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Review: First Frost


First, the facts:

Title: First Frost: Cozy Folk Knitting

Author: Lucinda Guy

Published by: Interweave Press, 2014

Pages: 127

Type: Scandinavian-inspired knitwear for the whole family.


1. Folk Colors
2. Folk Textures
3. Folk Traditions

KS: First Frost

The In-Depth Look:

I’ve always had a soft place in my heart for Scandinavian-themed knitwear. I blame my best friend for the start of it. Having a Norwegian mother, she always had the best hats, sweaters, and mittens in the winter. Their home had some of the most charming design accents, too. So it’s really no wonder that several of my first “real” knitting projects were Scandinavian-styled sweaters.

In the years since, I’ve branched out into other looks and techniques, but still … put a stranded colorwork snowflake on a handknit, and you’re going to get my attention.

Which is exactly what this book does.

The theme here is “folk” and not specifically “Scandinavia,” but in effect it’s much the same in this collection of lovely patterns. Sweaters, hats, home decor … even one of the cutest knitted squirrels I’ve ever seen. (Not to mention a gnome.) There’s something here for everyone and I loved almost all of these patterns.

Not that I’m surprised, considering how much I enjoyed her pair of Northern Knits books, which hit the same chord of inspired designs that reflected the Scandinavian appeal I like so much without slavishly sticking to the traditions rather than modernizing.

Really, there’s nothing here not to like.

Go get yourself a copy at Amazon.com or your local shop.

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This review copy was kindly donated by Interweave Press. Thank you!

My Gush: Fun and charming and whimsical and warm.

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