Feminine Knits, Lene Holme Samsøe, $28.95
If you like pretty clothes this book is for you and you should not delay in picking up your copy. Among the 22 timeless designs are lots of cardigans, plenty of lace (but it’s not too hard), some cables and lots of attention to detail. The garments are attractive, flattering and wearable. Unfortunately, the sizes generally only go up to a 41″ to 44″ finished bust and the general skill level is around an intermediate. In addition to the cardigans, pullovers, boleros there is also a tank, t-shirt, skirt, jacket, scarf and shawl. The layout is beautiful and you will fall in love with this book! The best place to take a peek at all of the projects is on Ravelry.
Weekend Knitting, Melanie Falick, $20.95 (Soft Cover)
Weekend Knitting is one of my favourite books of all time and I’m so excited that they’ve finally published it in soft cover! Originally published in 2003, this book contains 50 timeless projects. Most of the projects are small or on the smaller to medium side. Some can actually be executed in a weekend, but the goal of the book is more oriented towards a classic style that evokes relaxed weekends. While it is not marketed as such, the projects in this books would also make great knitted gifts. The patterns are contributed by a broad spectrum of familiar and popular knitting designers, including Debbie Bliss, Jo Sharp, Pam Allen, Teva Durham, Veronik Avery, Norah Gaughan, Nicky Epstein, Ann Budd, Kristin Nicholas, Annie Modesitt, Deborah Newton and Leigh Radford. The skill level ranges from beginner to intermediate, averaging out around adventurous-beginner. The patterns are well written and work nicely – you can see them on the publisher’s website HERE. You can also see how other people’s projects worked out on Ravelry. In addition to knitting, there a a few editorial treats inside too, including a hot chocolate recipe, a reading list, a butter cookie recipe, tips for decorating with yarn, and film suggestions. Melanie Falick makes great books (Handknit Holidays, Kids Knitting, Kniktting for Baby), but I think this one is her best to date!