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Sixth & Spring Books

Author of 60 Quick Knits

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Works by Sixth & Spring Books

60 Quick Knits (2010) 140 copies
60 Quick Baby Knits (2011) 131 copies
60 Quick Baby Blankets (2013) 89 copies
60 More Quick Baby Knits (1900) 70 copies
Chunky Scarves & Hats (2004) 68 copies
60 More Quick Knits (2011) 65 copies
60 quick luxury knits (2014) 42 copies
Baby Blankets (2014) 3 copies
I Love Knitting Wristlets (2013) 2 copies
25 Cozy Cowls to Knit (2013) 1 copy


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There are some nice scarves in here. Zigzag Scarf, project 14, designed by Amanda Blair Brown, was particularly intriguing. I "never" make scarves (what, never? hardly ever) but I can see myself trying this one. It's only 5 inches (12.5 cm) wide; in chunky yarn it would be a more substantial scarf, in fingering weight it could possibly be a necktie. I now feel I should mention the zigzag is the texture of the stitch pattern, not the shape! There's also a pattern for flip-top mittens that I wouldn't mind trying. All the patterns specify "Cascade 220" which is a basic, workhorse, wool worsted weight yarn. In Canada the equivalent would be Patons Classic Wool Worsted. Daughter and I stored the book alongside the yarn we have set aside for the Red Scarf Project, because it looks like some of the scarves would knit up quite fast and be suitable.

I bought the book at a thrift store because for 50c, I figured it's a better use of my time to check it out in detail at home. I was not disappointed.
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muumi | 4 other reviews | Jan 17, 2024 |
nonfiction - crafting/knitting (intermediate/advanced/expert)

a slew of unisex zippered cardigan patterns inspired by Mister Rogers' wardrobe (not the original patterns that Fred's mom used to keep her son warm, but reasonable facsimiles), including a few adapted for kids/babies, plus an assortment of other knit patterns inspired by the show, including some themed lap blankets and puppets. Most projects fall under the "intermediate" skill level and adult sizes range from chest measurements 34-1/2" to 60".

I've never knitted anything as big as a cardigan before (it's like a really big hat, right?), and I managed to finish one "Friendly Neighbor Cardigan" (the very first pattern in the book) -- thankfully it includes diagrams for me to make sense of the armhole and sleeve measurements, which also helped me to understand the instructions for "simultaneous shoulder and neck shaping" (not as complicated as it first seemed, but that was only the first of many hurdles for me). The cardigan patterns are a heck of a lot more trickier than I expected and some parts could definitely be made clearer, so I probably wouldn't recommend these on your first try (intermediate/experts would fare much better). But the back matter provides nice illustrations on stitching neat seams, and a possibly helpful guide for substituting yarns -- it always feels like a gamble for me nevertheless, but I ended up with plenty of yarn to spare this time. The instructions for sewing a zipper into a knit cardigan are woefully inadequate (as though abbreviated to fit a small space) so you would do better to find guidance on that elsewhere.
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reader1009 | Jun 2, 2023 |

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