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Classic Elite Quick Knits: 100 Fabulous Patterns for Wraps, Socks, Hats, and More Paperback – October 18, 2011


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press (October 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600854036
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600854033
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Created in 1980, CLASSIC ELITE YARNS had its origin in the late 40s when the founder became a partner in Warley Worsted Mills. Today, as one of the top U.S. yarn companies, Classic Elite Yarns distributes fine hand-knitting fibers from numerous international mills. The company resides in a historic mill building on the banks of the Merrimack River in Lowell, Massachusetts.

Customer Reviews

Just perfect for those chilly days.
Bonnie Brody
It's full of really good patterns that make you want to get out your supplies and start knitting something!
Bonnie Lacey
This book has a ton of beautiful patterns.
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Format: Paperback
I used to live quite near the Classic Elite mill and it was a treat to visit with some of the wonderful designers that worked there. I'm still a fan of Classic Elite designs and yarns--and this book is one I think you SHOULD NOT PASS UP. Here is why:

1. There are LOTS of patterns. Yes. 100 of them. It would be a very hard-to-please person indeed who could not find something they absolutely want to knit from this book. I found, in two minutes, about ten things I decided I just had to knit.

2. There are all kinds of projects, from shrugs, scarves, hats, mittens, wraps. Yes, socks too. And fingerless mitts. Kids' patterns --yes, and even a few toys. Definitely something for EVERYONE.

3. These projects are mostly quick ones, which makes them great for gifts or take-along projects. But the patterns include lacy stuff (my fave) as well as textured knitting and colorwork as well as plain-Jane.

4. The projects are designated by difficulty--there are easy ones all the way up to intermediate-advanced (not so many advanced, do not worry.) Most are relatively do-able for the average knitter. Take heart.

It seems these patterns are a compilation of previous patterns from Classic Elite leaflets or other publications, from what I can glean by doing a search on the pattern names. But that's not really a problem because it's wonderful to have an anthology of patterns all in one book. There you are, looking at your (embarrassing) stash of yarn and if you grab this book, you can probably find something to knit that will be just right for those skeins you love but don't know how to use up.

What do I want to knit right away? The Button-Up Shrug. This is a lacy kind of hybrid between a cardigan and a shawl, has sleeves, but is not so difficult and time consuming to knit and fit as a true cardigan. These are great to throw over a turtleneck or blouse and a skirt.

This is a terrific book. Don't miss it.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A. Zittel on October 9, 2011
Format: Paperback
Recently I was able to acquire a review copy of one of Classic Elite's new book, Quick Knits.

Let me start by saying, I love Classic Elite, I love their patterns & yarn, & I love the fact that they are out of Lowell, MA, which is a couple of hours away from me & is the classic, New England, fiber town. The book has several catagories, such as hats, gloves, mittens, & socks. Most are very basic patterns, like the striped hat or the garter stitch hat, but there are also pretty patterns such as the Child's Fair Isle hat, using Wool Bam Boo. There's a very beautiful crochet hat (called Crochet Hat; you'd think they'd come up with a name a little nicer). The knitted patterns all are charted, though the crochet patterns are not, and most of the patterns I'd rate at easy/beginner level. There's a ton of lace hats that I really want to knit up, & a beautiful fair isle hat I'd love to make called Fresco Beaumont. I'm not a fan of cabled work, but there are several very nice cabled hats in the mix.

There's a cute fair isle mitten pattern called Fluffy Mitts that I think would make for an excellent scrap project, as would the Veritas Fair Isle Mitts, a pair of fingerless gloves in two sizes. The book also includes 8 patterns for socks, all of them very nice but nothing that screamed "knit me".

My favorite section should be no surprise to anyone who reads this blog or is friends with me on ravelry: the scarves, shawls, capelet & cowl section. There's a good mix here, from the super cute "Little Leaf Scarf" to great looking but still functional shawls.

My only negative is I wish there were more crochet patterns in the book, but for knitters, this book is worth adding to your library.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By T. Lam on November 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
Classic Elite Quick knits, the newest book from Classic Elite Studios, is a collection of 100 knitting and crochet patterns focusing on accessories. If you're familiar with Classic Elite, you will recognize many of these patterns from previous pattern books. The patterns are laid out in anl attractive and straightforward fashion that we've come to expect of cassic Elite pattern booklets. This book is definitely for a more intermediate or advanced knitter. There is plenty of colorwork, cables and lace to keep a knitter challenged as well as simpler patterns. This is a pattern book, not a knitting instruction book. There is no how-to section, only a brief introduction and a rundown of knitting abbreviations.

The book is broken up into 4 chapters: hats, mittens and gloves; socks; scarves, cowls, wraps, shrugs and capelets; and blankets, bags and toys. There is a nice mix of patterns in each section. Patterns skew heavily to hats/mittens and scarves/shrugs chapters. The other two chapters only have 18 patterns between them. I love the idea of capelets but really, how many people can pull them off? I would have traded a few of them for more sock or blanket patterns. The patterns seem pretty current, most of them from the last few years. Instructions are clear with both charts and written instructions. Yarns suggested are, as expected, by Classic Elite, but they can easily be substituted.

Overall this is a nice collection, especially if you like to make hats, mittens, and scarves. I can see myself turning to this book when I need to make a quick gift or want to start a quick new project. These patterns are from previous Classic Elite publications so if you already have a lot of the booklets you may want to pass on this.
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