. Evette #

    Helsingør, Denmark

    June 18, 2015
  22. Christine (BellyLaugher on Rav) #


    June 18, 2015
  23. Carol F. #

    Helsingor (Elsinor) Denmark! Thanks for the chance.

    June 18, 2015
  24. Linda (candidsmiles on Ravelry) #

    Helsingor, Denmark!

    June 18, 2015
  25. Rose #

    Helsinger, now know as Elsinore.

    June 18, 2015
  26. Elsinore! Great book…I think Agnes is my favorite too! Thanks for the giveaway!

    June 18, 2015
  27. Denmark, of course. Hamlet is the Prince of Denmark.

    June 18, 2015
  28. BARB #

    Wow … I thought the same thing when I read Feminine …..
    Oh but I Love these !!!!!!!
    Thank You for the chance to win :0)

    June 18, 2015
  29. Shing Hsieh #

    Hamlet’so castle is in Helsingor, now known by the samename, Elsinore. Thanks for the chance to win this great book

    June 18, 2015
  30. Carol Perecman #

    Elsinore! First time my life as an English teacher has come in handy in a knitting contest! Thanks for the opportunity to win that lovely book.

    June 18, 2015
  31. Brenda s #

    Helsinger, denmark

    June 18, 2015
  32. Heather #

    I think the city is Helsingor…….

    June 18, 2015
  33. Sbalstad #

    Elsinore, Denmark

    June 18, 2015
  34. Rosenia D Bailey #

    Helsignor, submitted by Rosenia D Bailey.

    June 18, 2015
  35. Elsinore, Denmark. Used to be known as Helsingor.

    June 19, 2015
  36. Dori #


    June 22, 2015

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