I love to pre-order books. Just love it. First of all, if I spot a book that I’m bound to love, pre-ordering circumvents my sometimes faulty memory: no wish lists, or making a note on the calendar about when a certain book is due to come out. Second, the book is delivered as soon as the supplier receives it, sometimes weeks before the official release date. Third, often months go by between placing the order and receiving the book, so it’s a most pleasant surprise to come home to a package, and remember all over again why the book caught my interest.
Meet 60 Quick Knits: 20 Hats*20 Scarves*20 Mittens in Cascade 220. I pre-ordered it approximately 1.6 seconds after seeing the children’s Octopus Mittens on Elli’s blog. THERE ARE SUCKERS ON THE PALMS, PEOPLE! I didn’t care if the rest of the book was filled with leopard-print sombreros and mohair bikinis, the Octopus Mittens had to be mine!
Several weeks went by. I had forgotten all about my order, and estimated date of delivery. Then one day, the book arrived, and imagine my delight when I discovered that the book was filled cover to cover with absolutely amazing patterns!
The concept is simple: 20 hats, 20 mittens, and 20 scarves, all knit out of Cascade 220. Yes, the ubiquitous Cascade, available in just about any yarn shop, superwash and not, in hundreds of colors, at an amazingly affordable price, especially considering how little is needed to knit up a small accessory. The book itself is not too expensive, either!
The patterns are, in a word, winners. And if you may kindly allow me two words, I would say “color” and “texture.” I felt that this collection of accessories, more than others I’ve seen, utilized Cascade’s spectrum of colors and ability to showcase stitch patterns to their fullest. You know how sometimes you leaf through a book and get that “meh” feeling? Yeah, not here, and I’m a picky customer. Certainly I like some patterns better than others, but with 60 to choose from, I think everyone can find something to his or her liking. I see great potential in this book as a source of knitted gifts, too.
From a technical standpoint, the patterns are organized, include clear charts and finished measurements, and contain beautiful and demonstrative photographs: no complaints at first glance. They span a range of skills, from basic stockinette for beginners, to fancy cables for advanced knitters. There are items for men, women, and children.
Take a look in the extended entry at some of my absolute favorites. It was hard to choose!
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