Knit Accessories by Kate Atherley
The amazingly hard working and delightful people over at Cooperative Press have recently come out with a new knitting book called Knit Accessories, Essentials & Variations, by Kate Atherley. Kate is Knitty.com’s lead Technical Editor, and a seriously prolific designer – check out all of her designs here on ravelry, and find her at Wise Hilda Knits.
In Kate’s introduction she says, ‘Every knitter needs a set of solid patterns for the essential accessories: hats, mitts, scarves, cowls, legwarmers, and socks.’ And that is exactly what this book gives you! You’ve got 13 basic accessories patterns perfect for gifting. But more than that, Kate chats with you along the way about how you can build from these basic patterns infinit variations by switching up the yarn, the stitch pattern, the gauge, and get a lifetime of perfect accessories for you and your loved ones.
TONS of Different Scarves!
Kate also goes into detail about what these variations mean for how much yarn you’ll need, how many stitches to cast on, how to go from fingering weight yarn to chunky yarn, and even into what the hell fingering weight yarn is! Want super long legwarmers? She’s got a formula for how much yarn you’ll need. She’s got size charts for every imaginable head size, whether you want a fitted hat or a slouchy hat. Have a skein of variegated yarn but don’t know how that will look knit up into mittens? Kate will show you.
Mitts for Everyone!
Whether you are a beginning knitter looking to get into accessory knitting or a seasoned knitter looking for a rock solid collection of patterns, this book will come in handy again and again. I think especially if you’ve just learned to knit but don’t know how to make the patterns you are finding online work for you, or how to dive into the world of pattern modification, Knit Accessories will answer all of your questions. Kate helps you make the yarn you have work for the pattern you want to make without you pulling your hair out. And no matter how advanced a knitter you are, we could all use some of that.
Socks, Striped or Solid
Snag Knit Accessories: Essentials and Variations by Kate Atherley for $22.95 plus shipping for a PDF and print copy, and $16.95 for the PDF only. Check out all of the patterns on ravelry! But remember that those patterns are only the beginning, and you’ll be able to knit ALL OF THE ACCESSORIES with Kate’s helpful modifications.
Is all of this hitting home with you as you are struggling to finish knitting for this holiday season? Then I’ve got good news for you! I’m giving away a PDF copy of Knit Accessories to one lucky commenter! Leave a comment on this blog post by this Friday, December 21st at midnight for your chance to win. I’ll randomly pick a winner and you’ll have the book in time for a weekend of holiday knitting frenzy!
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