Thanks to Blogging for Books, I got another book to review! And once again, all opinions are my own.
And my opinions are that I was so not ready for this book. I've only been knitting since February (ish) and there were a few things in this book that I wasn't confident in doing, but I did them anyway! I knit in the round for the first time, whoop!
The needles look all fancy on the book, but they're only there because the book wouldn't stay closed after I had kept it open for so long. I'm no photo stylist.
This next photo is the first thing I attempted knitting from the book. The instructions are super clear and there are guides in the front and back of the book for some stitches and abbreviations that aren't necessarily common. Now, here's what it's supposed to look like:
And here's what it does look like:
Not too far off, especially for my first try. But now I have to make a second one, which will probably look better since I know what I'm doing now. Unfortunately it'll have to wait until after we've moved (tomorrow!!!). The part I was most worried about was the thumb gusset (I love that word, by the way), but the way it's written was very clear. I'm really excited to try out some of the other patterns that I thought might be too difficult.
There are some patterns that introduce beading and I'm not sure when I'll get to those because the beading isn't exactly my style. They might make good gifts and they do look pretty, at least. The thing I loved the most is that all of the patterns only require a skein or two (or less, for the bracelets) of yarn. That's really nice for my budgeting (aka cheap) self. I'm sure I'll go into sticker shock the first time I buy yarn for a blanket.
If you're interested in Knockout Knits you can check it out on Random House and Laura Nelkin's blog.