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Review: Coffeehouse Knits

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First, the facts:

Title: Coffeehouse Knits: Knitting Patterns and Essays with Robust Flavor

Editor: Kerry Bogert

Published by: Interweave Press, 2019

Pages: 143

Type: Knitting Patterns


No chapters, just patterns and four essays

KS: Coffeehouse Knits

The In-Depth Look:

This is an invigorating collection of knits clustered around a coffee theme–steamed milk, deep brews–and, more importantly, the idea of community that gathers in a coffee shop.

Knitting is one of those perfect crafts that works both on your own and with a group. (It’s best when that group is like-minded, though it’s not necessary. I’ve gotten through many boring family gatherings with my knitting to keep my hands busy.)

It’s just natural, then, that knitting and the world of coffee drinking go together, whether you’re grabbing that first cup before picking up the needles or gathering with your knitting friends to talk and swap patterns and tips.

How can you therefore not appreciate a collection with a coffee theme? The names are so evocative you can almost smell the sugar and caffeine in the air. Latte Swirl Sweater. Chai Latte Cowl. Breakfast Brioche Scarf. Extra Whip Socks.

I’m getting hungry just reading the table of contents.

The collection–with samples and photos that are usually largely coffee-colored–is as delicious as it sounds. Sweaters, cowls, shawls, socks … all the usual things you’d expect.

You can buy this at your local shop (if not an actual coffee shop), or here, at Amazon.

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This review copy was kindly donated by . Thank you!

My Gush: The theme alone would make me love it!

Review: Gradient Style

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First, the facts:

Title: Gradient Style: Color-Shifting Techniques and Knitting Patterns

Editor: Kerry Bogert

Published by: Interweave Knits, 2018

Pages: 160

Type: Knitting patterns


Getting Started
The Projects

KS: Gradient Style

The In-Depth Look:

I’ve always loved gradient yarns–the way the color flows from one shade to the next appeals to me. These days, there are so many talented dyers putting out such lovely color combinations, but it’s not always easy to find the right patterns to go with them.

This book addresses that.

To start, the book talks about how to choose and use gradients, whether that’s through putting together your own combination or using one commercially available. There’s a nice description of how to use the Color Wheel with all its hues and tones, compliments and analogous colors. There are suggestions for combining and using your own choices–should they be semi-solids? Speckled yarns? A mix of both?–as well as a discussion on how to blend the colors in your knitting. All useful information.

This is followed by nineteen patterns of various things you can knit with your gradients. There is the usual blend here–some sweaters, some scarves, some cowls, socks, even a pair of mittens. All of them (obviously) use gradients, sometimes set against a solid color, sometimes in blocks, sometimes as a fair isle style stranded color pattern.

Really, I’m never going to complain about patterns using color gradients.

You can get a copy of this book at your local shop or buy it here at Amazon.

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This review copy was kindly donated by Interweave Press. Thank you!

My Gush: Who doesn’t love gradients?

Review: Garter Stitch Revival

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First, the facts:

Title: Garter Stitch Revival: 20 Creative Knitting Patterns Featuring the Simplest Stitch

Curated by: Kerry Bogert

Published by: Interweave Press, 2016

Pages: 143

Type: Patterns


Chapter One: Garter Stitch Details
Chapter Two: Garter Stitch in a Supporting Role
Chapter Three: Garter Stitch All Over

KS: Garter Stitch Revival

The In-Depth Look:

I hate to say, but I was a little disappointed by this book.

NOT, let me hasten to say, because the designs aren’t perfectly nice. They are. The assortment of sweaters and accessories is attractive and wearable, nothing really to be objected to.

The designers featured are well known and talented, and the garments featured aren’t something I can imagine anyone turning away from their wardrobe.

The problem? It’s right there in the chapter titles–for a book called “Garter Stitch Revival,” two-thirds of the designs have very little garter stitch.

The first section has six designs that use garter stitch as a design element– a little at the cuff, an accent, an aid for shaping. The second chapter has more garter stitch–a greater proportion of each design using the collection’s signature stitch–but it’s not until the third chapter that we get patterns that use garter stitch as the primary stitch. Seven designs.

While I do like most of the designs in this collection, this proportion bothers me. It feels like marketing a cookbook for salt-lovers because every recipe uses salt … even though in everything except the salted caramel and the pretzel recipe, it’s hidden in the stew or the cake as a background element.

Garter stitch is hard. It’s the first stitch most of us learn, and we are often so eager to get past it to the nice, smooth Stockinette stitch, and to the fancier cables and lace, it gets a bum rap. It’s not easy to sell a collection devoted to what too many knitters think of as a beginner’s stitch. I do understand that it’s easier to promote patterns that use it as an accent … it just seems like a collection promoting itself as “reviving” garter stitch should actually take its own goals more seriously.

It’s got good patterns, this book. It just doesn’t have the emphasis I was expecting. (Not like, say, Knit One, Knit All by the legendary Elizabeth Zimmermann.

Please do check it out, though. Even if I thought it was a little light on garter stitch, the patterns are still worth looking at.

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My Gush: Just okay