Book Review: Warm Days, Cool Knits

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Warm Days, Cool Knits: Lighter Designs for Every Season
By Corrina Ferguson
Interweave/F+W; $24.99

Today I am reviewing this wonderful knitting book, Warm Days, Cool Knits, for you dear readers! I was fortunate to win this book by listening to The Yarn Thing podcast with Marly Bird. She interviewed the designer, Corrina Ferguson of Picnic Knits. I left a comment on her show notes and won the book and a skein of yarn to make one of the projects. More on that in a bit.

As I listened to the podcast I was perusing photos of the included patterns on Ravelry. I was very impressed with the lovely projects in this book, so it really was very exciting to win the book!

Here are some of my favorites:

(C) Joe Hancock

(C) Joe Hancock

(C) Joe Hancock

Lovely, aren't they?! There are 20 patterns in the book, and really there are only a couple that I wouldn't love to make and wear!

The yarn that I won was a skein of Hazel Knits Divine (fingering weight Merino/Cashmere/Silk). It is aptly named. It is really lovely, soft yarn! This is the exact yarn and colorway for the Emmylou shawl. It is a crescent shaped shawl with an interesting cable-type pattern. It doesn't look like your typical cable pattern, but utilizes cable techniques and a cable needle.

(C) Joe Hancock

Truthfully, the first 3 or 4 cable rows had me fuming. My hands were really struggling to manage the extra cable needle. I found that, in particular, the parts that required my cable needle to hold one stitch to the front were frustrating because that one stitch was too loose to hold onto the cable needle. If I used a larger cable needle, the 2 stitches held to the back were too tight to fit on the needle. This is probably the result of my own quirkiness. I was determined and persevered, and I am glad that I did. After those first 3 or 4 cable rows, they gradually got easier because my hands were getting more used to managing it all. I am nearing completion of the main body of the shawl, almost time to begin the edging. It is looking very lovely.

This is a good thing. Not only will I have a lovely, soft shawl when I'm done, I will have learned something and improved my knitting skills, and that is worth a little frustration to me.

This particular pattern that I am working on relies heavily on charts. I think it's likely that the other patterns will as well, but I haven't looked carefully at the others to determine if this is so. If you're looking for a great knitting pattern book with lovely wearables, and you love using charts, this one should definitely be on your list!

Happy stitching!

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