Ev­ery­day Con­tem­po­rary

From stick­ers to quick chunky knits, th­ese de­li­ciously mod­ern projects, books and ac­ces­sories make ev­ery day a joy.

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Ev­ery­day Chic

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.

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