From stickers to quick chunky knits, these deliciously modern projects, books and accessories make every day a joy.
Everyday from designer Jen Geigley is a collection of 11 modern handknits that are delectably casual, comfortable, and truly fun to knit and wear any time of the year. Believing you shouldn’t have to choose between form and function, Jen promises pieces that fit beautifully into the life you love and knit in now.
Mod, Chunky Style
Super fast, super easy and super chic, the Zion Lion Hat Kit from Wool and the Gang is your ticket to quick, everyday style. Made up of their 100% Peruvian Crazy Sexy Wool with anyone-cando-it stitches, knitters have everything they need to make a big statement.
Ancient Style for Modern Knits
This Jul Designs Ram Penannular brooch, styled after ancient Egyptian designs, is gorgeously crafted by hand in white brass by artisans in Indonesia. The results are deceptively delicate and polished, transforming a timeless accessory into a truly contemporary piece that is perfect for adorning your favorite knits.
It’s All in the Planning
Beautiful watercolor stickers, from Symposi Press, featuring the original artwork of Julie Levesque, keep knitters on track with their project progress. With space for your project name and percentage completed, along with “cast-on” and “finished” stickers, you can’t help but be delighted with these charming, organizational treasures.
Garter Stitch Revival
(Interweave, 144 pages, $24.99)
Knitting—just knitting, not purling—can be very soothing. Doing the same motion over and over becomes automatic and a means of meditation. But how many garter stitch scarves can one really make? Enter Garter Stitch Revival, a collection of 20 patterns from 19 different designers.
As you might expect, you’ll find allover garter-stitch wraps, plus a cute halter top. You’ll see how garter stitch can feature as an innovative design element, and you’ll see garter stitch “in a supporting role” when mixed with stockinette stitch and other stitch patterns. As always with Interweave publications, the instructions and layout are clear, clean and imminently readable. Suitable for beginners, but enticing to more advanced knitters wanting to reconnect with the marvelous garter stitch, all levels of knitters will enjoy this one.
The Cable Knitter’s Guide
By Denise Samson (Trafalgar Square Books, 180 pages, $24.95) The Cable Knitter’s Guide is a nice mix of 50 cable patterns, stitch-dictionary style, along with 25 patterns for garments, accessories and household items. The crisp yarn and great photography really show the cable swatches; instructions for the cables are given in both text and chart form. Intermediate-level knitters will feel comfortable tackling these projects. This cable book is different in one way from many other how-to books: In the glossary section, rather than simply having definitions of the cables with a drawing or photo, the publisher has included QR codes. Aim your tablet or smartphone at the QR code, and it will take you to a silent YouTube video of the technique. You may find this fascinating and useful, or you may prefer old-school illustrations, but it’s an interesting way to combine paper book “technology” with modern technology.
60 Quick Knitted Toys
(Sixth & Spring Books, 184 pages, $17.95)
If you are looking for adorable toys to knit, look no further. Here you’ll find stuffed animals with tons of personality, puppets, rattles, dolls, balls and more. There’s a knitted castle, Life-Size Lucy who is 38 inches tall and a fishing game play set.
All the projects are made in Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash, a classic wool yarn that comes in an overwhelming number of colors and a variety of weights: sport, worsted and aran. All three weights of yarn are used in the book. Although using the specified yarn is always ideal, you can easily substitute another yarn for most of the projects.
With 60 cute patterns (and they are cute, every one of them), this is a great value. At the cover price of $17.95, you are paying just 30 cents per pattern for a great toyknitting resource. Just remember, no one says you have to have a kid to knit a toy!
Sometimes you just want to knit a little something. Sometimes you want to knit a little something more. No matter what your knitting mood, we’ve got you covered with suggestions from quick little knits to complex cables.
Crafting in Self-Care There’s a new subscription box in town—one that focuses on the impact of crafting for mental health. HavenTree’s quarterly box contains two craft projects (from knitting to clay to stamping), self-care items to pamper yourself, and Cultivate, an an exclusive publication teaching therapeutic tools. For $49.99 (plus shipping) per shipment, subscribers will receive a seasonal care package full of beautiful things to use and make—and tools to take care of themselves. Learn more at www.haventreebox.com. Knitting That Responds to You A digitally knit canopy installation from the Jenny Sabin Studio, called Lumen, was constructed in New York this past summer. The yarn, composed of tubular structures and cellular components of recycled materials is amazingly photoluminescent and solar, soaking up and delivering light. The results are an ultralight fabric that adapts to bodies, sunlight and heat, responsively cooling or lighting the area around it for a remarkable knitted experience. Learn more at www.jennysabin.com/lumen. Jenny Sabin Studio. Lumen. 2017 (rendering above). Winner of the Young Architects Program 2017, MoMA PS1, New York. Courtesy Jenny Sabin Studio. Call for Donations Started in a small Wisconsin town by Evie Rosen, Warm Up America! comforts the young and old in homeless shelters, hospitals, veterans homes, senior centers, hospice and more with lovingly stitched afghans, hats and scarves. You can help today, in the simplest of ways, by knitting a 7 x 9-inch piece that they will sew into a blanket. One stitch is all it takes to soothe a spirit. Visit www. warmupamerica.org for more information on how to donate.