Friday, 26 September 2014

'Scarves & Cowls' book review & finished object

As regular readers will know, my favourite knits are 'quick win' projects that don't take too long to complete, that are easy to knit and that result in a cheery accessory. So when the new Fiona Goble book turned up for review (you are sure to know Fiona's other books including 'Knit Your Own Royal Wedding') I was delighted to see it contained 36 such projects.

There are ten patterns for children (although I'd be tempted by some of them myself) and the rest are a mix of adult sized scarves/cowls (many are unisex) and a headband. The photography is bright and cheerful and there's even a model with a massive red beard. What's not to love? 
"Scarves & Cowls" by Fiona Goble - reviewed at Crafts from the Cwtch blog
As you can tell from the pictures, the knits are pretty straightforward, and it's a really lovely collection for a new knitter, but would equally suit someone who has been knitting a little while and accumulated oddments of yarn they are not sure what to do with - many of the projects require only one or two balls, and none of them will take very long to knit.

I like to knit something from a book as part of a review, and whipped up the twisted headband ( I couldn't resist another!) in just a few hours from a stashed ball of Red Heart Soft*, and am now on the hunt for a vintage brooch before it gets cold enough to wear it. The pattern was well-written and easy to follow, with detail on all techniques provided, should you need them.
Twisted Headband FO
If you're a more experienced knitter, you may not need a pattern to create these types of projects, and will probably have seen similar designs before, but it's such a lovely collection and so nicely presented, I can imagine making more projects from it (gift knitting!!!). Yes, it gets a big thumbs up from me, and I'd recommend for beginner/intermediate knitters. If I'm honest, I wish I'd written it myself!

The book is called "Scarves and Cowls" and has an RRP of £12.99 (it is currently £9.09 at Amazon ) and is published by CICO books.
* I hadn't used this yarn before which had been sat in my cupboard for a while, and was pleasantly surprised - it's very inexpensive acrylic (100g/167m for £1.99) and feels nice next to my face. One ball is enough to make this and another for Little Miss. It'll be interesting to see how it stands up to wear and frequent washing as it might be a good one for bigger items for the children, which I wouldn't want to spend too much on, and which need to be thrown in the washing machine. 


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