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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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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.
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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.
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.
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. If, however, you've put off buying the booklets or you want the convenience of having these patterns in one place, this book will be a nice addition to your knitting library.
*I received this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This, in no way, affected my opinion or review of this book.
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