Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Easy Textured Knits from Leisure Arts

When it comes to knitting, I still consider myself a beginner. I can do a few things like cables, but not with any great speed of certainty like I can with crochet. However, I am always drawn to things with texture as it just seems to add another dimension and make a piece look polished and advanced. 

Easy Textured Knits is a great resource for both beginners and more advanced knitters, as it teaches you how to create beautiful textured things with only the simplest of knitting skills. Meaning even a novice like me can create beautiful textured things. In fact, most of the projects in this book only use the knit and purl and I can do that!! 

You will find 72 stitch patterns with great photos and easy to follow, row by row instructions. Plus, these are arranged in order of difficulty, which makes it easy to know where to look depending on what sort of challenge you are ready for. It even has a section of stitch multiples and chart reading - I am so not good at chart reading! 

Following the stitch gallery, you will find projects, in order of ease, starting with dishcloths! I think they are such a great project to learn on and when you are done mastering a stitch you have something useful to keep or give as a gift. When you want something bigger, there are pillows and even afghan patterns. Once you are feeling confident, there are clothes patterns like vests and pullovers! This stunning empire coat that is on my to do list when I feel my skills are up to the task.You will find 29 patterns in all to keep you in beautiful textured style. 

Have you made any textured knits? I have made a basket weave blanket but  am ready for something more challenging now. 

Take some time to browse Leisure Arts' great selection and make sure you also connect with Leisure Arts on Facebook and Twitter so that you never miss a special or new pattern! Also, if you sign up for their knitting or crochet newsletters, you get a free pattern on Fridays!

Disclosure: I may receive products in exchange for an honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be good for my readers. 

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