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Review: Essentially Feminine Knits


First, the facts:

Title: Essentially Feminine Knits: 25 Must-Have Chic Designs

Author: Lene Holme Samsoe

Published by: Interweave Press

Pages: 151

Type: Patterns

Garter Stitch Patterns
Leaf Patterns
Structure Patterns
Cable Patterns
Lace Patterns

Essentially Feminine Knits

The In-Depth Look:

Another lovely book from the author of Feminine Knits.

She writes at the beginning, “If you are crazy about knitting, you already know that creating a knitted garment is the perfect antidote to the busy lives we lead. … In this book you’ll find projects for any occasion. There are a couple small, quick projects that you can almost make while watching the TV news, some garter-stitch sweaters you can work on while having a rewarding conversation, and complicated-patterned tops that stretch your mind just as much as Sudoku.”

There are 25 designs here. Some are small projects like caps or fingerless gloves, but most of them fall into the sweaters-jacket-shrug-cardigan-pullover category. And, refreshingly, I liked almost every one of them. Just like her last book, they all seem eminently wearable and great additions to any wardrobe. There are at least three I’d cast-on for right now if I didn’t already have enough on my knitting to-do list.

Like her last book, though, my biggest concern are the photos. They’re all very pretty to look at, but there are so many shots of models reclining or leaning or crouching in ways that make it hard to see the actual item. I can only believe that this is an artistic decision, but–with a lesser-known designer–it would send up red flags that the photographer was trying to hide flaws.

That said, these are great patterns, and I would love to have any of them in my wardrobe.

But wait! There’s more! Through a lucky coincidence I HAVE A COPY OF THIS BOOK TO GIVE AWAY!

To win? Leave a comment on this post answering this question: Name one thing you haven’t knitted that you WANT to knit.

(Contest is open until June 24th, and is only open to U.S. mailing addresses.)

Don’t want to rely on the contest? You can get your own copy at Amazon.com.
Want to see bigger pictures? Click here.

This review copy–and the giveaway copy–were kindly donated by Interweave Press. Thank you!

My Gush: Lovely, wearable patterns.

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  • Sheila June 10, 2012, 6:49 pm

    I have never knit a purse. I have some linen and a plan for a knit purse in my head, but other things keep jumping ahead of it and onto my needles.

  • Kathy June 10, 2012, 7:00 pm

    I have never knit argyle, and would like to knit an argyle vest.

  • Kathy June 10, 2012, 8:15 pm

    I’ve never knit a sweater with a hood – I think it’s time for a hood!

  • Tobie June 10, 2012, 8:46 pm

    Those are lovely patterns. I have never knit an Aran style sweater.

  • Jennifer R. June 10, 2012, 9:37 pm

    I would like to try Roositud Inlay designs. I love how it looks!

  • xiuxiu June 11, 2012, 2:12 am

    I’ve never knit a proper clothes that fit me well. I’ve tried many times but there’s always a misfit somewhere.
    Thanks for the giveaway. Been eyeing this book for a while

  • Dina June 11, 2012, 7:00 am

    I would like to try knitting a fair isle project…starting small, mittens perhaps

  • sprite June 11, 2012, 8:50 am

    A hoodie.

  • Michelle June 13, 2012, 11:43 am

    I really want to knit Evelyn Clark’s Flower Basket shawl and other things keep getting precedent. But as for sheer category of knits, I really want to knit a skirt.

  • Beth Schmidt June 15, 2012, 7:47 am

    I would love to knit a lacy cardigan!

  • Deirdre June 17, 2012, 6:01 pm

    I really want to try Brioche knitting

  • Joyce Owens June 18, 2012, 2:14 am

    I have done lots of knitting, but I have never knit anything for myself! I think that I would really like to knit something for myself.

  • Katy June 19, 2012, 3:34 pm

    I have never knit socks but I want to learn this year.

  • Ruth June 20, 2012, 12:58 pm

    I’ve never knit gloves.

  • Rhonda June 20, 2012, 1:25 pm

    SOFT, Beautiful, Luxurious socks are the ultimate gift of love. Anyone can buy a pair. In a big box store, but hand knit socks just scream, love. My family deserves a pair. I would be so thrilled to knit a pair of these beauties. Rhonda

  • Sarah C. June 20, 2012, 5:02 pm

    I’ve never knit mittens or gloves! I’ve also never steeked anything.

  • Rebecca June 21, 2012, 12:32 am

    I have never knit any brioche thing, because when I tried I couldn’t figure out the caston required in the pattern :(

  • Tricia H June 22, 2012, 2:04 pm

    I have never knit a fair isle sweater, or intarsia, for that matter. I really need to step up to color work this year!

  • Anna Branner June 24, 2012, 2:22 pm

    I took a fair isle type class years ago but never pursued it. I’m dying to try one of Kate Davies’ designs. But I’m intimidated!

  • Melissa June 24, 2012, 2:35 pm

    I have never knit a long sleeve sweater, or any socks longer than ankle length. Now that I actually write that out, they seems like such short (haha) little stumbling blocks, but for some reason, they seem so daunting.

  • Rachel June 24, 2012, 3:04 pm

    I’ve never knit a sweater dress, but want to someday!

  • Cindy June 24, 2012, 4:21 pm

    A cardigan! I love cardigans and would love to make one for myself, but I’m a small-project girl at heart. I’m working on building my confidence (and attention span…) enough that I can finally get there.

  • Marybelle June 24, 2012, 5:11 pm

    I have never managed to get around to knitting a whole sweater for myself. I have a few planned, but am so afraid that they just won’t work out. I think I just need to take a deep breath and make one!

  • patrigw June 24, 2012, 7:01 pm

    I want to knit squares for a South African charity that
    stitches up the squares into blankets to give to those in need. I happened
    upon their web site once and want to use up my stash and help others at
    the same time.
    For myself I’d like to knit some socks

  • Susan June 24, 2012, 7:48 pm

    I really want to knit that sheep-y teapot cozy that isn’t released yet. And steek something. And knit a glove with really good fingers and thumb.

  • Stacy and the rugrats June 24, 2012, 9:30 pm

    I have always wanted to knit a jacket, specifically Sylvi.

  • Gail June 24, 2012, 10:43 pm

    Well, you know that I have never knit socks!!! Though I think I will sooner tackle fair isle first …
    (and nice piece, by the way ….)

  • Debbie June 24, 2012, 10:51 pm

    I want to knit a sweater with long sleeves.

  • Susan M. June 25, 2012, 7:11 am

    I’ve never knit a cardigan. There are abiut twenty that I want to knit, though.

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