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Knitting the Chill Away- book review

Brrr…it’s cold here in Minnesota!  That makes it the perfect time to enjoy a wonderful book.

One of the perks of being a Martingale author is the chance to review books.  I was fortunate enough to receive the book, “Knitting the Chill Away“. I could either sum up my review with “Awesome” or I could go on and on about all of the projects.  I will try to find a happy medium.

When I first opened the ebook I went over and over the projects trying to decide which one I wanted to make….first.  There are 39 projects ranging from easy to advanced;  from socks to a sweater coat; from children to adults.

I knew I needed to do something that was easy because of my schedule, so I choose to make “Colorwork Pillow”, one of the three pillows that are included.

Many of the projects are made in beautiful subdued colors as you can see in this picture.

“Colorwork Pillow”

I had “holiday” in my mind during this time and I thought this worked up in red and white would be fun.  And it was!

“Colorwork Pillow”

I found the directions and illustrations to be very clear and easy to follow.  The pattern graph was numbered, making it convenient for keeping track of which row was being worked. The difficulty for this project was rated  a 2 out of 4.

If you are a beginner or an advanced knitter, this book has a project for you.  In fact, I would definitely recommend this book for those of you that are wanting to develop your skills because you certainly get a lot of bang for your buck -taking you from easy garter stitches to more advanced cable-work and color patterns. Many of the projects are timeless, meaning you will be returning to this book again and again over the years. There are basic technique instructions included in the back of the book.  Just remember, this a project book, not a how-to book.

“Easy Stripes” Hat & Scarf

These are definitely on my to-do list!  There are several projects that use pom-poms (directions included).

“Vintage French” Pocket Scarf & Hat

This is one of my favorites!  I’m trying to convince myself I would finish it…

“Timeless Elegance” Jacket & Scarf

I also appreciated the way the projects were photographed.  There is so much personality displayed with each and it makes it a joy just for browsing.

“Grils Pullover”

You can find the book for sale on the Martingale site (get the ebook with the purchase of the book, too!)  as well as places like Amazon.

Out of the 39 projects,  I can honestly say there are only about 3 that I wouldn’t consider making…that makes for a  darn good percentage! Now, what to make next…a classic cable for my hubby? a messenger bag for my daughter-in-law? the pull-over for my granddaughter? or the modern Icelandic sweater for me?

Stay warm friends!



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