Learn How to Loom Knit in 2020

Loom Knitting Books by Nicole F. Cox, Published by Stackpole Books
Loom Knitting Books by Nicole F. Cox, Published by Stackpole Books

Happy New Year, fellow crafters!

Are you interested in learning how to loom knit — or improving your loom knitting skills? If so, there are a couple of excellent books you’ll definitely want to know about.

If you’re a total beginner to loom knitting, Round Loom Knitting in 10 Easy Lessons will help you get started. The book includes loom knitting instructions for total beginners, and it also includes some of the nicest beginner-friendly loom knitting projects I have ever seen.

The author of the book, Nicole F. Cox, is amazingly talented. She is a genius at creating beginner-level projects that look really appealing. But she’s also an expert loom knitter who knows how to do all kinds of interesting knitting techniques on the loom — techniques like cables, lace knitting and stranded colorwork knitting.

In the sequel to Round Loom Knitting, called Amazing Loom Knits, Nicole teaches you how to do some of the more involved techniques like cables and colorwork. It’s the most impressive book I’ve yet seen on the topic of loom knitting.

I highly recommend both of these books to other loom knitters (or aspiring loom knitters, as the case may be). I think both of them are excellent books. If you’d like instructions on loom knitting, I think these books are both worth your consideration.

Here’s hoping your 2020 will be a prosperous and creative year. Happy crafting!

Check Out the Hottest New Cable Knitting Patterns for Winter 2020

Cable Knits From Nordic Lands Featuring Cable Knitting Patterns for Men, Women and Children by Ivar Asplund, Published by Trafalgar Square Books

Cable Knits from Nordic Lands, Published by Trafalgar Square Books
Cable Knits from Nordic Lands, Published by Trafalgar Square Books

Cables are the most prominent design element in the patterns from this fascinating new knitting book called Cable Knits From Nordic Lands. This book includes stylish cabled designs for men, women and children. There are patterns for knitting sweaters, vests, hats, wraps and other accessories. The book also features instructions for some cable patterns you can incorporate into your own design work, if you are inclined to make your own patterns.

I think this is a truly wonderful collection of cable knitting patterns. I’m looking forward to knitting several of the projects found in this book.

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Sophisticated Women’s Cable Knitting Patterns From Casual Weekend Knits by Andi Javori, Published by Leisure Arts

 Casual Weekend Knits, a stylish new knitting pattern book by Andi Javori, published by Leisure Arts
Casual Weekend Knits, a stylish new knitting pattern book by Andi Javori, published by Leisure Arts

Andi Javori’s lovely new knitting pattern book isn’t exclusively devoted to cable knitting patterns; there are also lace knitting patterns, garter stitch patterns and other types of patterns included in the book. However, my favorite patterns from this book are the drop-dead-gorgeous cable knitting patterns — like the gorgeous cabled hat and mittens pictured on the front cover of the book. There’s also a stylish cabled purse pattern that has broad appeal, and a pair of sophisticated cable-knit boot cuffs.

This stylish purse is one of the hottest cable knitting patterns for winter 2020. Pattern design is by Andi Javori from the book Casual Weeke
This stylish purse is one of the hottest cable knitting patterns for winter 2020. Pattern design is by Andi Javori from the book Casual Weekend Knits.

This book includes 26 projects in all, ranging from scarves to ponchos to jewelry to boot cuffs. It’s a fabulous book. If you want to knit cable designs plus other types of designs for adult women, definitely consider picking up a copy of this book.

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See Also: The Cable Knitter’s Guide — This isn’t a brand new book, but it’s my top pick for a fabulous cable knitting stitch dictionary, instruction manual and pattern book. If you want to knit cables, it’s definitely worth taking a look at.

So there you have it: The hottest new cable knitting patterns for winter 2020. I hope you’ll enjoy knitting some brand new, stylish cable sweaters, vests and accessories for yourself and / or your family members this winter.

A Book of Patterns for Knitting and Crocheting Lovely Gifts

Gifted: Lovely Little Things to Knit and Crochet, a craft pattern book by Mags Kandis. Interweave is the publisher of this book.
Gifted: Lovely Little Things to Knit and Crochet, a craft pattern book by Mags Kandis. Interweave is the publisher of this book.

If you enjoy creating gifts to give to your family, friends, and colleagues, you might enjoy Mags Kandis’ colorful, creative craft pattern book called Gifted: Lovely Little Things to Knit and Crochet. Interweave publishes this book, which features a wide variety of craft patterns. Most of the included items are reasonably quick to make, and there are items that will suit many different recipients. The majority of patterns featured are knitting patterns, but there are a few crochet patterns included; there are also ideas for felting, needle felting, sewing, and even a few recipes.

My three favorite projects in the book are a pair of knitted socks, a simple but elegant crocheted scarf and a colorful felted granny square tote bag. I think the granny square bag is especially clever. If you crochet a lot of granny squares, I think you’re going to enjoy seeing how this bag is put together. It is soooo simple, yet the finished results are totally fabulous.

More details are available in my book review.

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Fall Brings Sweater Weather

Autumn is the time of year that many knitters and crocheters most look forward to. We can’t wait to savor pumpkin spice lattes, and we’re excited to cheer for our favorite college football teams. But, best of all, we love to get out our handmade sweaters and flaunt them — and fall is definitely the best season for that.

When the trees decide it’s time to transform from green to rich hues of orange and gold and red, we’re there with our cameras in hand, ready to snap selfies showing off every intricate cable or colorwork motif in our handiwork.

Fashion trends come and go, but sweaters are eternal. And, if you knit or crochet, you can never have too many sweater patterns.

Are you thinking of knitting or crocheting a new fall sweater any time soon? If so, there are some outstanding sweater pattern books you should be aware of.

Traditional Danish Sweaters for Fall and Winter

Traditional Danish Sweaters by Vivian Høxbro, published by Trafalgar Square Books
Traditional Danish Sweaters by Vivian Høxbro, published by Trafalgar Square Books

If you’re interested in knitting warm wool sweaters featuring classic Scandinavian motifs and styling, you’ll definitely want to take a look at a brand new book called Traditional Danish Sweaters. This book is a unique combination of history book, design workbook, sweater knitting pattern book and knitting stitch dictionary. The designs included in this book are all wearable ones that I think will be of interest to knitters who are interested in working sweater patterns.

The Crochet Closet

The Crochet Closet: A Crochet Sweater Pattern Book by Lisa Gentry, Published by Leisure Arts. Photo Courtesy of Leisure Arts.
The Crochet Closet: A Crochet Sweater Pattern Book by Lisa Gentry, Published by Leisure Arts. Photo Courtesy of Leisure Arts.

The Crochet Closet is not a new book, but it features lovely crocheted sweater designs that look as fresh and new now as they did when they were originally published.

One of the best things about this book is the inclusive size range. The book includes sweaters patterns that have been graded for a broad range of sizes, including extra large sizes.

If you enjoy crocheting sweaters, this book is definitely worth your consideration.

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Enjoy the sweater weather this year, my friends! Happy knitting and crocheting!

Who Wants to Knit a Cute Dog Themed Sweater, Baby Blanket or Other Project?

Dogs on Sweaters book by Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne, published by Trafalgar Square Books
If you want to knit a cute dog themed sweater or other project, check out this Dogs on Sweaters book by Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne. Trafalgar Square Books is the publisher of this title.

Do you have a favorite dog breed? Many people do. My mother-in-law loves all dogs, but she definitely has a thing for cute pugs. So does my daughter; she’s never had a pug, but she loves watching Puppy Dog Pals on the Disney Junior channel.

If there’s a particular dog breed you love enough to want to knit a project depicting that breed, there’s a brand new knitting pattern book I think you’re going to be really excited about. It’s called Dogs on Sweaters: Knitting Patterns for 18 Different Breeds. The book includes charts for knitting all 18 of these different breeds — and you get multiple patterns for some of the breeds, because there are projects in different sizes for both children and adults.

Some of the projects in the book are customizable; you can choose the silhouette you want to knit, choose the dog breed you want to put on the project and make several other additional design choices (like the style of ribbing you want to use, the color combination and whether or not you want to include names, initials or a slogan on your project).

One of the wonderful things about this book is that it includes designs suitable for men, boys and children. The guys and the “big kids” are sometimes neglected in craft pattern books — but here you’ll find choices suitable for almost every dog lover on your knitting gift list.

Baby projects are also well represented in the book. If you knit baby shower gifts, I think you’ll definitely want to take a look at Dogs on Sweaters. And there are projects suitable for ladies, too.

Want more information about this book? You can click here to shop for it at Amazon, click here to read my detailed book review at KnittingandCrochet.net, or click here to read more about the book at the publisher’s website.

More Stylish Knitting Pattern Books

2 New Slouchy Hat Pattern Books You Need to Know About

If you’d like to knit or crochet a trendy new hat for yourself or a friend, there are 2 excellent new slouchy hat pattern books you need to know about:

Crocheted Beanies & Slouchy Hats by Julie King

Crocheted Beanies and Slouchy Hats book by Julie King, published by Stackpole Books
Crocheted Beanies and Slouchy Hats book by Julie King, published by Stackpole Books

If you want to crochet a slouchy beanie-style hat or a slouchy beret, this book has bunches of fabulous patterns you’ll want to take a look at. The book also features one pattern for an earflap beanie, plus bunches of patterns for traditional, fitted beanies.

These patterns will give you a broad variety of different hat styles to add to your wardrobe. The majority of these hats are casual styles that would be fun to wear with jeans, khakis or your favorite athleisure gear.

There are also some dressier styles, like the lacy beret pictured on the front cover of the book. I could see dressing that hat either up or down — perhaps wearing it with lovely, drapey dresses or a frilly blouse paired with a ladylike skirt. Some of the hat designs feature button details — and, if you like dressing up, I think you could make those particular hat styles look dressier simply by choosing fancy, elegant buttons to use for your accents.

Whatever your personal style is like, if it includes crocheted hats, you’re sure to find some suitable styles included in this book.

Click here to check out my book review of Crocheted Beanies & Slouchy Hats by Julie King; click here if you want to shop for the book at Knitpicks; or click here if you want to shop for the book at Amazon.

Knockout Knit Hats and Hoods by Diane Serviss

Knockout Knit Hats and Hoods book by Diane Serviss, published by Stackpole Books
Knockout Knit Hats and Hoods book by Diane Serviss, published by Stackpole Books

This book has its fair share of slouchy hat patterns including patterns for knitting slouchy berets and slouchy beanies. The book also features patterns for traditional tams, fitted beanies and fanciful hoods. I love the variety of stylish hats in this book, and I think you will be quite enchanted by it, too.

Some of these hats feature intricate cable designs. Some of them are lacy and feminine. Some of them feature interesting texture patterns. There’s a mix of casual and dressy looks, although the majority of these patterns lean towards the casual side.

Want more details? Click here to check out my book review of Knockout Knit Hats and Hoods by Diane Serviss; click here if you want to shop for the book at Knitpicks; or click here if you want to shop for the book at Amazon.

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