Though I don't knit as much (or as well!) as I crochet, I do love being bi-stitchual, and mixing it up from time to time! And I got a great opportunity to try my hand at more advanced knitting recently with the book Dress-to-Impress Knitted Scarves by Pam Powers. And now I'm giving away a copy to one lucky reader!
Dress-to-Impress Knitted Scarves: 24 Extraordinary Designs for Cowls, Kerchiefs, Infinity Loops & More is just what it says on the label - 24 very impressive scarf and cowl designs! There is a fantastic variety of styles in here. Some, like the one on the cover, have a more nostalgic feel, while most are as modern as they come. From feminine lace and bows to denim and shearling-looks, there's something for just about everybody!
One thing this book isn't for is non-adventurous beginners. Powers doesn't include difficulty ratings on her patterns, but she says right in the book: "none of my patterns would qualify at the beginner level." But if you have the basics are are willing to learn, this book is full of fantastic patterns to inspire you!
And if you're an intermediate or advanced knitter looking for some tasty and interesting patterns, this book definitely fits the bill! I'm probably a beginning to intermediate level knitter (cabling yes, steeking no), and I tried my hand at the Sweetheart Cowl. I finished the first dozen rounds in one evening!
The lace pattern took more concentration than I anticipated, and I wish I'd put in a lifeline... but I do like the way it was coming along! And the way the edges fold over to create the fabulous "picot" edge is so clever! I can tell I'd learn a lot by working my way through the patterns in Dress-to-Impress Knitted Scarves!
And I love that each pattern contains a wealth of info - the written patterns, charts, schematics, multiple photos, and even wearing suggestions where applicable!
If you'd like to purchase your own copy of Dress-to-Impress Knitted Scarves, it's available on Amazon at the following affiliate links. Or you can take your chances in the giveaway below!
And now I get to give away one copy of Dress-to-Impress Knitted Scarves to one US reader! This giveaway ends 1/12/15 at 12: 15am Central time. Only the first entry, "Enter Your Email Address," is mandatory to enter the giveaway. All other options are for bonus entries only.